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Nation in brief: Residents’ doubts grow on global warming

Washington – Americans seem to be cooling toward global warming.

In a poll of 1,500 adults by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, released Thursday, the number of people saying there is strong scientific evidence that the Earth has gotten warmer over the past few decades is down from 71 percent in April of last year and from 77 percent when Pew started asking the question in 2006.

Man convicted in slaying of family

Indianapolis – A man charged in one of the worst mass slayings in Indianapolis history was convicted Thursday of killing seven members of one family.

Marion Superior Court Judge Robert Altice convicted Desmond Turner, 31, on 23 counts stemming from the June 1, 2006, deaths of Emma Valdez, 46; her husband, Alberto Covarrubias, 56; the couple’s two young sons; Valdez’s adult son and daughter, and her young son.

Turner, who waived his right to a jury trial in exchange for prosecutors dropping their request for the death penalty, faces up to life without parole.

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Early exit polls show strong support to lift Ireland ban on abortion

UPDATED: 3:05 p.m.

Ireland’s referendum Friday represented more than a vote on whether to end the country’s strict abortion ban. It was a battle for the very soul of a traditionally conservative Roman Catholic nation that has seen a wave of liberalization in recent years.