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Husband saves wife from freezing to death in dramatic rescue

KIRBY, Vt. (AP) — He heard her voice. Jerry Toomey was alone inside the 1800s farmhouse he shares with his wife, Flower, on a freezing cold night in mid-December. In his head he heard her voice from the night before. She had been telling him how wo...

 

AP-NORC Poll: Disasters influence thinking on climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to their views on climate change, Americans are looking at natural disasters and their local weather, according to a new poll. Lately, that means record deadly wildfires in California, rainfall by the foot in Houston...

 

Armed with affection, octogenarian is an 'octopus whisperer'

BOSTON (AP) — Wilson Menashi palmed a squid in his left hand and extended his arm into an aquarium tank, watching as a giant Pacific octopus stretched out arms to greet him like a friend. Freya latched some of her 2,240 suction cups onto Menashi's...

 

Orangutan bites zoo volunteer, detaches her thumb

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A zoo in Ohio says one of its volunteer's thumbs became detached when an orangutan reached through a barrier and bit her arm. The Toledo zoo says the volunteer's injuries were not life-threatening and that she was treated at a...

 

Giant ice disk equipped with webcam after surviving storm

WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — Maine's giant spinning ice disk that quickly gained international fame survived the weekend winter weather that pummeled New England and now has its own webcam. The webcam in Westbrook monitors the disk that's been spinning...

 

9 brains, 3 hearts: Some wild facts about octopuses

BOSTON (AP) — Mythology and superstition have portrayed octopuses as alien beings or evil creatures dwelling in the terrifying dark depths of oceans. Little wonder, considering they are a bit unusual. The giant Pacific octopus has three hearts,...

 

Senate sets up showdown votes on shutdown plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders on Tuesday agreed to vote on dueling proposals to reopen shuttered federal agencies this week, forcing a political reckoning for senators grappling with the longest shutdown in U.S. history: Side with President...

 

Trump says he told Sanders 'not to bother' with briefing

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump says he directed White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders not to bother with the traditional daily briefing of reporters. The last briefing took place on Dec. 18. In a tweet on Tuesday, the...

 

4 charged in plot to attack Muslim community named Islamberg

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Three men and a high school student were charged with plotting to attack a rural upstate New York Muslim community named Islamberg with explosives, authorities said Tuesday. The Rochester-area residents are accused of plottin...

 

High court lets military implement transgender restrictions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration can go ahead with its plan to restrict military service by transgender men and women while court challenges continue, the Supreme Court said Tuesday. The high court split 5-4 in allowing the plan to take...

 

Supreme Court returns to gun rights for 1st time in 9 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Tuesday it will take up its first gun rights case in nine years, a challenge to New York City's prohibition on carrying a licensed, locked and unloaded handgun outside the city limits. The court's decision...

 

Archaeologists to monitor construction in Deadwood

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) — Anyone turning over little more than a shovelful of dirt in the historic town of Deadwood can expect to have an archaeologist peering over their shoulders in case any artifacts from the city's past are unearthed. OK, that's...

 

Trump offers temporary 'Dreamers' deal for border wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a bid to break the shutdown stalemate, President Donald Trump on Saturday offered to extend temporary protections for young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children and those fleeing disaster zones in exchange for his...

 

Mexican pipeline explosion kills 73, leaves nightmare of ash

TLAHUELILPAN, Mexico (AP) — Gerardo Perez returned Saturday to the scorched field in central Mexico where he'd seen an illegal pipeline tap burst into flames to see if he could recognize missing friends. He couldn't. Only a handful of the remains...

 

A scaled-down, but still angry, Women's March returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid internal controversies and a capital city deeply distracted by the partial government shutdown, the third Women's March returned to Washington on Saturday with an enduring message of anger and defiance aimed directly at...

 

Trump salutes remains of 4 Americans killed in Syria attack

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AP) — A solemn procession. A long salute. A chaplain's prayer. President Donald Trump traveled to Delaware's Dover Air Force Base on Saturday to pay his respects to the returning remains of four Americans who were...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on the wall, drugs, Russia, vets

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a week of half-truths, changed stories and outright fabrications in President Donald Trump's Washington. Trump assailed Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for playing on the beach in Puerto Rico, though she...

 

EXCHANGE: An SIUC physicist's theory is confirmed

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — In 1968, an SIU Carbondale physicist named Walter Henneberger published a paper suggesting that an electron could be freed from an atom and bound to it at the same time, with the help of super-intense lasers. It was a...

 

AP Explains: Trump says wall will stop drugs, facts differ

PHOENIX (AP) — In his demands that Congress set aside $5.7 billion for a border wall, President Donald Trump has insisted that a new physical barrier would stop heroin entering the U.S. from Mexico. "Our southern border is a pipeline for vast quant...

 

Ranchers: Government shutdown restricts cattle transactions

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota ranchers say the partial government shutdown is stalling some cattle sales because checks from buyers require authorization from the Farm Service Agency. Ranchers who have an FSA loan need an agent to co-sign...

 

Trump administration proposes higher 'Obamacare' premiums

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday announced proposed rule changes that would lead to a modest premium increase next year under the Affordable Care Act, potentially handing Democrats a new presidential-year health care issue....

 

Opioid crisis brings unwanted attention to wealthy family

BOSTON (AP) — The Sackler name is emblazoned on the walls at some of the world's great museums and universities, including the Smithsonian, the Guggenheim and Harvard. But now the family's ties to OxyContin and the painkiller's role in the deadly...

 

DeVos suffered broken pelvis, hip socket in cycling accident

WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is recovering from a broken pelvis and hip socket that she suffered in a recent cycling accident. DeVos commented on her injuries Thursday while speaking in Washington at an event for young...

 

Phoenix police: Dead newborn found in Amazon site's restroom

PHOENIX (AP) — A newborn baby girl was found dead in a women's restroom inside an Amazon distribution center and investigators have located and spoken with the mother, Phoenix police said Thursday. Sgt. Vince Lewis said police were not commenting...

 

AP Exclusive: UN health chief orders probe into misconduct

LONDON (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization has ordered an internal investigation into allegations the U.N. health agency is rife with racism, sexism and corruption, after a series of anonymous emails with the explosive charges were...

 

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