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Smokey Bear to celebrate 70th birthday, with no plans on retiring

Even after decades, Smokey Bear's popularity doesn't seem to have smoldered: On Aug. 9, the iconic forest fire prevention bear is turning 70, and can proudly say his message is still going strong.<p>"Hes one of the most popular icons throughout this country," Tom Tidwell, chief of the U.S. Forest …

The Tuna Industry’s Role in Ending Illegal Fishing

Changing Planet<p>Every day tuna boats move in and out of ports worldwide. Developing a system to identify each unique vessel has been an arduous undertaking, but it’s paying off. Photo courtesy of International Seafood Sustainability Foundation.<p>As a seafood lover and a conscientious consumer, I try …

That Guy Who Everyone Thought Had Ebola In New York Doesn't Actually Have It

Here is the hospital's statement in full:<p>The unidentified male patient captured the attention of much of New York City when he showed up in the emergency room on August 4 with "high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms" after a recent trip to West Africa, triggering standard protocols to test for …

Barack Obama hails 'new Africa emerging'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1099000/1099070_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1529799606_411af2d7344f1ebd0844698475b3a248<p><b>US President Barack Obama has hailed a new emerging Africa, on the last day of a summit in Washington DC with 40 African leaders.</b><p>Wednesday's talks …

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Woman arrested in Florida, accused of murdering her son in NJ two decades ago

A Florida woman was arrested Wednesday and faces extradition to New Jersey to stand trial on a charge of murdering her young son more than two decades ago.<p>Michelle Lodzinski, 47, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., was taken into custody by local and Middlesex County, N.J. authorities, according to a …

Deadly Taiwan Explosions Expose 'Relaxed' Land Use Rules

With the fires out and hundreds of people getting treated for injuries after deadly gas pipeline explosions last week in Taiwan’s major industrial city, attention has turned to blame. Prosecutors are chasing a petrochemical firm and its propylene supplier for a possible role in the chain of blasts …

Afghan soldier who killed U.S. general is identified

The gunman who killed a U.S. Army major general and wounded several others at a military university in Afghanistan was identified by officials Wednesday as an Afghan soldier in his 20s who was carrying a NATO-issued assault rifle.<p>The gunman, who officials said was named Rafiqullah and was …

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The U.S. Will Spend $110 Million a Year on African Peacekeeping Efforts

<b>Correction appended, Aug. 7</b><p>During the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington on Wednesday, President Barack Obama unveiled plans to invest $110 …

PA<p>Mick Jagger, Mary Beard, Dan Snow, Bruce Forsyth, PD James and Tom Daley are among more than 200 public figures from sport, literature, theatre and the arts who have signed an open letter to the people of Scotland, urging them to vote no to independence in next month's referendum. Photograph: …

New Zealand fishing boat hauls in plane with body

Small plane with a body inside discovered by San Kawhai boat while trawling for fish near Auckland<p>The crew aboard a New Zealand fishing boat on Thursday hauled up a surprising and gruesome catch: a small plane with a body inside.<p>Authorities suspect the plane is a 19-foot aerobatic biplane that was …

Air Algerie cockpit voice recorder unreadable

LE BOURGET, France (AP) — French investigators trying to pinpoint the cause of the Air Algerie crash in northern Mali say the black box that recorded …

China police question U.S. citizen in city on border with North Korea: source

SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - A Korean-American who runs a Christian NGO in a Chinese city on the border with North Korea is being investigated by Chinese authorities and has had his bank accounts frozen, a source with direct knowledge of the case told Reuters on Thursday.<p>Peter Hahn, a naturalized U.S. …

Judges weigh gay marriage cases from 4 states

CINCINNATI (AP) — Judges Martha Craig Daughtrey and Deborah L. Cook made it clear fairly quickly they stood on opposite sides of the same-sex …

Oscar Pistorius Murder Trial Hears Final Prosecution Arguments

Double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius was a "deceitful" witness who lied again and again during his murder trial to present a version of events lacking "any truth," a prosecutor said Thursday.<p>Gerrie Nel opened his closing argument Thursday by calling criminal trials a "blunt implement for digging …

Alex Salmond declares 'it's our pound & we're keeping it'

The First Minister unveils his new slogan as he seeks to overcome his damaging defeat in the first independence referendum TV debate.<p>Alex Salmond has declared “it’s our pound and we’re keeping it” because the English would not dare deny an independent Scotland a eurozone-style currency union.<p>The …

Earthquake rattles Hawaii as hurricanes Iselle and Julio approach

The first hurricane expected to hit Hawaii in 22 years weakened slightly Thursday as its outer edges began to bring rain and wind to the Big Island, while residents and tourists prepared for a possible one-two punch as another major storm lined up behind it in the Pacific.<p>Hurricane Iselle was …

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