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Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell speaks at a press conference after a spring training baseball workout Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
February 15, 2019 - 3:07 pm
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell says he's sorry for the "hurt and the pain" he caused his ex-wife but didn't detail what prompted a 40-game suspension under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. Russell met with the media Friday for the first time since being...
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A Monarch butterfly rests on the finger of a woman in the Amanalco de Becerra sanctuary, on the mountains near the extinct Nevado de Toluca volcano, in Mexico, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. The monarch butterfly population, like that of other insects, fluctuates widely depending on a variety of factors, but scientists say the recoveries after each big dip tend to be smaller, suggesting an overall declining trend. (AP Photo/ Marco Ugarte)
February 15, 2019 - 2:43 pm
AMANALCO DE BECERRA, Mexico (AP) — For years, park rangers and conservationists working around Mexico's Nevado de Toluca volcano chased rumors of a monarch butterfly colony that wintered high in a forest of oyamel firs in some corner of the 132,000-acre (53,419-hectare) national reserve. Local...
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This Feb. 8, 2019 image from video made available by the RemoveDEBRIS Consortium shows a harpoon striking a square target mounted 1.5 meters (5 feet) from the RemoveDEBRIS spacecraft. The same team used a net to capture a piece of space junk, in a test last September. (RemoveDEBRIS Consortium via AP)
February 15, 2019 - 12:47 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A harpoon flung from a satellite has successfully captured a piece of pretend space junk, like a whale. The British-led experiment is part of an effort to clean up debris in orbit. The University of Surrey's Guglielmo Aglietti said Friday that the steel-tipped harpoon...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2019, file photo, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, waves to the crowd after speaking at Women's Unity Rally organized by Women's March NYC at Foley Square in Lower Manhattan in New York. On Thursday, Feb. 14, newly-elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez led a chorus of cheers as Amazon announced it was abandoning plans to build a sought-after headquarters in New York City. Activists berated the online giant for a $3 billion package of tax breaks she said the city could better invest in hiring teachers or fixing the subway. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
February 15, 2019 - 8:59 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — What is happening to the Democrats? Captivated by a handful of liberal superstars, they are venturing where the party has long feared to tread: Steep taxes on the rich. Abolishing an immigration enforcement agency. Proposing "economic transformation" to combat climate change...
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Travis Kauffman responds to questions during a news conference Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, in Fort Collins, Colo., about his encounter with a mountain lion while running a trail just west of Fort Collins last week. Kaufman's girlfriend, Annie Bierbower, looks on at left. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
February 14, 2019 - 5:30 pm
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — When a young mountain lion clamped its jaws onto Travis Kauffman's wrist and clawed at his face, he screamed a "barbarian yell," jammed his foot onto the animal's neck and held it there until the cat quit thrashing and died. After a couple of minutes, Kauffmann recalled...
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FILE - This June 3, 2014, file photo shows a panoramic view of the Paradise Fossil Plant in Drakesboro Ky. President Donald Trump's vow to save the coal industry will be tested this week when a utility board he appoints weighs whether to close a coal-fired power plant in Kentucky whose suppliers include a mine owned by one of his campaign donors. An environmental assessment by the Tennessee Valley Authority recommends shuttering the remaining coal-fired unit at the Paradise Fossil Plant in Muhlenberg County. The board could vote on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan, File)
February 14, 2019 - 5:07 pm
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal utility board voted Thursday to close a coal-fired power plant in Kentucky, rejecting pleas from President Donald Trump and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and handing the coal industry a defeat in its backyard. The Tennessee Valley Authority voted to...
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Aqua Falls employees deliver water to University of Dayton Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 in Dayton, Ohio. A water line broke in one Ohio's largest cities, leaving some 100,000 customers under a boil-water advisory, closing schools and disrupting diners' Valentine's Day plans. (James Rider/WHIO-TV via AP)
February 14, 2019 - 3:44 pm
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A water line broke in one Ohio's largest cities Thursday, forcing some 100,000 customers to boil their water, closing schools and disrupting diners' Valentine's Day plans. Crews located the leak early Thursday under the Great Miami River and were working to repair it. There was...
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FILE- In this Oct. 16, 2017, file photo Ted Ryfiak shows a clump of resin and scraps found in his backyard along House Street NE in Belmont, Mich. Ryfiak and his neighbors along House Street NE have had their water polluted with perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl compounds, or PFAS compounds. The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce a plan for dealing with a class of long-lasting chemical contaminants amid complaints from members of Congress and environmentalists that it's not moved aggressively enough to regulate them. (Nic Antaya/The Grand Rapids Press-MLive.com via AP)
February 14, 2019 - 12:12 pm
Under pressure from Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that it would move toward setting safety limits for a class of highly toxic chemicals contaminating drinking water in several states. Environmentalists countered that the agency wasn't moving fast enough. Acting EPA...
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Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., watches the flag-draped casket of former Rep. John Dingell upon arrival at Holy Trinity Catholic Church for a funeral service, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, in Washington. Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history who mastered legislative deal-making and was fiercely protective of Detroit's auto industry, has died at age 92. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
February 14, 2019 - 11:44 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Longtime Rep. John Dingell was remembered Thursday as "one of the greats" as lawmakers and former colleagues hailed his record-breaking service in the House. The 92-year-old Dingell who died last week, served 59 years in Congress, longer than anyone else in U.S. history. The...
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February 14, 2019 - 10:33 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats in the Senate say they welcome Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to force them into difficult votes on the Green New Deal. Sen. Chuck Schumer said Thursday that Republicans think they will embarrass Democrats, who are split on the climate change resolution from...
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