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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 …

Miss Manners: Couple Canceling Vacation Offer Shouldn’t Cancel Thank-You

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Dear Miss Manners: We accepted an invitation for a week’s vacation without cost in another couple’s condo with them and one other couple. There wouldn’t have been any additional charges to our friends for us being there. We intended to fly there, while our friends intended to drive, …

New Zealand Unspoiled

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand — Several items are essential for exploring the magical Southern Alps mountains that run across New Zealand’s South Island: insect repellent, rain gear and ear plugs. The repellent is to ward off sandflies, …

High-Tech Aerospace Exhibit On Tour

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Washington — With space shuttles now housed in history museums, innovators in aerospace are thinking of newer, better ways humans could reach space. One idea: What about a space elevator? This real idea is one simulation that’s part of a new high-tech interactive exhibition about the future of …

Crown Jewel of Connecticut State Parks: Expansive Hammonasset Beach

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Madison, Conn. — Downtown Madison, Connecticut, has the feel of a beach town, though the beach itself is nearly 2 miles away. In addition to shops and restaurants, the town has one of the best independent bookstores in the state and a century-old independent movie theater. For sand …

Fresh-Foods Era Has Campbell Soup Cooking Up New Products

Sunday, July 26, 2015

To understand the ideas driving the overhaul of Campbell Soup Co., it helps to consider how the packaged food giant describes the products it makes. Instead of “formulas and processing,” company leaders now talk about “recipes and cooking.” It is a subtle verbal cue that reflects what the …

Franchisees Fighting $15 Wage in N.Y.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

New York — Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to have it his way with New York’s fast-food industry — and restaurant owners aren’t loving it. Franchise owners say they’re considering a lawsuit against Cuomo’s plan to raise the minimum …

A Throwback Dairy Queen

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Moorhead, Minn. — The Dairy Queen in downtown Moorhead, Minn., has been thumbing its nose at corporate HQ pretty much since it opened in 1949, despite some efforts from the home office to have the store mind its Ds and Qs. And it’s a recipe that seems to …

Wheels: Top Marks for What Matters Most

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The pretense is gone. The 2016 Honda Pilot, particularly the Elite all-wheel-drive version used for this column, no longer mimics a rough-stuff sport-utility vehicle. Instead, in what is now its third generation, it is truer to its original …

Nuts and Bolts: 2016 Honda Pilot

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Bottom line: You do not have to spend $47,000 to get into the 2016 Honda Pilot family. That’s the fully loaded Elite’s transaction price. You can enter at $29,995 with a Honda Pilot LX. It’s worth a serious look. Ride, acceleration and handling: Top marks in all three. …

Google Car Being Tested for Weird Situations

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Detroit — Google is concentrating its autonomous car testing on the more difficult and unpredictable scenarios that crop up on surface streets more often than on freeways. Speaking at the Automated Vehicle Symposium Wednesday in Ypsilanti, about 30 miles west of Detroit, Chris Urmson, director of Google’s self-driving …