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This Jan. 8, 2020 photo provided by Jackie Maisey shows Grey-headed Flying Fox bats prepared for a feeding at the Uralla, Australia, home of Maisey, a volunteer with Northern Tableands Wildlife Carers. The bats are swaddled in flannel wraps similar to those being made by thousands of crafters worldwide who are using their sewing, knitting and crocheting skills to make items for wildlife injured in the Australian brush fires. Some animal rescue groups, however, say monetary donations are needed more. (Jackie Maisey via AP)
January 15, 2020 - 3:00 pm
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Kyla Gill had never so much as touched a sewing machine or picked up a crochet hook two weeks ago. Now, she’s hooked on crafting for critters 10,000 miles (16,000 km) away, to the point of temporarily putting aside her floor refinishing business in Pittsburgh. “I do hard labor...
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This Jan. 2, 2020, photo shows red lights from wind turbines in the distance in the area of Genoa and Hugo, Colo., where sightings of unidentified large drones in the air have been reported. An official investigation into reports of large drones flying in groups over the western U.S. plains in the hours after sunset has confirmed nothing illegal or out of the ordinary, a finding of little solace to folks who say the truth is still out there. Investigators will scale back flights of a heat-detecting plane to try to corroborate reports as they're made but will continue to look into new reports, Colorado officials said Tuesday, Jan. 14. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP)
January 15, 2020 - 12:06 am
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — People insist they have spotted fleets of large drones crisscrossing rural America’s night sky, their mission mysterious, raising questions that have veered into conspiracy theories and launching an investigation. Authorities in Colorado have tried to put those theories to...
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FILE - In this Jan. 2, 1960, file photo, Sen. John F. Kennedy, D-Mass., formally announces at a news conference in Washington that he is a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. A handwritten draft Kennedy's announcement speech is among hundreds of items associated with the late president to be auctioned in January 2020, by the Boston-based RR Auction. Online bidding for the collection put together by a California man opens Jan. 17. (AP Photo, File)
January 13, 2020 - 5:14 am
BOSTON (AP) — One of the most comprehensive private collections of John F. Kennedy memorabilia, one that chronicles his life from childhood to the White House, is for sale. Hundreds of items associated with the former Democratic president are being offered as a single lot by Boston's RR Auction for...
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December 25, 2019 - 1:39 pm
WASHINGTON CROSSING, Pa. (AP) — Thousands turned out Wednesday to watch the annual reenactment of George Washington's daring Christmas Day crossing of the Delaware River in 1776 — the first time the crossing was completed in three years. The event was scrapped because of bad weather the last two...
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In this Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 photo, Eric Hemenway, right, the director of archives and records for the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians talks with collector Richard Port Jr., at the University of Michigan William Clements Library in Ann Arbor, Mich. Hemenway was examining the photographs acquired by the library in 2016 from Pohrt Jr. which represent some 80 indigenous groups. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
December 23, 2019 - 1:56 pm
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Of the roughly 1,000 images of Native Americans from the 19th through the early 20th century, Eric Hemenway kept returning to one: a lone woman hoeing potatoes in a Michigan garden. The director of archives and records for the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians was...
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FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2010, file photo, Bart Siegel of New Orleans looks through binoculars for birds during the National Audubon Society's annual Christmas bird count on the Gulf Coast in Grand Isle, La. It's been 120 years since New York ornithologist Frank Chapman launched his Christmas Bird Count as a bold new alternative to what had been a longtime Christmas tradition of hunting birds. And the annual count continues, stronger and more important than ever. (AP Photo/Sean Gardner, File)
December 16, 2019 - 10:02 am
Ít's been 120 years since New York ornithologist Frank Chapman launched his Christmas Bird Count as a bold new alternative to what had been a longtime Christmas tradition of hunting birds. Today, the annual count continues, stronger and more important than ever. “He realized that we were over-...
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December 04, 2019 - 12:04 pm
MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins will join Major League Baseball's trend toward artificial turf by installing the surface at Marlins Park for 2020, and they'll move in the fences for the second time in four years. CEO Derek Jeter said an artificial surface solves the challenge the Marlins have had...
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In this Oct. 7, 2019, photo, dance instructor Ned Pavlovic, a native of Serbia, teaches his student Rouhy Yazdani, a native of Iran who now lives in Milford, Conn., some ballroom dance moves at the Fred Astaire Dance studio in Orange, Conn. Owners of Ballroom dance studios including the Fred Astaire studio say the immigration clampdown has made it even more difficult to find qualified instructors. The small business owners, U.S. dance studio chains and immigration attorneys say there's greater backlogs for visa applications and an overall increase in evidence requests, including for redundant and unnecessary documents. (AP Photo/Susan Haigh)
December 02, 2019 - 8:28 am
ORANGE, Conn. (AP) — When no Americans replied to her ads seeking a dance instructor, studio owner Chris Sabourin looked overseas. But she was stymied again by a federal tightening of visa application rules she and others contend is hampering the ballroom dance industry. Sabourin had to eventually...
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Federico Acosta, a Mexican who traces his lineage back 16 generations back to Moctezuma's daughter, left, and Italian Ascanio Pignatelli also of the 16th generation descended from Hernan Cortes' daughter, pose for a photo in front of a mural commemorating the meeting of the Spanish conquistador and the Aztec emperor, in Mexico City, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. Descendants are meeting in Mexico City to mark the 500th anniversary of their forbearers' first encounter. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
November 08, 2019 - 7:04 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Descendants of Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés and Aztec emperor Moctezuma met Friday in Mexico City to mark the 500th anniversary of their forebearers' first encounter. The hope was that the meeting, at a colonial church where Cortés is buried, would go better than the one...
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Federico Acosta, a Mexican who traces his lineage back 16 generations back to Moctezuma's daughter, left, embraces Italian Ascanio Pignatelli also of the 16th generation descended from Hernan Cortes' daughter, during a press conference in Mexico City, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. Descendants of the Spanish conquistador and the Aztec emperor are meeting in Mexico City to mark the 500th anniversary of their forbearers' first encounter. The hope was that this meeting, at a colonial church where Cortes is buried, would go better than the one 500 years ago. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
November 08, 2019 - 6:14 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Descendants of Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés and Aztec emperor Moctezuma met Friday in Mexico City to mark the 500th anniversary of their forebearers' first encounter. The hope was that the meeting, at a colonial church where Cortés is buried, would go better than the one...
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