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  • Dispute over western mouse spurs legal action

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists on Friday accused the federal government of not doing enough to protect a rare western mouse that's already at the center of a dispute over access to national forest land and water rights. Native to New Mexico and parts of Arizona and Colorado, the...

  • Italy's Trentin wins 7th Tour leg in photo finish

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    NANCY, France (AP) — Matteo Trentin of Italy won Friday's seventh stage of the Tour de France in a photo finish, after two top American hopefuls went down in the latest spills of a crash-marred edition this year. Fellow Italian Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall leader's yellow jersey. U.S....

  • California man catches 482-pound halibut in Alaska

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A California man hooked the catch of a lifetime while on vacation in Alaska. The Orange County Register reports Friday (http://bit.ly/1qQSWU9) 76-year-old Jack McGuire of Santa Ana caught a 482-pound Pacific halibut. McGuire struggled for 40 minutes before the giant...

  • Authorities: Man set fire at California airport

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A man is in custody on suspicion of arson after authorities say he set fire to cardboard inside a baggage claim area at a San Francisco Bay Area airport. The fire around 3:30 a.m. Friday at Oakland International Airport charred a wall but otherwise caused no damage....

  • College Football Hall of Fame opening Aug. 23

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) — The new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta will open on Aug. 23. The date was announced Thursday. The opening of the 94,000-square-foot facility was timed to coincide with two games at the Georgia Dome to begin the college football season: Mississippi vs. Boise State on...

  • Domes, turrets removed from Mitchell Corn Palace

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — The iconic domes and turrets have been removed from the Corn Palace in Mitchell as a $7.2 million makeover project gains steam. The skyline above Main Street is now noticeably empty. Project manager Dave Epp says the building "looks pretty naked now." The Corn Palace...

  • German artist's sculptures to grace Park Avenue

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Next month a stretch of Park Avenue will be home to seven large-scale stainless steel sculptures by a German artist. The series is titled "Moments in a Stream." It's the work of Amsterdam-based German artist Ewerdt Hilgemann. The works will be located on the center median...

  • Oklahoma ending lease with Walnut Creek State Park

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    PRUE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation has announced it will end its lease for Walnut Creek State Park in northeastern Oklahoma, citing a drop in state funding as the reason for the cutback. The park in Osage County costs more to maintain than it brings in in...

  • Dubai airport soars in rankings of world's busiest

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Now that he's had a taste of running the world's busiest air hub for international passengers, Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths is determined to hang on to the honor while setting his sights on an even bigger prize: beating Atlanta for the title of busiest...

  • 7 injured, no gorings in 5th Pamplona bull run

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — An American and a Briton were among seven people injured Friday as hundreds of daredevils took part in the fifth running of the bulls at Spain's San Fermin festival in Pamplona. The Spanish Red Cross said no one was gored in the hair-raising run but many runners could...

  • Indian prime minister to meet Obama in September

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet President Barack Obama in Washington in September during a visit aimed at restoring strained relations between the countries. At a meeting in New Delhi, Modi told U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns that he was...

  • Relics from investigated collection on display

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana museum is displaying numerous Native American relics belonging to a man from whom the FBI seized many artifacts this spring. The display at the Shelby County Historical Society's Grover Museum includes arrowheads, pottery and tools on loan from Don...

  • Amtrak CEO to stop in New Mexico about train route

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Amtrak's top executive is to travel through New Mexico on Saturday to meet with officials about keeping the Southwest Chief on its current route. But New Mexico Transportation Department spokeswoman Melissa Dosher said no official from Gov. Susana Martinez's...

  • US officials: Dinosaurs returning home to Mongolia

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. officials on Thursday turned over to the Mongolian government enough 80 million-year-old dinosaur skeletons to stock a museum, including two relics of a kind of dinosaur that a prosecutor said "memorably stampeded" in a Hollywood movie. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said...

  • Report: Most of Santa Fe workers live elsewhere

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new report says more than half of the people who work in Santa Fe live outside the northern New Mexico city. The report by economist Ashley Leach of the state Department of Workforce Solutions says the number of commuters grew to 51 percent in 2011 from 42 percent in...

  • Obama books summer getaway on Martha's Vineyard

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has booked a two-week summer getaway for his family on the picturesque Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard. The White House says Obama will head north on Aug. 9 and stay until Aug. 24, when he returns to Washington. It will be the longest summer...

  • Reappraisal in works for pricey Grand Teton tracts

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — State and federal officials are negotiating terms and conditions for an upcoming reappraisal of valuable state land located within the boundaries of Grand Teton National Park that may be swapped for federal land elsewhere in Wyoming. The two state parcels, measuring...

  • Rock Hall planning Everly Brothers tribute show

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Rock and Roll of Fame will honor the Everly Brothers with a tribute concert this fall. The Rock Hall announced Thursday that surviving member Don Everly will appear at the Oct. 25 event at PlayhouseSquare's State Theatre in Cleveland. Phil Everly died from chronic...

  • 5 things about the Tour de France 6th stage

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    REIMS, France (AP) — What could be more fitting than a German winning a Tour de France stage in Reims, a symbol of postwar reconciliation? Well, that's just what speedster Andre Greipel did on Thursday, winning Stage 6 in yet another crash-marred affair as Italy's Vincenzo Nibali held on to...

  • 1,300 migrants avoid harm as Mexico train derails

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A cargo train derailed in southern Mexico without causing any injuries to about 1,300 Central American migrants who had jammed onto the freight cars on their way north toward the United States, authorities said Thursday. Luis Velasco, spokesman for the Oaxaca state civil...

  • Mayor: Atlantic City shift from gambling painful

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Top New Jersey officials may be moving toward letting voters decide whether to expand casino gambling beyond Atlantic City a few years earlier than expected. But Atlantic City's mayor sounds like he's already there — and confident others will get used to a...

  • House, Senate committees advance highway aid plans

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate committees took steps Thursday toward keeping highway and transit aid flowing to states just three weeks before the government says it will have to slow down payments. The House Ways and Means Committee approved on a voice vote a bill by its chairman, Rep....

  • Philadelphia museum's golden goddess glows again

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A symbol of the Philadelphia Museum of Art is once again looking radiant in bright shiny gold after a yearlong restoration. It's the 13-foot-tall sculpture of the Roman goddess Diana in an archer's pose, ready to fire her arrow. The sculpture has long held a place of...

  • Report: Rail delays cost Minnesota farmers

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Delays in railroad shipping have cost Minnesota corn, soybean and wheat farmers nearly $100 million and cut deeply into the value of grain still in storage at farms across the state, according to a University of Minnesota report released at an agricultural freight conference...

  • State sets 2014-2015 wolf hunting, trapping season

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife regulators have set the next wolf hunting and trapping season. The Fish and Wildlife Commission voted Thursday for archery season to run from Sept. 7 through Sept. 14, with rifle season opening Sept. 15 and closing March 15. There are no quotas except...