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Obama grants monument status to vast swath of Calif. desert

LOS ANGELES President Barack Obama is granting national monument status to nearly 1.8 million acres of scenic Southern California desert, a move the White House says will maintain in perpetuity the region’s fragile ecosystem and natural resources, as well as provide recreational opportunities for hikers, campers, hunters and others.

Medics beat blizzard to make transplant happen

STONY BROOK, N.Y. Melanie Chirichella had been waiting a year and a half for a kidney transplant when she finally got the call from her doctors Saturday that they had found a perfect match in South Carolina.

“It was like a miracle,” the 64-year-old told The Associated Press. “When she called and said, ‘We have a kidney for you,’ I almost fell off the bed.”

Survivor sheds light on divisive WWII-era Jewish Councils

JERUSALEM Throughout the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam, and while incarcerated in two prison camps, Mirjam Bolle wrote letters to her fiance that she never sent but hoped to share with him after the war. Yet when the two ultimately reunited she decided to leave the past behind and stashed them away. Now, decades later, she has published them as a memoir.

When an avalanche hits the slopes, let the dogs out

LOS ANGELES Wylee the border collie can search an avalanche the size of a football field in five or 10 minutes. It would take a probe line of 50 people using poles a couple hours to cover the same ground.

When 30 minutes can mean the difference between life and death for a skier lost on a snowy mountain, most people would bank on the dog.