• Restitution ordered in dinosaur footprint theft

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    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man who pleaded guilty in the theft of a priceless fossilized dinosaur footprint that's never been recovered was sentenced Monday to a year of probation and ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution. Jared Ehlers, 35, in February pried a piece of sandstone with an ancient three-toed dinosaur track from a trail for off-road vehicles near Moab in southeastern Utah, federal prosecutors say. Authorities believe he got nervous after being questioned in the case and dumped the print — thought to be up to 190 million years old — into the Colorado River. In court Monday, the Moab man told U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball he regretted pulling up the 150-pound piece of sandstone. "I don't have

  • Panama suspends Supreme Court judge for corruption

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    PANAMA CITY (AP) — A Supreme Court justice linked to former President Ricardo Martinelli was suspended on Monday over corruption charges in a landmark corruption case that has mesmerized much of Panama. Alejandro Moncada has for weeks been battling accusations he profited from his ties to the former conservative leader after documents emerged showing he paid mostly in cash for two luxury apartments valued at over $1.7 million. Such properties are seemingly incompatible with Moncada's $120,000 a year salary and don't show up in a sworn affidavit delivered shortly before joining the bench in 2010 in which he declared a 4x4 truck and an expensive watch as his only assets.

  • Former Australia Prime Minister Gough Whitlam dies

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    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Former Australian Prime Minister Edward Gough Whitlam, who was dismissed from office in a constitutional crisis in 1975, died Tuesday, family members said. He was 98 years old. Known as Gough Whitlam, he led his reformist center-left Labor Party into power at elections in 1972 for the first time in a generation. He was dismissed in 1975 by Governor-General Sir John Kerr, who represented the British Monarch who is Australia's head of state. It was the only time since Australian federation in 1901 that a governor-general had fired a democratically elected government. Whitlam's four children confirmed the death in Sydney in a statement. They described him as "a loving and generous father.

  • Appeals court revives Syngenta, Bunge GMO lawsuit

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    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal appeals court gave agricultural chemical-maker Syngenta Seeds hope Monday that it may be able to proceed with a lawsuit against grain storage and transportation company Bunge North America for refusing to accept one of Syngenta's genetically modified corn varieties. Syngenta sued Bunge in 2011, claiming it illegally refused to buy Syngenta's Viptera corn from farmers that year. Viptera is genetically modified to control pests. The case highlights the complications arising from genetically modified grain entering international markets; some foreign importers accept GMOs, while others do not. China is a significant buyer of U.S. corn but has strict rules against accepting GMO grain.

  • 5.6-magnitude quake felt on Ecuador-Colombia line

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    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A magnitude-5.6 earthquake rattled Ecuador's border with Colombia on Monday, shaking low-lying buildings and frightening residents in the sparsely-populated area. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at 3:33 p.m. EDT, had a depth of about 10 kilometers (6 miles) and was centered about 113 kilometers (70 miles) northeast of Quito. It initially measured the quake at 6-magnitude, but downgraded it to 5.6 several hours later. The tremor was felt in small towns on both sides of the border. Officials in the Colombian town of Cumbal, near the quake's epicenter, said they formed an emergency committee to survey possible damage.

  • Millions in Social Security for expelled Nazis

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    OSIJEK, Croatia (AP) — Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream. His plastics company in the Rust Belt town of Akron, Ohio, thrived. By the late 1980s, he had acquired the trappings of success: a Cadillac DeVille and a Lincoln Town Car, a lakefront home, investments in oil and real estate. Then the Nazi hunters showed up. In 1989, as the U.S. government prepared to strip him of his citizenship, Denzinger packed a pair of suitcases and fled to Germany. He later settled in this pleasant town on the Drava River, where he lives comfortably, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers. He collects a Social Security payment of about $1,500 each month, nearly twice the take-home pay of an average Croatian worker.

