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Student loan interest rates will double

WASHINGTON (AP) - Student loan rates will double Monday - at least for a while - after a compromise to keep student loan interest rates low proved unwinnable before the July 1 deadline, senators said Thursday.

June 27, 2013 | | Nation


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BODY OF STORM VICTIM LAY UNDETECTED FOR MONTHS: NEW YORK (AP) - In the chaotic days after Superstorm Sandy, an army of aid workers streamed onto the flood-ravaged Rockaway Peninsula looking for anyone who needed help. Health workers and National Guard troops went door to door. City inspectors checked thousands of dwellings for damage. Yet, even as the months dragged by, nobody thought to look inside the tiny construction trailer rusting away in a junk-filled lot at the corner of Beach 40th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. If they had, they would have found the body of Keith Lancaster, a quiet ...

June 27, 2013 | | Nation


HS seniors fare no better than in 70s

WASHINGTON (AP) - Students preparing to leave high school are faring no better in reading or math than their peers four decades ago, the government said Thursday. Officials attributed the bleak finding on more lower-performing students staying in school rather than dropping out.

June 27, 2013 | | Nation


Boston suspect downloaded bomb-making instructions

BOSTON (AP) - Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev downloaded bomb-making instructions from an al-Qaida magazine, gathered online material on Islamic jihad and martyrdom, and later scrawled anti-American messages inside the boat where he lay wounded, a federal indictment charged Thursday.

June 27, 2013 | | Nation


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TWO-HEADED TURTLE HATCHES AT ZOO: SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A two-headed turtle has hatched at the San Antonio Zoo and officials have named her Thelma and Louise. The female Texas cooter arrived June 18 and will go on display Thursday at the zoo's Friedrich Aquarium. Zoo spokeswoman Debbie Rios-Vanskike (van SKYKE') said Wednesday that the two-headed turtle appears healthy and is able to swim and walk. She says experts at the zoo don't foresee any health issues for Thelma and Louise, named for the female duo in the 1991 Oscar-winning road movie of the same name. The San Antonio ...

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


Texas abortion bill falls after ‘ruckus’

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Hundreds of jeering protesters helped stop Texas lawmakers from passing one of the toughest abortion measures in the country, shouting down Senate Republicans and forcing them to miss a midnight deadline to pass the bill.

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


Texas carries out 500th execution

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Texas marked a solemn moment in criminal justice Wednesday evening, executing its 500th inmate since it resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982.

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


Reports: Al-Qaidi, terrorists changing ways after leaks

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. intelligence agencies are scrambling to salvage their surveillance of al-Qaida and other terrorists who are working frantically to change how they communicate after a National Security Agency contractor leaked details of two NSA spying programs. It's an electronic game of cat-and-mouse that could have deadly consequences if a plot is missed or a terrorist operative manages to drop out of sight.

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

MICHIGAN MAN TURNS IN BANK ROBBER MOM: BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The FBI says a Michigan man who recognized his mom in surveillance photos of a bank robbery called police to turn her in. MLive.com reports the man told police his mother was at his home in Kent County's Byron Township. Authorities say 53-year-old Dee Ann Sanders of Martin was charged Tuesday with robbing a Bank of America branch on June 18. Her arraignment is scheduled Thursday in Grand Rapids. A teller says the robber handed her a note demanding $2,500 for her children and grandchildren. She ...

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


Deen’s career cooked after racial slur?

NEW YORK (AP) - Will Paula Deen go the way of Michael Richards or Charlie Sheen?

