• Study: Polar bears could feel global warming's sting by 2025

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    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — About a third of the world's polar bears could be in imminent danger from greenhouse gas emissions in as soon as a decade, a U.S. government report shows. The U.S. Geological Survey, the Interior Department's research arm, said updated scientific models don't bode well for polar bear populations across the world, especially in Alaska, the only state in the nation with the white bears. The report released this week is part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's recovery plan for the polar bear. It is expected to be published Thursday in the Federal Register. Greenhouse gases are blamed for the climate warming that's reducing the polar bear's summer sea ice habitat.

  • Former GOP US Senate candidate Annette Bosworth avoids jail

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    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Former South Dakota U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth will not have to serve immediate jail time for elections violations provided she meets the conditions of three years of probation, according to a sentence handed down by a circuit court judge on Wednesday. Bosworth was sentenced to two years prison each for her twelve felony counts to be served concurrently, but the jail time was suspended as long as she completes the probation. She was convicted in May of perjury and filing false documents in her failed bid for a U.S. Senate seat in 2014. "I'm sad," Bosworth said as she walked out of the Hughes County Courthouse in Pierre, South Dakota, with her attorney Bob Van Norman and her family.

  • Bond nearly final for doctor tied to NJ Sen. Menendez

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    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida doctor charged with corruption alongside New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez could be released from jail as soon as Thursday after 11 weeks behind bars. Prosecutors reached a tentative $18 million bond agreement with defense attorneys for Dr. Salomon Melgen on Wednesday. They were to finalize the terms in a hearing Thursday. In a daylong series of hearings, prosecutors questioned the eye surgeon and his wife Flor on their finances, a continuation of weeks of court appearances in which every aspect of the couple's accounts, investments and real estate has been explored.

  • 3,000 baby floats recalled because they can deflate

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    NEW YORK (AP) — About 3,000 inflatable baby floats are being recalled because they can deflate, posing a risk that a child could drown. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday that the seams on the floats, distributed by Otteroo Corp. of San Francisco, can leak air. There have been 54 reports of broken seams but no reports of injuries, the CPSC said. The recalled float is a round ring that fastens around a baby's neck. Otteroo is printed on the top of the float. They were sold on Otteroo.com, Amazon.com and Zulily.com between January 2014 and July 2014 for about $35. Customers should stop using the float and contact Otteroo for a replacement, the CPSC said. Otteroo can be reached at 415-236-53

  • Ohio funeral home owner indicted after bodies found in room

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    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The owner of a funeral home where several bodies intended for cremation were found in a state of decay was charged Wednesday with abuse of a corpse. The two-count indictment said that Robert Tate Jr. treated a corpse in a way that would outrage reasonable community sensibilities. The charge against him is a felony. Tate already has had his license suspended by a state board that oversees funeral homes and has been sued by the family of a man whose body was among those in the funeral home. Authorities removed the bodies of 10 adults and a premature infant from Tate Funeral Services in late May after receiving a complaint about the business.

  • A look at the 7 shark attacks off NC in 2015

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    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — There have been seven people attacked by sharks along the North Carolina coast in the past three weeks, the most recorded in one year since the Florida Museum of Natural History's International Shark Attack File began keeping records 80 years ago. The highest previous total was five attacks in 2010. Here are details of the attacks: — June 11: A 13-year-old girl suffered small cuts to her foot at Ocean Isle Beach. — June 15: A 12-year-old girl from Asheboro lost part of her arm and suffered a leg injury and a 16-year-old boy from Colorado Springs, Colorado, lost his left arm less than 90 minutes later and about 2 miles away off the town of Oak Island. Each victim was about 20 yards offshore.

  • Polygamous Montana trio applies for wedding license

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    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man said Wednesday that he was inspired by last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage to apply for a marriage license so that he can legally wed his second wife. Nathan Collier and his wives Victoria and Christine applied at the Yellowstone County Courthouse in Billings on Tuesday in an attempt to legitimize their polygamous marriage. Montana, like all 50 states, outlaws bigamy — holding multiple marriage licenses — but Collier said he plans to sue if the application is denied. "It's about marriage equality," Collier told The Associated Press Wednesday. "You can't have this without polygamy.

