An artist’s concept of early humans hunting a giant ground sloth.

Fossil footprints show a human chasing an extinct giant sloth

In a corner of White Sands National Monument, scientists found a human print inside a ground sloth's paw marks.

Ex-policeman charged with decades-old serial killings

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Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, left, talks to reporters about the arrest Joesph James DeAngelo, seen in photo, on suspicion of committing a st
A man once sworn to protect the public from crime was accused Wednesday of living a double life terrorizing suburban neighborhoods at night, becoming one of California's most feared serial killers and rapists in the 1970s and '80s before leaving a cold trail that baffled investigators.

Jury focuses on Cosby's star witness; his lawyers face heat

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Bill Cosby arrives during jury deliberations in his sexual assault retrial, Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristow
The jury in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial began its second day of deliberations Thursday by revisiting the testimony of a star defense witness who said accuser Andrea Constand once spoke of framing a celebrity for the money.
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EPA chief assailed in congressional hearing over ethical missteps

Lawmakers assailed Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday for the ethics and spending scandals that have prompted bipartisan calls for his ouster. On the defensive, the EPA chief said "half-truths" and "twisted" allegations were an effort to undermine the Trump administration's anti-regulatory agenda.
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DNR approves pulling Lake Michigan water for Foxconn plant

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has approved a request to pull millions of gallons of water daily from Lake Michigan to serve a new Foxconn Technology Group manufacturing plant, helping the Taiwanese electronics giant clear a major regulatory hurdle.
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The Latest: Protections for special prosecutor clear panel

The Latest on the bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's job (all times local):
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Mattis says Iran nuclear deal includes 'robust' verification

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday emphasized the value of certain aspects of the Iran nuclear agreement, even as President Donald Trump considering pulling out of the 2015 deal, which he has attacked repeatedly and this week called "insane."
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A Maine State Police trooper trains his rifle on the home of suspect John Williams, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Madison, Maine. Williams is wanted i

Sheriff to suspect in deputy killing: 'Turn yourself in'

A sheriff on Thursday urged a man sought in the killing of a deputy to turn himself in and warned a community to stay vigilant during a manhunt in what is believed to be the first slaying of a law enforcement officer in Maine in nearly 30 years.
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3 student gun control activists to be honored by PEN

Two survivors of the Parkland school massacre in Florida and the twin sibling of a gun victim from Washington, D.C., will be honored at next month's PEN America gala.
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Netflix documentary explores RFK's legacy 50 years later

He was once called the most likely American in the 20th century to become president. But Robert F. Kennedy's bid to follow in his older brother's footsteps as commander in chief was cut short the same way John F. Kennedy's White House term was: by a man with a gun.
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Pentagon, Congress clash over transgender service members

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis is coming under congressional criticism for the Defense Department's recently released policy recommending limits on the service of transgender individuals.
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Yawkey Way outside Fenway Park changed over racist past

Boston approved a plan Thursday to change the name of Yawkey Way, the street outside Fenway Park named in honor of a former Red Sox owner some have said was racist.
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The Latest: EPA chief unaware of security chief's ties

The Latest on Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt and his appearances on Capitol Hill (all times local):
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Turn it up to 11? Pens, Caps have lots of playoff history

Sidney Crosby doesn't think the Pittsburgh Penguins have some sort of mystical edge over the Washington Capitals. That all those series and all those years and all that dominance won't mean a thing when the two longtime rivals meet in the playoffs for the 11th time starting Thursday night in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
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Mental fitness hearing set for man who fled Hawaii hospital

A court hearing is scheduled Thursday on whether a man is mentally fit to proceed with trial for escaping from a Hawaii psychiatric hospital and flying to California.
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The Latest: Ducey asks parents to push lawmakers to OK plan

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Shooting at apartment complex in Illinois leaves 2 dead

Police say two people are dead following a shooting at an apartment complex in central Illinois.
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The Latest: Feds in Trump lawyer case back neutral arbiter

The Latest on maneuvers by lawyers trying to negotiate who will get to view materials seized in April 9 raids on the home and office of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer (all times local):
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New York developer's 600-foot tower plan meets resistance

A New York developer has unveiled his design for what would be the tallest building in Rhode Island, but he still faces strong opposition from Providence community groups.
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Arkansas replaces Ten Commandments monument at state Capitol

Arkansas once again has a Ten Commandments monument on its state Capitol grounds less than one year after a man crashed his car into the original display.
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Trump says Cohen's legal troubles don't involve him

In a phone interview on "Fox & Friends," the president also said he has kept his distance from the Justice Department's investigations, but "at some point I won't."
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The state that wants to spend more, not less, on prison food

Dropped onto Connecticut inmates' food trays in recent days was a concoction called chilitos, consisting of a cup of meatless chili mix, one slice of cheese, brown rice, refried beans and two tortillas, along with a half-cup of pudding and an 8-ounce drink.
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Man charged in Oklahoma killings says he'll talk to families

A man charged in the 1999 deaths of an Oklahoma couple, their 16-year-old daughter and her friend says he's willing to speak with the families of the victims.