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Ashland, Ore. • Some shoppers at an Oregon drug store got a surprise when they saw a bear cub scurrying down the aisles. Witnesses say the cub first showed up Sunday at a nearby hotel, hopped out a window and …

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  • Puerto Rico federal judge upholds local laws banning gay marriage
    San Juan, Puerto Rico • A federal court judge has rejected an attempt to end a ban on same-sex marriages in Puerto Rico, saying political order itself …
    Updated Oct 22 2014 03:03 pm   |     Share
  • FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2014, file photo, Navajo presidential candidate Chris Deschene speaks to supporters in Window Rock, Ariz. Deschene has lost another round in a language fluency dispute, all but ending his bid for office. The tribe's high court on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, upheld a ruling from a lower court that said Deschene is not qualified to seek the top elected post because he doesn't speak fluent Navajo. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca, File) Navajo Nation’s highest court orders candidate off ballot over language fluency
    Flagstaff, Ariz. • A candidate for tribal president on the nation’s largest Indian reservation lost another round in a language fluency dispute Wednes …
    Updated Oct 22 2014 02:49 pm   |     Share
  • Veteran gets OK to be buried with gay partner
    Boise, Idaho • A U.S. Navy Veteran has received permission to be buried with the ashes of her late wife in a southwest Idaho veterans cemetery followi …
    Updated Oct 22 2014 01:57 pm   |     Share
  • Inspector: ‘Serious lapse in judgment’ at Secret Service
    Washington • A government investigation Wednesday criticized a bizarre Secret Service assignment that pulled agents from their duty near the White Hou …
    Updated Oct 22 2014 12:30 pm   |     Share

