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In this recent photo, August Schell Brewing Company president Ted Marti in New Ulm, Minn., explains how a ebulliometer was used to determine the alcohol content of beer during Prohibition. The device, on display in the brewery's museum, compared the boiling points of beer and water to determine alcohol content, which had to be below .5 percent. (Pat Christman/The Free Press via AP)

Schell's brewery in New Ulm barely survived Prohibition

Jan. 27, 2020 1:01 AM EST

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Most breweries in existence at the time did not survive Prohibition, which started 100 years ago this month and lasted for 13 years. One of the few that did was the August Schell Brewing Co. in New Ulm, founded in 1860. It now counts itself as the second oldest family-owned brewery in...

Indiana approves nature preserve with a `significant' cave

Jan. 25, 2020 9:50 AM EST

TASWELL, Ind. (AP) — Indiana's newest state nature preserve features dramatic limestone outcrops and a cave that's inhabited by rare animals adapted to life in total darkness. The Natural Resources Commission recently approved the creation of the Patoka Hills Nature Preserve, which spans nearly 27 acres...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., takes the stage at a climate rally with the Sunrise Movement at The Graduate Hotel, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

6 big questions ahead of final debate before start of voting

Jan. 14, 2020 10:21 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tuesday marks the last time the leading Democratic presidential contenders will face a national audience on the debate stage before primary voting begins, making it the most significant moment of the 2020 primary season to date. The prime-time faceoff comes just 20 days before Iowa's...

'Stinky' bat guano could offer climate change insight

Jan. 11, 2020 10:38 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Anything that piles up over time can offer clues about past climate conditions or surrounding landscapes and how they’ve change, and that goes for bat poop. Researchers from Missouri and Virginia are studying what’s scientifically known as guano that was taken from Missouri...

FILE - In this June 26, 2018, file photo, emergency rescue teams gather in the staging area as they continue the search for a young soccer team and their coach believed to be missing in a large cave in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand. A Thai navy SEAL who was part of the dramatic rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from the flooded cave has died of a blood infection contracted during the risky operation. The Royal Thai Navy says Petty Officer 1st Class Bayroot Pakbara was receiving treatment but his condition worsened after the infection spread into his blood. He is the second navy diver who lost his life in the high-profile operation that saw the boys and the coach extracted from deep inside the northern cave complex, where they were trapped for two weeks in June-July last year. (AP Photo/Tassanee Vejpongsa, File)

Thai SEAL dies of blood infection a year after cave rescue

Dec. 27, 2019 11:28 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai navy SEAL who was part of the dramatic rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave has died of a blood infection contracted during the risky operation, the Royal Thai Navy said. Petty Officer 1st Class Bayroot Pakbara was receiving treatment but his condition...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., laughs while answering a question during a town hall, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, at North Central Junior High School in North Liberty, Iowa. ( Joseph Cress/Iowa City Press-Citizen via AP)

Warren's souvenir wine bottle pops up in big-donor debate

Dec. 21, 2019 7:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a Saturday evening in June 2018, with temperatures in the 70s and the Red Sox playing at Fenway Park, supporters of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren gathered at the City Winery Boston for a fundraiser. They were treated to songs by the Grammy-winning artist Melissa Etheridge and...

Holiday candlelight tours return to Lewis & Clark Caverns

Dec. 21, 2019 2:33 PM EST

CARDWELL, Mont. (AP) — From the outside, it looks like a sagebrush hillside, but inside is a large circular room with a 40-foot ceiling and pathways that wind through stalagmites, clusterites and columns formed over millions of years by water and limestone. Called the Paradise Room, it’s one of...

Kathryn and Craig Hall, owners of Hall Rutherford Winery, stand inside the “wine cave” dining room where they held a fundraising dinner for Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, in Rutherford, Calif.  They say their most expensive bottle of wine costs $350 and wasn't served at the fundraiser. (AP Photo/Terence Chea)

Buttigieg backers defend 'wine cave' fundraiser

Dec. 21, 2019 8:10 AM EST

RUTHERFORD, Calif. (AP) — The California winemakers who hosted a dinner at a “wine cave” for Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg are defending the fundraising event. Buttigieg's political rivals used the recent fundraiser to criticize the South Bend, Indiana, mayor for soliciting...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., right, speaks beside South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg during a Democratic presidential primary debate Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Buttigieg-Warren clash on campaign trail spills into debate

Dec. 20, 2019 5:19 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The long-festering feud between Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg erupted Thursday night in a high-stakes debate that tested the strength of the Democratic Party's shrinking pool of presidential contenders just six weeks before primary voting begins. Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of...

Democratic presidential candidates from left, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and businessman Tom Steyer participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Key takeaways from Democratic presidential debate in L.A.

Dec. 20, 2019 1:15 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates offered two very different debates during their final forum of 2019. In the first half, they spent much of their time making the case for their electability in a contest with President Donald Trump. The second half was filled with friction over money in...