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In this undated photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Cecil the lion rests in Hwange National Park, in Hwange, Zimbabwe. Two Zimbabweans arrested for illegally hunting a lion appeared in court Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The head of Zimbabwe’s safari association said the killing was unethical and that it couldn’t even be classified as a hunt, since the lion killed by an American dentist was lured into the kill zone. (Andy Loveridge/Wildlife Conservation Research Unit via AP)

Zimbabweans baffled by foreign concern for killed lion

Thursday, July 30, 2015

HARARE, Zimbabwe — While the death of a protected lion in Zimbabwe has caused outrage in the United States — much of it centered on the Minnesota dentist who killed the animal — most in Zimbabwe expressed a degree of bafflement over the concern. The discovery that Cecil, the star of Zimbabwe national park had been lured out and killed … 0

Wing part could help solve mystery of missing airliner

Thursday, July 30, 2015

SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion — A barnacle-encrusted wing part that washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island could help solve one of aviation’s greatest mysteries, as investigators work to connect it to the Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished more than a year ago. The surprise discovery of the debris on a rocky beach stirred … 0

Afghan Taliban picks new leader, peace talks with govt. postponed

Thursday, July 30, 2015

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The confirmation of former Afghanistan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar’s death reverberated Thursday as the insurgent group reportedly selected a new leader but signaled growing dissension over peace talks with the Afghan government. The Taliban acknowledged that the long-missing Omar had died and announced that its leadership council had selected as his replacement his former deputy, Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor, who … 0

Could deep-Earth microbes extend oil, gas fracking boom?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — On a muddy hill above a World War II ordnance plant that made material for atomic bombs, a fracking crew will drill thousands of feet underground in a search for life itself. The drilling is … 0

Nation and World Briefs, July 31

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Lawyers battle over reasons to spare life of Colo. theater gunman CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Defense attorneys for James Holmes made one more appeal for mercy Thursday for the Colorado movie theater shooter, urging jurors to consider his mental … 0

Congress approves highway stopgap money

Thursday, July 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — With just a day to spare, Congress approved a stopgap measure to fund the federal highway program, sending President Barack Obama the legislation to avert a Friday shutdown of transportation projects nationwide. The $8 billion bill will keep federal projects on track for the next three … 0

Filthy Rio water a threat at 2016 Olympics

Thursday, July 30, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO — The waters where Olympians will compete in swimming and boating events next summer in South America’s first games are rife with human sewage and present a serious health risk for athletes, as well as … 0

Is the Internet listening in?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — Like a lot of teenagers, Aanya Nigam reflexively shares her whereabouts, activities and thoughts on Twitter, Instagram and other social networks without a qualm. But Aanya’s care-free attitude dissolved into paranoia a few months ago … 0

Rising debt increasing risk of another financial crisis

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — It’s not just Greece, Puerto Rico and China. Debt is piling up around the world — stifling global economic growth and heightening the risk of more defaults and market turmoil. World leaders are caught in a … 0

Penn. congressman indicted on charges of racketeering

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., and four associates were indicted Wednesday on racketeering conspiracy charges stemming from several alleged schemes to misuse campaign funds and hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal grant money to further their political and financial interests. The five schemes include accepting … 0

Olympic officials insist on US bid for 2024 games

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The International Olympic Committee is continuing to pressure the U.S. to submit a replacement for Boston’s failed 2024 Summer Games bid. Speaking to reporters Wednesday, IOC President Thomas Bach said the U.S. Olympic Committee had earlier promised to be part of the bidding cycle. “We are sure the … 0

LAPD investigation into Bill Cosby could help establish pattern of abuse

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Of the many misconduct allegations made by women against Bill Cosby in Los Angeles over the decades, L.A. police are actively investigating only one. It involves claims by a woman who says Cosby, who has … 0

Congress works toward highway fund stopgap before August recess

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — Congress is poised to avert a looming shutdown of federal highway accounts with passage of a temporary measure that will keep operations funded for the next three months, but the move creates a possible new crisis point for the fall. The House approved a compromise stopgap … 0