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Trump administration drops Obama-era water protection rule

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The Trump administration on Thursday revoked an Obama-era regulation that shielded many U.S. wetlands and streams from pollution but was opposed by developers and farmers who said it hurt economic development and infringed ...

Grand jury indicts man on capital murder for El Paso attack

By JAKE BLEIBERG and CEDAR ATTANASIO Associated Press EL PASO, Texas — A man accused of gunning down people at a busy Walmart in El Paso last month was indicted Thursday for capital murder, prosecutors announced. Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas, was indicted on one count in ...

Veterans with PTSD, anxiety turn to beekeeping for relief

By MICHAEL CASEY and MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press MANCHESTER, N.H. — Gently lifting a wooden frame containing dozens of Italian honeybees, Vince Ylitalo seemed transfixed as he and several other veterans inspected the buzzing insects. "This is really cool," he said, ...

Study finds the universe might be two billion years younger

By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer WASHINGTON — The universe is looking younger every day, it seems. New calculations suggest the universe could be a couple billion years younger than scientists now estimate, and even younger than suggested by two other calculations published this ...

Water, temperature right for life at another star’s planet

By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — In a tantalizing first, scientists have discovered water at a planet outside our solar system that has temperatures suitable for life. Two research groups announced this week that they've found water vapor in the atmosphere of ...

Today in History

By Associated Press On Sept. 12, 2001, stunned rescue workers continued to search for bodies in the World Trade Center's smoking rubble a day after a terrorist attack that shut down the financial capital, badly damaged the Pentagon and left thousands dead. President Bush, branding the attacks ...

Apple takes on Netflix with a $5-a-month streaming service

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Technology Writer CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple is finally taking on Netflix with its own streaming television service and, uncharacteristically for the company, offering it at a bargain price — $5 a month beginning on Nov. 1. Walt Disney Co. is launching its own ...

New Atwood novel ‘The Testaments’ revisits dystopian world

LONDON (AP) — Margaret Atwood often gets asked if "The Testaments," her sequel to "The Handmaid's Tale," is set in a dystopian world. "Let us hope so," she says drily. The Canadian author noted as her new novel was published with a ferocious blast of publicity Tuesday that several U.S. ...

‘Freeport flag ladies’ wave Stars and Stripes one final time

By DAVID SHARP Associated Press FREEPORT, Maine — After the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush encouraged a reeling nation to light candles in honor of the victims. Elaine Greene and two friends joined the hordes in a candlelight vigil, but not before she ...

In small section of border wall, Trump’s promise takes shape

By ASTRID GALVAN Associated Press YUMA, Ariz. — On a dirt road past rows of date trees, just feet from a dry section of Colorado River, a small construction crew is putting up a towering border wall that the government hopes will reduce — for good — the flow of immigrants who cross ...

Police: Texas gunman was violent at psychiatric facility

By JAKE BLEIBERG Associated Press DALLAS — The gunman who killed seven people in West Texas over Labor Day weekend was hospitalized nearly two decades ago at a psychiatric facility, where he punched a hole in a wall and menaced security staff with a piece of pipe pried from a toilet ...

Bill giving protections to Uber drivers, others moves ahead

By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers sent the governor a bill Wednesday that would give new wage and benefit protections to workers at so-called gig economy companies such as Uber and Lyft where people pick up jobs on their own schedule. The 56-15 ...

Judge: StarKist to pay $100M fine in tuna price-fixing case

By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge in San Francisco on Wednesday ordered StarKist Co. to pay a $100 million fine in a canned tuna price-fixing conspiracy involving the industry's top three companies. The Pittsburgh-based company was also sentenced to 13 ...

Justices weigh discipline against Penn State’s ex-counsel

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania's Supreme Court considered arguments in Philadelphia Tuesday over whether the chief lawyer for Penn State when the Jerry Sandusky scandal broke should face public censure. The state's lawyer disciplinary board recommended that punishment in March for Cynthia ...

Reputed mobster gets one-year term in loan sharking case

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A reputed Philadelphia mobster has been sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to extorting a man who took out a loan from him. Philip Narducci, 57, told a federal judge Tuesday that he just wanted "to get back to my family and get back to work," The ...

Senate-passed Sunday hunting bill hits opposition in House

By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. — A proposal to allow limited hunting in Pennsylvania on Sundays ran into opposition during an information hearing Tuesday and a key committee chairman said its final passage in the state House was in doubt. After a contentious ...

Court rules against gas firm seeking pipeline in NJ and Pa.

By DAVID PORTER Associated Press A federal appeals court dealt a defeat Tuesday to a gas company seeking to build a pipeline through parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, in a ruling the judges conceded could change how the natural gas industry operates. The ruling by the 3rd U.S. ...

HBO produces documentary to help kids understand 9/11

By DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer NEW YORK — For students from elementary to high school, the Sept. 11 terrorist attack isn't a memory. It's history. A new HBO documentary that debuts on the event's 18th anniversary treats it that way. The necessity of her project, "What Happened on ...

Rocket blast at US Embassy in Kabul on 9/11 anniversary

By CARA ANNA Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan — A rocket exploded at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan just minutes into Wednesday, the anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the United States, but officials at the compound later declared an all-clear and reported no injuries. A plume of ...

Fourth and final crewman pulled alive from capsized ship

By JEFF AMY and STEPHEN MORTON Associated Press JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. — Coast Guard rescuers pulled four trapped men alive from a capsized cargo ship Monday, drilling into the hull's steel plates to extract the crew members more than a day after their vessel overturned while leaving a ...