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Civil War Trust’s battlefield preservation push raises $52M

(RICHMOND, Va., AP) — The Civil War Trust has surpassed its $40 million goal in a campaign to protect 64 battlefields in 16 states, raising $52 million over four years.…

Kansas sheriff considers whether to sell piece of history

(FORT SCOTT, Kan., AP) — A southeast Kansas sheriff is considering whether to sell a piece of history to help fund other needs, or keep it for its nostalgic value.…

Fake orca nearly drowns before it can scare Ore. sea lions

(PORTLAND, Ore., AP) — An effort to use a fake, life-sized orca to scare off hundreds of sea lions crowding docks off the Oregon coast ended, at least temporarily, with…

Marine sanctuary researchers gain access to more shipwrecks

By JEFF KAROUB (DETROIT, AP) — Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Michigan is rolling out the buoys and starting another season of work on Lake Huron — the highlight…

Questions and answers about newly approved USA Freedom Act

By KEN DILANIAN (WASHINGTON, AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law the USA Freedom Act, which extends three expiring surveillance provisions of the 9/11-era USA Patriot Act. It…

With Medal of Honor award, family learns WWI hero wasn’t kin

By GEORGE M. WALSH (ALBANY, N.Y., AP) — Two days before President Barack Obama announced a posthumous Medal of Honor for black World War I soldier Henry Johnson, a family…

Shatner to travel across US on three-wheeled motorcycle

(LOS ANGELES, AP) — William Shatner will boldly travel across the U.S. on a three-wheeled motorcycle. The “Star Trek” star announced plans Monday for the cross-country mission to promote his…

Black and Jewish WWI heroes finally getting Medal of Honor

By NEDRA PICKLER (WASHINGTON, AP) — Two World War I Army heroes — one black, one Jewish — are finally getting the Medal of Honor they may have been denied…

Twice-caught fugitive’s clean life led to decades of freedom

By KANTELE FRANKO (COLUMBUS, Ohio, AP) — In 55 years as a fugitive, Frank Freshwaters got caught twice. The first time, in 1975, the escaped inmate’s good behavior helped him…

Swollen rivers cause Texas cities to worry about flooding

By JUAN A. LOZANO and SETH ROBBINS (HOUSTON, AP) — While the barrage of deadly thunderstorms that hit Texas has tapered, many cities remain in danger, and officials have warned about…