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Italian police smash cross-border antiquities trafficking

Nov. 18, 2019 6:12 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian police say they have broken up a cross-border criminal gang illicitly trafficking in archaeological artifacts. Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said thousands of artifacts were recovered. The Carabinieri paramilitary art crime squad said that police at dawn Monday carried out...

AP Exclusive: Climate said to imperil 60% of Superfund sites

Nov. 18, 2019 6:07 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least 60 percent of U.S. Superfund sites are in areas vulnerable to flooding or other worsening disasters of climate change, and the Trump administration’s reluctance to directly acknowledge global warming is deterring efforts to safeguard them, a congressional watchdog agency...

Innocence Project seeks to clear a man executed 13 years ago

Nov. 18, 2019 1:19 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Sedley Alley was strapped to a gurney and put to death in Tennessee in 2006, convicted of killing a 19-year-old Marine two decades earlier. Alley had confessed to the slaying of Lance Cpl. Suzanne Collins, but later said his confession was coerced. Now, a nonprofit legal group...

Test turnaround: Oostburg schools now among Wisconsin elite

Nov. 18, 2019 1:06 AM EST

OOSTBURG, Wis. (AP) — Kevin Bruggink knew something didn't add up. His small-town eastern Wisconsin school district had a reputation for talented teachers and strong community support. In his 12 years in Oostburg, he'd come to feel it was deserved. But they didn't have the test scores to show it. For five...

Two Arkansas chemistry professors accused of making meth

Nov. 17, 2019 1:39 PM EST

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP) — Two Arkansas college chemistry professors have been arrested on charges of making meth, in an apparent case of life imitating art. The Clark County sheriff’s office says Henderson State University professors Terry David Bateman and Bradley Allen Rowland were arrested Friday...

Missouri River water pipeline to Rapid City pegged at $1.87B

Nov. 17, 2019 11:48 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A university researcher says it might someday be necessary to pipe Missouri River water to Rapid City. The Rapid City Journal reports Kurt Katzenstein presented his findings to the West Dakota Water Development District last week. Katzenstein is an associate professor of geology and...

Ocearch's 11 Canadian great white sharks headed south

Nov. 17, 2019 3:05 AM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Ocearch's latest expedition, to the rocky coast of Nova Scotia, a summer hangout for great white sharks, could hardly have gone better: The crew caught, studied and tagged 11 white sharks, making it by far their most successful trip in the Northwest Atlantic. Most of those sharks...

Sorry, wrong number: Statistical benchmark comes under fire

Nov. 17, 2019 1:05 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Earlier this fall Dr. Scott Solomon presented the results of a huge heart drug study to an audience of fellow cardiologists in Paris. The results Solomon was describing looked promising: Patients who took the medication had a lower rate of hospitalization and death than patients on a...

Tree-killing fungal disease native to Hawaii spreads on Oahu

Nov. 16, 2019 3:28 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — An ohia tree-killing fungal disease local to Hawaii was discovered spreading on Oahu after wildlife officials conducted an aerial survey of the island forest, state officials said. State Division of Forestry and Wildlife officials tagged 41 more trees that could be ailing from rapid ohia...

Jean Rivier, expert on stress hormones, dies at age 78

Nov. 16, 2019 2:35 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jean Rivier, a chemist who led groundbreaking research on stress and helped discover drugs that treated endometriosis and prostate cancer, has died. He was 78. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports Rivier died in San Diego Wednesday from complications of Parkinson’s disease. Rivier...