Scientists are trying to understand how some ancient buildings have lasted for centuries in hopes of making modern buildings more durable.
The National Zoo’s three giant pandas are set to return to China in December with no public signs the 50-year-old exchange agreement struck by President Richard Nixon will continue.
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McCarthy ousted as House speaker in dramatic vote

Speaker Kevin McCarthy was voted out of the job Tuesday in an extraordinary showdown, a first in U.S. history, The 216-210 vote, forced by a contingent of hard-right conservatives, throws the House and its Republican leadership into chaos. (October 3)

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Hunter Biden pleads not guilty to three federal gun charges

Hunter Biden has pleaded not guilty in a Delaware court to three federal firearms charges filed after a plea deal imploded over the summer. Biden’s Tuesday plea puts his case on track toward a possible trial as the 2024 election looms. (Oct. 3) (AP Video: Tassanee Vejpongsa)

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Trio win Nobel for studying how electrons move

Three scientists won the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for giving us the first split-second glimpse into the superfast world of spinning electrons, a field that could one day lead to better electronics or disease diagnoses. (Oct 3)

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg honored with new postage stamp

The United States Postal Service honored the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by unveiling a stamp of her at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Monday. (Oct. 2)

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India police search journalists’ homes and offices in the country’s latest raids on media

Indian police raided the offices of a news website that’s under investigation for allegedly receiving funds from China, in what critics described as an attack on one of India’s few remaining independent news outlets. (Oct. 3) (AP Video: Piyush Nagpal)

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Facing increasing pressure from customers, some miners are switching to renewable energy

Some mining companies are moving to phase out use of fossil fuels in extracting and refining, partly due to pressure from downstream customers that want more sustainable supply chains. (Oct. 1) (AP video by Victoria Milko)

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Women’s voices and votes to loom large at upcoming Synod of Bishops on future of Catholic church

The Catholic Church has for centuries been dominated by men with little hope for women entering the corridors of power at the Vatican or simply saying Mass. Catholic women are hoping that a 3-week long meeting in October might be the start of some change. On October 4th, Pope Francis will open the Synod of Bishops with 464 participants including Catholic clergy and lay-people. For the first time, women and lay people will be allowed to vote. (Oct. 2) (AP Video: Sebabatso Mosamo, Paolo Lucariello, Luigi Navarra, Gianfranco Stara. Produced by Trisha Thomas)

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Mexico’s rescue and drug-sniffing dogs start their training at the military’s puppy kindergarten

In the middle of a military base outside Mexico City, an army colonel runs what he calls a kindergarten for dogs. Puppies that one day will become rescue dogs, or sniffer dogs for drugs or explosives, get their basic training at the facility. They spend their first four months at the site, before being sent to military units around the country for more specialized instruction. (Oct. 2) (AP Video/Gerardo Carrillo)

A court in Serbia has released from a brief detention a Kosovo Serb leader who has been linked to a clash with Kosovo security forces in which four people died, sending tensions soaring in the volatile region.
Shares in Scandinavian Airlines have dropped more than 90% after the ailing carrier announced new shareholders in a restructuring scheme that will see the company delisted and existing ownership stakes erased.
Uber is adding a new task to its list of services: mailing consumers’ return packages. The ride-hailing and delivery company said Wednesday that its drivers will collect up to five prepaid and sealed packages and drop them off at a local post office or at UPS or FedEx stores.
Firefighters are battling a huge fire in a plastics factory in eastern Croatia and authorities have asked residents to remain indoors and keep their widows shut.
FIFA is set to approve the reintegration of Russian youth teams into under-17 competitions and ease a total international ban on the country amid the war in Ukraine.
Ace sprinter Mark Cavendish wants another go at becoming the outright record-holder for most career stage wins at the Tour de France.
Slovakia says it will resume checks at the border with Hungary to reduce growing numbers of migrants entering the country.
A court in Moscow has handed a former state TV journalist a 8 1/2-year prison term in absentia for protesting Russia’s war in Ukraine, the latest in a months-long crackdown against dissent that has intensified since Moscow’s invasion 20 months ago.
Oklahoma-Texas is the main attraction in Week 6 of the college football season and one of three games matching Top 25 teams.
There’s not much of a debate about who’s the best goaltender in world. Skaters charged with trying to score goals in the NHL think by a wide margin it’s Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy.
The ACC is off to a strong start this season and a big reason is behind center. The Atlantic Coast Conference has 10 passers among the top 60 in yards per game this season.
The Las Vegas Aces will be playing for more than a WNBA championship. History also is on the line for the Aces.
Fans who are returning to baseball for the postseason will find Ronald Acuña Jr. and other speedsters playing a different game.
Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan has lifted the small-market franchise out of the league’s relocation realm and carried it to new heights both on and off the field.
Rookie quarterbacks are getting their chances early this season with five getting a start in Week 4. C.J.
Emergency services on the Spanish Canary Islands say more than 500 migrants reached there in four large wooden boats in a span of 24 hours earlier this week.
Lawyers for Pakistan’s imprisoned former Prime Minister Imran Khan are opposing his closed-door trial in a case in which he is accused of revealing state secrets after his 2022 ouster, saying it’s aimed at convicting the popular opposition leader quickly.
France makes only two changes for the Rugby World Cup match against Italy where Les Tricolores will seek to top Pool A with a fourth straight win.
UEFA has all but confirmed its long-expected hosts for the European Championship in 2028 and 2032. On Wednesday European soccer’s governing body formally accepted a joint bid proposal from Italy and Turkey for the 2032 edition.
Iran says it has agreed with Saudi Arabia to reschedule an Asian Champions League match after the Saudi team walked out at the last minute.
The international Red Cross is calling for the ouster of the head of the Belarus Red Cross, who stirred international outrage for boasting that it was actively ferrying Ukrainian children from Russian-controlled areas to Belarus.
Strife-torn Myanmar has won its first medal at the Asian Games in China, beating Indonesia to take home gold in men’s sepaktakraw, a popular regional sport also known as kick volleyball.
The Minnesota Twins and the Toronto Blue Jays meet in Game 2 of the AL Wild Card Series. The Twins lead the series 1-0, and can move on to the ALDS with a win.
The Philadelphia Phillies and the Miami Marlins square off in Game 2 of the NL Wild Card Series. The Phillies lead the series 1-0, and will move on to the NLDS with a victory.
The Milwaukee Brewers and the Arizona Diamondbacks square off in Game 2 of the NL Wild Card Series. The Diamondbacks lead the series 1-0, and will advance to the NLDS with a victory.
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Texas Rangers play in Game 2 of the AL Wild Card Series. The Rangers lead the series 1-0, and will move on to the ALDS with a victory.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak plans to tell his Conservative Party he’s not afraid to make tough decisions for long-term change.
Police in New Delhi have arrested the editor of a news website and one of its administrators after raiding the homes of journalists working for the site, which has been critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist-led government.
Three homes were destroyed by a forest fire and a man was injured by a falling tree in the Bega Valley region of southeastern Australia, prompting a government leader to warn that a “horror” wildfire season is approaching.
Chinese-owned video platform TikTok says it will halt its online retail operation in Indonesia to comply with the country’s decision to ban e-commerce transactions on social media platforms.