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Monarch population up at wintering grounds

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The population of monarch butterflies wintering in central Mexico is up 144 percent over last year, experts said Wednesday. The data presented by Andrew Rhodes, Mexico’s national commissioner for protected natural areas, was cheered but scientists quickly warned that it ...

US prosecutor calls evidence against El Chapo overwhelming

NEW YORK (AP) — Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman orchestrated a two-decade campaign to flood the United States with tons of cocaine as a ruthless leader of the Sinaloa cartel, a prosecutor said in closing arguments on Wednesday at Guzman’s U.S. trial. Assistant U.S. ...

Polar blast envelops Midwest, strains aging infrastructure

CHICAGO (AP) — A blast of polar air enveloped much of the Midwest Wednesday, closing schools and businesses and straining infrastructure across the Rust Belt with some of the lowest temperatures in a generation. The deep freeze snapped rail lines and canceled hundreds of flights in the ...

Would-be bank robber gets cold feet, rips up note

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts are looking for a woman they say intended to rob a bank but got cold feet and left without a penny. Fall River police told the Herald News the woman walked into the Fall River Municipal Credit Union Monday afternoon and approached a ...

‘It’s too cold!’ Mr. Hot Dog says no school in South Dakota

PARKER, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota school district is using a talking hot dog to announce closures due to the extreme cold. In a video posted to the Parker School District’s Facebook page, Mr. Hot Dog says: “I’m a hot dog! I need some heat! I’m not a cold dog! ... You cannot have ...

Woman, 3 children found dead after home catches fire

AKRON (AP) — A woman and her three children have been found dead inside an Ohio home that caught fire Wednesday morning, authorities said. An Akron Fire Department spokeswoman said the fire was reported around 9 a.m. in Akron’s Kenmore neighborhood. Firefighters weren’t able to get ...

Feds tackle opioid epidemic, but is it helping?

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency and urged prosecutors to seek the death penalty against drug dealers. Congress has provided targeted grants for treatment, recovery and prevention and made numerous policy changes to help ...

Goodell won’t commit to positions on key issues

ATLANTA (AP) — This much we know after Roger Goodell’s annual State of the NFL gabfest leading up to the Super Bowl. The league has never been stronger. The commissioner is a fan of the game. And there was a missed call in the NFC championship game. But Goodell doesn’t want to use his ...

Battered Buckeyes

COLUMBUS (AP) — Even Chris Holtmann’s daughter is a little worried. The second-year Ohio State coach has been noticeably down lately during a skid in which the Buckeyes have lost six of the last seven games and saw one of their key players sidelined indefinitely with an injury. Holtmann ...

Woodland looking to make more memories at the Phoenix Open

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Gary Woodland walked through the tunnel to the Phoenix Open’s 16th hole, the par 3 with an atmosphere more like a football game than a golf tournament. Waiting for him was a young lady in a purple shirt with some game of her own. After hitting his tee shot, ...

Donald, Suh to lead the Rams’ championship pursuit

ATLANTA (AP) — Practically every member of the Los Angeles Rams has a favorite story about Aaron Donald’s feats of ridiculous athleticism. Michael Brockers loved the moment at Carolina in 2016 when Donald beat the Panthers’ left guard and launched himself like Superman, swallowing up ...

Daly part of all-American Andretti lineup for Indy 500

Conor Daly has been chasing sponsorship money all across the country in a nonstop effort to continue his racing career. He’s willing to drive anything, but the Indianapolis 500 is the priority. The lean sponsorship landscape has pushed Daly and other drivers to the fringe of motorsports in ...

Medical helicopter crashes in remote woods, killing 3

CINCINNATI — A medical helicopter crashed Tuesday in a remote wooded area on its way to pick up a patient, killing all three crew members, authorities said. Survival Flight medical transportation reported around 7:20 a.m. Tuesday losing communication with a helicopter flying from the Mount ...

More staff on leave as hospital reviews deaths, drug doses

COLUMBUS (AP) — An Ohio hospital said Tuesday it has put more employees, including managers, on leave amid allegations that an intensive-care doctor ordered potentially fatal doses of pain medication for dozens of patients. Mount Carmel Health System, which fired the doctor in December, ...

Timeline of investigation

COLUMBUS (AP) — Investigations are underway into allegations that a doctor working for an Ohio hospital system ordered inappropriately high doses of pain medication to dozens of patients, leading to the deaths of at least 28 people at two hospitals. A review of events so far based on ...

Mothers of the dead from drugs: ‘Where is the outrage for us?’

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — The moms meet in a parking lot overlooking the little funeral home and watch mourners drifting toward the chapel doors — a familiar scene, beginning again. Cheryl Juaire taps nervously on her steering wheel. “Are we ready?” she asks the two other mothers leaning ...

It’s cold! A physiologist explains how to keep your body feeling warm

Whether waiting for a bus, playing outside or walking the dog — during the colder winter season, everyone is looking for ways to stay warm. Luckily, the process your body uses to break down foods serves as an internal heater. But when the weather is cold, some defensive strategies also are ...

UK’s May seeks Brexit deal changes, while EU stands firm

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May Tuesday sought to salvage a Brexit deal but headed toward a clash with the European Union by promising to overhaul the divorce agreement she spent a year and a half negotiating with the bloc. Trying to break the Brexit deadlock, May urged ...

Apple to fix FaceTime bug

By The Associated Press Apple has disabled a group-chat function in FaceTime after users said a software bug could let callers activate another person’s microphone remotely. With the bug, a FaceTime user calling another iPhone, iPad or Mac computer could hear audio — even if the receiver ...

Over 130 migrants appear to be missing

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — More than 130 migrants were thought to be missing after two boats capsized Tuesday off the tiny East African nation of Djibouti, the U.N. migration agency said. Local police had found five bodies and search efforts were underway, the U.N. statement said. Witnesses said ...