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SAT scores edge down; ACT is now more popular exam

NEW YOKRK (AP) - Average national scores on two of the three sections of the SAT college entrance exam edged down for the high school class of 2012, which was the first in which more students took the rival ACT exam than the SAT.

September 24, 2012 | | Nation


Obama: Libya assault 'wasn't just mob action'

NEW YORK (AP) - President Barack Obama said Monday "there's no doubt" that the assault of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans including the U.S. ambassador "wasn't just a mob action" but a sign of extremism in nations lacking stability. His words about the Libya killings were his most specific since the White House called it a "terrorist attack" last week.

September 24, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

ZIMBABWE: BULAWAYO URGES ALL TO FLUSH TOGETHER: HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - Bulawayo city officials Monday urged all residents to join the "big flush" to help Zimbabwe's second city clear toilet waste that accumulated in sewers during days of water outages.

September 24, 2012 | | Nation


Ohio nurse didn't realize she took kidney

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A nurse who accidentally disposed of a living donor's kidney during a transplant said she didn't realize it was in chilled, protective slush that she removed from an operating room, took down a hall to a dirty utility room and "flushed down a hopper," according to a report released by health officials on Monday.

September 24, 2012 | | Nation


Investigator: Woman died from buttocks implant from layperson

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Georgia woman had little chance of surviving an illegal cosmetic procedure in Mississippi because the silicone-like substance that was injected in her buttocks caused the blood clots in her lungs that killed her, an investigator testified Monday.

September 24, 2012 | | Nation


Provocative anti-jihad ads go up in NYC subways

NEW YORK (AP) - Controversial advertisements equating Muslim radicals with savages have gone up in New York City subways.

September 24, 2012 | | Nation


Bill Clinton has no idea what Hillary may do next

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bill Clinton says Hillary Rodham Clinton is qualified to be president, but he says she's tired after serving as secretary of state and he has no idea what she may do.

September 23, 2012 | | Nation


Romney strives to turn the page on rough week; Obama takes rare campaign break

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mitt Romney's presidential campaign strove to turn the page on a week of public stumbles and Republican hand-wringing Sunday, promising a redoubled effort in the most competitive states to undercut his opponent's economic record as voters tune in for the final six weeks of a close race.

September 23, 2012 | | Nation


Texas inmate prepares for third trip to death house on Tuesday

LIVINGSTON, Texas (AP) - What Cleve Foster remembers most about his recent brushes with death is the steel door, the last one condemned Texas inmates typically walk through before their execution.

September 23, 2012 | | Nation


Cat goes to vet for flea bath but gets euthanized

GARDNER, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts woman says her cat went to the veterinarian for a flea bath but was mistakenly put to death.

September 23, 2012 | | Nation


No ethics charge for Rep. Waters

WASHINGTON (AP) - California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters won't be charged with ethics violations following allegations she steered a $12 million federal bailout to a bank where her husband owns stock.

September 21, 2012 | | Nation


41-pound cat named Skinny up for adoption

RICHARDSON, Texas (AP) - Don't be fooled by the name: Skinny the cat is one hefty feline. And all 41 pounds of her needs a home.

September 21, 2012 | | Nation


Man jumps off Bronx Zoo monorail, mauled by tiger

NEW YORK (AP) - A man was mauled by a 400-pound tiger at the Bronx Zoo on Friday after he leaped from a moving monorail train and plummeted over a protective fence.

September 21, 2012 | | Nation


Romneys paid $1.94M in federal taxes for 2011, pays more than had to

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney, one of the wealthiest candidates ever to seek the presidency, paid nearly $2 million in federal taxes on $13.7 million in income that he and his wife reported last year, his U.S. returns showed Friday. That came to an effective tax rate of 14.1 percent, lower than millions of middle-income Americans but actually more than he had to pay.

September 21, 2012 | | Nation


Obama declares Chimney Rock a national monument

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) - A dramatic rock formation in southwestern Colorado that was home to ancestors of the Pueblo Indians 1,000 years ago now has protection as a national monument - a potential boost for tourism in a state key to the presidential election.

September 21, 2012 | | Nation


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Slide survivor tells of ‘wave’ of mud slamming into home

DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) - The roar of the hillside collapsing was so loud that Robin Youngblood thought an airplane had crashed. But when she looked out the window of her mobile home, all she saw was a wall of mud racing across her beloved river valley toward her home.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


Christian school pressures ‘tomboy’ to transfer

FOREST, Va. (AP) - Eight-year-old Sunnie Kahle likes to keep her hair short, wear boys' clothes, collect hunting knives and shoot her BB gun.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


Many preteens have high cholesterol

ATLANTA (AP) - There's fresh evidence that a lot of young people could be headed for heart trouble. A large study of preteens in Texas found that about one-third of them had borderline or high cholesterol when tested during routine physical exams.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


Obama to Putin: Pull back from Ukraine border

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Worried about Moscow's intentions, President Barack Obama urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull his troops back from the border with Ukraine during an hourlong phone call Friday. The Russian leader, who initiated the call, asserted that Ukraine's government is allowing extremists to intimidate civilians with impunity.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


Teen says typeface change could save millions

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A teenager has published a study suggesting the federal government could save millions of dollars a year in printing costs by switching to a thinner typeface that uses less ink.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


Jet diverts safely to NYC after bird damage

NEW YORK (AP) - A seagull put a hole in the nose of a JetBlue airliner shortly after the plane took off from a suburban New York airport Friday, but the jet and its 142 passengers landed safely at nearby Kennedy International.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


$1.5 M needed to save Rosie’s plant

DETROIT (AP) - A group trying to save the Detroit-area factory where Rosie the Riveter became an icon of American female empowerment during World War II said Friday that it must raise $1.5 million in the next few weeks to save the site from being demolished.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


Man found dead in home filled with clutter

DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas house was so jammed with clutter that it took two days before the homeowner's body was finally discovered amid the debris, authorities said Friday.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


Million jars of peanut butter dumped

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Nearly a million jars of peanut butter were dumped at a New Mexico landfill this week to expedite the sale of a bankrupt peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


Government: Industry hampers oil train safety

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - U.S. transportation officials rebuked the oil industry Friday for not giving up information regulators say they need to gauge the danger of moving crude by rail, after several accidents highlighted the explosive properties of fuel from the booming oil shale fields on the Northern Plains.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


Weary rescuers battle rain, exhaustion

DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) - Weary rescuers in hip waders pressed through rain and their own exhaustion Thursday, searching for more bodies and perhaps a miracle atop the pile of filth and debris that laid waste to a Washington town and killed at least 25 people.

March 27, 2014 | | Nation


Judge: Bride showed no remorse in husband’s death

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana woman was sentenced Thursday to more than 30 years in prison for killing her husband of eight days by pushing him from a cliff in Glacier National Park after they argued over her regrets about the marriage.

March 27, 2014 | | Nation


IMF to help Ukraine with up to $18B

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - The world rushed Thursday to help Ukraine, with the International Monetary Fund pledging up to $18 billion in loans, the U.N. condemning the vote that drove Crimea into Russian hands and the U.S. Congress backing even harsher sanctions against Russia.

March 27, 2014 | | Nation


ACLU settles suit over sonline comments

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A school district and a girl represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota have settled a lawsuit that claimed school officials violated the student's constitutional rights by viewing her Facebook and email accounts without permission.

March 27, 2014 | | Nation


Can’t afford health plan, will I be fined?

series addressing real-life questions about personal impact of health care law.

March 27, 2014 | | Nation


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