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Scientists hope tiny robotic bee’s big dreams take flight

By Rick Wills
Nearly a decade into a honeybee crisis, the idea was inevitable — a robotic bee. Harvard University researcher Robert Wood, professor of engineering and applied sciences, has a $9 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop just such …

Google Maps opens business doors to online views for shoppers

By John D. Oravecz
Patti Danforth tells about a customer who comes into her deli in Aspinwall to buy grits. “This gentleman came in, he saw these grits online, …

Law targeting sexual violence prompts campuses to review, publish policies

By Debra Erdley 1:00 p.m.
Students returning to campuses across the nation this fall will have some heavy reading before they start classes as a law designed to address an epidemic of sexual violence on campus takes effect. The Campus SaVE Act requires colleges and …

Congressional Gold Medal to be displayed at Flight 93 9/11 memorial service

By Mary Pickels
The Congressional Gold Medal awarded to the Flight 93 National Memorial will be on display for the first time as part of the 13th anniversary 9/11 memorial service at the Somerset County site. The national park honors the 40 passengers …

Law broken in Bergdahl hostage deal, GAO finds

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon broke the law when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, an Afghanistan war prisoner for five years, for five Taliban leaders, congressional investigators said on Thursday. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office said the Defense Department failed …

Boston Marathon suspect’s friend guilty of obstruction

By Reuters
BOSTON — A friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges of hindering the investigation into the blasts in a deal with prosecutors that calls for a prison sentence of up to seven years. …

New rules for highly addictive, hydrocodone-containing medications near

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The federal government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the country. The new rules mean that drugs such as Vicodin, …

$132.5M ransom asked for Foley

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The beheading of American photojournalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf’s increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a desperate attempt …

Police say couple wanted Amish girls for slaves

By The Associated Press
FOWLER, N.Y. — A northern New York couple used a dog to lure two Amish sisters from their family farm stand with a plan to turn them into slaves, an investigator said on Thursday. Nicole Vaisey admitted she and her …

Fla. ban on gay marriage upended

By The Associated Press
MIAMI — A federal judge on Thursday declared Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining judges across the country who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle in Tallahassee ruled the …

Utah woman gets 5 years in baby sitter’s overdose death

By The Associated Press
OGDEN, Utah — When she died, Alexis Rasmussen was a 16-year-old Utah girl trying to find her identity, her mother said. Instead, Rasmussen found Dea Millerberg, a 41-year-old woman who was sentenced on Thursday for helping her husband dispose of …

World News

Ukraine: Russian aid convoy is a ‘direct invasion’

By The Associated Press
URALO-KAVKAZ, Ukraine — Russia sent dozens of aid trucks into rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Friday without Kiev’s approval, saying its patience had worn out with …

Middle East

Gaza militants kill 18 alleged spies for Israel

By The Associated Press
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Gaza gunmen killed 18 alleged spies for Israel on Friday, including seven who were lined up behind a mosque with bags over their heads and shot in front of hundreds of people. The killings came …

Betsy Hiel

U.S. airstrikes help Kurds take back control of Mosul Dam

By Betsy Hiel
BADRIYA, Iraq — Waves of U.S. airstrikes around a vital dam in northern Iraq helped Iraqi forces to seize it from Islamist terrorists on Monday. …