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Pope Francis a stranger to the US in many ways
NEW YORK (AP) -- When Pope Francis sets foot on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington on Sept. 22, it won't just be his first time in the United States as pontiff. It will be his first time in the country - ever in his life....

White House renames Mount McKinley as Denali on eve of trip
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration will change the name of North America's tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, a major symbolic gesture to Alaska Natives on the eve of President Barack Obama's historic visit to Alaska....

Kerry, Obama to raise global warming issues in Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Scientists are "overwhelmingly unified" in concluding that humans are contributing to global climate change, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday night, and the public is slowly getting the full picture....

When the wells run dry: California families cope in drought
TULARE, Calif. (AP) -- Looking for water to flush his toilet, Tino Lozano pointed a garden hose at some buckets in the bare dirt of his yard. It's his daily ritual now in a community built by refugees from Oklahoma's Dust Bowl. But only a trickle came out; then a drip, then nothing more....

White House says Mount McKinley to be renamed Denali
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he's changing the name of the tallest mountain in North America from Mount McKinley to Denali....

Gov. Marvin Mandel, who fell from political grace, has died
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Marvin Mandel, a former Maryland governor whose 26-year career in state government ended with his 1977 conviction on political corruption charges, has died. He was 95....

'Awakenings' author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82
NEW YORK (AP) -- There was the blind man who had the disastrous experience of regaining his sight. The surgeon who developed a sudden passion for music after being struck by lightning. And most famously, the man who mistook his wife for a hat....

NYC's first fan: A ballgame with Mayor Bill de Blasio
NEW YORK (AP) -- He sat in the upper deck, basically unrecognized amid a sea of happy baseball fans. He let out a cheer when the best hitter on his favorite team smoked a home run and diligently scanned the out-of-town scoreboard to consider playoff implications. And he waited his turn in the long Citi Field men's room line, just one more fan spending a hot summer day watching the Mets and the Red Sox play....

AP PHOTOS: Neighbors fill buckets, pray for rain in drought
OKIEVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- People living in this dusty neighborhood called Okieville at the heart of California's Central Valley know the harsh reality of drought. Many of their wells have dried up, so some neighbors rig lines from house to house to share water from the remaining wells deep enough to hit water. Others benefit from state drought relief that pays for trucked-in water to fill tanks....

Trash to treatise: NYC professor sees meaning in garbage
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York's sanitation department has its very own anthropologist-in-residence, a garbage guru who studies the refuse along the curbs of the nation's biggest city as a mirror into the lives of its 8.5 million residents....

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When the wells run dry: California neighbors cope in drought

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