Wray installed as FBI director; Trump absent at ceremony


WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Wray was formally installed as the new FBI director on Thursday in a ceremony notable for the absence of the man who appointed him: President Donald Trump.

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  • Written by By ERIC TUCKER , Associated Press

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