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Its a beach bummer. Shorelines worldwide are clogged with trash, so much so that during their annual cleanup last year, volunteers with the Ocean Conservancy picked up refuse that weighed as much as 10 Boeing 747 jumbo jets.
Wiggling masses of white-orange-and-black caterpillars are emerging from their silken nests to munch on tender leaves - signaling a second spring when Western tent caterpillars might be out in big numbers.
Wild horses, descended from the steeds of Spanish explorers, Native Americans, U.S. cavalry and ranch strays, are being offered for auction this weekend in Fort Worth, Texas, as part of a desperate effort by a federal government that cant figure out what to do with them.
For Heather Purser, the first pang came more than a decade ago as she gathered clams on Puget Sound’s Chico Beach, watching her cousin’s new husband assist with the digging. She figured she’d never have a legal spouse to help with the backbreaking work. Then Purser, a member of Washington state’s Suquamish Tribe who knew she was gay at age 7, decided to act: She led a personal lobbying campaign that ended with her tribal council voting in 2011 to approve same-sex marriage.
When Doctor Who calls, Neil Gaiman listens. At least, when producer Steven Moffat calls with an irresistible bait. Gaiman, noted author of such fantasy books as Coraline, American Gods and Stardust, is the screenwriter for the episode Nightmare in Silver, showing Saturday on BBC America. It should be available on iTunes shortly after that.
The National Endowment for the Arts announced more than $45 million in grants to state and regional arts agencies Wednesday, with funding for all states and an emphasis on arts outreach through schools, libraries and online in programs from Alaska to South Carolina and Texas.
10 Buildings That Changed America is a history of something so taken for granted that you may never look at a shopping mall or a skyscraper again in the same light.
President Barack Obama delivered a blistering rebuke of sexual assaults in the military Tuesday, saying perpetrators are betraying the uniform that theyre wearing and that hes told Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel the administration needs to "exponentially step up our game" to curb the abuse.
Clydie Pugh-Myers, one of the states first black licensed practical nurses, once drove a red Cadillac around Durham, sang in the choir at her church, and generally stayed busy. These days, living with two knee replacements, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other ailments, she can no longer drive and sits at home alone a lot. She says even people from her church dont come to see her much. Since Ive gotten 84, its gotten tough, Pugh-Myers said in her South Durham home.
The Battle of Attu, often dismissed or forgotten, was remarkable in many ways. More men were killed in action on Attu than at Pearl Harbor: at least 2,350 Japanese -- plus those never accounted for -- and 549 Americans; 1,148 Americans were wounded and 2,100 listed as casualties due to cold and shell shock. How many Americans died as a result of injuries in the weeks after the battle is uncertain, but some say it was equal to or greater than the battlefield deaths.
Danine Adams has taken a few courses at a four-year university, some at a community college and still more online while working all over the country as an investigator for the Federal Bureau of Prisons career experience that shes also been able to transform into academic credit.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, is competing to operate one of the nation's six new centers for developing and testing unmanned aircraft.
Theres nothing wimpy about Xu Bings phoenixes. Even the two fragile, broken clay models on display at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery here show the power of the mythical birds.
A Transylvania University student wearing a red bandanna thought it was a joke when three men told him he was in the wrong territory and threatened to shoot him Sunday night, police said.
A decade ago, police dogs were seen as four-legged indulgences that took too big a bite out of the budget for most small-town departments to consider.
Meghan Tarmey has built Myrtle Beach Caddy Girls into an empire that does business in several states and golf destinations across the U.S., has spawned related marketing and modeling companies, and is destined for a reality-based television show in the near future.
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces the prospect of a long and tortuous legal road.
Former Missouri Congressman Todd Akin broke his post-election silence Thursday, telling a St. Louis TV station that he regrets his legitimate rape remarks that boosted the candidacy of Democrat Claire McCaskill.
A Boston Marathon bomb mangled Heather Abbott’s left foot so badly that she chose to have it amputated. Yet even as she starts her long path toward recuperation, she says she feels no malice and is giving little thought to the two men accused of the crime.
Even as lawmakers pressed President Barack Obama on Thursday to take more aggressive action in Syria, questions surfaced among experts and from within the U.S. government about the strength of the evidence showing that chemical weapons have been used in that nations 2-year-old civil war.
The al Qaida Internet magazine Inspire, which federal investigators say provided a guide that the Boston Marathon suspects used to build pressure-cooker bombs, has become increasingly popular in radical circles.
Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday denounced the Chechen brothers accused of planting the Boston Marathon bombs as “two twisted, perverted, cowardly knockoff jihadists,” even as investigators scrambled to find out more about the suspects, one living and one dead.
