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U.S. faces reluctant partners in sanctioning Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — As it warns Russia to step back from Ukraine or suffer another financial hit, the U.S. is simultaneously trying to coax along a reluctant Europe, which is trying to balance its desire to punish Moscow against its fear of economic turmoil from the effects of a new, harsher round of Western trade sanctions.


Rare T.rex sets off on road trip to Smithsonian

The rare and nearly intact skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex that roamed the earth 65 million years ago set off from Montana on Friday on a cross-country road trip, its first, bound for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. The fossil of the 38-foot-long carnivore, found on federal lands in Montana in 1988, has played a starring role in scientific research at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman since its excavation by paleontologists led by curator Jack Horner. The seven-ton skeleton of a dinosaur that may have been an opportunistic eater rather than a stone-cold killer is to be mounted at the Smithsonian Institution in an exhibit that will open in 2019 and is expected to attract 8 million visitors a year, Horner said. The dinosaur is on loan to the Smithsonian for 50 years. The so-called Wankel T.rex - named after Kathy Wankel who discovered it - was about 18-years-old when it died and is considered second for extensiveness and preservation only to "Sue," the famed T.rex at The Field Museum in Chicago, he said.


New quake shakes Nicaragua; nation on alert

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A magnitude-6.6 earthquake shook Nicaragua on Friday afternoon, sending people running frightened into the streets less than 24 hours after a magnitude-6.1 quake rattled the Central American country.

Nation on red alert as aftershocks rattle Nicaragua

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's president placed his government on the highest alert level as aftershocks continued to rattle the country on Friday, a day after a magnitude-6.1 earthquake.


Pope: Please forgive us our sins

Francis makes first public plea for forgiveness of "evil" committed by abuser priests. Victims groups say it's not enough.


Woman to appeal sentence in new husband's death

A Montana woman who pleaded guilty to pushing her new husband off a cliff in Glacier National Park last summer plans to appeal her 30-year prison sentence for his death.


Suspect in deadly Fla. day care crash to remain in jail

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A man who authorities say drove an SUV that crashed into another vehicle, sending it spinning into a daycare center where a girl was killed and 14 people were injured, was ordered Friday to stay in jail until a judge can determine whether he is a flight risk.


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