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FILE - This Aug. 19, 2011 file photo shows Mount McKinley in Denali National Park, Alaska. President Barack Obama on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 said he's changing the name of the tallest mountain in North America from Mount McKinley to Denali. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

Obama changes Mt. McKinley’s name to Denali on eve of trip

Sunday, August 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will change the name of North America’s tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, a major symbolic gesture to Alaska Natives on the eve of President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Alaska. By renaming the peak Denali, an Athabascan word meaning “the high one,” Obama waded into a sensitive …

Author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82

Sunday, August 30, 2015

NEW YORK — There was the blind man who had the disastrous experience of regaining his sight. The surgeon who developed a sudden passion for music after being struck by lightning. And most famously, the man who mistook his wife for a hat. Those stories and many more, taking the reader to the …

Thai police say bombing suspect is not cooperating

Sunday, August 30, 2015

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police said Sunday the man arrested in connection with Bangkok’s deadly bombing was being uncooperative, possibly not telling the truth to interrogators and would remain in military custody for at least seven days. The unnamed foreigner was arrested Saturday at an apartment on the outskirts of Bangkok where police …

Obama expects better US-Israel ties after Iran deal in place

Saturday, August 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday compared tensions between the U.S. and Israel over the Iranian nuclear deal to a family feud and said he expects quick improvements in ties between the longtime allies once the accord …

Tuning in to crickets and katydids calling out on an August night

Friday, August 28, 2015

Caution: Reading this article will change your life. I love the August night sounds. Those still, hot and humid nights can be oppressive, but there’s a way to escape into a different world, the soundscape of crickets and …

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Bush returns to New Orleans for 10th anniversary of Katrina

Friday, August 28, 2015

NEW ORLEANS — Former President George W. Bush returned Friday to New Orleans — the scene of one of his presidency’s lowest points — to tout the region’s recovery from the nation’s costliest natural disaster on the 10th …

TV station grapples with loss

Thursday, August 27, 2015

As the cameras rolled Thursday morning, WDBJ-TV morning anchor Kimberly McBroom reached out to hold her colleagues’ hands. It was 6:45 a.m., and McBroom told her viewers in southwest Virginia that the staffers at the Roanoke TV station …

On Katrina anniversary, Obama salutes people of New Orleans

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NEW ORLEANS — Visiting residents on tidy porch stoops and sampling the fried chicken at a corner restaurant, President Barack Obama held out the people of New Orleans on Thursday as an extraordinary example of renewal and resilience …

Guatemalans pressure president to step down

Thursday, August 27, 2015

GUATEMALA CITY — Pressure grew Thursday on Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina to resign as business and government offices closed, protesters marched by the thousands and the attorney general’s office urged him to step down “to prevent ungovernability …

Ky. clerk won’t back down over gay marriage licenses

Thursday, August 27, 2015

MOREHEAD, Ky. — A clerk in a rural Kentucky county continued to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday in defiance of a mounting pile of federal court orders that reject her claim that her Christian faith should …

Austrians find truck full of dead migrants

Thursday, August 27, 2015

VIENNA — As regional leaders met Thursday to tackle Europe’s refugee crisis, a gruesome discovery unfolded a short drive from the Austrian capital: An abandoned truck was found with at least 20 — and possibly up to 50 …

Tropical storm hits Dominica

Thursday, August 27, 2015

ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) — Tropical Storm Erika pounded the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica on Thursday, unleashing flooding and mudslides that killed at least four people and knocked out power and water supplies. The storm, which was forecast …