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Authorities warn virtual kidnapping scams on the rise

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The caller who rang Valerie Sobel's cellphone had a horrifying message: "We have Simone's finger. Do you want to see the rest of her in a body bag?"

July 26, 2017 | | Nation


Drug crisis creates pollution

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) - They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass. They wash into rivers and float downstream to land on beaches. They pepper baseball dugouts, sidewalks and streets. Syringes left by drug users amid the heroin crisis are turning up everywhere.

July 16, 2017 | | Nation


Bald eagle threat: Lead ammo left behind by hunters

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Bald eagles have made a remarkable recovery across the United States since the pesticide DDT was banned 45 years ago, but the majestic birds are still dying from another environmental poison: lead from bullets and shotgun pellets in wildlife carcasses left behind by hunters.

July 16, 2017 | | Nation


Spectators at golf tournament often direct gaze toward Trump

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) - Spectators crowding around the viewing booth near the 15th green of the U.S. Women's Open often had their backs turned toward some of the best golfers in the world.

July 16, 2017 | | Nation


Flash flood kills 9 at Arizona slot canyon swimming hole

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, Ariz. (AP) - At least nine people were killed and others were believed missing when floodwaters from a sudden rainstorm barreled through a normally tranquil swimming area in Tonto National Forest where more than 100 people were taking refuge from summer heat, authorities said Sunday. Some of those washed downstream clung to trees until rescuers reached them.

July 16, 2017 | | Nation


Investigator in ‘84: Seattle mayor abused foster son

SEATTLE (AP) - Three decades before Ed Murray was elected Seattle's mayor, an Oregon child-welfare investigator found that he had sexually abused his foster son, prompting state officials to conclude that "under no circumstances" should Murray serve as a foster parent in the future.

July 16, 2017 | | Nation


More hurdles as Senate again delays vote on GOP health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate delayed a highly anticipated vote this coming week to repeal and replace the nation's health care law after Sen. John McCain's announced absence due to surgery, an enormous setback as time dwindles for Republicans to pass the signature legislation after years of promises.

July 16, 2017 | | Nation


DETROIT AT CROSSROADS

DETROIT (AP) - Deborah Chenault Green is 62, a writer. But 50 years ago she was a pre-teen, sleeping on the porch to escape the oppressive heat, awakening to see a sky that glowed unnaturally.

July 16, 2017 | | Nation


Long his father’s attack dog, Trump Jr. now in eye of political storm

NEW YORK (AP) - Donald Trump Jr. has long been his father's id, the brawler who has helped fuel the president's pugilistic instincts and stood firm as one of his fiercest defenders. Now the president's eldest son is at the center of the firestorm over Russian connections swirling around his father's administration and trying to fight off charges that he was open to colluding with Moscow to defeat Hillary Clinton.

July 11, 2017 | | Nation


Authorities: Utah parents taunted malnourished child

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah couple accused in the death of their toddler daughter taunted the malnourished child with food and attempted to cover her injuries with makeup, prosecutors said in charges filed Tuesday.

July 11, 2017 | | Nation


Parents charged with starving, abusing 5-year-old foster boy

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - A northeastern Wisconsin husband and wife starved and abused their adopted 5-year-old son and accused him of manipulating a trip to the hospital so he could "vacation" there, according to criminal complaints.

July 11, 2017 | | Nation


Florida boy, 3, in body cast for jumping on trampoline

MIAMI (AP) - A 3-year-old Florida boy is in a cast from the waist down for an injury suffered while jumping at a trampoline park, his family said Tuesday, in a case that has circulated nationally on social media and raised questions about age restrictions for the activity.

July 11, 2017 | | Nation


Monkey troupe vexes park, goes viral on social media

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - There's an upswing in monkey business in and around a state park in Florida, where bands of non-native rhesus macaques live along a river that's popular with kayakers and tourists.

July 11, 2017 | | Nation


New GOP health bill likely keeping Obama tax boosts on rich

WASHINGTON (AP) - A revised Senate Republican health care bill will likely retain a pair of tax boosts President Barack Obama imposed on wealthier Americans that have helped finance his law's expansion of coverage, a leading Senate Republican said Tuesday.

July 11, 2017 | | Nation


Some Nevada pot retailers say they’re ‘running on fumes’

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Most of Nevada's recreational marijuana retailers are optimistic an emergency regulation that state officials are expected to approve will help keep them from running out of pot supplies, but some are "running on fumes," an industry official said Tuesday.

July 11, 2017 | | Nation


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Warm waters: Lingering effects for salmon

SEATTLE (AP) - The mass of warm water known as "the blob" that heated up the North Pacific Ocean has dissipated, but scientists are still seeing ...

September 18, 2017 | | Nation


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