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In this April 14, 2015 photo provided by the California Institute of Technology, Dr. Charles Y. Liu, left, a neurosurgeon at the University of Southern California, laughs with patient Erik Sorto in Pasadena, Calif. Liu led a team of doctors that implanted tiny chips into Sorto's brain in 2013 to allow him to control a robotic arm using his thoughts. It's the latest attempt at creating mind-controlled prosthetics to help disabled people gain more independence. (Lance Hayashida/Caltech via AP)

Paralyzed Man Uses Thoughts to Control Robotic Arm

Monday, May 25, 2015

Los Angeles — A man paralyzed by gunshot more than a decade ago can shake hands, drink beer and play “rock, paper, scissors” by controlling a robotic arm with his thoughts, researchers reported. Two years ago, doctors in California implanted a pair of tiny chips into the brain of Erik Sorto that decoded his thoughts to move the free-standing robotic …

Dogs Left Wolf Pack Earlier Than Thought

Monday, May 25, 2015

A new analysis of ancient wolf DNA has shed light on the murky early history of man’s best friend, suggesting that dogs split from wolves as many as 27,000 to 40,000 years ago — not 11,000 to 16,000 years ago, as earlier genome research had proposed. “Dogs may have been domesticated much earlier than is generally believed,” Love Dalen, a researcher at the …

Scientists Unearth Earliest-Known Stone Tools

Monday, May 25, 2015

Scientists working in Kenya have unearthed the oldest known stone tools, simple cutting and pounding implements crafted by ancient members of the human lineage 3.3 million years ago. At about 700,000 years older than the other stone tools excavated to date, the discovery hints that anthropologists may have had the wrong idea about the evolution of humans and technology, said Stony Brook University …

TLC Pulls Duggars Amid Molestation Reports

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Little Rock, Ark. — TLC pulled the reality series “19 Kids and Counting” from its schedule on Friday, a move that follows reports of sexual misconduct allegations against one of the stars, Josh Duggar, stemming from when he …

Clinton Benghazi Emails Released

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Washington — Nearly 900 pages of Libya-related emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private account provide little apparent fuel for a Republican investigation of her actions preceding the September 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi and an alleged administration cover-up in its aftermath. Released Friday by the State Department, the …

AP News in Brief at 7:58 p.m. EDT

Saturday, May 23, 2015

U.S.: Iran Is Firing Artillery In Support of Iraq Refinery Fight Washington — Iran has entered the fight to retake a major Iraqi oil refinery from Islamic State militants, contributing small numbers of troops — including some operating …

Senate Gives Obama Victory on Trade

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Washington — President Obama won a big victory for his trade agenda Friday with the Senate’s approval of fast-track legislation that could make it easier for him to complete a wide-ranging trade deal that would include 11 Pacific Rim nations. A coalition of nearly 50 Senate Republicans and …

Military Holding Ex-Boko Haram Captives

Friday, May 22, 2015

Yola, Nigeria — The accusations against a woman who was rescued from Boko Haram abductors came from fellow former captives during a group counseling session. Why had she received preferential treatment and better food while they were held? …

6 Baltimore Police Officers Indicted in Death of Freddie Gray

Friday, May 22, 2015

Baltimore — Six Baltimore police officers were indicted Thursday on various charges related to the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced the indictments at a late-afternoon news conference at her downtown office. The indictments came nearly three weeks after Mosby announced …

Congress Can’t Agree on NSA Data Collection

Friday, May 22, 2015

Washington — The National Security Agency’s power to collect Americans’ phone records is on the verge of at least temporarily expiring, as the House of Representatives left Thursday for a 10-day Memorial Day break without an agreement on the controversial issue with a sharply divided Senate. The House …

Friday, May 22, 2015

Clinton’s Emails Show Correspondence on Benghazi Washington — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received monthly missives about the growing unrest in Libya from a longtime friend who was previously barred by the White House from working for her as a government employee, according to emails received on …

Boy Scouts Leader: End Ban on Gays

Friday, May 22, 2015

Robert M. Gates, president of the Boy Scouts of America, said Thursday that the organization’s ban on gay leaders “cannot be sustained” and urged the group to end its national ban. “I truly fear that any other alternative will be the end of us as a national movement,” …

Senate Gives Obama Authority on Trade

Friday, May 22, 2015

Washington — Republicans and a small band of Democrats rescued President Obama’s trade agenda from the brink of failure Thursday, clearing a key hurdle in the Senate but leaving the final outcome in doubt. Supporters must still navigate a set of tricky-but-popular proposals that could torpedo the legislation’s …