  • FILE - In this June 11, 2014, file photo, former Blackwater Worldwide guard Nicholas Slatten leaves federal court in Washington. A jury returned guilty verdicts for Slatten and three other former Blackwater guards charged in Iraq shootings. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File) Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings
    Washington • Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that …
    Updated Oct 22 2014 03:04 pm   |     Share
  • Student back in U.S. after being stuck in Mexico
    San Diego • A Mexico-born Harvard University student has returned to the United States after being stuck for months in his native country when he cros …
    Updated Oct 22 2014 11:59 am   |     Share
  • This undated handout image provided by Michael Skrepnick, Dinosaurs in Art, Nature Publishing Group, shows a Deinocheirus. Nearly 50 years ago, scientists found two large powerful arm bones of a new dinosaur species in Mongolia and figured it was a fearsome critter with killer claws. Now scientists have found the rest of the dinosaur and have new descriptions for the dinosaur: “goofy” and “weird.” The dinosaur probably lumbered along like a cross between TV dinosaur Barney and Jar Jar Binks of Star Wars fame: 16-feet tall, 36-foot long, 7-tons with a duckbill on its head and a hump-like sail on its back. Throw in those killer claws, tufts of feathers here and there, and no teeth _ and try not to snicker. And if that’s not enough, it ate like a giant vacuum cleaner. (AP Photo/Michael Skrepnick, Dinosaurs in Art, Nature Publishing Group) Goofy 7-ton dinosaur blends Barney and Jar Jar Binks
    Washington • Nearly 50 years ago, scientists found bones of two large, powerful dinosaur arms in Mongolia and figured they had discovered a fearsome c …
    Updated Oct 22 2014 11:54 am   |     Share
  • Methodist panel to hear pastor’s appeal over gay wedding
    Memphis, Tenn. • A Methodist pastor who was disciplined for officiating at his son’s same-sex wedding will soon find out whether he can remain an orda …
    Updated Oct 22 2014 02:39 pm   |     Share
  • This Oct. 15, 2014 photo shows a chrysanthemum display at Sensoji Temple, Asakusa, Tokyo, of a plant whose blossoms are not quite in full bloom yet, grown into an unusual shape. As in the U.S., mums in Japan are beloved as a symbol of autumn, but in Japan they are also a national symbol, appearing on the imperial crest, passports and even the 50-yen coin, and they are celebrated in shows and festivals. (AP Photo/Linda Lombardi) Japan’s chrysanthemums: More than symbol of autumn
    Tokyo • When Americans think of flowers and Japan, we think of cherry blossoms. But to the Japanese, there’s a flower for every time of year, and righ …
    Updated Oct 22 2014 11:30 am   |     Share
  • Social Security benefits to go up by 1.7 percent
    Washington • Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the governm …
    Updated Oct 22 2014 10:51 am   |     Share
  • This undated photo provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows a crash test of a 2003 Toyota Corolla, one of the models subject to a recall to repair faulty air bags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is warning 7.8 million car owners that inflator mechanisms in the air bags can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out when the bags are deployed. (AP Photo/Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) Government ups air bag warning to 7.8M vehicles
    Detroit • The U.S. government is now urging owners of nearly 8 million cars and trucks to have the air bags repaired because of potential danger to dr …
    Updated Oct 22 2014 12:27 pm   |     Share
  • Jodi Arias sits in the Maricopa County Superior Court room of Judge Sherry Stephens in Phoenix, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, as the opening statements in her penalty phase retrial begins. The 34-year-old Arias was convicted of murder last year, but the first jury was deadlocked on whether to give her the death penalty or life in prison. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle, Pool) Display of gruesome photos opens Jodi Arias retrial
    Phoenix • Jurors at the sentencing retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias saw a series of gruesome photos that showed her ex-boyfriend’s dead body c …
    Updated Oct 22 2014 10:39 am   |     Share
  • FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2014, file photo, Registered nurse Keene Roadman, stands fully dressed in personal protective equipment during a training class at the Rush University Medical Center, in Chicago. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines Monday, Oct. 20, for how health workers should gear up to treat Ebola patients. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File) U.S. to track everyone coming from Ebola nations
    Washington • Stepping up their vigilance against Ebola, federal authorities said Wednesday that everyone traveling into the U.S. from Ebola-stricken n …
    Updated Oct 22 2014 11:32 am   |     Share
  • A line of riot police stand guard near a barricade at an occupied area, in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Hong Kong student leaders and government officials talked but agreed on little Tuesday as the city's Beijing-backed leader reaffirmed his unwillingness to compromise on the key demand of activists camped in the streets now for a fourth week.   (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) Hong Kong protest talks show gap between students, govt
    Hong Kong • On one side of the table sat the idealistic and earnest students in jeans and black T-shirts, knapsacks by their sides. Facing them was th …
    Updated Oct 22 2014 10:06 am   |     Share
  • Ohio mother held smothered baby while talking to police before committing suicide
    Canton, Ohio • Authorities believe that a woman was holding her dead baby as she spoke to unwitting police and paramedics hours before she killed hers …
    Updated Oct 22 2014 10:06 am   |     Share
  • A vehicle believed to be transporting Oscar Pistorius arrives at the Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Services prison in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Pistorius was sentenced to five years imprisonment by judge Thokozile Masipais for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year. (AP Photo) Pistorius spends first night in single jail cell
    Johannesburg • Oscar Pistorius spent his first night of a five-year jail term in a single cell in the hospital wing of a prison in the capital, Pretor …
    Updated Oct 22 2014 09:28 am   |     Share
  • Experts: Autopsy shows close-range wound for Michael Brown
    St. Louis • Two experts say Michael Brown’s official autopsy shows the 18-year-old was shot in the hand at close range the day he was killed by a Ferg …
    Updated Oct 22 2014 09:15 am   |     Share
  • A Royal Canadian Mounted Police intervention team responds to a reported shooting at Parliament building in Ottawa, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. A soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial has been shot by an unknown gunman and there have been reports of gunfire inside the halls of Parliament. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld) 2 dead in shooting attack at Canada’s Parliament
    Ottawa, Ontario • A gunman with a scarf over his face shot to death a Canadian soldier standing guard at the nation’s war memorial Wednesday, then sto …
    Updated Oct 22 2014 03:27 pm   |     Share
  • Huge gold nugget going up for sale in California
    San Francisco • One of the biggest gold nuggets found in modern times in Northern California’s historic Gold Country is going up for sale. Weighing in …
    Updated Oct 22 2014 09:06 am   |     Share
  • FILE - In this June 11, 2012 file photo, Ben Bradlee, former executive editor of The Washington Post, listens during an event sponsored by The Washington Post to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Watergate, at the Watergate office building in Washington. Bradlee died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, according to the Washington Post. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies
    Washington • In a charmed life of newspapering, Ben Bradlee seemed always to be in just the right place. The raspy-voiced, hard-charging editor who in...

    Updated Oct 21 2014 08:27 pm   |     Share
  • Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director General for Health Systems and Innovation of the World Health Organization (WHO), speaks during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.  Dr Marie-Paule Kieny,  says clinical trials planned or under way in Europe, Africa and the U.S. are being accompanied by a strong push among governments for immediate “real-world use” of an approved Ebola vaccine. She told reporters Tuesday in Geneva that tens of thousands of doses _ short of mass deployment _ would be made available through West African “efficacy trials” starting “in early 2015, in January.”  (AP Photo/Keystone,Martial Trezzini) WHO: Ebola vaccine trials in W. Africa in January.
    Geneva • Tens of thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines could be available for “real-world” testing in West Africa as soon as January as l …
    Updated Oct 21 2014 02:00 pm   |     Share