  • Maryland farmer testifies at trial, denies abusing livestock

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    FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A Maryland farmer charged with 20 counts of animal cruelty testified Wednesday that he treated his cattle, goats and sheep better than authorities did when they seized the livestock he allegedly neglected. Lawyers gave their closing arguments but the verdict won't be announced until July 22, when the bench trial reconvenes. Daniel Rohrer Jr., 61, of Boonsboro, acknowledged he left dead sheep decaying for years in his barn, but said the carcasses didn't affect his care of the animals living there. He agreed that some of his cows were thin, but said that was because they were nursing calves. He acknowledged that some goats had hooves in need of trimming but said the animals were either too hard to

  • Libya's internationally accepted PM 'aspires' to peace deal

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    VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The internationally recognized prime minister of Libya says he is "aspiring" to sign a peace agreement with representatives of the rival Islamist-led Tripoli government in Morocco on Thursday. Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni made the comments during a brief visit to Malta on Wednesday. He said there were people who supported and opposed the agreement, and that "any decision taken will always have enemies." But he said: "The wise and kind people of Libya" want to reach a solution. Since last year, Libya has been split between an elected parliament, which was forced to convene in the country's far east, and Islamist-led government backed by militias that seized Tripoli last August.

  • New warden, security measures after New York prison escape

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    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A range of new security measures is being put in place at a maximum-security prison to close gaps exploited by two inmates who escaped last month. The state correction department said Wednesday that includes stepped-up searches of inmates' cells, staffing changes to ensure bed checks are more effective and installation of security gates in the facility's tunnels. The department also announced that 30-year correction veteran Michael Kirkpatrick will be the new superintendent of the prison, the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.

  • Is it endangered? More study for alligator snapping turtles

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    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal protection may be needed for three amphibian species and seven reptiles, including the hard-biting, spiky-shelled alligator snapping turtle, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says. The Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday that those species will undergo further study to decide whether they merit classification as endangered or threatened. Among those species the agency says warrant scrutiny are a spotted turtle once found across the Eastern Seaboard from Maine to Florida, and green salamanders, a tree-climbing species that once inhabited 13 Appalachian states. Also on the list for 12-month study are several species of snakes and lizards and a frog.

  • Scores killed as militants attack Egyptian troops in Sinai

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    EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Islamic State-linked militants struck Egyptian army outposts in the Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday in a coordinated wave of suicide bombings and battles that underlined the government's failure to stem an insurgency despite a two-year crackdown. Security officials said dozens of troops were killed, along with nearly 100 attackers. The restive territory's deadliest fighting in decades followed the assassination of Egypt's chief prosecutor and a vow by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to step up the legal battle against Islamic militants. Later Wednesday, a special forces team raided a Cairo apartment and killed nine fugitive members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, including a former member of parliame

  • In Wisconsin, Sanders hopes to find like-minded liberals

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    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is hoping to tap the long history of liberalism and progressive politics in Wisconsin as he pushes his campaign into Republican Gov. Scott Walker's backyard. Sanders has booked the downtown Alliant Energy Center with the goal of filling its 10,000 seats to show his bid to snatch the Democratic nomination from front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton isn't a longshot after all. In a conference call ahead of his speech Wednesday night, Sanders told reporters that 9,500 people have said they expect to attend.

  • Chad forces arrest Boko Haram leader, hold 74 others

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    N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — Chad's chief prosecutor says that security forces have arrested one of the leaders of the Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram. Prosecutor Alhassim Khamis said in a statement Monday that Bahna Fanaye, whose alias is Mahamat Moustapha, was apprehended Sunday, along with two others. He said Fanaye coordinated the trafficking of weapons between Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad for the radical Islamic network. Khamis said forces seized various weapons, communication materials, documents and more than 50 SIM cards from Fanaye's home. He said a man described as the financier of the group was also arrested in another operation. Khamis says that security forces have now detained 74 suspects.

