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July 2, 2014 - 5:25pm
1 week 4 days ago

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Firearms and drug-trafficking convictions for two Oklahoma residents were overturned Wednesday thanks to a skeleton saint known as La Santa Muerte.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a law enforcement expert on Santa Muerte tainted the convictions of Rafael Goxcon-Chagal, 53, and Maria Vianey Medina-Copete, 38, by testifying the folk saint was "a very good indicator of possible criminal activity."

That...

July 2, 2014 - 5:19pm
1 week 4 days ago

HUNTINGTON STATION, N.Y. (AP) — The family of a firefighter killed on Sept. 11 is hoping for the return of an American flag that disappeared from its yard in New York.

Huntington Station resident Melissa Brengel tells NBC New York (http://bit.ly/1rX0rIc ) the September 11th Families Association gave her the flag after it flew over the World Trade Center ruins. The family believes the flag was taken late Monday or early Tuesday.

Brengel's brother,...

July 2, 2014 - 5:18pm
1 week 4 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — On Jan. 29, The Associated Press reported on two research papers published in the journal Nature that said a simple lab treatment could turn ordinary cells from mice into stem cells. On July 2, in a statement released by the journal, the Japanese and U.S. scientists withdrew the papers, citing "extensive" errors in their published work.

July 2, 2014 - 5:12pm
1 week 4 days ago

The five-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has issued two reports on NSA surveillance, one in January, one Tuesday. The first report described as illegal NSA's collection of domestic phone records under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. The second largely endorsed a far more intrusive collection program by the NSA that collects emails, video, chats, texts and other communications of foreigners as they traverse U.S. networks.

A look at what the board said...

July 2, 2014 - 5:08pm
1 week 4 days ago

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State wildlife officials have captured images of a wolverine on the northern slope of the Uinta Mountains this year, the first documented sighting of the animal in Utah since a wolverine carcass was found in 1979.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said Wednesday that more than two dozen images from trail cameras show the animal sniffing an empty bait station in February. The cameras were not retrieved until June.

Biologist...

July 2, 2014 - 5:02pm
1 week 3 days ago

DETROIT (AP) — A man knocked a referee at a Detroit-area soccer match unconscious with a punch to the head, then ran to a car before "peeling out," a witness to the attack says on a 911 call released Wednesday.

The emergency call was distributed by Livonia police a day after the referee, 44-year-old John Bieniewicz, died at a Detroit hospital. Police said the weekend attack at Mies Park came after Bieniewicz announced his intention to eject the man from the game....

July 2, 2014 - 5:02pm
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second time in three weeks, President Barack Obama on Wednesday invited top economists to a private lunch at the White House, tapping a broad array of ideological views as he seeks to assemble an economic agenda for the remaining 30 months of his presidency.

Unable to get his economic policies through a divided Congress, Obama is going beyond his White House economic team in search of ideas that can translate into executive actions or ways to...

July 2, 2014 - 4:59pm
1 week 4 days ago

BARNEGAT LIGHT, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey environmental officials will seek a court order blocking a plan to carry out seismic research by blasting the ocean floor with sound waves.

The state Department of Environmental Protection told the Associated Press the department will seek an injunction Thursday in federal court to block the plan, which opponents say could harm or kill whales, dolphins and other marine life.

Environmentalists, fishing groups and...

July 2, 2014 - 4:56pm
1 week 4 days ago

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A high-definition camera trained on a burrow near the nation's northernmost city is allowing researchers and any bird viewer with an Internet connection an unfettered view into the nesting den of an Arctic snowy owl.

The camera went live this week and is trained on the nesting site where as many as six chicks are beginning to emerge from a burrow near Barrow, Alaska, on the coast of the Arctic Ocean.

Researcher Denver Holt of...

July 2, 2014 - 4:55pm
1 week 3 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story July 2 about how many people followed the World Cup, The Associated Press erroneously reported the source of data on the number of online streams of the World Cup soccer match between the United States and Belgium. The source is Adobe Analytics, not Nielsen.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Nielsen: 21.6 million viewers for Belgium game

Nielsen estimates 21.6 million watched US knockout game...

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