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  • Yurok Tribe to release condors in California Associated Press - 57 minutes ago
    FILE - This July 21, 2012, file photo, provided by the Ventana Wildlife Society shows a condor in flight in Big Sur, Calif. The Yurok Tribe has signed agreements leading to the first release of captive-bred condors into the northern half of their historic range _ the sparsely populated Redwood Coast of Northern California. The tribe based at the mouth of the Klamath River has been working the past five years under a federal grant to establish whether the rare birds can survive in a place they have not lived for a century. (AP Photo/Ventana Wildlife Society, Tim Huntington, File)

    Yurok tribal tradition holds the California condor as sacred, with ancient stories saying the giant birds fly closest to the sun and are the best messengers to carry prayers.

  • Scientists want to breed fish to be better biters Associated Press - 58 minutes ago
    This undated photo provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife shows the Oregon Hatchery Research Center near Alsea, Ore. The center has agreed to do an experiment on whether hatchery-produced steelhead can be bred to be better biters. A growing body of evidence indicates that hatchery fish bite anglers' hooks less frequently than wild fish. Oregon spends $25 million a year on producing salmon and steelhead for anglers to catch. (AP Photo/Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)

    In a lifetime of fishing for winter steelhead on Oregon's Alsea River, Stan Steele has seen it get harder and harder to hook into hatchery-bred fish. Instead, he has found he is more likely to hook the wild variety, whose numbers have declined.

  • Funeral set for NYC inmate who died in hot cell Associated Press - 1 hour 9 minutes ago
    FILE- In this March 12, 2014 file photo, Alma Murdough and her daughter Cheryl Warner hold a photo of Murdough's son, at her home in the Queens borough of New York. Jerome Murdough, a mentally ill, homeless former Marine arrested for sleeping in the roof landing of a New York City public housing project during one of the coldest recorded winters in city history, died in a Rikers Island jail cell that multiple city officials say was at least 100 degrees when his body was discovered. The former Marine will be buried in New Jersey on Friday, April 25, 2014, after a modest funeral service in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

    NEW YORK (AP) — A modest funeral service has been planned for a homeless former Marine who was found dead more than two months ago in an overheated New York City jail cell.

  • Firefighters extricate the driver from the front of a school bus that crashed, Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. Three of the injured, the driver and two of the children, were taken to hospitals in critical condition after the crash, Anaheim police Lt. Bob Dunn said. The other nine students had minor injuries, and most of them were released to their parents. Police say no other vehicles were involved in the crash and there is no immediate word on the cause. (AP Photo/Kevin Warn)
    11 kids, driver hurt in Calif. school bus crash Associated Press - 2 hours 20 minutes ago

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Eleven middle school students and their driver were injured when a school bus jumped a curb Thursday and rammed into trees in Southern California, … More »11 kids, driver hurt in Calif. school bus crash

    Firefighters extricate the driver from the front of a school bus that crashed, Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. Three of the injured, the driver and two of the children, were taken to hospitals in critical condition after the crash, Anaheim police Lt. Bob Dunn said. The other nine students had minor injuries, and most of them were released to their parents. Police say no other vehicles were involved in the crash and there is no immediate word on the cause. (AP Photo/Kevin Warn)

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Eleven middle school students and their driver were injured when a school bus jumped a curb Thursday and rammed into trees in Southern California, authorities said.

  • U.S. President Barack Obama waves upon his arrival for two-day visit at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
    South Korea ferry disaster may cloud Obama visit Associated Press - 2 hours 31 minutes ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Barack Obama stepped into the familiar role of chief consoler Friday as he arrived for meetings in South Korea, a key U.S. ally that … More »South Korea ferry disaster may cloud Obama visit

    U.S. President Barack Obama waves upon his arrival for two-day visit at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Barack Obama stepped into the familiar role of chief consoler Friday as he arrived for meetings in South Korea, a key U.S. ally that is reeling from a deadly ferry disaster.

  • Rancher Cliven Bundy speaks at a news conference near Bunkerville, Nev., Thursday, April 24, 2014. Bundy, a Nevada rancher who became a conservative folk hero for standing up to the government in a fight over grazing rights, lost some of his staunch defenders Thursday after wondering aloud whether blacks might have had it better under slavery. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher)
    Nevada rancher defends remarks, loses supporters Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada rancher who became a conservative folk hero for standing up to the government in a fight over grazing rights lost some of his staunch defenders … More »Nevada rancher defends remarks, loses supporters

    Rancher Cliven Bundy speaks at a news conference near Bunkerville, Nev., Thursday, April 24, 2014. Bundy, a Nevada rancher who became a conservative folk hero for standing up to the government in a fight over grazing rights, lost some of his staunch defenders Thursday after wondering aloud whether blacks might have had it better under slavery. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher)

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada rancher who became a conservative folk hero for standing up to the government in a fight over grazing rights lost some of his staunch defenders Thursday after wondering aloud whether blacks might have had it better under slavery.

