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  • Displaced residents of Budge Drive in Jackson, Wyo. register Thursday with the American Red Cross as geologists study the hillside on East Gros Ventre Butte, where the potential for a landslide called for an evacuation.

    Shelter to open for Wyoming slide evacueesApr 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    At the foot of the slide zone, two restaurants, a liquor store and a just-built Walgreens remain closed amid a slim but persistent risk the hill could collapse suddenly.

  • A member of the media photographs the skull Wednesday of one of the skeletons found by construction workers under central London’s Charterhouse Square.

    London skeletons reveal secrets of the Black DeathMar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    This week, Don Walker, an osteologist with the Museum of London, outlined the biography of one man whose ancient bones were found by construction workers under London’s Charterhouse Square: He was breast-fed as a baby, moved to London from another part of England, had bad tooth decay in childhood, grew up to work as a laborer, and died in early adulthood from the bubonic plague that ravaged Europe in the 14th century.The poor man’s life was nasty, brutish and short, but his afterlife is long and illuminating.

  • Grenade found, removed from Long Island streetMar 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Police say they’ve successfully removed a hand grenade from the curb of a Long Island street in New York after a pedestrian spotted the explosive and called 911.

  •  Elgin photographer Ferris Moorhouse is shown in a self portrait with his Speed Graphic camera. Moorhouse, who took photos of many area weddings in the 1940s and 1950s, did not label his files, and his son, who owns the collection, is trying to identify the photos.

    Vintage photos mystery: Are these your relatives?Mar 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    Dale Moorhouse of Elgin has hundreds of wedding pictures he’d like to identify. The only trouble is, he’s not sure who to ask. “My father, Ferris Moorhouse, took photos at many Elgin area weddings in the 1940s and ‘50s,” said Moorhouse. But Ferris died in 1998, and Dale inherited his father's images -- which are not labeled.

  • A crash site Friday where Federal authorities said an ultralight aircraft carrying about 250 pounds of marijuana crashed in the mountains east of San Diego.

    Plane carrying marijuana crashes near San DiegoMar 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Authorities say an ultralight aircraft carrying about 250 pounds of marijuana has crashed in the mountains east of San Diego, but there’s no sign of the pilot.

  • Girl survives fall into elevator shaftMar 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Fire Department of New York says the girl fell from the lobby of the building into the elevator pit. She suffered multiple injuries and is in serious condition at Bellevue Hospital Center.

  •  Dellaina Grundy places flowers on her father’s headstone, Army veteran Leroy Metcalfe, last Saturday at the Dayton National Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio. Grundy isn’t sure whether any or all of the cremated remains buried in the grave are his and knows that mystery will never be solved.

    After ashes found, daughter asks: Who did I bury?Mar 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    A box with Leroy Metcalfe’s name was among 55 boxes of cremated remains found there in 2012 — a decade after his family buried what they believed to be the Army veteran’s ashes at Dayton National Cemetery

  •  Muslim men leave a mosque after Friday prayers, just down the road of the home of Fariq Abdul Hamid, co-pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner MH370.

    Missing jet’s pilots had firm community tiesMar 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Pilots Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, and Fariq Abdul Hamid were described as respectable, community-minded men. Fariq has drawn the greatest scrutiny after the revelation that in 2011, he and another pilot invited two women boarding their aircraft to sit in the cockpit for a flight from Phuket, Thailand, to Kuala Lumpur.

  •  James Robert Jones, 59. Authorities say Jones, who escaped federal custody more than three decades ago, was arrested Thursday, when he showed up for work in Pompano Beach, Fla.

    After 37 years on lam, killer caught by sophisticated softwareMar 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    The marshals caught up with Jones on Thursday after using facial-recognition technology to match a Florida driver’s license he was issued in 1981 in Keith’s name with his old military photograph.Jones was arrested outside the Pompano Beach business where he worked.He admitted his real identity as he was being fingerprinted, and the prints confirmed it. He was being held without bail at the Broward County jail, awaiting transfer back to Fort Leavenworth.

  • BC-US--Subway Fall-Blind Man, 2nd Ld-Writethru,433Blind man survives track fall as train arrives Mar 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    “I have used the word miracle before and I still can’t think of a different word,” said Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Paul Gonzales after viewing surveillance video of Thursday’s fall at a metro station in Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighborhood. “He could have fallen a different way and it would have ended a different way.”

