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Scott Carpenter, 2nd US Astronaut In Orbit, Dies

By Seth Borenstein and Kristen Wyatt DENVER, Colo. (AP) – Scott Carpenter conquered the heights of space, the depths of the ocean, and the darkness of fear. And in doing so he became the second American to orbit the Earth, powered by not just a rocket but an insatiable curiosity. “Conquering of fear is one [...]

Clues At Detroit Bar Point Toward Purple Gang

By Neal Rubin DETROIT (AP) – For every old tavern in Detroit, there’s a story. Or two stories. And they tend to be the same ones. The joint was a speakeasy during Prohibition. That’s the first. No. 2, the Purple Gang drank there.

Ex-Welder Handcrafting Dulcimers

By Ronnie Thomas ATHENS, Ala. (AP) – About eight years ago, when he lived in Leggtown in north Limestone County, Grady Swanner became a logger of sorts. He went into the woods on neighbor David Hunt’s property and began cutting trees blown down by storms into lumber of varying thicknesses, lengths and widths.

What The Gov’t Pays Industry To Snoop

By Anne Flaherty WASHINGTON (AP) – How much are your private conversations worth to the government? Turns out, it can be a lot, depending on the technology. In the era of intense government surveillance and secret court orders, a murky multimillion-dollar market has emerged. Paid for by U.S. tax dollars, but with little public scrutiny, [...]

WWII Vet Reminisces, Shares Legacy

By Dan Schwartz KENAI, Alaska (AP) – The two boys climbed out of their cockpits, onto a yellow wing and back onto the tarmac where the World War II era plane sat under a blue sky. When the brothers grow up, if they chose a life in the sky, 8-year-old Devin Martin would like to [...]