  • US agency warns car owners to get air bags fixed

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    DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million people to get the air bags in their cars fixed, amid concern that a defect in the devices can possibly kill or injure the driver or passengers. The inflator mechanisms in the air bags can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out when the bags are deployed in crashes. Safety advocates say at least four people have died from the problem and there have been multiple injuries. Multiple automakers have recalled vehicles in the U.S. over the past two years to repair air bag inflators made by Takata Corp., a Tokyo-based supplier of seat belts, air bags, steering wheels and other auto parts.

  • New atlas will help find 'gaps' in crop production

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    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new mapping tool unveiled Monday and developed by the University of Nebraska and other project partners could help boost global crop production while conserving land and water. The Global Yield Gap Atlas allows farmers, governments and businesses to estimate the "gap" between potential and actual crop yields based on plant, soil and climate data in a specific area, said Roberto Lenton, founder and director of the university's Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute. Creators of the atlas say the technology could help farmers produce enough food to support more than 9 billion people by 2050 while conserving water and other natural resources.

  • White House: Nazis shouldn't get Social Security

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Nazis should not be collecting Social Security benefits as they age overseas, the White House said Monday, responding to an Associated Press investigation that revealed millions of dollars have been paid to war-crimes suspects and former SS guards forced out of the U.S. "Our position is we don't believe these individuals should be getting these benefits," White House spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters in Chicago. He did not say whether or how the government might end the payments. AP reported Sunday that dozens of Nazi suspects collected benefits after leaving the United States. The payments flowed through a legal loophole that gave the Justice Department leverage to persuade Nazi suspects to lea

  • Mexico offers reward for info on missing students

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    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government announced rewards Monday of 1.5 million pesos ($111,000) for information on 43 students from a rural teachers' college who have been missing since Sept. 26. The government ran full-page ads in Mexican newspapers with pictures of the 43 young men. The government also offered 1.5 million pesos for information on those who had abducted or killed the students. The government says it still does not know what happened to the students of the radical teachers' college, after they were rounded up by local police and allegedly handed over to gunmen from a drug cartel. About 50 people have been arrested or detained in the case, including police officers and suspected members of the Guerr

  • Convicted murderer sues state over prison porn ban

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    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A convicted murderer sentenced to more than a half-century behind bars is suing the state of Connecticut, saying its ban on pornography in prison violates his constitutional rights. Dwight Pink Jr., 44, says in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in July that guards have used the policy to deny him an art book, "The Atlas of Foreshortening," which uses nude models to help show how to draw the human form. Pink says the ban is a violation of his free speech rights and serves no meaningful objective in prison. The state filed its response Monday, saying Pink has not been harmed by the ban and none of his rights were violated.

  • Smithsonian aims to raise $1.5B to improve museums

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian Institution has embarked on a major campaign to raise $1.5 billion and increase private support for the world's largest museum and research complex to fund programs in history, science, art and culture. The Smithsonian's Board of Regents announced the goal Monday and revealed more than $1 billion already has been raised in a quiet phase since October 2011. This is the first institution-wide fundraising effort and the largest campaign in history for any cultural institution, Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough said. The campaign will continue through 2017. Several large gifts were previously announced for large projects. David H. Koch donated $35 million for a major renovation of the Smithson

  • New York favors high school graduation options

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    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — New York education leaders on Monday endorsed a plan to give students more flexibility in how they earn their high school diplomas with the goal of improving graduation rates and career readiness. The Board of Regents agreed that instead of passing five Regents exams to graduate — one each in English, science and math and two in history — students should be able to choose a 4 + 1 option and replace one of the history exams with an exam in their chosen career field, such as science or the arts. "These new pathways to graduation will give students confidence, competence and a real choice," Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch said after the board approved draft regulations at a meeting in Albany.

