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August 12, 2014 - 12:04pm
1 week 3 days ago

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials are withdrawing proposed protections for the snow-loving wolverine in a course reversal announced Tuesday that highlights lingering uncertainties over what a warming climate means for some temperature-sensitive species.

Wolverines, or "mountain devils," are rarely seen members of the weasel family that need deep, late-season snow to den.

But while there is broad consensus climate change will make the...

August 12, 2014 - 12:00pm
1 week 3 days ago

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two butterflies found only in South Florida have been added to the endangered species list.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Monday that it was listing the Florida leafwing and Bartram's scrub-hairstreak as endangered. It also is designating thousands of acres of critical habitat for both butterflies.

Both butterflies are found only in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.

Federal officials blame the...

August 12, 2014 - 11:52am
1 week 3 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned Ohio inmate put to death during a prolonged execution experienced pain and suffering before he lost consciousness, an anesthesiologist working for the family of the inmate determined in a report released Tuesday.

Neither of the drugs used to execute Dennis McGuire on Jan. 16 can be relied on to produce a rapid loss of consciousness and death, according to the affidavit by Dr. Kent Diveley of Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego....

August 12, 2014 - 11:51am
1 week 3 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are slipping in midday trading following two days of gains.

Investors focused on problems in Ukraine and Iraq.

Energy stocks fell more than the rest of the market, dragged down by a decline in the price of crude oil.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell four points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,932 as of midday Tuesday.

The Dow Jones industrial average lost 28 points, or 0.2 percent, to 16,...

August 12, 2014 - 11:46am
1 week 3 days ago

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The wealthy businessman who showered former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife with thousands of dollars in gifts and loans tried to impress a cardiologist by having the then-first lady introduce him to movie director Steven Spielberg, the doctor testified Tuesday.

Dr. George Vetrovec said former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams was trying to interest him in conducting research on the company's signature product, the tobacco-derived...

August 12, 2014 - 11:43am
1 week 3 days ago

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — Officers in South Carolina spent hours searching for a mountain lion on the loose from a pet store — but police now say the threat was based on a false report.

Police say 55-year-old Bill Lunsford reported the escaped animal about 1 a.m. Sunday in Aiken. He said a burglar broke into a pet store and let the animal loose. Police warned residents that the domesticated, declawed mountain lion was 3 feet tall and 100 pounds, wearing a dog harness....

August 12, 2014 - 11:26am
1 week 3 days ago

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Armed with pistols, Chastain Montgomery and his 18-year-old son walked into the small, red-brick post office in a rural Tennessee town almost four years ago, intending to rob it and escape with what they thought would be a bounty of cash.

Two U.S. Postal Service workers, Paula Robinson and Judy Spray, were inside, arranging the day's mail on a sunny October day. They told Montgomery the post office had only $63. Enraged, Montgomery and his son...

August 12, 2014 - 11:21am
1 week 3 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart thought shoppers would like the opportunity to use a smartphone app to scan items they want to buy as they walk through store aisles. In theory, they could speed through self-checkout.

But customers couldn't figure out how to work the "Scan & Go" app during tests in 200 stores, so Wal-Mart nixed it.

Instead of looking at the app as a failure, though, Wal-Mart took what it learned from "Scan & Go" to create another...

August 12, 2014 - 11:14am
1 week 3 days ago

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas-based energy company Apache Corp. said it believes the killing of one of its supervisors in the western Egyptian desert in a carjacking was an isolated incident.

Spokesman Bill Mintz wouldn't elaborate Tuesday on how the Houston company made this assessment. He said the slaying was a police matter and that the company was cooperating with investigators.

Security officials in Egypt said the Apache worker's body was found Friday in...

August 12, 2014 - 11:09am
1 week 3 days ago

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — After an unarmed black teenager was shot by a police officer, a St. Louis suburb endured two nights of violence sparked by racial tensions. Here's a look at the key elements of the shooting and the unrest that followed:

THE SHOOTING: Authorities have been vague about what led the officer to open fire, saying only that Saturday's shooting was preceded by some kind of scuffle between the officer and a man. At some point during that altercation, the...

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