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GOP candidate apologizes for saying Democrats commit most mass shootings

Shooting remarks bring apology

A Republican rancher running for Arizona's 1st Congressional District apologized Monday for saying most mass shootings are committed by Democrats. Gary Kiehne said at a GOP primary debate Saturday in Florence, southeast of Phoenix, that "99 percent of (mass shootings) have been by Democrats pulling their guns out and shooting people." Kiehne publicly apologized and said his comments were inaccurate. Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin, who is also running, said Kiehne should leave the race after a pattern of "bizarre and deeply offensive" remarks.

Youth hold Mideast peace talks online

With the collapse of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, hundreds of thousands of young people across the Middle East are talking reconciliation online, a former Israeli peace negotiator and founder of the movement said Monday. The "Yala Young Leaders" Facebook group, founded by Uri Savir, has backing from celebrities including Bill Clinton and Tony Blair. It has almost 500,000 followers, including youths in the Palestinian territories, Egypt and Muslim countries that have no relations with Israel. The group will hold a virtual peace conference Sunday that will include video presentations from two Nobel Peace laureates, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Desmond Tutu, as well as EU, U.S. and Palestinian officials.

Argentina dinosaur may be largest yet

Scientists in Argentina are uncovering what could be the largest dinosaur yet — a long-necked titanosaur as tall as a 6-story building, whose thigh bone alone dwarfs a grown man. It will take years for researchers to uncover the entire skeleton. The complete thigh bone they've uncovered is 7.9 feet, the longest of any vertebrate yet found, said paleontologist Jose Luis Carballido. Researchers estimate the animal weighed about 176,000 pounds.

By the Numbers

150 About how many new words have been added to the new Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, including Yoopers, a nickname for natives or longtime residents of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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