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Teen gets 23 years in prison for Ohio high school shooting

*URBANA, Ohio (AP) — Logan Cole remembers in graphic detail being shot at his Ohio high school, in the bathroom where he had popped in to check his hair before a mock trial competition. He remembers the impact to his chest, the splatter of his own...

 

NRA agenda stalls despite gun-friendly Congress, president

DALLAS (AP) — A year ago, the nation's most powerful gun lobby was riding high: The millions the National Rifle Association had spent to help elect Donald Trump, one of the nation's most gun-friendly presidents, had paid off, and members were...

 

Attorney general threatens action if UNM doesn't cooperate

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has threatened legal action against the University of New Mexico if it doesn't improve its cooperation with his office's investigation. The Albuquerque Journal reports that in a...

 

Are public objections to wind farms overblown?

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) While most surveys suggest that the public generally supports wind and solar power, opposition from local...

 

Dominion's long-term plan includes more natural gas, solar

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Energy Virginia said Tuesday that it plans to build at least eight new natural gas-fired plants during the next 15 years, cementing its shift away from coal, while depending on renewables for less than 10 percent of...

 

Arkansas hog farm continues battle for permit

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An attorney for an Arkansas hog farm says environmental officials didn't sufficiently inform his clients and the public about the state's permit process or decision-making about the farm. But attorneys for the Arkansas...

 

Oklahoma officials estimate 36 percent less wheat this year

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma agriculture officials estimate that the state's farmers will harvest about 36 percent less wheat this year than they did a year ago. The Oklahoman reports that the Oklahoma Wheat Commission estimated Tuesday that...

 

Could bats guide humans to clean drinking water in places where it's scarce?

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Desert life depends on reliable access to water. In Namibia’s stark Namib Desert, where I spent 18 months doing...

 

Trump medical record 'raid' raises patient privacy questions

A doctor's claim that three men took President Donald Trump's medical records without a form authorizing their release in what he said felt like a "raid" has raised questions about whether this kind of action is legal. Here are some questions and...

 

Woman allegedly scams casino to pay off sick cat's vet bill

MONTVILLE, Conn. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman is facing charges for carrying out a six-month long slot machine scheme at a Connecticut casino to pay off her sick cat's bills. The New London Day reports 48-year-old Lisa Onderdonk was charged Monday...

 

1st death reported in romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

NEW YORK (AP) — The first death has been reported in a national food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. Federal health officials say California reported the death, but they did not provide other details. The government now has reports...

 

Over 10,000 endangered tortoises are rescued in Madagascar

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — International conservationists in Madagascar have been treating more than 10,000 critically endangered radiated tortoises that were seized from traffickers who crammed the creatures into a home with no access to food or water....

 

More businesses are mellowing out over hiring pot smokers

WASHINGTON (AP) — FPI Management, a property company in California, wants to hire dozens of people. Factories from New Hampshire to Michigan need workers. Hotels in Las Vegas are desperate to fill jobs. Those employers and many others are quietly t...

 

Iowa lawmakers approve banning abortion at 'fetal heartbeat'

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican legislators sent Iowa's governor a bill early Wednesday that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually around six weeks of pregnancy, propelling the state overnight to the front of a...

 

Pope to Chile abuse victims: "I was part of the problem"

ROME (AP) — The three whistleblowers in Chile's sex abuse scandal urged Pope Francis on Wednesday to transform his apology for having discredited them into concrete action to end what they called the "epidemic" of sex abuse and cover-up in the Cath...

 

Lawsuits target Trump administration family planning policy

NEW YORK (AP) — Two major organizations that promote birth control filed lawsuits in federal court Wednesday seeking to block the Trump administration from shifting national family planning policy to stress abstinence and potentially limit counseli...

 

Record number of flu deaths in Arkansas rises to 222

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The record number of deaths due to the flu in Arkansas during the current season has increased by three to now stand at 222. The Arkansas Department of Health reported Tuesday that the number includes 217 deaths of adults...

 

Data firm at center of Facebook privacy scandal will close

NEW YORK (AP) — Cambridge Analytica, the Trump-affiliated data firm at the center of Facebook's worst privacy scandal in history, is declaring bankruptcy and shutting down. The London firm blamed "unfairly negative media coverage" and said it has...

 

Facebook taps advisers for audits on bias and civil rights

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook has enlisted two outside advisers to examine how it treats underrepresented communities and whether it has a liberal bias. Civil rights leader Laura Murphy will examine civil rights issues, along with law firm Relman, Dane...

 
 By TIM TALLEY    Regional    May 3, 2018

Ancient artifacts seized from Hobby Lobby returned to Iraq

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thousands of ancient clay tablets, seals and other Iraqi archaeological objects that were smuggled into the U.S. and shipped to the head of arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby were returned to the Iraqi government on Wednesday. T...

 

Small Arizona school district bucks trend, stays open

PARKS, Ariz. (AP) — Students in Patrick Brown's sixth-grade science class grab laptops from cubby holes for a lesson on water data. Type in "High Adventure Science," he tells them, writing the words on the whiteboard. He then quizzes the 10...

 

NASA sending robotic geologist to Mars to dig super deep

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Six years after last landing on Mars, NASA is sending a robotic geologist to dig deeper than ever before to take the planet's temperature. The Mars InSight spacecraft, set to launch this weekend, will also take the plane...

 

Dozens of quakes rattle Hawaii volcano, eruption possible

HONOLULU (AP) — Dozens of earthquakes are rattling Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano as magma flows into a new area east of the Puu Oo vent. Officials with the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory say the increased activity Wednesday is...

 

Hawking's last physics paper argues for a 'simpler' cosmos

NEW YORK (AP) — Weeks after his death, physicist Stephen Hawking has delivered his last thoughts about the nature of the cosmos, and he says it may be simpler than often believed. Well, simpler if you understand theoretical physics, anyway. It...

 

Elements from the stars: The unexpected discovery that upended astrophysics 66 years ago

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Nearly 70 years ago, astronomer Paul Merrill was watching the sky through a telescope at Mount Wilson Observatory in...

 

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