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Brazil's Amazon at a Crossroads

Dec. 12, 2019 10:05 AM EST

TRAIRAO, Brazil (AP) — Night falls in Brazil’s Amazon and two logging trucks without license plates emerge from the jungle. They rumble over dirt roads that lead away from a national forest, carrying trunks of trees hundreds of years old. After pulling onto a darkened highway, the truckers chug to...

Sherman, Jenkins among 32 nominees for NFL Man Of Year award

Dec. 12, 2019 9:40 AM EST

Veteran defensive backs and team leaders Richard Sherman of San Francisco and Malcolm Jenkins of Philadelphia are among 32 nominees for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. The award, now in its 50th year — it was named after the late Hall of Fame running back in 1999 — will be handed out in...

New Zealand releases 9 names of volcano victims

Dec. 11, 2019 2:15 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Police released on Wednesday the names of nine people missing in New Zealand's volcano disaster. They are seven Australian tourists who made a day trip to White Island from a cruise ship that had left Sydney a few days earlier and two tour guides from New Zealand. Police said...

Raphael show with famous Madonna paintings opens in Berlin

Dec. 11, 2019 10:13 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin is opening the first of three Raphael exhibitions this week as the art world celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance master's death next year. Five paintings of the Virgin Mary and her son that are usually not exhibited in the same space are all on display in one room at...

Oregon QB Herbert wins Campbell Trophy, top scholar-athlete

Dec. 10, 2019 9:45 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert has won the William V. Campbell Trophy, which honors college football's top scholar-athlete. Herbert was announced as the winner Tuesday night at the National Football Foundation's awards banquet and College Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony at a...

Richmond gets a new soaring statue, this one with dreadlocks

Dec. 10, 2019 8:54 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A massive bronze sculpture of a young black man with dreadlocks astride a muscular horse was permanently installed Tuesday in Virginia’s capital city, not far from one of the country’s most prominent displays of Confederate monuments. Thousands of people crowded the lawn...

Baby white rhino gets name, frolics in mud at San Diego zoo

Dec. 10, 2019 6:32 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A white rhino born last month at San Diego Zoo Safari Park has been named Future for what the calf represents to rhino conservation worldwide, officials said. The baby is bonding with her mother and frolicking in a maternity yard left wet by recent storms. “Future’s new...

11 Australians missing, 13 injured in New Zealand eruption

Dec. 10, 2019 6:24 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister said Tuesday that 11 Australians remained unaccounted for and 13 had been hospitalized after a volcano eruption in New Zealand. Three Australians were suspected to be among the initial five confirmed dead, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told...

8 macaroni penguins hatch at Kansas City Zoo

Dec. 10, 2019 6:13 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eight fluffy macaroni penguin chicks have been born at the Kansas City Zoo. Their eggs were flown in from SeaWorld San Diego and hatched in incubators in Kansas City, the zoo announced Tuesday. It is the first time in the zoo's 110-year history that it has been home to this species...

Voting with their feet: French march against pension reforms

Dec. 10, 2019 3:15 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Cranking up the pressure on President Emmanuel Macron, thousands of union activists marched through French cities on Tuesday and airport employees and teachers joined nationwide strikes to demand that the government scrap changes to the national retirement system. As a crippling transportation...