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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The chief executive of the largest American Indian public housing authority in the U.S. will be stepping down as the Navajo Nation looks to rebuild its reputation after concerns were raised about the lack of housing on the vast reservation. Newly appointed members of the board that oversees the Navajo Housing Authority made the announcement Wednesday. Aneva Yazzie's last day will be Friday. The board said it was a mutual decision and that Yazzie's departure will mark the first step in rebuilding the organization.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Months after U.S. intelligence settled on Russia as the instigator of interference in the U.S. election, President Donald Trump's team struggles to tell a straight story on the matter. On Sunday, Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway wrongly credited Trump with taking Russian hacking seriously and calling it a "disgrace" once a consensus formed that Moscow was behind the mischief.

The Republican-dominated Western Governors Association has endorsed the aims of the Endangered Species Act but asked Congress to make changes, including giving states a bigger role and clarifying recovery goals for animals protected by the law. The association approved a resolution on the act Wednesday during a meeting in Whitefish, Montana. The association includes 14 Republicans, six Democrats and two independents. The vote count wasn't released.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials have given $3 million in funding to eight private and nonprofit organizations in hopes of curbing child abuse and neglect in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. The funding boost announced Tuesday is in response to the murder of 10-year-old Victoria Martens last year, the Albuquerque Journal reported (http://bit.ly/2shO5EB). The girl's mother, the mother's boyfriend and his cousin are accused of raping and killing her.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe county commissioners have voted to increase the gross receipt tax by one-eighth of a cent to fund essential services such as public safety and mental health. The move is expected to generate an additional $4.6 million a year for the county. The tax increase will take effect Jan. 1. County commissioners approved the increase Tuesday after hearing testimony from dozens of residents looking for funding for a behavioral health crisis center that would treat people with mental illness and addictions.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The chief executive of the largest American Indian public housing authority in the U.S. will be stepping down as the Navajo Nation looks to rebuild its reputation after concerns were raised about the lack of housing on the vast reservation. Newly appointed members of the board that oversees the Navajo Housing Authority made the announcement Wednesday. Aneva Yazzie's last day will be Friday. The board said it was a mutual decision and that Yazzie's departure will mark the first step in rebuilding the organization.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Months after U.S. intelligence settled on Russia as the instigator of interference in the U.S. election, President Donald Trump's team struggles to tell a straight story on the matter. On Sunday, Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway wrongly credited Trump with taking Russian hacking seriously and calling it a "disgrace" once a consensus formed that Moscow was behind the mischief.

The Republican-dominated Western Governors Association has endorsed the aims of the Endangered Species Act but asked Congress to make changes, including giving states a bigger role and clarifying recovery goals for animals protected by the law. The association approved a resolution on the act Wednesday during a meeting in Whitefish, Montana. The association includes 14 Republicans, six Democrats and two independents. The vote count wasn't released.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials have given $3 million in funding to eight private and nonprofit organizations in hopes of curbing child abuse and neglect in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. The funding boost announced Tuesday is in response to the murder of 10-year-old Victoria Martens last year, the Albuquerque Journal reported (http://bit.ly/2shO5EB). The girl's mother, the mother's boyfriend and his cousin are accused of raping and killing her.

A federal appeals court paved the way on Wednesday for Ohio to resume executions by lifting a lower court's decision to halt the state's lethal injection process.

It was a contentious decision that split the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges in an 8-6 vote.

In the case brought by death row inmates, the judges focused on the effects of the sedative midazolam, one of the three lethal injection drugs used by Ohio.

Boaty McBoatface is back.

And according to the British Antarctic Survey, the world's most famous unmanned submersible returned from its inaugural voyage last week with a trove of "unprecedented data about some of the coldest abyssal ocean waters on earth."

USA Gymnastics announced Tuesday that it will adopt all 70 of the recommendations in an independent review of its policies about reporting abuse. An investigation by The Indianapolis Star last year found that at least 368 gymnasts have alleged they were sexually assaulted by adults working in the sport.

Drive east from Washington and eventually you run smack into the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, the massive estuary that stretches from the mouth of the Susquehanna River at Maryland's northern tip and empties into the Atlantic 200 miles away near Norfolk, Va.

The Chesapeake is home to oysters, clams, and famous Maryland blue crab.

It's the largest estuary in the United States.

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