  • This image provided by MGM Resorts International shows a 2012 exterior view of Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas. The Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas announced Thursday April 24, 2014, a $66 million expansion project that will boost its convention center from the seventh-largest to the fifth-largest in the United States. (AP Photo/ MGM Resorts International)
    Mandalay Bay expo center getting $66M expansion Associated Press - 4 hours ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas announced a $66 million expansion project that will boost its convention center from the seventh-largest to the … More »Mandalay Bay expo center getting $66M expansion

    This image provided by MGM Resorts International shows a 2012 exterior view of Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas. The Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas announced Thursday April 24, 2014, a $66 million expansion project that will boost its convention center from the seventh-largest to the fifth-largest in the United States. (AP Photo/ MGM Resorts International)

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas announced a $66 million expansion project that will boost its convention center from the seventh-largest to the fifth-largest in the United States.

  • Byron Smith takes his first break during the first day of his trial at the Morrison County Courthouse, Monday, April 21, 2014, in Little Fall, Minn. The 65-year-old faces two counts of premeditated first-degree murder for the killings of Haile Kifer, 18, and Nick Brady, 17, who broke into his home on Thanksgiving Day 2012. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Elizabeth Flores) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGAZINES OUT; TWIN CITIES TV OUT.
    Doctor: Slain Minnesota teens shot multiple times Associated Press - 5 hours ago

    LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — The two Minnesota cousins killed by a man who claimed he was defending himself after they broke into his home were each shot multiple times, … More »Doctor: Slain Minnesota teens shot multiple times

    Byron Smith takes his first break during the first day of his trial at the Morrison County Courthouse, Monday, April 21, 2014, in Little Fall, Minn. The 65-year-old faces two counts of premeditated first-degree murder for the killings of Haile Kifer, 18, and Nick Brady, 17, who broke into his home on Thanksgiving Day 2012. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Elizabeth Flores) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGAZINES OUT; TWIN CITIES TV OUT.

    LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — The two Minnesota cousins killed by a man who claimed he was defending himself after they broke into his home were each shot multiple times, a medical examiner testified Thursday, and while the initial gunshots caused serious injury, they did not immediately incapacitate the teens.

  • Tarshia Williams displays a pendant with her daughter's face on it outside of a federal courthouse in Honolulu on Thursday, April 24, 2014. A federal jury convicted the girl's father, former Hawaii soldier Naeem Williams, of murder in the beating death of the 5-year-old girl, a capital offense in a state that doesn't have the death penalty. (AP Photo/Sam Eifling)
    Ex-soldier convicted in daughter's beating death Associated Press - 6 hours ago

    HONOLULU (AP) — A federal jury on Thursday convicted a former Hawaii soldier of murder in the beating death of his 5-year-old daughter, a capital offense in a state that … More »Ex-soldier convicted in daughter's beating death

    Tarshia Williams displays a pendant with her daughter's face on it outside of a federal courthouse in Honolulu on Thursday, April 24, 2014. A federal jury convicted the girl's father, former Hawaii soldier Naeem Williams, of murder in the beating death of the 5-year-old girl, a capital offense in a state that doesn't have the death penalty. (AP Photo/Sam Eifling)

    HONOLULU (AP) — A federal jury on Thursday convicted a former Hawaii soldier of murder in the beating death of his 5-year-old daughter, a capital offense in a state that doesn't have the death penalty.

  • Seattle Mayor Ed Murray addresses a news conference on a proposal to increase the minimum wage in the city Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Seattle. The mayor said his advisory group of business, labor, non-profits and other representatives have not yet agreed on a plan to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
    Seattle stymied in efforts to raise minimum wage Associated Press - 6 hours ago

    SEATTLE (AP) — Highlighting the contentious debate around raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour in a supportive city, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said Thursday that no … More »Seattle stymied in efforts to raise minimum wage

    Seattle Mayor Ed Murray addresses a news conference on a proposal to increase the minimum wage in the city Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Seattle. The mayor said his advisory group of business, labor, non-profits and other representatives have not yet agreed on a plan to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    SEATTLE (AP) — Highlighting the contentious debate around raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour in a supportive city, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said Thursday that no agreement has been reached among business and labor representatives trying to create a plan for city leaders.

