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This photo released by the Galapagos National Park, a Chelonoidis phantasticus tortoise rests at Galapagos National Park in Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. Park rangers and the Galapagos Conservancy found the tortoise, a species that was thought to have become extinct one hundred years ago. (Galapagos National Park via AP)
February 20, 2019 - 6:25 pm
LIMA, Peru (AP) — A living member of species of tortoise not seen in more than 110 years and feared to be extinct has been found in a remote part of the Galapagos island of Fernandina. An adult female Chelonoidis phantasticus, also known as the Fernandina Giant Tortoise, was spotted Sunday by a...
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Gov. J.B. Pritzker delivers his budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. (Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register via AP)
February 20, 2019 - 3:29 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — New Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker proposed a budget Wednesday that relies partly on tax revenues from two industries that currently aren't even legal in the state, which is saddled with billions of dollars in pension obligations and other debts. Pritzker's $39 billion...
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February 20, 2019 - 10:25 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Actress Gwyneth Paltrow says a skier who accused her in a lawsuit of seriously injuring him at a Utah resort was actually the one who plowed into her from behind. Paltrow's attorney alleges in a counter claim filed in court Wednesday that the actress suffered a full "body blow...
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In this photo taken in 2018 and provided by Pavel Otdelnov, A view of an abandoned industrial building of the factory "Zarya" in Dzerzhinsk, is on display at an exhibition in Moscow, Russia. Pavel Otdelnov, a Russian artist who grew up in Dzerzhinsk, the center of the nation's chemical industries 355 kilometers (220 miles) east of Moscow, focused on the city, one of the most polluted in Russia, in his new 'Promzona' art show. (Pavel Otdelnov, Photo via AP)
February 20, 2019 - 6:28 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Pavel Otdelnov recalls how as a child he saw his mother boil his parents' bedding every day. His father worked in the factories of Dzerzhinsk, the center of Soviet chemical manufacturing, and the chlorine and phosgene that yellowed the sheets seeped through protective gear into his...
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February 19, 2019 - 7:52 am
BERLIN (AP) — A German court has ruled that a dog owner isn't fit to carry a firearms license after his dog shot him with a rifle. The Munich administrative court on Tuesday dismissed the man's appeal against an earlier decision by Bavarian authorities to withdraw his license to own a rifle, as...
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Demonstrators protest against the president of the Philippines and the bloodshed on his war on drugs by tying hundreds of strips of red cloth to the trees and signs outside of the Philippines Embassy in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. In the nation’s capital, it can be hard for protesters to stand out. Fifty people _ or even 500 _ holding signs and shouting hardly merits a second glance in this city of protests. That’s why Washington activists have to get creative. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
February 18, 2019 - 1:47 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the nation's capital, it can be hard for protesters to stand out. Fifty people — or even 500 — holding signs and shouting hardly merits a second glance in this city of protests. That's why Washington activists have to get creative. There's an ethos of performative prankster-...
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A member of a dragon dance group carries the head of the dragon during the Chinese Lunar New Year parade in Chinatown in New York, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
February 17, 2019 - 3:31 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Drums, dragons and dancers paraded through New York's Chinatown on Sunday to usher in the Year of the Pig in the metropolis with the biggest population of Chinese descent of any city outside Asia. Confetti and spectators a half-dozen or more deep at points lined the route of the...
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This Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, photo released by Heavenly Mountain Resort shows snow covering chairs and ski equipment at Heavenly Mountain Resort near South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Skiers eager to hit the slopes had to sit out a Presidents' Day holiday weekend as heavy snow and rain fell for a fourth straight day Friday in California's mountains, where the snow was so deep in some areas plows couldn't go out and cities were running out of places to pile it. (Duncan Kincheloe/Heavenly Mountain Resort via AP)
February 15, 2019 - 10:14 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Winter weather enveloping California's mountains for a fourth straight day Friday kept skiers from hitting the slopes at the start of the Presidents Day holiday weekend, with snow so deep that plows could not tackle it and cities scrambled to find places to pile it. Several...
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February 14, 2019 - 3:07 pm
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Melania Trump is doing Valentine's Day arts and crafts with pediatric patients. Mrs. Trump helped children make candy boxes, snow globes and other arts and crafts during a visit Thursday to The Children's Inn on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda,...
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United States Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a statement in front of the 'Warsaw Uprising Monument' in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. The Polish capital is host for a two-day international conference on the Middle East, co-organized by Poland and the United States. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
February 14, 2019 - 2:42 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence paid homage Thursday to the suffering of the Jewish and Polish people under German occupation during World War II with visits to memorials honoring their suffering and heroism. The heavily symbolic visits to a city destroyed by Adolf Hitler's...
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