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Alaska climate change

Sunday, August 30, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Global warming is carving measurable changes into Alaska, and President Barack Obama is about to see it. Obama leaves today for a three-day visit to the 49th state in which he will speak at a State Department climate change conference and become the first president to visit the Alaska Arctic. There, and in the sub-Arctic part of the state, he will see the damage caused by warming … 0

Supreme Court can resolve Ky. gay marriage license issue

Sunday, August 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court gets its first chance this week to respond to religious-liberty advocates who say the court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage threatens the rights of some conservative Christians. Lawyers for a Kentucky county clerk who opposes same-sex marriage on religious grounds are asking the justices to grant her … 0

When the wells run dry

Sunday, August 30, 2015

TULARE, Calif. — Looking for water to flush his toilet, Tino Lozano pointed a garden hose at some buckets in the bare dirt of his yard. It’s his daily ritual now in a community built by refugees from Oklahoma’s Dust Bowl. But only a trickle came out; then a drip, then nothing more. … 0

Standoff over gay marriage licenses wears on, despite ruling

Thursday, August 27, 2015

MOREHEAD, Ky. — A clerk in a rural Kentucky county continued to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday in defiance of a mounting pile of federal court orders that reject her claim that her Christian faith should … 0

Need clean water?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

PITTSBURGH — Can bacteria-killing filter paper packaged in the form of a convenient book help people around the globe gain access to clean drinking water? That’s the hope of Theresa Dankovich, postdoctoral research associate in the civil and … 0

Dead migrants found in abandoned truck near Austrian capital

Thursday, August 27, 2015

VIENNA — As regional leaders met Thursday to tackle Europe’s refugee crisis, a gruesome discovery unfolded a short drive from the Austrian capital: An abandoned truck was found with at least 20 — and possibly up to 50 … 0

4 killed in Dominica as Tropical Storm Erika hits island

Thursday, August 27, 2015

ROSEAU, Dominica — Tropical Storm Erika pounded the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica on Thursday, unleashing flooding and mudslides that killed at least four people and knocked out power and water supplies. The storm, which was forecast to … 0

Polar-bear mystery solved: Cute cub Knut died of autoimmune disease

Thursday, August 27, 2015

BERLIN — Knut, a cute polar bear that became a global celebrity then mysteriously drowned at age 4 in his Berlin Zoo pen, died of a rare autoimmune disease, a scientist revealed Thursday. The finding solves a mystery that has lingered since Knut’s sudden death in 2011. Knut, … 0

On-air shooter threatened to make ‘headlines,’ showed anger

Thursday, August 27, 2015

ROANOKE, Va. — On the day he was fired from a Virginia TV station, Vester Flanagan pressed a wooden cross into his boss’ hand as two police officers walked him to the door. “You’ll need this,” he said. … 0

More than seven decades later, Monaco apologizes for deporting Jews

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Monaco committed the “irreparable” injustice of deporting Jews to Nazi camps during World War II, Prince Albert II said Thursday in belated apology for the action 73 years ago that sent scores of residents and refugees to their deaths. Many of the 66 people handed over to Nazi … 0

Calif. cut water use by 31%in July

Thursday, August 27, 2015

FRESNO, Calif. — California cities cut water use by a combined 31 percent in July, exceeding the governor’s statewide mandate to conserve, officials said Thursday. The strong water conservation figures show California residents are beginning to understand the … 0

Alaskans wonder if their state is exhibit or target for Obama

Thursday, August 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — When President Barack Obama visits Alaska next week, he’ll be greeted by politicians eager to show off their state’s vast wilderness and stirring scenery — and skeptical of White House plans to protect those resources. The state’s political leaders are anxious about whether Obama’s trip will … 0

ACLU sues to block sweeping Nev. education funding program

Thursday, August 27, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. — A Nevada education funding program that’s considered the nation’s broadest school choice initiative has attracted its first legal challenge, with three civil liberties groups saying it violates the state constitution by releasing public funds to religious schools. The American Civil Liberties Union, its Nevada … 0