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Latest step in Milwaukee lion search: live traps with 'people food'

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MILWAUKEE--And so it has come to this: a mix of turkey, chicken, summer sausage and McNuggets -- bait for the first live traps put out Tuesday evening for the lion-like animal that has evaded capture for more than a week.

While the possibility of a roving wild mountain lion hasn't been ruled out, it's more likely that the creature -- the ...Read more

Pakistan police kills head of Sunni militant group on US terror list

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ISLAMABAD -- The leader of Pakistan's most feared anti-Shiite militant group was killed in a shootout with police on Wednesday, officials said.

Malik Ishaq, the head of the Qaida-linked Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group, was killed in the central province of Punjab, provincial Home Minister Shuja Khanzada said.

The shootout occurred when militants tried...Read more

A spaceship pilot's survival story

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The Halloween morning test flight was the first time that Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo would blast toward the heavens under the power of a new rocket motor.

And in the days before, pilot Peter Siebold had prepared intensely, spending hours in a flight simulator, going through the "what ifs." He considered the mission to be "high risk."

But ...Read more

Santa Cruz rocked as police arrest 15-year-old boy in slaying of 8-year-old girl

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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- When 8-year-old Madyson "Maddy" Middleton vanished Sunday evening, some residents of the Tannery Arts Center thought with dread about the addicts and transients living along a nearby stretch of the San Lorenzo River known as the "heroin highway."

But the discovery of her body in a recycling dumpster near her home Monday ...Read more

Jamestown remains identified as those of Virginia colony's early leaders

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va.--Jamestown archaeologists working with the Smithsonian Institution have identified four sets of remains found inside the footprint of a 1608 church as prominent early leaders of the historic Virginia colony.

Buried between 1608 and 1610, the remains were excavated in late 2013 and publicly identified Tuesday at the Smithsonian...Read more

Haiti marks 100th anniversary of US occupation

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- They landed a century ago this month, brandishing guns and hoisting the Stars and Stripes on government buildings in a foreign land.

It would be 19 years before Old Glory would come down, and Haiti's flag would fly again.

While many in this struggling nation are too young to remember the 1915-1934 period that marked ...Read more

Mayor: Baltimore wasn't fully prepared for riot

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BALTIMORE--Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake acknowledged Tuesday that her administration wasn't fully prepared for April's rioting, but said officials are learning from it and working to improve should more unrest flare up.

"I never suggested that we were totally prepared, because this was something that the city hadn't seen in over 40 ...Read more

8 kids hospitalized after tree falls near Pasadena children's museum

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LOS ANGELES -- Eight children were hospitalized Tuesday evening after a tree fell in a popular public park in Pasadena's Arroyo Seco, authorities said.

Three of the children were in critical condition and another five had minor injuries, said Lisa Derderian, a spokeswoman for the Pasadena Fire Department.

At least some of the children had ...Read more

James Holmes' father narrates a parent's worst nightmare

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He sounded like a proud father leafing through the family album: There's Jimmy with his grandma, kicking a soccer ball, in a tae kwon do uniform, holding his new baby sister. There's the annual family portrait. Mouse ears at Disneyland. Boating at Big Bear Lake.

On Tuesday, however, Robert Holmes was narrating a parent's worst nightmare: The ...Read more

Longshot bid for Boehner's ouster filed by fellow Republican

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WASHINGTON-- A U.S. House Republican filed a procedural move Tuesday that could set off a longshot maneuver to topple Speaker John Boehner from his post -- if a committee controlled by the speaker allows it to advance.

North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows's procedural move to declare Boehner's office vacant, while almost certain to fail, again ...Read more

Walker woos voters in Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA--The three black town cars stopped next to Pat's King of Steaks, but Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker first strolled up Passyunk Avenue to Geno's Steaks, where Geno Vento waited with an open hand.

The men posed for a photo Tuesday afternoon with a gaggle of media and confused tourists as audience. Vento then escorted Walker, one of 16 ...Read more

LA City Council bans large-capacity ammunition magazines

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LOS ANGELES -- Defying the warnings of gun rights groups, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to ban the possession of firearm magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds.

Backers of the plan said it would help minimize the bloodshed of mass shootings by forcing attackers to interrupt their rampages to stop and reload.

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Nation and world news briefs

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LOS ANGELES -- Federal safety officials Tuesday blamed a co-pilot's error for the disintegration of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo during a test flight last fall that killed the co-pilot.

But sharing the blame, safety officials said, was the company testing the space plane, Scaled Composites.

Co-pilot Michael Alsbury prematurely unlocked the...Read more

Ex-Im backers fret over its future as US House ignores bank

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Export-Import Bank won't be revived until at least September -- if ever.

Congress is headed toward approving a three-month highway funding extension drafted by the House that makes no mention of reauthorizing Ex-Im. Less than 24 hours earlier, bank supporters had celebrated the Senate's vote amending its highway plan to ...Read more

Receiving death threats, Texas officials release new Sandra Bland jail video

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HOUSTON -- Texas officials released new video Tuesday showing that Sandra Bland was alive while she was processed in the Waller County Jail, a move designed to dispel social media rumors that the woman was mistreated or mortally harmed before she was placed in the Texas jail cell where officials say she committed suicide.

Bland, a black woman ...Read more

Former social worker tells congressional forum of abuse at immigration detention center

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WASHINGTON -- A former social worker told members of Congress on Tuesday that she witnessed rampant abuse and neglect while working at a family detention center in Karnes City, Texas.

Olivia Lopez was among a panel of witnesses that included former detained mothers and mental health experts who shared upsetting accounts of life and work inside ...Read more

2005's Hurricane Katrina led to improvement in storm forecasting

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Hurricane Katrina, the most-destructive and third-deadliest storm in U.S. history, also was a force for change, spurring major advancements in forecasting and communication.

Since its rampage in late August 2005, scientists have developed several new high-tech tools to better predict the strength and track of storms, in...Read more

Criticism, but no fireworks as Kerry pushes Iran deal in House

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WASHINGTON -- Republicans and some Democrats expressed deep reservations Tuesday about the Iran nuclear deal as Secretary of State John Kerry and two Cabinet colleagues detailed the Obama administration's case for the agreement to the House of Representatives for the first time.

"I have trepidation. Barely a week after the Iranians signed the ...Read more

Key Democrat pours cold water on gun background checks bill

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WASHINGTON -- A recent string of mass shootings has Democrats and gun safety advocates renewing their call for legislation to require background checks for firearm purchases. But West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, the Democratic co-author of the bill, says it's going nowhere fast.

"That bill's not going to come back up," Manchin told Bloomberg on ...Read more

Minnesota man admits killing beloved lion in Zimbabwe, thought he was acting legally

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MINNEAPOLIS -- A big-game hunter from Minnesota acknowledged Tuesday that he killed a beloved lion in Zimbabwe with a bow and arrow, but said he regrets what he did and believed that his guides were leading him on a legal hunt.

Walter J. Palmer, 55, of Eden Prairie, a practicing dentist, issued a statement addressing the killing on July 1 of ...Read more