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Public invited to uncover dinosaur bones, other creatures

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Paleontologists who recently found a tooth from a Tyrannosaurus rex south of Bismarck say the public might have similar luck in upcoming fossil digs. The North Dakota Geological Survey is hosting four events this summer,...

 

BYU gives amnesty to sexual assault victims, witnesses

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Brigham Young University has announced it formally adopted an amnesty policy for victims or witnesses of sexual assault. The university adopted the policy Friday, which will be implemented at The Church of Jesus Christ...

 

30 years after Edwards v. Aguillard: Why creationism lingers in public schools

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) This month marks the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Edwards v. Aguillard, a...

 

Teen charged in Ohio school shooting enters insanity plea

URBANA, Ohio (AP) — A 17-year-old boy charged in an Ohio school shooting that wounded two students has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Ely Serna is charged with attempted murder, felonious assault and other offenses in the Jan. 20...

 

Tulane: $2 million gift; energy law expert to New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tulane University says a $2 million gift is bringing a European energy law scholar to New Orleans, where he will become founding director of a new Tulane Center for Energy Law and be the first to hold the James McCulloch Chair...

 

Trans-Alaska oil pipeline celebrates 40th anniversary

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The work and effort put into completing the Trans Alaska Pipeline System and its constant maintenance is an embodiment of Alaska grit, Alyeska Pipeline President Tom Barrett said. On Tuesday, Alyeska Pipeline celebrated...

 

After demands aired, solution to Qatar crisis seems far off

WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with a sweeping set of demands, Qatar insisted Friday it can indefinitely survive the economic and diplomatic steps its neighbors have taken to try to pressure it into compliance, even as a top Emirati official warned the...

 
 By Matt Neuman    Regional    June 25, 2017

Montana hemp farmer can't irrigate her crops under fed rules

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Just outside a subdivision overlooking Lake Helena, a sandy, 12-acre field scattered with sagebrush and gopher holes lies almost barren. Sparsely strewn throughout the dry tilled field, little green sprouts no taller than an in...

 

Researchers studying invasive fruit fly threatening crops

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin researchers are trying to learn more about an invasive fruit fly that has been threatening berry crops in the state since 2010. University of Wisconsin fruit crop entomologist Christelle Guédot told Wisconsin Public...

 

South Dakota youth nonprofit to breed cattle with donation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A nonprofit that operates a ranch for troubled boys in South Dakota has joined the local food movement. A donation of five cow-calf pairs from the South Dakota Farm Bureau means the McCrossan Boys Ranch will soon be able...

 

10 Rangers to Watch: Steven Deckard

The Northwestern Oklahoma State Athletic Department will be announcing ten Rangers throughout the summer that Ranger fans can expect to make direct impacts on their team's success. These athletes are leaders for their respective sports and will be...

 

Tramel leads UCO to MIAA Tourney title

EDMOND, Okla. – Ashleigh Tramel's grand slam helped stake Central Oklahoma to an early lead and the No. 21-ranked Bronchos survived some anxious moments before turning back Emporia State 10-6 to cap...

 
 By Tad Sooter    Regional    June 25, 2017

Washington farm raises a pig in sheep's clothing

KINGSTON, Wash. (AP) — Tania Issa's pigs always look sheepish. Not abashed, mind you, just woolly. Her 18 mangalitsa hogs are covered from snout to hoof in a mat of curly hair, which gives them the appearance of being fluffy. The wool is actually...

 
 By Ralph D. Russo    Sports    June 25, 2017

Style vs safety: Do too many football helmets pose a risk?

Oregon football players used three helmets last season — green, black and white — that were mixed and matched with myriad uniform combinations. The Ducks were pioneers in football fashion and other schools have followed, using helmets to make a...

 

State concludes doctor-sex abuse study with brief statement

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia has concluded a year-long review of physician sexual misconduct cases brought to light by an Atlanta newspaper with a plan to educate doctors. The state's plan focuses on educating doctors, rather than seeking new patient...

 

Judge sides with AIDS Healthcare Foundation, dismisses suit

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A judge has ruled in favor of one of the nation's largest suppliers of HIV and AIDS medical care, clearing the company of wrongdoing in an alleged $20 million scam to bilk the federal government. According to a federal...

 
 By Bob Batz Jr.    Regional    June 25, 2017

Pittsburgh a force behind hockey programs for the blind

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The campers stepped into the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry, firing questions. "Are we on the ice?" Counselor: "No, we're not on the ice yet." "Can we see the rinks?" No, they could not, because of these 58 young people,...

 

Consumer issues stemming from the GOP health care initiative

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in full control of government are on the brink of history-making changes to the nation's health care system. The impact for consumers would go well beyond "Obamacare." Former President Barack Obama's signature law is...

 

UK Parliament investigates cyberattack on user accounts

LONDON (AP) — British officials were investigating a cyberattack Saturday on the country's Parliament after discovering "unauthorized attempts to access parliamentary user accounts." A statement from the House of Commons said that as a precaution,...

 

Teaching machines to understand – and summarize – text

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) We humans are swamped with text. It’s not just news and other timely information: Regular people are drowning in le...

 

Archaeologists find prehistoric canoe in north Louisiana

BELCHER, La. (AP) — Archaeologists have unearthed a large, prehistoric Indian canoe along the Red River in north Louisiana. KTBS-TV reports one archaeologist says the almost 34-foot-long dugout canoe is in very good condition, even though one side...

 

California father buries wrong man after coroner's mistake

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Eleven days after laying his son to rest, Frank J. Kerrigan got a call from a friend. "Your son is alive," he said. "Bill (Shinker) put my son on the phone," Kerrigan said. "He said 'Hi Dad.' " Orange County coroner's...

 

Giant sequoia move on schedule in Idaho, tree doing well

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A massive Idaho tree that grew over more than a century from a seedling sent by a noted naturalist has been uprooted and is poised to travel about two blocks Sunday to a new location. David Cox of tree-moving company...

 

Dancer who won notoriety at city meeting headed to Scotland

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A performance artist who flailed around and jumped on a man's lap during a Portland City Council meeting is taking her unusual brand of interpretive dance on the road. The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/2t7rday)...

 

Huge, homely mastiff named Martha wins world's ugliest dog

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — Martha is big, ugly, lazy and gassy. And a world champion. In a competition annually dominated by the old, the tiny, and the hairless, the 3-year-old, 125-pound Neapolitan Mastiff used her lollygagging youth to win the 29th...

 

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