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Texas test scandal ex-school chief gets 3.5 years

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A federal judge sentenced the former superintendent of El Paso Independent School District to more than three years in prison Friday for his participation in a conspiracy to improve the district's high-stakes tests scores by removing low-performing students from classrooms.

October 05, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

POLICE: CALL FROM 'BURGLAR' ACTUALLY CAME FROM DOG: OREM, Utah (AP) - Police in Orem, Utah, say a man who thought he was getting a call from a burglar had actually gotten a call from his dog.

October 05, 2012 | | Nation


Friendly fire likely in border shootings

PHOENIX (AP) - A preliminary investigation has found friendly fire likely was to blame in a shooting that killed one federal agent and wounded another along the Arizona-Mexico border, the FBI said Friday, shaking up the probe into an incident that reignited the political debate over border security.

October 05, 2012 | | Nation


Utah boy's letter: 'Grown-ups killed my kitty'

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - An 8-year-old Utah boy wrote a letter to his local newspaper after an animal shelter worker failed to write a note to save his cat from being euthanized. "Yesterday grown-ups killed my kitty, my best friend, when they weren't supposed to," he said.

October 05, 2012 | | Nation


Steroid-related meningitis cases rise to 47

NEW YORK (AP) - As the tally from a deadly meningitis outbreak rose Friday, health officials identified the medical clinics across the country that received steroid shots for back pain now linked to the illnesses.

October 05, 2012 | | Nation


Obama, Romney clash on economy in first debate

DENVER (AP) - In a showdown at close quarters, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney sparred aggressively in their first campaign debate Wednesday night over taxes, deficits and strong steps needed to create jobs in a sputtering national economy. "The status quo is not going to cut it," declared the challenger.

October 04, 2012 | | Nation


Prices trickle lower except on coasts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Drivers on either coast may be questioning the conventional wisdom that gas prices fall after Labor Day.

October 03, 2012 | | Nation


Girl offers piggy bank money for return of puppy

SAN JOSE . (AP) - A little girl is offering all the money in her piggy bank to add to a $6,000 reward for the return of her puppy taken in a burglary.

October 03, 2012 | | Nation


Lawyer wants sex charge dismissed against teacher

MODESTO (AP) - An attorney for a former Modesto high school teacher who began a high-profile romance with a teenage student asked a judge to dismiss a sex charge against her client involving another person.

October 03, 2012 | | Nation


Rare meningitis cases at 26 in 5 states, 4 deaths

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An outbreak of a rare and deadly form of meningitis has now sickened 26 people in five states who received steroid injections mostly for back pain, health officials said Wednesday. Four people have died, and more cases are expected.

October 03, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

BOSTON ARBORIST STUMPED BY BURL BURGLARIES: BOSTON (AP) - Arborists in the Boston area are stumped by the theft of burls, those giant knots on the trunks of most tree species prized by woodworkers for their intricate grain.

October 03, 2012 | | Nation


2nd Detroit police chief accused of sex scandal

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Mayor Dave Bing was elected to replace a scandal-plagued predecessor after promising to clamp down on crime. But following allegations of a sex scandal involving another police chief, he's having trouble stabilizing the department, let alone the streets.

October 03, 2012 | | Nation


Rare century-old $5 Alaska bill to be auctioned

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The $5 bill displayed for decades on Charles Fairbanks IV's wall was long a treasured family heirloom from Alaska. Now, to the surprise of the grandson of a turn-of-a-century vice president, it's also become a likely treasure trove.

October 03, 2012 | | Nation


Anchor: Viewer criticizing her weight 'bully'

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Jennifer Livingston has always had a thick skin, so when the Wisconsin television anchorwoman got an email from a viewer criticizing her weight, she thought nothing of it.

October 02, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

GIRLS BARRED FROM UTAH DANCE FOR SHORT DRESSES: TOOELE, Utah (AP) - A Utah public high school principal has apologized to dozens of teens who were turned away from their homecoming dance because their dresses were deemed too short, in what parents and students called a "homecoming spirit massacre."

October 02, 2012 | | Nation


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Murderer sues over porn ban

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A convicted murderer sentenced to more than a half-century behind bars is suing the state of Connecticut, saying its ban on pornography in prison violates his constitutional rights.

October 20, 2014 | | Nation


CDC revises Ebola gear guidelines

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal health officials on Monday issued new guidelines to promote head-to-toe protection for health workers treating Ebola patients.

October 20, 2014 | | Nation


NBC’s Snyderman facing credibility issues over Ebola

NEW YORK (AP) - The quarantine against possible Ebola exposure ends this week for Dr. Nancy Snyderman, but the troubles clearly aren't over for NBC News' chief medical editor.

October 20, 2014 | | Nation


Agency: Get your air bags fixed

DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. government issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million people to get the air bags in their cars fixed, amid concern that a defect in the devices can possibly kill or injure the driver or passengers.

October 20, 2014 | | Nation


UN to Detroit: Turn water back on

DETROIT (AP) - United Nations human rights experts described Detroit's mass water shut-offs as "a man-made perfect storm" Monday and called on city officials to restore water to those unable to pay, including those with disabilities or chronic illnesses.

October 20, 2014 | | Nation


6-year-old girl buying bubblegum killed in drive-by

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A 6-year-old girl was killed during a drive-by shooting while shopping for bubblegum with her father at a convenience store in Kansas City, according to police, who are vowing to find those responsible for her death.

October 20, 2014 | | Nation


Surfer fends off shark attack with fist, board

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - A man surfing with his three young sons used his fist and surfboard to fend off a shark attack in waters off Maui that were rough and murky from a hurricane that churned passed Hawaii over the weekend.

October 20, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

COLORADO PROPOSES EDIBLE POT BAN, THEN RETREATS: DENVER (AP) - Colorado health authorities suggested banning many forms of edible marijuana, including brownies and cookies, then whipsawed away from the suggestion Monday after it went public.

October 20, 2014 | | Nation


Suspected Nazi war criminals collected millions in Social Security

OSIJEK, Croatia (AP) - Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation has found.

October 19, 2014 | | Nation


Comedians to honor Leno with humor prize

WASHINGTON (AP) - The joke is on Jay Leno this weekend as comedians salute the former "Tonight Show" host, who will receive the nation's top humor prize.

October 19, 2014 | | Nation


CDC to revise Ebola protocol

ATLANTA (AP) - Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear "with no skin showing," a top federal health official said Sunday, and the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist medical staff in the U.S., if needed.

October 19, 2014 | | Nation


Police hunt for clues by remains discovery

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - After finding remains that could be University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, authorities interviewed nearby residents and picked through leaves on the side of a sparsely populated highway, searching for any clues or evidence.

October 19, 2014 | | Nation


Students clean up after mayhem near pumpkin fest

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Keene State College students quickly cleaned up from a chaotic weekend on Sunday after violent parties near the city's annual pumpkin festival led to destruction, dozens of arrests and multiple injuries.

October 19, 2014 | | Nation


‘Easy Rider’ chopper at auction might be phony

CALABASAS (AP) - The customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in "Easy Rider" is up for auction this weekend in California.

October 17, 2014 | | Nation


WHO faulted for Ebola failures as Obama taps czar

LONDON (AP) - The World Health Organization bungled efforts to halt the spread of Ebola in West Africa, an internal report revealed Friday, as President Barack Obama named a trusted political adviser to take control of America's frenzied response to the epidemic.

October 17, 2014 | | Nation


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