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Case closed: Oldest known cave art proves Neanderthals were just as sophisticated as humans

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A red hand stencil. A series of lines that look like a ladder. A collection of red dots.

These images, painted in ocher on the walls of three separate caves in Spain, are the oldest-known examples of cave art ever found. And new research suggests that all three were created not by humans, but by our ancient cousins the Neanderthals.

In a paper...Read more

Man crashes car into Connecticut hospital entrance, sets himself on fire

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- A man in his 20s crashed his car through the emergency room entrance at Middlesex Hospital Thursday morning and apparently set himself on fire, Mayor Daniel Drew said.

Drew said the act was intentional, but he would not speculate on the motive. The FBI, state police and Hartford bomb squads responded to the hospital and ...Read more

Trump berates California, threatens to pull federal immigration agents

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Thursday lambasted California officials for how they are dealing with gangs and threatened to pull immigration and border agents out of the state to show just how bad things would be without federal help.

Federal agents are working to defeat gangs like MS-13, the president said, but the gang members "come...Read more

An amateur astronomer testing a new camera happens to catch a supernova as it's being born

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Peering at a distant galaxy, an amateur astronomer in Argentina managed to capture a star in the act of going supernova. The chances of this discovery, scientists say, are 1-in-a-million at best.

This lucky find, described in the journal Nature, offers the first images of the sudden brightening caused by a shock in the star's core -- a process ...Read more

A fire may have damaged precious relics at Tibet's holiest temple. China says no β€” but experts aren't sure

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BEIJING -- A fire broke out at Tibet's most sacred temple on Saturday, and the public knows no more.

The blaze may have severely damaged the 1,300 year-old temple and many of its precious architectural features, murals and relics; or perhaps it was small and quickly extinguished, and the temple is more or less fine.

On Saturday evening, ...Read more

Billy Graham's body to 'lie in honor' at US Capitol

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Rev. Billy Graham's body will lie in honor in D.C. next week, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Thursday.

Graham died Wednesday morning at his home in Montreat at the age of 99.

His body will lie in the Capitol rotunda from Feb. 28 to March 1, so the public can pay their respects, Ryan said.

"As soaring a figure as he ...Read more

Clarence Thomas should be removed from Supreme Court, accuser says

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Decades before the #MeToo movement, and long before Time magazine honored "the Silence Breakers," there was Anita Hill and Angela Wright.

In 1991 both women were in Washington to accuse Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior.

Hill was allowed to testify before the Senate committee considering his ...Read more

'Swatting' call sends Beverly Hills police to room at Peninsula Hotel

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LOS ANGELES -- A Beverly Hills police SWAT team was dispatched to the historic Peninsula Hotel on Thursday morning in response to a bogus emergency call, police officials said.

Police received a call about 6:30 a.m. from a man saying "there were men with guns in his hotel room and they weren't letting him leave," said Capt. Lincoln Hoshino.

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Pence pledges school safety will be 'top national priority'

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WASHINGTON -- Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday that the administration is making school safety the "top national priority" as it responds to the deadly school shooting in a Parkland, Fla., high school.

"As the president has said, no child, no teacher should ever be in danger in an American school," Pence told the annual gathering of ...Read more

Chase glitch that let customers see others' bank accounts now fixed, bank says

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CHICAGO -- For more than two hours Wednesday night, some Chase Bank customers logged into their online bank accounts and instead saw another person's balances.

The technological glitch -- which lasted "sporadically" from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Central time -- was resolved later Wednesday night, according to Chase Bank spokeswoman Trish Wexler.

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Should Charlotte brace for all living US presidents to be at Billy Graham funeral?

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Three surviving U.S. presidents were there when the Billy Graham Library was dedicated in Charlotte in 2007, so it makes sense that as many or more might be here for Graham's memorials and funeral next week.

Donald Trump, Jimmy Carter, George Bush, George H.W. Bush, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton have all released statements ...Read more

Man in custody after 2-year-old boy found dead in Chicago; child was nearly decapitated

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CHICAGO -- A man was arrested in Kankakee County, Ill., after a 2-year-old boy was found dead in Chicago, his throat deeply slashed, at his home in the Little Village neighborhood Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Officers were called to the 2700 block of South Avers Avenue about 1:55 p.m. and found Mateo Garcia Aguayo's body in a trash bag on ...Read more

North Texas school is getting a police station because of 'Sandy Hook and Columbine'

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WESTLAKE, Texas -- From the timing, it might seem like the plan to create a police substation on the campus of Westlake Academy is a response to the Feb. 14 shooting at a high school in Florida.

Actually, the plan -- a joint project of the city council of the small town north of Keller and the school's board of trustees which began last fall --...Read more

Remembering Billy Graham and the huge crowds he once drew in Sacramento

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Evangelist Billy Graham's death Wednesday was felt by millions of people around the globe, including thousands of Sacramentans who attended his crusades here.

Among them was Jim Holst, outreach pastor at Bayside, a nondenominational church that has six campuses in the Sacramento region hosting about 20,000 parishioners a ...Read more

Supporters gather for teacher accused of targeting student who sat during Pledge

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CLOVIS, Calif. -- Several community members turned up at Wednesday's Clovis Unified board meeting in support of a teacher accused of telling a student who didn't stand for the Pledge of Allegiance to "go back to her country."

Ryan Person was among those who spoke in support of Clovis East High School agriculture science teacher Ken Dias, who ...Read more

Man, ex-wife charged with sexual abuse of children dating back 20 years

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STE. GENEVIEVE COUNTY, Mo. -- A Ste. Genevieve man has been charged with 15 felonies, including statutory rape and statutory sodomy, for crimes he allegedly committed about 20 years ago involving underage female relatives.

Charging documents say Henry G. Leland, 63, allegedly raped and sodomized the girls and forced them to touch him and be ...Read more

Holocaust row shows world is biased against Poland, premier says

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WARSAW, Poland -- Poland's prime minister defended his country's new Holocaust law and said the international outcry only exposed the rising tide of anti-Polish sentiment that seeks to vilify his compatriots.

In an interview at his office in Warsaw, Mateusz Morawiecki was adamant that nothing will halt his government's efforts to repair the ...Read more

Trump argues for arming teachers to stop school shootings

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WASHINGTON -- President Trump began Thursday on Twitter defending the concept of arming teachers, which he'd floated the day before at a White House session with gun violence survivors held in response to last week's Parkland, Fla., high school killings.

In a series of morning tweets, Trump raised the possibility of raising the minimum age for ...Read more

Despite long odds, some drivers do outrun police pursuits β€” but often at great peril

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LOS ANGELES -- For a few moments Tuesday night, it looked like a pickup driver had finally done what so many other car chase suspects could not: elude police during a high-speed pursuit.

With officers on his tail, the driver veered his truck off the roadway and into a Metro subway tunnel in Boyle Heights, disappearing from view of helicopters ...Read more

In Miami, a unanimous vote that softens the county's stand on banning assault rifles

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MIAMI -- Miami-Dade commissioners on Wednesday managed a unanimous, bipartisan vote on national gun policy. And that came with compromises.

In a 9-0 vote, the commission broke with its prior position endorsing a national ban on assault weapons and instead backed a policy statement with more nuance. The resolution calls for Congress to either ...Read more