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Who’s John Jay? Scholars urge new look at forgotten founder

AP Photo KATONAH, N.Y. (AP) — The inner circle of founders has been set for as long as anyone can remember – Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, Hamilton and Madison. Almost never mentioned is John Jay. “Most people know something about him. … But very...
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Jefferson’s iconic U.Va. Rotunda amid $58 million face-lift

AP Photo/Steve Helber CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Thomas Jefferson’s Rotunda at the University of Virginia is ensnared in a spider’s web of scaffolding these days, the focus of a $58.3 million renovation of the World Heritage Site. The Rotunda face-lift is part...
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APNewsBreak: Ohio looks overseas in search for lethal drugs

AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has explored overseas options in its search for lethal injection drugs no longer available in the U.S. despite a court ruling that banned such purchases, records show. The prison where Ohio carries out executions...
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VA hospital that once treated Civil War veterans could close

AP Photo/Kristina Barker HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) — Perched atop a bluff in the remote Black Hills, a veterans hospital built of thick blocks of pink sandstone and topped with red-tiled roofs in a Spanish mission style overlooks the tiny town of Hot Springs, South Dakota, and...
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Could insulin pills prevent diabetes? Big study seeks answer

AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh CHICAGO (AP) — For nearly a century, insulin has been a life-saving diabetes treatment. Now scientists are testing a tantalizing question: What if pills containing the same medicine patients inject every day could also prevent the disease?...
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Fireworks-filled van explodes on California freeway

AP Photo/Jay Rutherford IVANPAH, Calif. (AP) — Jay Rutherford and his bandmates were mesmerized by the billowing smoke and small “psychedelic explosions” emanating from the van on the side of the freeway. “We had the fantasy it was filled with fireworks...

Woman randomly shot to death at popular San Francisco pier

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A young woman was shot to death, apparently at random, while walking with her father and a friend along a popular pedestrian pier on the San Francisco waterfront. The woman was shot Wednesday evening at Pier 14 and died at a hospital. Police did not...
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Summer is sizzling: Heat records fall across US West

AP Photo/Don Ryan From Seattle to Salt Lake City, the West is baking under record heat. Temperatures reaching the triple digits have made fire conditions extreme and sent folks looking for relief heading into the Fourth of July weekend. Unfortunately, the forecast in many areas...
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Honeymoon is over for Greek couple who went penniless in NYC

AP Photo/Mary Altaffer NEW YORK (AP) — Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis’ long-planned “dream trip” to the U.S. ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit...
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Report: Polar bears’ fate tied to reversing global warming

AP Photo/Brian Battaile ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Polar bears are at risk of dying off if humans don’t reverse the trend of global warming, a blunt U.S. government report filed Thursday said. “The single most important step for polar bear conservation is decisive...