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July 19, 2014 - 12:32pm
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LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — Archaeologists are excavating an 18th-century battleground that was the site of a desperate stand by Colonial American troops, the flashpoint of a massacre and the location of the era's largest smallpox hospital.

The site's multilayered history poses unique challenges for the dig, which is being conducted in a state-owned park that has served as a natural time capsule amid the summertime bustle in this popular southern Adirondack tourist...

July 19, 2014 - 12:31pm
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GREENVILLE, Ill. (AP) — From the very start, Scott Walker refused to believe he'd die in prison.

Arrested and jailed at 25, then sent to prison two years later, Walker couldn't imagine spending his life behind bars for dealing drugs. But the years passed, his appeals failed and nothing changed.

Now, after 17½ years, Walker may have his best shot at freedom. The Obama administration — responding to mounting concerns about decades of harsh penalties...

July 19, 2014 - 11:58am
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U.S. communities have diverged greatly on their attitude toward sheltering throngs of unaccompanied Central American children who have crossed the border from Mexico since October. Here's a look at how things are playing out across the country:

6/20: Federal officials canceled a plan to bring in hundreds of underage Central American migrants to a shuttered private school in Lawrenceville, Virginia, after residents expressed their opposition.

6/28: A...

July 19, 2014 - 11:55am
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DALLAS (AP) — As thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children have poured into South Texas, community leaders from Dallas to Los Angeles to Syracuse, N.Y., have offered to set up temporary shelters to relieve the Army bases, holding cells and converted warehouses at the border.

The outreach offers stand in sharp contrast to other places around the country, where some protested having immigrants from Central America come to their towns while the nation's leaders attempt...

July 19, 2014 - 11:42am
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Centenarian jazz musician Lionel Ferbos died Saturday at his home in New Orleans, just days after celebrating his 103rd birthday on July 17 with friends and family in the French Quarter.

His granddaughter, Lori Schexnayder, said the trumpeter she called "paw-paw" died peacefully, surrounded by friends and family.

Ferbos performed all over New Orleans and its suburbs for decades. His ability to read music made him an in-demand...

July 19, 2014 - 11:40am
1 week 2 days ago

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges.

Half of U.S. states have attempted to pass so-called ag-gag laws, but only seven have been successful. Among them are Idaho, where this year's law says unauthorized recording is punishable by up to...

July 19, 2014 - 11:40am
1 week 2 days ago

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Mary O'Melia left Ireland for America as a young widow with three children before she was hired as housekeeper at the White House of the Confederacy. An intimate witness to history, she also has been much of a mystery.

That was until this year, when a woman with a distinctive Irish lilt to her voice called The American Civil War Museum. The housekeeper, the woman said, was related to her late husband, and she had in her possession a necklace that...

July 19, 2014 - 11:35am
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WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Three massive fires since the beginning of June have highlighted the threat lightning poses in the North Dakota oil patch, and in each case it was tanks that store the toxic saltwater associated with drilling — not the oil wells or drilling rigs — that were to blame.

The lightning-sparked fires destroyed the groups of silo-like storage tanks at the three locations, which are among more than 440 sites in North Dakota where so-called saltwater is...

July 19, 2014 - 11:34am
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GREENVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A 7-year-old boy was nearly starved to death, suffered regular beatings and resorted to catching insects to eat during brief times he was allowed outside, police said in charging his mother and grandparents with assault and other offenses

Child welfare workers, responding to a complaint, found the child looking like a human skeleton in home in Greenville, in western Pennsylvania, last month, The Sharon Herald reported (http://bit.ly/1mZW530)...

July 19, 2014 - 11:02am
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NEW YORK (AP) — The rate of HIV infections diagnosed in the United States each year fell by one-third over the past decade, a government study finds. Experts celebrated it as hopeful news that the AIDS epidemic may be slowing in the U.S.

"It's encouraging," said Patrick Sullivan, an Emory University AIDS researcher who was not involved in the study.

The reasons for the drop aren't clear. It might mean fewer new infections are occurring. Or that most...

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