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Zoo: Liver problem to blame for panda cub death

WASHINGTON (AP) — Liver trouble killed a giant panda cub that died suddenly last month less, than a week after its surprise birth at the National Zoo, the institute’s chief …


Hunters ready for 1st wolf hunts in Wis., Minn.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — For years, vacationers and farmers across northern Wisconsin and Minnesota have heard the eerie howl of the gray wolf and fretted the creatures were lurking around …


Team decides against Thursday supersonic skydive

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner hopes to make a second attempt at a supersonic skydive over New Mexico on Sunday or Monday. Baumgartner aborted his mission Tuesday …


Skydiver cancels 2nd try at supersonic jump in NM

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Blame it on the wind. Again. For the second straight day, extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner aborted his planned death-defying 23-mile free fall because of the weather, …


Skydiver cancels try at supersonic jump

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner canceled his planned death-defying 23-mile free fall Tuesday because of high winds, the second time this week he was forced to postpone …


Skydiver begins prep for supersonic jump

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A weather hold that threatened to cancel extreme athlete and skydiver Felix Baumgartner’s death-defying, 23-mile free fall into the southeastern New Mexico desert was lifted Tuesday …


Skydiver’s supersonic jump on weather hold

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Plans for extreme athlete and skydiver Felix Baumgartner to make a death-defying, 23-mile free fall into the southeastern New Mexico desert were on hold Tuesday morning …


Skydiver hopes to make supersonic jump over NM

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Extreme athlete and skydiver Felix Baumgartner hopes to end five years of preparation with a death-defying 23-mile free fall into the southeastern New Mexico desert Tuesday …


Massive “dry cleaner bag” to lift skydiver

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — It’s described as a “40-acre dry cleaner bag,” that, when first filled, will stretch 55 stories high. On Tuesday, this special ultra-thin helium balloon is scheduled …


What you’ll see during supersonic skydive

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — When Felix Baumgartner makes his 23-mile supersonic skydive over southeastern New Mexico Tuesday morning, more than two dozen high-definition and high-resolution digital cameras will be recording …


Obama to designate Chavez home as nat’l monument

KEENE, Calif. (AP) — Maria Ybarra’s trailer is one of two left on the property that for over two decades was home to Latino labor leader Cesar Chavez and farmworkers …


Parasailing a thrill yet peaceful too

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — I’m not afraid of heights, or flying, or thrill rides. So I didn’t hesitate to take a parasail ride for an Associated Press story about …


Soldier who lost 4 limbs back in Michigan hometown

VASSAR, Mich. (AP) — Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills had been a lot of places since losing his four limbs in Afghanistan. The one place he hadn’t been was where …


Curt Schilling might have to sell bloody sock

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling might have to sell or give up the famed blood-stained sock he wore on the team’s way to the …


Skydiver aims to break sound barrier in free fall

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — His blood could boil. His lungs could overinflate. The vessels in his brain could burst. His eyes could hemorrhage. And, yes, he could break his …


High court rejects challenge to roadless rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal challenging a federal rule that bars development on 50 million acres of roadless areas in national forests. The justices …


Baltimore police uncover 1951 Renoir theft report

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police have located a 60-year-old theft report from the day a Renoir painting disappeared from the Baltimore Museum of Art that matches the description of an artwork …


Baltimore museum has strong case in Renoir theft

WASHINGTON (AP) — An expert on art thefts says the Baltimore Museum of Art likely has a strong case to reclaim a Renoir painting that was stolen in 1951 and …


Renoir artwork from flea market now thought stolen

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Renoir painting that caused a sensation when it was bought at a flea market for $7 may have been stolen from a museum six decades ago, …


Pastors protest Hobby Lobby birth control fight

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A coalition of liberal Christian groups has come out against Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit challenging federal health care guidelines that require companies to provide insurance that covers …


Skydiver aims for supersonic plunge on Oct. 8

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The countdown is on for skydiver Felix Baumgartner. In just two weeks, Baumgartner will attempt to go supersonic when he jumps from a record altitude …


Einstein’s brain is now interactive iPad app

CHICAGO (AP) — The brain that revolutionized physics now can be downloaded as an app for $9.99. But it won’t help you win at Angry Birds. While Albert Einstein’s genius …


Park rumbles during annual SD buffalo roundup

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) — Two-year-old Jameson Maxwell sat mesmerized Monday as nearly 1,000 bison rumbled across the prairie in western South Dakota, the massive creatures racing at speeds of up …


Condolences pour in for 6-day-old panda cub

WASHINGTON (AP) — As condolences poured in from around the world, National Zoo officials waited Monday for word on why a 6-day-old panda cub died and lamented a heartbreaking setback …


Giant panda cub born Sept. 16 at National Zoo dies

WASHINGTON (AP) — The giant panda cub born a week ago at the National Zoo in Washington died Sunday morning, saddening zoo officials and visitors who had heralded its unexpected …


Mauled NY man: I wanted to be one with the tiger

NEW YORK (AP) — Before his now-infamous tangle with a Bronx Zoo tiger, David Villalobos adorned his Facebook page with New Age odes to Mother Earth and affirmations like, “Be …


NYPD: Mauled man chose to jump into tiger’s den

NEW YORK (AP) — A man mauled by a 400-pound tiger at the Bronx Zoo told a police officer after he was rescued that he made a conscious decision to …


NY zoo: Tiger that mauled man ‘did nothing wrong’

NEW YORK (AP) — A 400-pound tiger that mauled a man who jumped from a moving monorail train and plummeted over a protective fence at the Bronx Zoo will not …


Man jumps off Bronx Zoo monorail, mauled by tiger

NEW YORK (AP) — A man was mauled by a 400-pound tiger at the Bronx Zoo on Friday after he leaped from a moving monorail train and plummeted over a …


Obama declares Chimney Rock a national monument

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — A dramatic rock formation in southwestern Colorado that was home to ancestors of the Pueblo Indians 1,000 years ago now has protection as a national monument …