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In this image taken from video and provided by abc15.com, men lasso one of two quick-footed llamas after they dashed in and out of traffic before they were captured, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Sun City, Ariz., a Phoenix-area retirement community. The llamas thwarted numerous attempts by sheriff's deputies and bystanders to round them up before they were roped into custody. (AP Photo/abc15.com) MANDATORY CREDIT.

2 loose llamas lassoed after running amok near Phoenix

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Two quick-footed llamas dashed in and out of traffic in a Phoenix-area retirement community before they were captured by authorities yesterday, causing a stir in the streets and on social media. A large, white llama and a smaller black llama darted through the streets of Sun City during the lunch hour. Cars and golf carts stopped in their tracks because …

Pot fight between D.C. Mayor, Congress could cost the city

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The new mayor of the nation’s capital was hoping to get along fine with Republicans on Capitol Hill. Instead, they’ve threatened her with prison and she has accused them of acting like bullies in a showdown over legal pot that could end up costing District of Columbia residents dearly. Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser …

‘Jihadi John’ identified as London-raised college grad

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The world knows him as “Jihadi John,” the masked, knife-wielding militant in videos showing Western hostages being beheaded by the Islamic State group. On Thursday he was identified as a London-raised university graduate known to British intelligence for more than five years. The British-accented militant from the chilling videos is Mohammed Emwazi, a …

PolitiFact: Joe Biden and his Somali cab driver friends

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

“There is a very identifiable Somali community” back home in Delaware. — Joe Biden on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 in remarks at a White House summit Our ruling If so, it’s minuscule: The Census Bureau estimates that there’s …

Early exposure to peanuts helps prevent allergies in kids

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

For years, parents of babies who seem likely to develop a peanut allergy have gone to extremes to keep them away from peanut-based foods. Now a major study suggests that is exactly the wrong thing to do. Exposing …

What to know about new research on babies, peanut allergies

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Children at high risk of developing peanut allergies are far less likely to do so if they are given peanut-containing foods before they turn 1, finds a major study that is expected to quickly change dietary advice to many parents. Some things to know: Peanuts pose a serious …

GOP leader offers immigration vote to try to resolve impasse

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Days from a Homeland Security Department shutdown, Senate Republicans sought a way out yesterday by splitting President Obama’s contested immigration measures from the agency’s funding bill. It was not clear whether the gambit by Senate Majority Leader Mitch …

Alaska becomes 3rd state with legal marijuana

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Smoking, growing and possessing marijuana becomes legal in America’s wildest state today, thanks to a voter initiative aimed at clearing away 40 years of conflicting laws and court rulings. Making Alaska the third state to legalize recreational marijuana …

Beloved K-9 gets police escort to be euthanized at Maine clinic

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A beloved K-9 suffering from seizures and arthritis received a final salute and a police escort, with lights flashing, to the Maine vet clinic where he was euthanized. Dozens of officers and firefighters turned out this month to …

Girl bomber kills 5 in northeastern Nigerian market

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A girl as young as 10 blew herself up in a busy market in northeastern Nigeria, killing herself and four others, and fueling fears Islamic extremists are using kidnapped girls as suicide bombers. There was no immediate claim …

Truckers with 35,000 openings seek jobless oil workers

Monday, February 23, 2015

U.S. oil-company job cuts that cost machinery operator Drew Sanford his spot at Halliburton Co. are shaping up as a boon for truckers desperate for big-rig drivers. Already equipped with a commercial license, the 30-year-old Sanford left North Dakota and landed at Oklahoma City-based Stevens Trucking Co. He …

Turkish military enters Syria to evacuate troops, tomb

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hundreds of Turkish troops backed by tanks took part in an overnight operation in neighboring Syria to evacuate dozens of besieged soldiers guarding an Ottoman tomb and to remove the remains amid fears the shrine was threatened by …

Anti-vaccine mothers discuss their thinking amid backlash

Sunday, February 22, 2015

One is a businesswoman and an MBA graduate. Another is a corporate vice president. The third is a registered nurse. These three mothers – all of them educated, middle-class professionals – are among the vaccine skeptics who have …