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States look to gun-seizure laws as way to prevent mass killings

HARTFORD, Conn. — As state officials across the country grapple with how to prevent mass killings like the ones at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown and near the University of California, Santa Barbara, some are turning to a gun-seizure law pioneered in Connecticut 15 years ago.

Bioarchaeology professor examines good side of infamous Black Death

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sharon DeWitte, a bioarchaeology professor at the University of South Carolina, spends her summers in the storage room of a London museum, examining bones of people who died in the mid-1350s of bubonic plague.

Dinosaur hunter is making prehistory

HORSE MOUNTAIN, Utah — Scott Richardson is up at dawn, standing atop a rocky ridgeline near his base camp, a solitary figure in the slanting light. He surveys a primordial wilderness of dry creek beds and stands of juniper and pinyon pine. “This is dinosaur country,” he says, gesturing toward the valley below. “There are bones all over this place.”

Bioarchaeology professor examines good side of infamous Black Death

Sharon DeWitte, a bioarchaeology professor at the University of South Carolina, spends her summers in the storage room of a London museum, examining bones of people who died in the mid-1350s of bubonic plague.

Dinosaur hunter is making prehistory

Scott Richardson is up at dawn, standing atop a rocky ridgeline near his base camp, a solitary figure in the slanting light. He surveys a primordial wilderness of dry creek beds and stands of juniper and pinyon pine.

Thousands expected at Utah counterculture fest

Thousands of young people and some more weathered hikers are trekking up a path that cuts through aspen and pine to a summit of a Utah mountain about 60 miles east of Salt Lake City.

Tibetans with high-altitude gene linked to extinct race

A gene that helps them cope with living at high altitude could have come from the Denisovans.

Retirement moves pick up as economy improves

Steven Ramos, a retired letter carrier, estimated his cost of living would drop 80 percent when he moved from New York to a rental community in central Florida.

Excommunication has limited use in modern world

The practice is done in the hope the punished person would repent of error and return to the fold.

Nigerian girls face perils of child marriage, abuse

Nigeria, a young country of about 170 million, has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world.

A quarter of Americans live in ‘poverty areas’

A fourth of all Americans live in what the Census Bureau calls “poverty areas,” neighborhoods where at least 1 in 5 have incomes below the poverty level, according to a new report.

Louis Brown, father of Nicole Brown Simpson, dies

Louis Brown Jr., the father of O.J. Simpson's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson, has died at his Southern California home, a family attorney said Saturday. He was 90.

US Senate majority could rest on the sage grouse

An obscure, chicken-sized bird best known for its mating dance could help determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the U.S. Senate in November.

Video purportedly shows extremist leader in Iraq

A man purporting to be the leader of the Sunni extremist group that has declared an Islamic state in territory it controls in Iraq and Syria has made what would be his first public appearance, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq's second-largest city, according to a video posted online Saturday.

Ukraine claims victory in rebel stronghold

Ukrainian troops forced pro-Russian insurgents out of a key stronghold in the country's embattled east on Saturday, a significant success that suggested the government may finally be making gains in a months-long battle against a spreading separatist insurgency.