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Nude dip in holy sea puts Kansas rep. in spotlight

JOHN HANNA,Associated Press
August 20, 2012
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  TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas congressman's 10-second naked plunge into the sea where the Bible says Jesus walked on water prompted apologies Monday from him, head-shaking from other Republicans and the kind of international attention that no politician wants. Rep. Kevin Yoder is all but certain to ke...

NASA rover prepares to use laser on a Martian rock

The Associated Press
August 17, 2012
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  LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ready, set, fire. The NASA Mars rover Curiosity is preparing for its first laser target practice - zapping a Martian rock 10 feet away on Saturday night. Since landing in an ancient crater Aug. 5, the car-size Curiosity has been getting a full health checkup. Scientists said Friday...

Charges against Kansas abortion clinic dropped

JOHN HANNA,Associated Press
August 17, 2012
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  TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas prosecutor on Friday dropped all remaining criminal charges against a Kansas City-area Planned Parenthood clinic accused of performing illegal abortions, ending what was believed to be the first attempt in the U.S. to prosecute a facility affiliated with the group. Johnson Co...

In UK threat to Ecuador, experts see mistake

RAPHAEL SATTER,Associated Press
August 17, 2012
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  LONDON (AP) - It was a warning meant to remind Ecuador that Britain's patience has limits. But as the stalemate over Julian Assange settled in Friday, it appeared London's veiled threat that it could storm Ecuador's embassy and drag Assange out has backfired - drawing supporters to the mission where the W...

New family of spiders found in Oregon cave

JEFF BARNARD,AP Environmental Writer
August 17, 2012
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  GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Amateur cave explorers have found a new family of spiders in the Siskiyou Mountains of Southern Oregon, and scientists have dubbed it Trogloraptor - Latin for cave robber - for their fearsome front claws. The spelunkers sent specimens to the California Academy of Science...

Iran: Israel’s existence ‘insult to all humanity’

The Associated Press
August 17, 2012
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  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Israel's existence is an "insult to all humanity," Iran's president said Friday in one of his sharpest attacks yet against the Jewish state, as Israel openly debates whether to attack Iran over its nuclear program. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said confronting Israel is an effort ...

Iran: Israel’s existence ‘insult to all humanity’

The Associated Press
August 17, 2012
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  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Israel's existence is an "insult to all humanity," Iran's president said Friday in one of his sharpest attacks yet against the Jewish state, as Israel openly debates whether to attack Iran over its nuclear program. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said confronting Israel is an effort ...

Ore. rider gets stolen bike back, puts on YouTube

GENE JOHNSON,Associated Press
August 16, 2012
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  SEATTLE (AP) - Jake Gillum loves his bike. So when it got stolen in Portland, Ore., while he was on a date, he was determined to get it back. The quest seemed hopeless, but a week of poring over online postings for his 2009 carbon fiber Fuji paid off when he spotted the road bike offered for sale in...

Police: More than 30 killed in S. Africa shooting

The Associated Press
August 16, 2012
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  JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South Africa's police ministry says more than 30 people were killed when its officers opened fire on striking workers at a Lonmin PLC mine. Police ministry spokesman Zweli Mnisi gave the figure Friday after Thursday's shooting in Marikana, just northwest of Johannesburg. Mnisi said the country's police...

Police: More than 30 killed in S. Africa shooting

The Associated Press
August 16, 2012
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  JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South Africa's police ministry says more than 30 people were killed when its officers opened fire on striking workers at a Lonmin PLC mine. Police ministry spokesman Zweli Mnisi gave the figure Friday after Thursday's shooting in Marikana, just northwest of Johannesburg. Mnisi said the country's police...

To fight West Nile, Dallas launches aerial defense

SARAH KUTA,Associated Press
August 16, 2012
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  DALLAS (AP) - The last time Dallas used aerial spraying to curb the mosquito population, Texas' Lyndon Johnson was in the White House, Mission Control in Houston was launching Gemini missions and encephalitis was blamed for more than a dozen deaths. But for the first time in more than 45 years, D...

To fight West Nile, Dallas launches aerial defense

SARAH KUTA,Associated Press
August 16, 2012
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  DALLAS (AP) - The last time Dallas used aerial spraying to curb the mosquito population, Texas' Lyndon Johnson was in the White House, Mission Control in Houston was launching Gemini missions and encephalitis was blamed for more than a dozen deaths. But for the first time in more than 45 years, D...

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