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Putin: ‘Neyt’ to US request for Snowden

MOSCOW (AP) - Yes, he's at a Moscow airport, and no, you can't have him.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Men’s Wearhouse explains why it fired Zimmer

NEW YORK (AP) - Men's Wearhouse escalated a public battle with its founder and former pitchman George Zimmer on Tuesday, trying to explain why it fired the man who still represents the clothier in many shoppers' minds.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Key part of voting law thrown out

WASHINGTON (AP) - A deeply divided Supreme Court threw out the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, a decision deplored by the White House but cheered by mostly Southern states now free from nearly 50 years of intense federal oversight of their elections.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


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IRS CREDIT CARDS USED FOR WINE, PORN: WASHINGTON - Poor oversight by the Internal Revenue Service allowed workers to use agency credit cards to buy wine for an expensive luncheon, dorky swag for managers' meetings and, for one employee, romance novels and diet pills, an agency watchdog said Tuesday. Two IRS credit cards were used to buy online pornography, though the employees said the cards were stolen. One of the workers reported five agency credit cards lost or stolen. IRS employees used agency credit cards to make more than 273,000 purchases totaling nearly $108 million in 2010 and 2011, according ...

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Broadway marquees dim in honor of late Gandolfini

NEW YORK (AP) - Broadway theaters will dim their marquee lights Wednesday night in memory of James Gandolfini, "The Sopranos" star who earned a Tony Award nomination in 2009.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


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Mormons may form own Scouting group

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The lifting of the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay adult leaders prompted some gay Eagle Scouts to quickly ...

July 28, 2015 | | Nation


Injured boy, 7, was monitored by remote camera

HARDWICK, Mass. (AP) - Newly released court documents say a 7-year-old Massachusetts boy hospitalized after allegedly being abused and isolated by his father had an alarm ...

July 28, 2015 | | Nation


Missing teens strayed from planned route into open ocean

TEQUESTA, Fla. (AP) - Two teens whose lives were intertwined with the sea remained lost in the Atlantic on Tuesday, as their families and authorities tried ...

July 28, 2015 | | Nation


300 years after shipwreck, family finds $1 million in sunken gold

SEBASTIAN, Fla. (AP) - The night before her treasure-hunting family discovered $1 million worth of Spanish gold off central Florida's Atlantic coast last month, Hillary ...

July 28, 2015 | | Nation


Snow piles from Buffalo storm still melting

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - People from Buffalo hear it all year - over the phone or while traveling: "Buffalo? Got snow there?"

July 28, 2015 | | Nation


HIGH ROLLERS

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - One high roller requests a refrigerator full of bananas that he squeezes and throws as he gambles. Another urinates against a wall ...

July 28, 2015 | | Nation


Health care spending to accelerate

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's respite from accelerating health care costs appears to be over.

July 28, 2015 | | Nation


FDA approves weight loss balloon

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health regulators on Tuesday approved an inflatable medical balloon that aids weight loss by filling up space in the stomach.

July 28, 2015 | | Nation


Boy gets double-hand transplant

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An 8-year-old boy who lost his hands and feet to a serious infection has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant ...

July 28, 2015 | | Nation


Apple Watch will be sold at some Best Buys

NEW YORK (AP) - The Apple Watch is heading to some Best Buy stores ahead of the holiday shopping season.

July 27, 2015 | | Nation


Nike offers partial FuelBand refund

NEW YORK (AP) - Nike will give partial refunds or gift cards to people who bought FuelBand fitness trackers in the last 3 1/2 years ...

July 27, 2015 | | Nation


Shipwreck-hunting firmy sues over Blackbeard’s ship

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The shipwreck-hunting company that found Blackbeard's flagship that sank off the North Carolina coast nearly 300 years ago sued the ...

July 27, 2015 | | Nation


Burger King’s sales get a boost from Chicken Fries

NEW YORK (AP) - Burger King got a boost from the return of its "Chicken Fries."

July 27, 2015 | | Nation


Federal prisons recognize humanism as religion

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Federal prisoners who identify as humanist can now celebrate Darwin Day and get accommodations typically afforded to those inmates who believe in ...

July 27, 2015 | | Nation


Father took blame for son’s fatal hit-run

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A judge on Monday vacated the sentence of a Milwaukee man who spent more than a year in prison before admitting he took ...

July 27, 2015 | | Nation


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