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  • Legendary climber Jim Bridwell dies at 73

    PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) — Jim Bridwell, a hard-partying hippie and legendary climber who left his mark on some of the toughest peaks in California’s Yosemite National Park, has died. He was 73. His wife, Peggy Bridwell of Palm Desert, California, says that Bridwell died Friday after battling liver and kidney failure linked to hepatitis […]
  • Biden, in public and private, tiptoes toward a 2020 run

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides. Huddled in his newly opened office steps from the U.S. Capitol, Biden began a planning meeting for his new diplomacy center by addressing the elephant in […]
  • Minnesota terror case shows challenge of predicting attacks

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After Tnuza Jamal Hassan was stopped from flying to Afghanistan last September, she allegedly told FBI agents that she wanted to join al-Qaida and marry a fighter, and that she might even wear a suicide belt. She also said she was angry at U.S. military actions overseas and admitted that she tried […]
  • Danica Patrick speeding toward NASCAR’s exit ramp

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Danica Patrick was annoyed with herself. She had trained most of her life for moments like these, but she couldn’t fix the inadvertent mess she had just made. On the first leg of the “Danica Double,” Patrick was in a scrum of reporters — the last place she wanted to […]
  • Winds hindering efforts to shut down exploded Ohio gas well

    ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A spokeswoman for a company whose natural gas well exploded and caught fire in eastern Ohio says high winds are hindering experts from shutting down the well. XTO Energy’s Karen Matusic says outside experts managed to clear debris from the well pad Saturday morning but had to retreat because of […]
  • Russia dismisses US charges as ‘just blabber,’ ‘Russophobia’

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials had disdainful words Saturday for a U.S. indictment that charged 13 Russians with interfering in the 2016 presidential election. Children’s stories, the plot of a preposterous Hollywood movie and “just blabber” were a few of the glib analogies they pressed into service. The language, while dismissive, suggested that Russia feels […]
  • Family of woman killed by police may not see full $37M award

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The family of a Maryland woman who was fatally shot by police two years ago may never receive the entire $37 million it was awarded in a lawsuit this week. Maryland has a cap on local governments’ liabilities in such cases, and judges have a tendency to lower large awards on appeal, […]
  • Girl, 4, fatally shot inside car; suspect sought

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a 4-year-old girl sitting in a car with young siblings and her grandmother in northeastern Ohio has been fatally shot and a suspect is being sought. Police haven’t identified the girl shot around 10:30 p.m. Friday in Akron. Police spokesman Lt. Rick Edwards says the shooting happened after the […]
  • The Latest: Slain Chicago officer remembered as ‘model cop’

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the funeral for a Chicago Police commander killed in the line of duty (all times local): 12:20 p.m. A Chicago Police commander who was gunned down by a suspect this week is being remembered as a “model cop” who wasn’t interested in self-promotion, even as he moved up the […]
  • Florida legislators struggle with how to respond to shooting

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Stunned by a horrific shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead, the Florida Legislature is grappling with what to do in the aftermath. Legislators have just three weeks left in their annual 60-day session. Normally, lawmakers are trying to wrap up work on a new state budget […]
  • Illinois Democratic congressman faces challenge from left

    LA GRANGE, Ill. (AP) — A Lipinski has represented what’s now Illinois’ 3rd congressional district since U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski’s father was first elected more than three decades ago. Now the younger Lipinski, a seven-term incumbent known as one of Congress’ most conservative Democrats, is facing a tougher-than-usual primary challenge from the left flank of […]
  • Senators want to bolster research of organic agriculture

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A pair of U.S. senators is introducing legislation designed to improve organic farming research. Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine say their legislation would reauthorize and incrementally increase funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative. They say federal […]
  • What does a bear do in the Alaska woods? Disperse seeds

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Does a bear leave scat in the woods? The answer is obvious but the effects on an ecosystem may not be. A study by Oregon State University researchers concludes that brown and black bears, and not birds, as commonly thought, are primary distributers of small fruit seeds in southeast Alaska, spreading […]
  • Ethiopia vows no military takeover amid latest emergency

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia’s defense minister on Saturday ruled out a military takeover a day after the East African nation declared a new state of emergency amid the worst anti-government protests in a quarter-century. The United States said it “strongly disagrees” with the new declaration that effectively bans protests, with a U.S. Embassy […]
  • Live ammo found in middle school restroom prompts lockdown

    WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — Live ammunition was discovered by a custodian in a Rhode Island middle school boys’ restroom, prompting a lockdown, police said. Woonsocket Middle School at Hamlet, located outside of Providence, was put on lockdown Friday afternoon after the discovery. Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas F. Oates III said a custodian was checking the […]