The old adage "pack your patience" may be more true than ever this summer at Sacramento International Airport and other airports nationally - the result of federal budget cutbacks that went into effect this week.
Standing in front of a big Welcome Back banner, an executive for Hostess Brands said Tuesday the new company will hire up to 300 employees and reopen its Columbus, Georgia, plant to make Twinkies and other sweet treats.
New details emerged Tuesday about the Boston Marathon bombing suspects as the surviving brothers medical condition marginally improved and two of his alleged victims were buried, including an 8-year-old boy.
Furloughs for air traffic controllers set to start Sunday are expected to cause flight delays at airports across the United States, including in Alaska.
A whirring, mechanical sound fills the air inside a basement office of the Sacramento Public Library's main branch. It's the steely and determined sound of the MakerBot Replicator II a 3-D copier in the process of making a chain link bracelet.
In an effort to raise more money for border protection and inspection, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security wants Congress to authorize the study of a fee that could be collected from everyone who enters this country at land crossings.
The Boston Marathon bombing story became inescapable, a real-life TV drama unfolding hourly with nonstop coverage on radio, cable television, social media and, in a sign of its power, even on network TV, which pre-empted hours of afternoon programming. Every hour, the story line became more dramatic: a shootout caught on video, a city shut down, a possible terrorist connection to Chechnya, a seemingly failed police search and a dramatic arrest.
Friends say Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a funny kid, an enthusiastic wrestler and a popular graduate of Cambridge’s prestigious Cambridge Rindge & Latin School. His elder brother, Tamerlan, took a break from classes at a community college to pursue the sport of boxing – and said he’d represent the U.S. over Russia in the Olympics if his native Chechnya didn’t yet have its independence.
As marijuana users prepared for their unofficial national holiday on Saturday, Denver got a head start, with local promoters trying to showcase Colorado as a state that welcomes pot-smoking tourists after voters legalized the drug in November.
Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch helped carry the day for opponents of tougher gun laws during a two-hour string of votes late Wednesday.
A timeline of the hunt for the Boston Marathon bombers
About 160 patients were either treated and released or admitted, a few of whom remain in intensive care.
Many U.S. senators are known for talking a lot whenever the opportunity arises, but North Carolina Sens. Kay Hagan and Richard Burr seemed to use the fewest possible words to explain why they voted as they did this week on a handful of gun control proposals.
Federal officials on Thursday unveiled photographs of two people they consider suspects in connection with Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon and asked the public for help identifying them.
George Washingtons personal copy of the Constitution, Bill of Rights and the first laws passed by Congress will be on display starting next week at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, Kansas.
Investigators plugged away Wednesday in the search for the Boston Marathon bomber, or bombers, as they picked through videotape and explosive fragments with an expertise honed on foreign wars and terror attacks.
A new memorial began to emerge Wednesday in a city already steeped in history – a tribute to the victims the Boston Marathon bombings.
Americans in coastal areas, particularly on the East and Gulf coasts, will confront challenging questions in the coming years as they determine how to protect millions of people in the face of rising sea levels and more intense storms.
The budget at Keesler Air Force Base has been cut 20 percent by sequestration, grounding planes and reducing training, Brig. Gen. Brad Spacy said Tuesday.
The two explosions that killed three people and wounded more than 170 Monday in Boston were dramatic, the deadliest bombing in the United States since April 19, 1995, when a truck loaded with fertilizer blew up outside the federal building in Oklahoma City, killing 168. But the method of attack wasnt particularly surprising to anti-terrorism experts: a homemade bomb that officials refer to as an IED, or improvised explosive device.
Mickey Pescatore says she should’ve been working Tuesday. But some things were more important.
Americans who’ve grown accustomed to rigorous security procedures since the 9/11 attacks may have to endure new measures following the Boston Marathon bombings, but experts on Tuesday warned that no amount of extra precautions can guarantee absolute safety from a determined terrorist.
The bomb investigators swarming Boston are combining high-tech tools with old-fashioned shoe leather as they piece together what blew up and why.
Alaska voters likely will get a chance next year to make their state the third in the country to approve the recreational use of marijuana by adults 21 and older.
A February report by the Department of Homeland Securitys Office of Inspector General is sure to raise questions in the weeks ahead about how Massachusetts spent federal grant money to protect the state and better evaluate terror threats.
The Patriots Day attack is not the first in April; it is the latest in a string of incidents.
Authorities are investigating the bombings at the Boston Marathon as an “act of terrorism,” said President Barack Obama on Tuesday.