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Native American site leaves Miami in quandary PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by CHRISTINE ARMARIO, Associated Press   
Saturday, 15 February 2014 06:56

MIAMI (AP) — In a vacant lot between gleaming hotels in downtown Miami, are a series of holes carved into the bedrock that form eight circles.

At first glance, the site seems like an eyesore, but it's here where archaeologists say they have uncovered a major prehistoric Native American village, one of the largest and earliest examples of urban planning ever uncovered in North America.

It's also where a movie theater, condos and 34-story hotel are expected to be built.

The discovery has pitted developers against archaeologists and historic preservationists. The dispute comes as an increasing number of Native American sites are being uncovered around the country with advances in technology and a greater understanding of the subtle markers left behind to look for. The discoveries pose difficult questions for cities such as Miami that must decide whether it is best to preserve the remains of an ancient society or, often times, destroy it in hopes of revitalizing a new one.

"Let's be honest with each other," said Eugene Stearns, the attorney representing MDM Development Group, which owns the property and is eager to move forward with construction. "Every great city is built on the shards of a former great city."

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Death toll now five in Minneapolis duplex fire PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by AMY FORLITI, Associated Press   
Saturday, 15 February 2014 06:51

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brandi Craig awoke before dawn Friday to a desperate scene as firefighters smashed their way into a duplex that was engulfed in flames across the street in her north Minneapolis neighborhood while tenants, including a family with seven young children, shouted for help.

"They were all screaming," Craig said, her face twisting with emotion. "Once they stopped screaming, it was over."

The fire killed five people, including at least three children, and injured several others, officials said. The cause of the blaze was being investigated, though fire officials say it appeared to have started on the second floor. The names of the dead were not immediately released.

Among those injured was Troy Lewis, according to neighbors and his landlord. Lewis was in satisfactory condition Friday night at Hennepin County Medical Center. Two of his daughters, Shaca and Electra Lewis, were in critical condition.

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Small quake in South Carolina felt hundreds of miles away PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press LISA J. ADAMS, Associated Press   
Saturday, 15 February 2014 06:49

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A small earthquake shook South Carolina and Georgia late Friday, shaking homes and rattling residents hundreds of miles away.

The quake happened at 10:23 p.m. EST and had a preliminary magnitude of 4.1, according to the U.S. Geological Survey's website. It was centered 7 miles west of the town of Edgefield, S.C. , and was felt as far west as Atlanta and as far north as Hickory, N.C., each about 150 miles away.

"It's a large quake for that area," said USGS geophysicist Dale Grant. "It was felt all over the place."

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported two nearby dams on the Savannah River appeared to be undamaged, but planned a thorough inspection Saturday morning, Edgefield County Emergency Preparedness Director Mike Casey said.

Casey said the quake was centered in a sparsely populated part of Edgefield County where there are a lot more rabbits and deer than people. He was driving around and hadn't found any damage, but he expects some reports of minor damages to come in once the sun rises.

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Southwest basks in winter warm spell PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by TERRY TANG, Associated Press   
Saturday, 15 February 2014 06:48

PHOENIX (AP) — What winter?

People in southern California and Phoenix were sunning themselves in 80-degree weather, even as northeastern states struggled to recover from this week's snow and ice storms.

Friday saw a trend of unusually warm temperatures continue in the Southwest, sending people to beaches and golf courses in droves.

The region is known for pleasant weather this time of year, but the National Weather Service said the temps are uncharacteristically hot for mid-February — the result of a high-pressure system off the coast of Southern California.

In the Phoenix area, the many Midwestern retirees and visitors who flock to the desert each winter were thrilled about the 80-degree days — and not being in the miserable cold back home.

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Fight over gay marriage moving to federal courts PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press   
Saturday, 15 February 2014 06:46

WASHINGTON (AP) — The overturning of Virginia's gay marriage ban places the legal fight over same-sex unions increasingly in the hands of federal appeals courts shaped by President Barack Obama's two election victories.

It's no accident that Virginia has become a key testing ground for federal judges' willingness to embrace same-sex marriage after last year's strongly worded pro-gay rights ruling by the Supreme Court. Judges appointed by Democratic presidents have a 10-5 edge over Republicans on the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, formerly among the nation's most conservative appeals courts.

Nationally, three other federal appeals courts will soon take up the right of same-sex couples to marry, too, in Ohio, Colorado and California. The San Francisco-based 9th circuit is dominated by judges appointed by Democratic presidents. The Denver-based court, home of the 10th circuit, has shifted from a Republican advantage to an even split between the parties, while the 6th circuit, based in Cincinnati, remains relatively unchanged in favor of Republicans during Obama's tenure.

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