Rhetoric heats up over Catalonia independence vote


BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A parade of farmers' tractors rolled into Barcelona on Friday in support for Catalonia's independence vote as Catalan and Spanish authorities issued conflicting statements on whether the disputed referendum would even take place on Sunday.


  • Written by By CIARAN GILES and ARITZ PARRA , Associated Press

Yosemite's El Capitan scarred after 2 days of rock falls


YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Two thundering rock falls in as many days at Yosemite National Park's landmark El Capitan left experienced climbers stunned as huge plumes of dust enveloped the valley below.



Sea critters hitchhiked across the Pacific on tsunami debris

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 300 species of fish, mussels and other sea critters hitchhiked across the Pacific Ocean on debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami, washing ashore alive in the United States, researchers reported Thursday.

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  • Written by By SETH BORENSTEIN , AP Science Writer

Murder case raises question: Do LGBT hate crime laws work?

Each year, for the past three years, LGBT advocacy groups have tallied the killings of more than 20 transgender people in the U.S. Yet state or federal hate crime laws are rarely used to prosecute the slayings.

  • Written by By DAVID CRARY , AP National Writer

Legal loophole in DC creates bizarre pot bazaar

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's hard to justify $45 for an ordinary black cotton T-shirt, but the customer at a store in Washington D.C.'s Adams Morgan neighborhood does so without question. The clerk grabs a clear plastic box containing about one gram of marijuana and drops it into the bag, reciting a practiced line: "Thank you and here's a gift for you to have as a souvenir."


  • Written by By ASHRAF KHALIL , Associated Press