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  • Email: Affleck asked PBS to not reveal slave-owning ancestor

    BOSTON (AP) — Ben Affleck requested that the PBS documentary series “Finding Your Roots” not reveal he had a slave-owning ancestor, according to emails published online by whistleblower site WikiLeaks, and the information never appeared…

  • Kids of Cold War crocs going to Cuba on conservation mission

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Cuba’s efforts to sustain the critically endangered Cuban crocodile are getting a boost from Sweden, home to a pair of reptiles that Fidel Castro gave to a Soviet cosmonaut four decades ago.…

  • New England Aquarium offering penguins ‘honeymoon suites’

    BOSTON (AP) — The New England Aquarium wants its endangered African penguins to get a little steamy. Aquarium experts are playing matchmaker behind the scenes to encourage eight pairs of African penguins to breed more…

  • A bear hug: Croat village shelters bears as good neighbors

    KUTAREVO, Croatia (AP) — Usually in Europe, when bear cubs get used to humans, they cannot survive in the wild. And when they grow too big, they’re shot. But not in the remote mountain village…

  • Group wants to bring back Native Hawaiian burial traditions

    HONOLULU (AP) — A group of Native Hawaiians wants to bring back a centuries-old island burial practice that it says is more environmentally friendly than some modern interment methods. Traditional “clean burials” involve cleansing the…

  • Scientists: 3 wolves remain at Isle Royale National Park

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The gray wolves of Isle Royale National Park, which scientists have studied closely for more than half a century along with the moose on which they feed, are on the…

  • Business Highlights

    ___ After Alps crash, some experts ponder flights without pilots NEW YORK (AP) — To improve airline safety, maybe we need to remove the pilots. That radical idea is decades away, if it ever becomes…

  • Sunken aircraft carrier rediscovered off California coast

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Scientists have rediscovered a mostly intact World War II aircraft carrier used in atomic bomb tests and then sunk at a secret location off the Northern California coast decades ago. The…

  • You’re a big, brave dog: Researchers say self-affirmation boosts performance

    WASHINGTON — “I’m a big, brave dog, I’m a big, brave dog!” After becoming terrified of the big boy slide during a toddler-level tragic accident, Chuckie Finster of Rugrats fame becomes unilaterally scared of all…

  • Large measles outbreak traced to Disneyland is declared over

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California health authorities on Friday declared an end to a large measles outbreak that started at Disneyland and triggered a national debate about vaccinations. Disease detectives for months raced to contain…

  • Google shaking up search recommendations on smartphones

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones in a shift that’s expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information.…

  • Protesters meet Arctic drill rig in Washington harbor

    PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Protesters in kayaks greeted a rig that could be used for oil drilling in the Arctic as it arrived Friday in Washington state following a journey across the Pacific that…

  • Don’t plan to line up for Apple Watch next week

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — If you’re planning on buying the new Apple Watch, don’t expect to walk into a store and leave with one next week. Apple, which began accepting advance orders for the watch…

  • Verizon slices up the bundle, lets customers choose

    NEW YORK (AP) — Under pressure from an expanding number of cheaper online video services, the long-dominant bundle of channels offered by pay-TV companies is becoming a bit more flexible. Verizon said Friday that it…

  • ‘Star Wars: Battlefront’ unleashed at fan convention

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Force isn’t merely awakening on the big screen. It’s also returning to the video game realm. “Star Wars: Battlefront” publisher Electronic Arts and Swedish developer DICE showcased their next-generation rendition…