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Making travel quick, safe for cars, bikes, walkers

DETROIT — Cellphones that warn drivers when people are crossing in front of them. Bicycles and cars that communicate with traffic lights. Sensors in cars that quickly alert other drivers to black ice, potholes or other hazards. A low-priced camera system that brings high-tech automatic braking to the masses.

Feds seek new firm for background checks

WASHINGTON — The Office of Personnel Management will not renew any of its contracts with USIS, the company that provided the bulk of background checks for federal security clearances and was the victim of a recent cyberattack, officials confirmed Tuesday evening.

Report says VA lies to investigators

WASHINGTON (AP) — Managers at more than a dozen Veterans Affairs medical facilities lied to investigators about scheduling practices and other issues, the department’s inspector general said Tuesday.

Obama to outline mission to fight Islamic militants

WASHINGTON — Hours before President Barack Obama's prime-time address on a strategy for fighting Islamic State militants, the Senate's Democratic leader urged quick authorization of the president's request to help arm moderate opposition forces in Syria. The Republican Senate leader called Obama "a rather reluctant commander in chief."

Canada finds 1 of 2 ships from Franklin expedition lost in Arctic

TORONTO — One of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic nearly 170 years ago during a search for the fabled Northwest Passage has been found, Canada's prime minister announced Tuesday in a discovery that could unlock one of history's biggest mysteries and swell Canadian pride.

Wyoming appeals Oregon’s denial of coal port

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming is appealing Oregon’s recent decision to deny an application to build a coal terminal at the Port of Morrow, on the Columbia River.

“Acid Test”: the case for using psychedelics to treat PTSD, depression

This article is excerpted from Tom Shroder’s “Acid Test: LSD, Ecstasy and the Power to Heal,” which comes out Sept. 9.

West’s appeals court to hear same-sex marriage bans

SAN FRANCISCO — For the first time since it declared California’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional, the federal appeals court in San Francisco is readying to hear arguments over same-sex weddings in a political and legal climate that’s vastly different than when it overturned Proposition 8 in 2012.

US opens online front against Islamic State

WASHINGTON — The rise of the Islamic State militant group as battlefield force and Internet juggernaut over the summer has given new urgency to a State Department effort to counter online militant propaganda with a U.S. messaging campaign.

US military to help fight Ebola epidemic

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Sunday that the U.S. military will begin aiding what has been a chaotic and ineffective response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, arguing that it represents a serious national security concern.

As wind power industry grows, so does opposition

FOREST, Wis. — When wind developers prospected the rolling hills around this small dairy town, they found plenty of gusty sites for turbines. In 2011, they proposed a $250 million project with up to 44 turbines that could produce enough energy to power thousands of homes.

Obama to outline strategy on Islamic State

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to begin laying out his strategy for defeating Islamic State militants expanding their grip in Iraq and Syria.

Cities prepare for warm climate without saying so

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — With climate change still a political minefield across the nation despite the strong scientific consensus that it's happening, some community leaders have hit upon a way of preparing for the potentially severe local consequences without triggering explosions of partisan warfare: Just change the subject.

Job search keeps millennials hopping

In the three short years since Quint Gribbin graduated with a degree in physics from William and Mary, rated one of the nation’s top 10 public universities, he has churned through six jobs.

Physicist puts time on timeless Monet painting

The Impressionist art movement began Nov. 13, 1872, right around 7:35 a.m. local time.