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In an image provided by the Bureau of Land Management, date not known, Bureau of Land Management cave specialist Bryan McKenzie rappels into Natural Trap Cave in north-central Wyoming during a cleanup expedition. The cave holds the remains of tens of thousands of animals, including many now-extinct species, from the late Pleistocene period tens of thousands of years ago. Starting July 28, 2014, scientists plan to venture back into the cave and resume digging for the first time in more than 30 years. (AP Photo/Bureau of Land Management)

Wyo. cave’s fossil secrets to be excavated

Friday, July 25, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — For the first time in three decades, scientists are about to revisit one of North America’s most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: the bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet deep at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave. Natural Trap Cave in north-central Wyoming is 85 feet deep and almost impossible to … 0

Teams seek plane crash clues in Mali

Friday, July 25, 2014

PARIS — Aviation experts, criminal investigators and soldiers began converging Friday on an isolated patch of restive Mali to search for clues that might explain why an Air Algerie jetliner fell from the sky in a storm and apparently disintegrated on impact. French authorities said the catastrophe was probably the result of extreme … 0

Carjacked SUV hits, kills 3 children

Friday, July 25, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two men carjacked a woman at gunpoint but soon sped out of control, killing three children Friday as they plowed into a group selling fruit to raise money for their church, Philadelphia police said. Two women, including the mother of the three siblings killed, were critically injured. “Three innocent children … 0

Gaza death toll rises

Monday, July 21, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A high-level attempt by the U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state to end deadly Israel-Hamas fighting was off to a rough start Monday: Gaza’s Hamas rulers signaled they won’t agree to … 0

Pro-Russian rebels release train with bodies from downed jet

Monday, July 21, 2014

HRABOVE, Ukraine — Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine. With body … 0

Afghan veteran who fought wounded gets Medal of Honor

Monday, July 21, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bleeding from both legs and his arm, Ryan Pitts kept firing at about 200 Taliban fighters, even holding onto his grenades an extra moment to ensure the enemy couldn’t heave them back. On Monday, President … 0

Florida town stunned by news of alleged police KKK ties

Monday, July 21, 2014

FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. — Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer’s home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and … 0

NYC chokehold victim known as ‘gentle giant’

Monday, July 21, 2014

NEW YORK — Eric Garner was a familiar figure on the streets near Staten Island’s ferry docks: to his friends, a congenial giant with a generous gesture or a calming word; to police, a persistent face of the … 0

Rare bumblebee rebounding? Sightings creating hopeful buzz

Monday, July 21, 2014

SEATTLE — For Will Peterman, the first thrill was spotting a rare, Western bumblebee north of Seattle last summer. The second was when the calls and emails started rolling in. Once abundant throughout the Western United States, the … 0

A brief getaway: 200 pairs of panties stolen at Georgia mall

Monday, July 21, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the theft of 200 pairs of panties at an east Georgia shopping mall. Richmond County sheriff’s officials say a thief stole the panties from Victoria’s Secret in Augusta Mall shortly before noon Saturday. The Augusta Chronicle reports that security video shows … 0

Maine town fights plan to use pipeline to export oil sands crude

Monday, July 21, 2014

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Tom Blake, like thousands of his neighbors in this coastal town, is used to living alongside the oil industry. Tank farms cluster in neighborhoods, by the park where families watch the movie “Frozen” on a summer night, next to schools and senior citizens apartment … 0

Ground war sends Gazans fleeing

Sunday, July 20, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The first major ground battle in two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting exacted a steep price Sunday: It killed 65 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers and forced thousands of terrified Palestinian civilians to flee … 0

US: Russia complicit in downing of jetliner

Sunday, July 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — Video of a rocket launcher, one surface-to-air missile missing, leaving the likely launch site. Imagery showing the firing. Calls claiming credit for the strike. Recordings said to reveal a cover-up at the crash site. “A buildup … 0