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Hatred, DNA link California man to gay student's slaying

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on charges that he murdered a gay University of Pennsylvania student in a hate crime after prosecutors linked him to the stabbing through DNA and showed he...

 

Little Rock 9 student dedicates commemorative bench

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Elizabeth Eckford, one of the nine black students who first integrated Little Rock's Central High School in 1957, has helped dedicate a commemorative bench two blocks from the school where she attempted to escape from...

 

Why there's so much inconsistency in school shooting data

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) How many school shootings happen in the U.S. in a single school year? The answer is surprisingly hard to figure out....

 

'Pay-for-luck': Oil and gas execs out-earn their peers

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Lucas Davis, University of California, Berkeley and Catherine Hausman, University of Michigan (THE CONVERSATION) Following a long...

 

Health and tech stocks dip; Amazon flirts with $1 trillion

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks finished lower Tuesday as losses for health care and technology companies canceled out gains for banks. Another gain for Amazon briefly brought its market value to $1 trillion. Banks rose as interest rates climbed. Nike...

 

Rouhani says Iran will export crude oil despite US pressure

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday that Iran will continue exporting crude oil despite U.S. efforts to stop it through sanctions. "We will continue by all means to both produce and export" oil, Rouhani said in remarks...

 

Ranchers search for lost cattle as wildfire grows

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Utah ranchers are searching for several cattle as the region continues to deal with a growing wildfire. Lightning sparked a wildfire Aug. 4 in Utah County, leading to 468 missing cattle, the Daily Herald reported . Andy Neves...

 

Mississippi reaches 30 West Nile virus cases so far in 2018

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Four more cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in Mississippi, bringing the state's total to 30 cases so far this year. The Mississippi State Department of Health says Tuesday that the new cases are in Harrison,...

 

Researchers win prize for restoring children's eyesight

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Researchers in the United States and Britain are sharing a 1 million-euro ($1.16 million) prize from a Portuguese scientific foundation for developing revolutionary gene therapy that has restored the sight of children. The... Full story

 

New advice on kids' concussions calls for better tracking

CHICAGO (AP) — New children's concussion guidelines from the U.S. government recommend against routine X-rays and blood tests for diagnosis and reassure parents that most kids' symptoms clear up within one to three months. Signs of potentially...

 

Twitter, Facebook set to defend polices ahead of midterms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook and Twitter executives plan to defend their companies in two congressional hearings Wednesday, arguing they are aggressively trying to root out foreign actors who want to do the United States harm just weeks before the...

 

Before parental 'screen time' concerns: radio, even novels

NEW YORK (AP) — When Stephen Dennis was raising his two sons in the 1980s, he never heard the phrase "screen time," nor did he worry much about the hours his kids spent with technology. When he bought an Apple II Plus computer, he considered it an...

 

Burned National Museum in Rio had relics from around world

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, which suffered a massive fire late Sunday, boasted the largest archive of historical artifacts and documents in Latin America, some 20 million pieces from around the globe. Museum...

 

Parson: Special session issues vital to Missouri's future

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says the two issues that will be taken up in special session next week are crucially important to Missouri's future. The Republican governor traveled to Springfield, St. Louis and Hannibal Tuesday in...

 

St. Louis apartment with kitchen-bathroom combo creates stir

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man is the new tenant of a tiny apartment with a unique layout — the kitchen and bathroom are in the same place. Yep. The toilet, bathtub, oven and sink are all in one room. The 200-square-foot (18.5-sq. meter)...

 

Woodward book puts White House back in damage-control mode

WASHINGTON (AP) — An incendiary tell-all book by a reporter who helped bring down President Richard Nixon set off a firestorm in the White House on Tuesday, with its descriptions of current and former aides calling President Donald Trump an...

 

Rancorous, partisan start for Kavanaugh high court hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh declared fervently at his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday the court "must never, never be viewed as a partisan institution." But that was at the end of a marathon day marked by rancorous...

 

Tropical-force winds, rain from Gordon slam into Gulf Coast

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Tropical-force winds from fast-moving Gordon smashed into the coastline of Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle on Tuesday evening, the frontal edge of a system just offshore that forecasters warned could become a...

 

Former senator to replace McCain, at least until January

PHOENIX (AP) — A former U.S. senator from Arizona who is now a lobbyist helping guide the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was named Tuesday to temporarily fill the Senate seat left open by the death of John McCain....

 

Sting operation recovered Dorothy's stolen ruby slippers

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — A pair of ruby slippers used in "The Wizard of Oz" and later stolen from a Minnesota museum were recovered in a sting operation after a man approached the shoes' insurer and said he could help get them back, the FBI...

 

Kerry Perry quits as president of scandal-hit USA Gymnastics

USA Gymnastics turned to an outsider when it tasked Kerry Perry to steer the embattled organization through the fallout of the Larry Nassar scandal. Perry, who had no background in the sport when she was hired as president and CEO last November,...

 

EPA watchdog faults Pruitt's $3.5 million security costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency failed to document any threats or security risks that warranted spending more than $3.5 million on unprecedented around-the-clock bodyguards for then-chief Scott Pruitt, the agency's internal...

 

Republicans hit Trump for criticizing Justice Department

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump encountered bipartisan criticism on Tuesday for complaining that his own Justice Department's indictments against two Republican congressmen were endangering the GOP's midterm election prospects, with one...

 

Death of Afghan group's founder unlikely to weaken militants

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The death of Jalaluddin Haqqani, the founder of Afghanistan's outlawed militant network that bears his name, is unlikely to weaken the group that is considered the most formidable of the Taliban's fighting forces. The Taliban said...

 

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