04-25-2017  1:33 pm      •     
The Wake of Vanport

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After a trip of 4.9 billion miles and nearly six-and-a-half years, the Messenger spacecraft will try to careen into an egg-shaped orbit

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A desk-sized NASA spacecraft is riding the brakes all the way to Mercury, about to pull a tricky maneuver Thursday night to become the first man-made object to orbit the tiny planet


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Officials are warning U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to any part of the country as unpredictable weather and wind conditions risked spreading radioactive contamination

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States has authorized the first evacuations of Americans out of Japan


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He can now claim 28 living relatives who also descended from that Irishman, including a Vietnam veteran, a school nurse and a displeased Arizona Republican

NEW YORK (AP) -- President Barack Obama found out years ago he had an Irish ancestor who fled the potato famine in 1850.


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The sedative is part of a three-drug cocktail used in executions that has been in short supply since the sole U.S. manufacturer stopped making it

ATLANTA (AP) -- All Georgia executions are off after federal drug agents seized the state's supply of a sedative used in lethal injections that has been challenged by capital punishment critics and death-row inmates


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Belmont, Richmond lead the pack

If you want to impress in your NCAA tournament office pool, you'll need to pick the right double-digit seeds to win in the early rounds. AP Basketball writer Jim O'Connell says schools like Belmont and Richmond should lead your sleeper list.

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The playful puppies are a critically endangered species

The Brookfield Zoo near Chicago debuted 10 African wild dog puppies to the public Tuesday. The litter was one of only three successful breeding groups among North American zoos in 2010. The species is critically endangered


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Alexandra Wallace issued an apology through the campus Daily Bruin newspaper for the video called 'Asians in the Library'

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Officials at the University of California, Los Angeles, are evaluating what to do about a white student who posted a video on YouTube mocking her fellow Asian classmates and criticizing them for calling family members in the library following the tsunami.


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Jeffrey Allan Maxwell, 58, is jailed in Parker County on charges of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- A man accused of kidnapping and torturing a woman for two weeks in a "house of horrors" after she repeatedly rejected him is being investigated in two cold cases of missing women, including his ex-wife's disappearance


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The bus driver, Ophadell Williams, was ticketed in 1995 for speeding and twice for driving without a license

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Investigators looking into a weekend tour bus crash in New York City that killed 15 people are focusing on the driver, a man with a decades-old manslaughter conviction


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Kentucky gutted its mental health budget by an astounding 47 percent over the last two years

DENVER (AP) — State budget writers looking for cash to balance the books have stripped a cumulative $1.8 billion from mental health services over the last 2½ years, putting the public at risk as the mentally ill crowd emergency rooms and prisons, according to the nation's largest mental health advocacy group.


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