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Clotilda: Last US slave ship discovered among gators, snakes

Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Updated May 23rd - 4:10pm

The old wooden ship hull didn't look like much when researchers first saw it: just broken, waterlogged boards and a few pieces of rusted metal, all stuck in the muddy bottom of a bug-infested Alabama bayou where an alligator and poisonous water moccasins swam nearby.

Have You Seen This? Residents help dozens of ducks cross the road

Xoel Cardenas,  |  Posted May 23rd - 3:30pm

Why did the chicken cross the road? Who knows. Why did the ducks cross the road? Because they can — and who’s going to stop dozens upon dozens of them?

NASA's first-of-kind tests look to manage drones in cities

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Updated May 23rd - 3:14pm

NASA has launched the final stage of a four-year effort to develop a national traffic management system for drones, testing them in cities for the first time beyond the operator's line of sight as businesses look in the future to unleash the unmanned devices in droves above busy streets and buildings.

Southern Baptists see 12th year of declining membership

Travis Loller, Associated Press  |  Updated May 23rd - 2:55pm

The nation's largest Protestant denomination reported its twelfth year of declining membership in an annual report released Thursday.

Study: Dental care improves treatment outcomes dramatically for patients with drug and alcohol addiction

Cara MacDonald,  |  Posted May 23rd - 2:32pm

A study published by University of Utah researchers this week has found that comprehensive dental care improves the efficacy of substance abuse treatment and improves overall mental health.

Modi surges to victory in India on Hindu-first platform

Emily Schmall, Associated Press  |  Updated May 23rd - 2:24pm

Narendra Modi, India's charismatic but polarizing prime minister, was headed Thursday for a landslide election victory, propelling his Hindu nationalist party to back-to-back majorities in parliament for the first time in decades.

Oahu's Kailua beach is named best in the US by 'Dr. Beach'

Caleb Jones, Associated Press  |  Updated May 23rd - 2:11pm

In Kailua, the sand is soft and white, the water is clear and calm, and the view is exactly what you would expect from a beach in the Hawaiian Islands.

Illegal killings, political opposition hobble wolf recovery

Jonathan Drew, Susan Montoya Bryan and Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Updated May 23rd - 2:04pm

Illegal killings and longstanding political resistance have undercut the return of two species of endangered wolves to the wild, frustrating government efforts that already cost more than $80 million but have failed to meet recovery targets.

US forecasters: Expect near normal Atlantic hurricane season

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Updated May 23rd - 12:54pm

The Atlantic hurricane season is off to yet another early start, but U.S. weather officials say it should be a near normal year.

Someone breaks into home, takes nothing, gives it good scrub

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 12:27pm

Whoever broke into a Massachusetts man's home last week didn't take a thing. They did, however, leave the house spotless.

Italy's Catholic bishops 'morally obliged' to report abuse

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Updated May 23rd - 12:20pm

The Italian Catholic Church hierarchy said Thursday it had approved guidelines establishing a "moral obligation" to report cases of clergy sex abuse to police, after bishops long downplayed the problem and covered it up.

Homeless Tennessee student graduates as valedictorian

The Associated Press  |  Updated May 23rd - 11:58am

A homeless Tennessee student has graduated as his high school's valedictorian and was offered dozens of scholarships totaling $3 million.

Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting, to some anger

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Updated May 23rd - 11:52am

Botswana has lifted its ban on elephant hunting in a country with the world's highest number of the animals, a decision that has brought anger from some wildlife protection groups and warnings of a blow to lucrative tourism.

Bitcoin could change the game for foreign aid

Alex Gladstein, CNN  |  Posted May 23rd - 11:31am

Today's humanitarian aid model is fundamentally broken. Whether you're a foundation making a donation to a nonprofit abroad, a government distributing aid to another government, or an individual sending emergency funds to family members across borders, your money only gets to where it needs to go after passing through intermediaries. Even in the simplest payment scenario, there's your bank; a coordination network; and the aid recipient's bank. But often, there are even more middlemen, with money moving along complex chains of third parties.

Lawyer: Synagogue massacre suspect wants plea deal

Ramesh Santanam, Associated Press  |  Updated May 23rd - 10:17am

The man charged in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre still wants to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence, his lawyer said Thursday.

Russian court upholds guilty verdict for Jehovah's Witness

The Associated Press  |  Updated May 23rd - 8:45am

A court in Russia has ruled that a Danish Jehovah's Witness must stay in prison for the next six years.

Chimpanzees spotted cracking open tortoises for meat

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Updated May 23rd - 7:47am

Scientists have observed wild chimpanzees tucking into an unusual snack: tortoises, whose hard shells they crack against tree trunks before scooping out the meat.

India's Modi paints image of Hindu ascetic called to power

Emily Schmall, Associated Press  |  Updated May 23rd - 4:33am

The man in the saffron robe sat cross-legged with his eyes closed, back to the wall of a cave framed by the Himalayas.

Early results show Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist party leading India's vote count

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 10:12pm

Early results show Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist party leading India's vote count.