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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 …

Fire crews battle smoky conditions

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

SPOKANE, Wash. — Smoke from big wildfires burning east of the Cascade Range hurt air quality Wednesday and hampered efforts by crews battling the flames in Washington state. Smoky conditions grounded helicopters and airplanes that had been fighting …

Civil rights activist Amelia Boynton Robinson dies at 104

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Amelia Boynton Robinson, a civil rights activist who nearly died while helping lead the “Bloody Sunday” civil rights march in 1965, championed voting rights for blacks and was the first black woman to run for …

One of twin newborn pandas in DC dies

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — One of two pandas whose weekend births captured world attention died Wednesday, a reminder that the bears who grow into giant puffy icons enter the world as fragile creatures, hairless and weighing about as much as a bar of soap. The birth of the twins at …

Man arrested after firing fake gun outside Tombstone saloon

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

TOMBSTONE, Ariz. — A man who shot several rounds from a prop gun outside a saloon in the historic Arizona town of Tombstone faces disorderly conduct and other charges. Tombstone Marshal John Houston says the man was in the Dragoon Saloon early Tuesday when he got into a …

Prosecutor: Train suspect planned attack

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

PARIS — Minutes before he slung an assault rifle across his chest and walked through a high-speed train, the Moroccan suspect in the foiled attack watched a jihadi video on his cellphone, the French prosecutor said in formally …

Islamic State releases images showing destroyed Syrian temple

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

BEIRUT — The Islamic State group released propaganda images Tuesday that purport to show militants laying explosives in and then blowing up the 2,000-year-old temple of Baalshamin in Syria’s ancient caravan city of Palmyra. The images, posted on …

Hezbollah throws weight behind Lebanon’s protests

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

BEIRUT — The powerful Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah threw its weight Tuesday behind mass protests calling for the government’s resignation, deepening a crisis that started over piles of uncollected garbage in the streets of the capital but has …

US users sue cheating website

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Eight people across the U.S. who registered to use Ashley Madison are suing the website for cheaters after hackers released personal and detailed information of millions of users, including financial data and sexual proclivities. The …

Couples say ‘I do’ to words of court ruling

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Emily Smith and Jillian Levine had already chosen a venue, booked a band and written the first draft of the ceremony for their wedding when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that gay couples nationwide have a …

Four who foiled attack get France’s top honor

Monday, August 24, 2015

PARIS — The president of France pinned his country’s highest award, the Legion d’Honneur, on three Americans and a Briton on Monday, saying they “gave a lesson in courage” by subduing a heavily armed attacker on a high-speed …