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Astoria clears homeless camps on city forestland

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — After delays Astoria work crews have cleared several camps located in city forestland where some people without shelter had lived for years. The Daily Astorian reports crews on Friday moved nearly two dumpsters filled with trash, mattresses, bicycles, and other belongings from the camps. The city had delayed action on the...

Project Homeless is a new Seattle Times initiative that explores and explains the region’s complex, troubling problem of homelessness. With strong watchdog reporting and vivid storytelling, Project Homeless seeks to spotlight what is working, and what is not working, in responding to homelessness. We will also feature solutions-oriented reporting from elsewhere in the country.

Crime

Inmate’s last words: ‘Is it supposed to feel like that?’

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A transcript from the recent execution of a South Dakota inmate shows his last words were: "Is it supposed to feel like that?" Corrections officials released a transcript Tuesday from the Oct. 29 execution of Rodney Berget, who was sentenced to death for killing corrections officer Ronald "R.J." Johnson during...

Science

Neanderthal life not especially risky, skull analysis shows

NEW YORK (AP) — Life as a Neanderthal was no picnic, but a new analysis says it was no more dangerous than what our own species faced in ancient times. The study challenges the common view that our evolutionary cousins lived especially risky lives. It was released Wednesday by the journal Nature. Neanderthal life was...