  •  Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History shows canine skeletons Friday unearthed by investigators in Mexico City.

    Ancient dog burial site found in Mexico CityFeb 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Archaeologist Antonio Zamora, who works at the excavation site, said a biologist told the team the remains belonged to medium-sized dogs with full sets of teeth, likely common dogs.Aztecs kept pets Techichi dogs, a breed with short legs believed to be an ancestor of the Chihuahua dog, and Xoloitzcuintlis, whose remains can be identified because of the loss of some of their teeth during adult age.

  •  A large snowball crashed into a Grove Quad dormitory at Reed College in Portland, Ore. The crash ripped a wall off its studs and narrowly missed a window.

    1120Big, runaway snowball slams into college dormAP Photo LA107, LA108, LA109 Feb 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    After escaping the students' control, the boulder-sized snowball rolled about 15 yards before slamming into Unit-7. Three students heard the smack and discovered the fractured bedroom wall.

  •  This composite image shows before and-after images taken by the Opportunity rover. At left is an image of a patch of ground taken on Dec. 26, 2013. At right is in image taken on Jan. 8, 2014 showing a rock shaped like a jelly doughnut that had not been there before.

    Mystery of 'jelly doughnut' Martian rock solved Feb 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Scientists have solved the mystery of the “jelly doughnut” rock on Mars that appeared to come out of nowhere.

  • Kane County 4-H’ers and “got robot?” team members are, from left: Kristen McKellar, Chris Laker, Aidan Pollard, P.J. Stephen, Marcos Marquez, Bo Russell, and Matthew McKellar. This season, “got robot?” – also known as FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Team 5037 – has already advanced to the 2013-2014 FTC Illinois State Championship at IIT in Chicago, where it will compete Saturday, Feb. 22.

    Kane 4-H robotics team earns top honorsFeb 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Seven years ago, if someone had asked Michael and Carol McKellar of Elgin whether they would be coaches of an award-winning, world-renowned robotics team, they likely would have laughed. But today, it’s a reality.

  • The Dundee Township East Cemetery at routes 25 and 72 will open a new burial section in spring.

    Macabre milestone reached at Dundee cemeteryFeb 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    This year, Dundee Township officials reached a macabre milestone. The elected officials, keepers of two cemeteries, filled their 10,000th grave.

  •  Salsa the petit basset griffon vendeen takes a jump during the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster.

    Border collie wins Westminster agility trial Feb 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    The agility trial added a dynamic, fast-growing sport to the nation’s best-known dog show and marked the first time mixed-breed dogs have appeared there in 130 or more years. Dogs are judged on accuracy and speed as they navigate jumps, tunnels, ramps and other objects off-leash, with handlers guiding them via calls and signals.

  •  A glass bottle recovered on Sable Island, Nova Scotia, by biologist Warren N. Joyce of Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The bottle was among thousands dumped in the Atlantic Ocean between 1956 and 1972 as part of a program by Woods Hole oceanographer Dean Bumpus to study surface and bottom currents. About 10 percent of the 300,000 drift bottles have been found.

    Bottle released by scientist in 1956 found Feb 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Warren Joyce said the bottle had been sand-blasted over about 75 percent of its surface. He could still read the words, “Break This Bottle,” so he pried off the rubber stopper. Inside, there was a note from Dean Bumpus explaining that the bottle was among many being released to study the ocean.

  •  Groundhog Club co-handler Ron Ploucha holds the weather predicting groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, after the club said Phil did not see his shadow and there will be an early spring, on Groundhog Day, in Punxsutawney, Pa.

    Punxsutawney Phil predicts weather, not Super Bowl Feb 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Phil has now seen his shadow 100 times and hasn’t seen it just 17 times, according to the Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle, the top-hatted gents who handle the animal and translate his forecast. There are no records from many of the early years.

  •  A huge boulder is seen after it missed a farm house by less than a yard, destroying the barn, and stopped in the vineyard, while the second giant boulder, at left, which detached during the same landslide on Jan. 21, stopped next to the house.

    Boulder nearly wipes out Italian farmhouse Jan 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    A huge boulder unleashed by a landslide in northern Italy narrowly missed a farmhouse, destroyed a barn and came to a stop in vineyards. A second boulder stopped just feet behind the traditional stone farmhouse in the rocky region of Alto-Adige.

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