  • 10 Things to Know for Friday Associated Press - 6 hours ago

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday: More »10 Things to Know for Friday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

  • File - In this March 22, 2014 file photo, a barge loaded with marine fuel oil sits partially submerged in the Houston Ship Channel. The owner of a tugboat that collided with a ship last month, dumping nearly 170,000 gallons of oil into the Houston Ship Channel, claims in court filings the ship was speeding and being operated in a reckless manner. Houston-based Kirby Inland Marine alleges in court documents filed earlier this month that the March 22 collision, which occurred after the ship struck a barge the tugboat had been pulling, was caused by gross negligence on the part of the ship’s owner, Liberia-based Sea Galaxy Marine. In its own court filings, Sea Galaxy says the collision was not its fault. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, PO3 Manda Emery, File)
    Court filing says ship in Texas spill was speeding Associated Press - 6 hours ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — The owner of a tugboat that collided with a ship last month, dumping nearly 170,000 gallons of oil into the Houston Ship Channel, claims in court filings … More »Court filing says ship in Texas spill was speeding

    File - In this March 22, 2014 file photo, a barge loaded with marine fuel oil sits partially submerged in the Houston Ship Channel. The owner of a tugboat that collided with a ship last month, dumping nearly 170,000 gallons of oil into the Houston Ship Channel, claims in court filings the ship was speeding and being operated in a reckless manner. Houston-based Kirby Inland Marine alleges in court documents filed earlier this month that the March 22 collision, which occurred after the ship struck a barge the tugboat had been pulling, was caused by gross negligence on the part of the ship’s owner, Liberia-based Sea Galaxy Marine. In its own court filings, Sea Galaxy says the collision was not its fault. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, PO3 Manda Emery, File)

    HOUSTON (AP) — The owner of a tugboat that collided with a ship last month, dumping nearly 170,000 gallons of oil into the Houston Ship Channel, claims in court filings the ship was speeding and being operated in a reckless manner.

  • U.S. Post Office employee Detra Parker chants during a protest outside a Staples store, Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Atlanta. Thousands of postal workers picketed outside Staples stores nationwide Thursday to protest a pilot program that allows the office supply chain to handle U.S. mail. The American Postal Workers Union fears layoffs and post office closings and says that unlike retail workers, postal workers "have taken an oath to protect the sanctity of the mail." (AP Photo/David Goldman)
    Postal workers' unions protest Staples program Associated Press - 7 hours ago

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Postal workers in cities big and small protested in front of Staples stores on Thursday, objecting to the U.S. Postal Service's pilot program … More »Postal workers' unions protest Staples program

    U.S. Post Office employee Detra Parker chants during a protest outside a Staples store, Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Atlanta. Thousands of postal workers picketed outside Staples stores nationwide Thursday to protest a pilot program that allows the office supply chain to handle U.S. mail. The American Postal Workers Union fears layoffs and post office closings and says that unlike retail workers, postal workers "have taken an oath to protect the sanctity of the mail." (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Postal workers in cities big and small protested in front of Staples stores on Thursday, objecting to the U.S. Postal Service's pilot program to open counters in stores, staffed with retail employees.

  • Captain Scott F. Adams, right, Commanding Officer Navy Base Point Loma, accompanied by Lt. Commander Steve Ruh, talks about an incident on the base in which a sailor was arrested for operating an Airsoft weapon on the base, Thursday, April 24, 2014, in San Diego. A second sailor who was a friend of the sailor with the weapon was also arrested. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
    Pellet gun firing causes Navy base lockdown Associated Press - 7 hours ago

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A major Navy base ground to a halt for more than two hours Thursday after a sailor waved a weapon from a sixth-floor barracks room that turned out to … More »Pellet gun firing causes Navy base lockdown

    Captain Scott F. Adams, right, Commanding Officer Navy Base Point Loma, accompanied by Lt. Commander Steve Ruh, talks about an incident on the base in which a sailor was arrested for operating an Airsoft weapon on the base, Thursday, April 24, 2014, in San Diego. A second sailor who was a friend of the sailor with the weapon was also arrested. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A major Navy base ground to a halt for more than two hours Thursday after a sailor waved a weapon from a sixth-floor barracks room that turned out to be a pellet gun used for recreational purposes, officials said.

  • Edge Fuentes, left, stands with his wife Katie Spring, right, and their 9-month-old son Waylon in their planting room surrounded by seedlings for vegetables and flowers at their Good Heart Farmstead, Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Worcester, Vt. Spring and Fuentes back the GMO labeling bill passed by the Vermont Legislature. They believe people need to be able to know what’s in their food. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)
    Vermont ups the ante on genetically modified foods Associated Press - 7 hours ago

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont has raised the stakes in the debate over genetically modified foods by becoming the first state to pass a bill requiring that they be labeled … More »Vermont ups the ante on genetically modified foods

    Edge Fuentes, left, stands with his wife Katie Spring, right, and their 9-month-old son Waylon in their planting room surrounded by seedlings for vegetables and flowers at their Good Heart Farmstead, Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Worcester, Vt. Spring and Fuentes back the GMO labeling bill passed by the Vermont Legislature. They believe people need to be able to know what’s in their food. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont has raised the stakes in the debate over genetically modified foods by becoming the first state to pass a bill requiring that they be labeled as such in the grocery aisle, making the move despite the opposition of the powerful U.S. food industry.

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