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Tribe trucks totem pole 4,800 miles in fossil fuels protest
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A Pacific Northwest tribe is traveling nearly 5,000 miles across Canada and the United States with a 22-foot-tall totem pole on a flatbed truck in a symbolic journey meant to galvanize opposition to fossil fuel infrastructure projects they believe will imperil native lands....

Auto, technology industries clash over talking cars
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Cars that wirelessly talk to each other are finally ready for the road, creating the potential to dramatically reduce traffic deaths, improve the safety of self-driving cars and someday maybe even help solve traffic jams, automakers and government officials say....

2 nuns killed in Mississippi; signs point to home break-in
DURANT, Miss. (AP) -- Two nuns who worked as nurses and helped the poor in rural Mississippi were found slain in their home, perhaps victims of a break-in and vehicle theft, officials said Thursday....

Several tornadoes likely hit Indiana, Ohio; no bad injuries
KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) -- In a central Indiana city where trees were sheared off at their stumps by one of several tornadoes in the region, residents began the hard work Thursday of cleaning up destroyed or damaged homes and businesses....

Gruesome killing of New Mexico girl stuns friends, neighbors
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- It was in early morning darkness that officers scrambled to sort out the chaos at an Albuquerque apartment complex where a couple had reportedly been attacked, the woman bleeding from a head injury and the man sporting a black eye and wearing blood-stained shorts....

Park Service marks centennial with new citizens, monument
The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday on Thursday with events across the U.S. including the creation of a giant, living version of its emblem in Washington, D.C., a naturalization ceremony on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and an outdoor concert at Yellowstone National Park....

Study finds most teens vaping fruity flavors, not nicotine
NEW YORK (AP) -- Health officials warn that electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices are poisoning kids with nicotine. But new research suggests that most teens aren't vaping nicotine at all but using sweet and fruity flavors like strawberry, chocolate cake and bubble gum....

What's in a name? Governments recast anti-extremism efforts
BOSTON (AP) -- Government efforts to prevent violent extremism from taking root in the U.S. are getting new, less polarizing names....

Phoenix police renew call for tips in serial killer case
PHOENIX (AP) -- Phoenix police renewed pleas to the public Thursday for information that could help catch a serial killer who has been stalking predominantly Hispanic neighborhoods....

When touring disasters, politicians weigh image, distraction
KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) -- In a dramatic, made-for-camera arrival, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence stepped off a Blackhawk helicopter to tour tornado-damaged neighborhoods Thursday, giving out hugs and promising swift assistance a day after several twisters touched down....

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