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North Carolina lieutenant governor in voter fraud video

Oct. 23, 2018 8:22 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Amid a push to pass a photo ID requirement for North Carolina elections, the state's lieutenant governor appears in a video that offers instructions on how to commit voter fraud in the state. The video , posted on Facebook, features Lt. Gov. Dan Forest telling how a group could collect...

The Latest: Body identified as missing 79-year-old woman

Oct. 19, 2018 4:45 PM EDT

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Michael (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Officials have confirmed the death of a 79-year-old Florida woman who has been missing since Hurricane Michael left her Mexico Beach home in rubble. The Bay County medical examiner's office confirmed Friday that Aggie...

Band halftime program _ police held at gunpoint _ draws ire

Oct. 12, 2018 10:05 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi high school band is being barred from a state competition and some performances after a halftime skit depicting three police officers being held at gunpoint was performed in a community where two officers were shot to death last month. Jackson school district...

Biosphere 2 legacy lives on more than quarter century later

Oct. 12, 2018 9:52 AM EDT

ORACLE, Ariz. (AP) — They lived for two years and 20 minutes under the glass of a miniature Earth, complete with an ocean, rain forest, desert, grasslands and mangroves. Their air and water were recycled, and they grew the sweet potatoes, rice and other food they needed to survive. About 1,500 people were...

Rare baby okapi born at Florida zoo dies

Oct. 11, 2018 5:15 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida zoo says an endangered distant relative of a giraffe has died, less than two months after its birth. ZooTampa at Lowry Park said Thursday that laboratory tests suggest the female okapi (oh-COP-ee) had a condition similar to diabetes and died from acute renal failure. The Tampa...

700 firefighters in Portugal battle wildfire west of Lisbon

Oct. 7, 2018 7:27 AM EDT

SINTRA-CASCAIS, Portugal (AP) — Over 700 firefighters battled a wildfire Sunday in a national park west of Lisbon that forced Portuguese authorities to evacuate about 350 people. The fire that broke out overnight in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park that covers hilly terrain near the Atlantic coast injured...

Band halftime show depicts police at gunpoint, stirs anger

Oct. 6, 2018 7:47 PM EDT

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A high school band's halftime performance depicting police being held at gunpoint is fueling anger in a Mississippi city where two police officers were recently slain. Pictures of the Forest Hill High School band's performance circulated on social media Saturday, showing students...

Thousands protest felling German forest to expand coal mine

Oct. 6, 2018 9:25 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of environmentalists are protesting the expansion of a coal mine in western Germany a day after a court blocked the felling of an endangered forest near the site. The mood Saturday at Hambacher Forest near Cologne was celebratory as thousands expressed relief over the court's...

Forest Service advances changes to sage grouse protections

Oct. 5, 2018 3:51 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service advanced changes to sage grouse protections in five Western states that environmental groups say are part of the Trump administration's efforts favoring industry but that push the imperiled bird closer to extinction. The agency on Friday released draft plans...

1,000 wild horses to be rounded up in Northern California

Oct. 5, 2018 3:07 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is set to round up 1,000 wild horses and says many of them could be sold to distant slaughterhouses. The roundup is set to begin Tuesday and last through the month. It will target horses from a herd in the Devil's Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory inside...