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Iranians say U.S. sanctions are breaking the average person

TEHRAN, Iran - As the U.S. piles sanction after sanction on Iran, it's the average person who feels it the most. From a subway performer's battered leather hat devoid of tips, to a bride-to-be's empty purse, the lack of cash from the economic … more

Rise in wildfires means smoke's health impact will spread

BILLINGS, Mont. - Climate change in the Western U.S. means more intense and frequent wildfires churning out waves of smoke that scientists say will sweep across the continent to affect tens of millions of people and cause a spike in premature … more

Iran: 'Idiotic' new U.S. sanctions shut doors of diplomacy

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran warned Tuesday that new U.S. sanctions targeting its supreme leader and other top officials meant "closing the doors of diplomacy" between Tehran and Washington amid heightened tensions, even as President Hassan Rouhani … more

Border official steps down as outrage grows

HOUSTON (AP) - The head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday he is stepping down as his agency is under siege over the discovery of dozens of children in filthy conditions at one of its stations in Texas. Acting Customs and Border … more

Ex-priest dies months into prison sentence

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A former Catholic priest who pleaded guilty last year to raping two boys decades earlier has died just several months into a 20-year prison sentence in South Carolina. Wayland Yoder Brown, 75, died at a hospital June 8 from … more

New technology helps search teams find people in wilderness

HONOLULU - Yesenia D'Alessandro loaded a GPS tracking app on her cellphone and trudged into a remote Hawaii forest, joining more than 100 other volunteers looking for a missing hiker. She climbed through muddy ravines, crossed streams and faced … more

50 years later, the moon is still great for business

NEW YORK (AP) - Fifty years after humans first visited, businesses are still trying to make a buck off the moon. Hundreds of millions of people were riveted when Apollo 11 landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. Naturally, marketers jumped at the … more

Trump imposes sanctions on Iran supreme leader

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday targeting Iran's supreme leader and his associates with financial sanctions, the latest action the U.S. has taken to discourage Tehran from developing nuclear weapons and … more

German firefighters rescue rodent in peril

BERLIN (AP) - Firefighters, police and a veterinary clinic combined forces to rescue a red squirrel that had gotten its tiny head stuck in a manhole cover in the western German city of Dortmund. Dortmund's fire department said Friday they … more

Juneteenth celebrates end of slavery in U.S.

WASHINGTON - A holiday that is spreading across the U.S. and beyond, Juneteenth is considered the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. It was originally celebrated on June 19, the day that Union … more

Restaurants could be 1st to get genetically modified salmon

NEW YORK - Inside an Indiana aquafarming complex, thousands of salmon eggs genetically modified to grow faster than normal are hatching into tiny fish. After growing to roughly 10 pounds in indoor tanks, they could be served in restaurants by late … more

Scientists seek beaches where dead whales can rot in peace

PORTLAND, Ore. - So many gray whales are dying off the U.S. West Coast that scientists and volunteers dealing with the putrid carcasses have an urgent request for coastal residents: Lend us your private beaches so these ocean giants can rot in … more

Researchers: Gray seals copy words, songs

LONDON (AP) - Researchers in Scotland say gray seals can copy the sounds of human words and songs including "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star." The study by University of St. Andrews researchers showed that three trained seals were able to imitate … more

Juneteenth: Freedom's promise denied to thousands

June 19 marked Juneteenth, a celebration of the de facto end of slavery in the United States. For hundreds of thousands of blacks stuck in pretrial detention - accused but not convicted of a crime and unable to leave because of bail - that … more

Trump: Military action against Iran still 'on the table'

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Saturday he's still considering military action against Iran after it downed an unmanned U.S. military aircraft, saying the use of force is "always on the table until we get this solved." Days after … more

It's a perilous time to have temps running the Pentagon

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's brinkmanship with Iran is on the boil, spilling beyond diplomacy to a planned air attack on Iran that Trump said he ordered, then pulled back at least for now. This, as the U.S. undertakes an unusual troop … more

Poll: Asteroid watch is more urgent than making trip to Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Americans prefer a space program that focuses on potential asteroid impacts, scientific research and using robots to explore the cosmos over sending humans back to the moon or on to Mars, a poll shows. The poll by The … more

N. Korea's Kim meets China's Xi, awaits U.S. actions

BEIJING - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, meeting in Pyongyang with Chinese President Xi Jinping, said Thursday that his country is waiting for a desired response in stalled nuclear talks with the United States. "North Korea would like to remain … more

Witness at Navy SEAL trial: I killed victim out of mercy

SAN DIEGO - A witness called to testify against a decorated Navy SEAL charged with murder said Thursday that he killed the victim, a bombshell admission he described as an act of mercy for the wounded Islamic State fighter. Special Operator … more

Iran attack on U.S. military drone raises fears of conflict

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump declared Thursday that "Iran made a very big mistake" in shooting down a U.S. surveillance drone near the Persian Gulf but suggested it was a foolish error rather than an intentional escalation of the tensions … more
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