  • Urgent-care clinics ill-equipped to treat Ebola

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    A new concern over the spread of Ebola surfaced recently when a Dallas County sheriff's deputy who searched the apartment of the first patient to die from the virus in the U.S. started feeling ill and went to an urgent-care center. The clinics popping up rapidly across the nation aren't designed to treat serious illnesses and are ill-equipped to deal with suspected Ebola cases. Doctors are urging patients to avoid smaller medical facilities and head to emergency rooms if they think they've been exposed to the virus that has put a focus on weak spots in the U.S. health care system. "Patients have a difficult time deciding where they need to go for care" but hospitals are best for serious problems, Dr. William Gluckman sa

  • Turkey says it helps Kurdish fighters enter Syria

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    SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Turkey said it was helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to support their brethren fighting Islamic State militants in a key border town, although activists inside embattled Kobani said no forces had arrived by Monday evening, raising questions about whether the mission was really underway. The statement by Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu came hours after the U.S. airdropped weapons and ammunition to resupply Kurdish fighters for the first time. Those airdrops Sunday followed weeks of airstrikes by a U.S.-led coalition in and near Kobani.

  • Swiss photographer Rene Burri dies at 81

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    GENEVA (AP) — Rene Burri, a Swiss photographer best known for his iconic black and white portraits of Communist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara and painter Pablo Picasso, has died. He was 81. Magnum Photos, the agency of which he had been a long-time member, confirmed Burri died in Zurich Monday of cancer. "Not only was he one of the great post-war photographers, he was also one of the most generous people I have had the privilege to meet," Martin Parr, the president of Magnum Photos, said in a statement. "His contribution to Magnum and his unrivalled ability to tell stories and entertain us over this time will be part of his enormous legacy.

  • Report oil found in Paraguay; gov't cautious

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    ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — A British energy company said on Monday that it made its first major oil discovery in Paraguay's Chaco Basin, though the government said it's too soon to tell if the find is commercially viable. Shares of London-based President Energy doubled after the oil explorer announced the discovery of light oil in the Lapacho well some 280 miles (450 kilometers) north of the capital, Asuncion. The company said the find is "expected to be commercial." "This discovery represents a significant milestone for both President Energy and for the country of Paraguay," said company Chairman Peter Levine. "President has demonstrated beyond doubt that movable conventional oil does exist in the Paraguayan Chaco.

  • Woman saved from California chimney, then arrested

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    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — A woman stuck in the chimney of a Southern California house has been rescued and arrested. Ventura County fire Capt. Ron Oatman says firefighters responding to neighbors' reports of a woman crying had to chisel away much of the chimney and lubricate it with dish soap Sunday to free 30-year-old Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa. The Ventura County Star (http://bit.ly/1CImWnP ) reports she was arrested on suspicion of illegal entry and giving false information to police. Police say Nunez-Figueroa knows the owner of the home in Thousand Oaks, who wasn't there. They wouldn't elaborate. She had no clear injuries but was taken to a hospital for evaluation. Police didn't know if she'd hired an attorn

  • Submarine hunt sends Cold War chill across Baltic

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    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's biggest submarine hunt since the dying days of the Soviet Union has put countries around the Baltic Sea on edge. In a scene reminiscent of the Cold War, Swedish naval ships, helicopters and ground troops combed the Stockholm archipelago for a fourth day Monday for signs of a foreign submarine or smaller underwater craft that officials suspect entered Swedish waters illegally. While Sweden hasn't linked any country to the suspected intrusion — and Moscow suggested it was a Dutch sub — the incident sent a chill through the Baltic Sea region, where Russian forces have been accused of a series of border violations on land, sea and air in recent months.

  • Everglades trail surveyed for cultural artifacts

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    EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. (AP) — Archaeologists are poking through the muck under a boardwalk in Everglades National Park, looking for evidence of a prehistoric culture. National Park Service archaeologists are sampling sediment, sucking up mud and water about 10 feet deep with an aluminum tube and then dumping the contents over a screen. When the pond was dredged in 1968 after a record drought, a park ranger noticed hundreds of artifacts, including bone pieces sharpened into tools or weapons, atop a debris pile. The items were collected and the ranger's notes were catalogued, but the site never was excavated. Archaeologists have returned because the park service wants to replace part of the wooden boardwalk along the