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Ex-Tucson woman follows calling, becomes nun

Sister Mara Rutten made the decision to join the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic at the peak of her career in federal law enforcement.

October 05, 2015 11:42 amLoading…

North Dakota youth pheasant hunting season is this weekend

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota's two-day youth pheasant hunting season is this weekend.

October 02, 2015 11:27 pmLoading…

Detroit Zoo cricket breeding aims to feed animals, cut costs

ROYAL OAK, Mich. — A new cricket breeding program at the Detroit Zoo is part of an effort to cut the cost of feeding animals.

September 30, 2015 7:47 amLoading…
Spinning top, puppet among 12 Toy Hall of Fame finalists

Spinning top, puppet among 12 Toy Hall of Fame finalists

This photo provided by the The Strong museum shows the 2015 finalists for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame. The two winners will be inducted into hall at The Strong museum on Nov. 5, 2015. (Bethany Mosher/The Strong via AP)

September 28, 2015 8:11 pmLoading…

Anderson police officer replaces young girl's stolen bike

ANDERSON, Ind. — Serynity Ricketts was devastated when her brand-new bike was stolen the day after her eighth birthday, but an Anderson Police Department officer made up for it by buying her a new bike.

September 28, 2015 12:55 pmLoading…

Cubs in 1st of 2 litters of lions make debut at Ohio zoo

COLUMBUS, Ohio  — Four African lions born last month made their first public appearance Wednesday in the lion yard at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in central Ohio.

September 23, 2015 2:18 pmLoading…
73-year-old great-grandmother shoots Michigan black bear

73-year-old great-grandmother shoots Michigan black bear

FRANKENLUST TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Like your typical great-grandmother, Karen Kuch enjoys doing crossword puzzles, reading books and baking.

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Endangered condors set to be released into wild in Arizona

VERMILION CLIFFS NATIONAL MONUMENT, Ariz.  — Three endangered California condors that were born and raised in captivity are being released into the wild.

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Shark-bitten marine mammals found on Oregon beaches

ASTORIA, Ore. — In at least one telling of the story, a local surfer is out looking for waves in the ocean off Fort Stevens State Park around this same time several years ago.

September 17, 2015 5:42 pmLoading…

Pumpkin weighing it at 1,034 pounds sets new Kansas record

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — A pumpkin weighing in at 1,034 pounds has squashed the Kansas State Fair record by nearly 60 pounds.

September 15, 2015 12:40 pmLoading…

Some SD hunting licenses can now be carried on smartphones

PIERRE, S.D.  — Hunters, anglers and trappers in South Dakota now have an additional option to carry their licenses.

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Minnesota mom educates kids about importance of helmets

LITTLE CANADA, Minn. — Mary Barsness holds up her cellphone in its smartly covered designer case.

September 10, 2015 4:47 pmLoading…

Police: Golfer dies after being stung by bees in Michigan

DOVER TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Police say a 64-year-old golfer from Ohio has died after being stung at least 20 times by bees as he searched for a ball in woods in northern Michigan.

September 10, 2015 7:16 amLoading…

Feds propose special hunt to cull deer herd in refuge

TRENTON, Mich. — Deer are enjoying a wildlife refuge south of Detroit. And that's the problem: There are too many.

September 07, 2015 7:23 amLoading…

Cincinnati Zoo announces $12M gorilla exhibit expansion

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Zoo is going bananas over gorillas, with a $12 million exhibit expansion planned.

September 07, 2015 3:18 amLoading…

Adventure seekers rappel 13-story Topeka building

TOPEKA, Kan. — Raising money for charity has turned into an adrenal producing adventure in Topeka.

September 06, 2015 4:04 pmLoading…

Indianapolis Zoo probe how cheetah escaped from exhibit

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Zoo officials are investigating how a cheetah managed to escape from its enclosure, spurring an hour-long lockdown of zoo guests while staff found and tranquilized the animal.

September 06, 2015 3:06 pmLoading…

Garden featuring plants used in medicine opens in Ann Arbor

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A newly developed medicinal garden is open for self-guided tours at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

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Near DC, Virginia's Middleburg offers wine country getaway

Near DC, Virginia's Middleburg offers wine country getaway

Salamander Resort and Spa offers luxury accommodations, but visitors can book a trail ride without an overnight stay. Rates start at $425 a night during peak season.

September 02, 2015 7:28 amLoading…
Near DC, Virginia's Middleburg offers wine country getaway

Near DC, Virginia's Middleburg offers wine country getaway

Grapes ripen on the vine at Greenhill Winery in Middleburg, Virginia. Middleburg is about an hour’s drive from Washington, D.C., and is a popular weekend destination.

September 02, 2015 7:28 amLoading…

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