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In this undated photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Cecil the lion rests in Hwange National Park, in Hwange, Zimbabwe. Two Zimbabweans arrested for illegally hunting a lion appeared in court Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The head of Zimbabwe’s safari association said the killing was unethical and that it couldn’t even be classified as a hunt, since the lion killed by an American dentist was lured into the kill zone. (Andy Loveridge/Wildlife Conservation Research Unit via AP)

Lion-Killing Dentist Feels Backlash

Thursday, July 30, 2015

St. Paul, Minn. — A Minnesota dentist who has become the target of worldwide outrage for hunting and killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe advised patients Wednesday to seek care elsewhere and said he rarely discussed his big-game hunting because it can be a “divisive and emotionally charged topic.” Walter James Palmer remained secluded in the face of protests at …

Ohio Cop Indicted in Shooting

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Cincinnati — A University of Cincinnati officer who shot a motorist during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge, with a prosecutor saying the officer “purposely killed him” and “should never have been a police officer.” Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced the grand …

Nearly Half of States Treat Married Women Differently in Rape Cases

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Washington — On Monday, a top adviser to Donald Trump told the Daily Beast, “there’s very clear case law” that a man cannot rape his wife. Of course, that isn’t remotely true. Spousal rape is illegal in the United States. “It’s absolutely shocking to hear an attorney say something like that in this day and age,” said Emily Martin, general counsel at the …

Colo. Shooter’s Parents Speak

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Centennial, Colo. — James Holmes’ mother insisted Wednesday that she would “have been crawling on all fours” to reach him had she known he was talking about killing people weeks before he ambushed a crowded Colorado movie theater. Arlene Holmes said her son’s campus psychiatrist never told her …

Afghan President Says Taliban Leader Dead

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Mumbai, India — As U.S.-backed forces closed in on southern Afghanistan in late 2001, the Taliban leader who lost an eye fighting the Soviet occupation decided not to stay and fight another invader. Mullah Mohammad Omar slipped across …

Russia Vetoes UN Resolution On Airliner

Thursday, July 30, 2015

United Nations — Russia on Wednesday vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would set up an international criminal court to prosecute those responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine a year ago. The foreign ministers of the Netherlands, Australia and Ukraine attended a meeting …

F-150 Gets Mixed Crash Test Results

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Detroit — Ford’s new aluminum-sided F-150 pickup saw mixed results in new crash tests by the insurance industry, and the damaged trucks cost more to repair than steel-bodied ones. The four-door Super Crew version of the 2015 F-150 got top ratings in all five of the crash tests …

College Sex Assault Bill May Get Vote in Senate

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Washington — A Senate committee explored possible responses to sexual assault in college Wednesday during a hearing that suggested there is bipartisan momentum for legislation to address what has emerged as a key issue on many campuses. “There should be no question that sexual violence on campus is …

Debris Offers Lead on Missing Plane

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Washington — Air safety investigators have a “high degree of confidence” that aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, a U.S. official said Wednesday. Air safety …

Convicted Spy Granted Parole

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Washington — Jonathan Pollard, the U.S. intelligence analyst who was convicted of spying for Israel in the 1980s and sentenced to life in prison, has been granted parole and will be released in November, according to his lawyers. …

Insurance Prices Lower for Couples

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Your driving record seems a legitimate risk for insurers to consider when they price auto insurance. But your marital status? Yes, young men in red sports cars will pay more for coverage than everyone else, but it’s hard to see how being widowed, divorced or separated has much …

Dentist Accused of Poaching Beloved Lion

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Harare, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwean police said Tuesday they are searching for an American who allegedly shot a well-known, protected lion known as Cecil with a crossbow in a killing that has outraged conservationists and others. Authorities on Tuesday said two Zimbabwean men will appear in court for allegedly …

For Chinese Investors, a Crisis of Faith

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Beijing — Another day, another stock rout. And the Chinese government can’t seem to stop the slip. Chinese stocks sank again Tuesday, with the Shanghai Composite dropping 1.7 percent, on top of Monday’s 8.5 percent tumble, and Shenzhen Composite losing 2.2 percent. The volatility ended three weeks of …