  • Man who shot police chokehold video arrested on drug charges

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    NEW YORK (AP) — A man who recorded video of a white police officer applying a fatal chokehold to a black man has been arrested on drug charges, police said Wednesday. Ramsey Orta was arrested in Manhattan after selling $40 worth of the euphoria-inducing stimulant MDMA, also known as the party drug Molly, to an undercover officer, authorities said. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. Orta vehemently denies the charges and denies committing the crime, defense lawyer Will Aronin said. "He maintains this is all part of the harassment he has faced" from law enforcement following the posting of the video last summer, Aronin said.

  • Man bitten by shark on NC Outer Banks is 7th this summer

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    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A shark bit a 68-year-old man several times Wednesday in waist-deep water off North Carolina's Outer Banks, officials said, the seventh in a record-breaking year of shark attacks for the state's coastal waters. A hospital spokeswoman had no report of his condition Wednesday afternoon. The man suffered wounds to his ribcage, lower leg, hip and both hands as he tried to fight off the animal, said Justin Gibbs, the director of emergency services in Hyde County. The attack happened around noon on a beach on Ocracoke Island, right in front of a lifeguard tower, he said. "He was pulled under by the shark," said Gibbs, who said witnesses reported the animal was about 7 feet long.

  • Boy chained up with dead chicken around neck tells his story

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Handcuffed and shackled to a block of steel, the young boy would brace himself when he heard footsteps outside his bedroom door. He knew that once the grown-ups entered, the abuse would begin. For years, he was whipped with belts, his face was burned with electrical wires and his fingers were broken with pliers — all to "teach him a lesson." The abusers, who have since pleaded guilty, were his legal guardian — a supervisor with the Department of Social Services in Union County, North Carolina — and her longtime boyfriend, an emergency room nurse. The abuse ended in November 2013 after police discovered the boy in handcuffs, chained to the front porch of the house with a dead chicken hung around

  • SUVs, muscle cars help auto industry maintain momentum

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    DETROIT (AP) — Americans again bought vehicles that sit up high and come loaded with features like backup cameras and smartphone capabilities in June. Horsepower was also in; gas-sipping not so much. SUVs of all sizes continued to fly off dealer lots. Sales of the larger Ford Explorer rose 30 percent; Nissan's Rogue small SUV posted a 54 percent jump; and sales of the Jeep Cherokee gained 39 percent. Total sales rose 3.9 percent over last June to 1.48 million, according to Autodata Corp. For the first half of the year, sales gained 4.4 percent to 8.5 million. Buoyed by the momentum, the National Automobile Dealers Association this week raised its full-year sales forecast to 17.2 million vehicles from just under 17 mil

  • Family sues after California frat pledge died on hazing hike

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The family of a California college student who died during a grueling fraternity hike sued the organization and the school on Wednesday, saying the young man's death was senseless and easily preventable. Armando Villa, who attended California State University, Northridge, died a year ago Wednesday after the 19-year-old collapsed during an 18-mile hike organized by Pi Kappa Phi. The group was hiking in hot temperatures with little water and inadequate shoes, a school investigation found. The investigation concluded that hazing was to blame. Villa's mother and stepfather filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the university, school administrators and the fraternity, alleging negligence and hazing.

  • Ex-Illinois women's basketball players sue school, coach

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    URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Seven former University of Illinois women's basketball players sued the university Wednesday, accusing coach Matt Bollant and a former assistant of violating their civil rights by using race to divide the team and try to force some players out. The lawsuit adds to this year's stream of accusations against the school's sports programs over player treatment. Some of the plaintiffs' parents made similar complaints to the school in May, claims that are being investigated by a university-hired law firm along with one from a former football player who says his injuries weren't properly handled. A former soccer player has sued the school over the handling of her concussions.




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