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Blacks playing men’s hoops, football lag behind in degrees

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Young black men playing basketball and football for the country's top college teams are graduating at lower rates than black male students at the same schools - despite having financial and academic support that removes common hurdles preventing many undergraduates from earning a degree, a new report has found.

March 15, 2016 | | Nation


Newark will test 17,000 students for lead poisoning

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Newark will test up to 17,000 children for lead poisoning after elevated levels of the toxin were found in the drinking water at nearly half of the schools in New Jersey's biggest city.

March 15, 2016 | | Nation


PlayStation VR to debut in Oct. for less than Rift, Vive

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sony's version of virtual reality will cost a few hundred dollars less than competitors when its headset is released in October.

March 15, 2016 | | Nation


Google reveals 77 % of its online traffic is encrypted

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is disclosing how much of the traffic to its search engine and other services is being protected from hackers as part of its push to encrypt all online activity.

March 15, 2016 | | Nation


Chipotle says sales recovering, but down 26 %

NEW YORK (AP) - Chipotle says sales were down 26 percent for February and that it expects to report a loss for the first quarter as it works to recover from a series of food scares.

March 15, 2016 | | Nation


Instagram says it will show posts in order of ‘relevance’

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Instagram users could soon notice something different in their feeds: Instead of showing users the most recent posts first, the mobile photo-sharing app says it will give higher priority to posts that each user is likely to care about most.

March 15, 2016 | | Nation


TARGETING OVERDOSES

WASHINGTON (AP) - Prescription painkillers should not be a first choice for treating common ailments like back pain and arthritis, according to new federal guidelines designed to reshape how doctors prescribe drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin.

March 15, 2016 | | Nation


Study questions impact of students’ weight report cards

NEW YORK (AP) - When New York City public schools began giving students report cards on their weight a decade ago, officials hoped the information would help fight an obesity epidemic in the nation's largest school system. But a new study finds being labeled fat doesn't spur weight loss, at least among students near the threshold for being flagged.

March 14, 2016 | | Nation


Smartphone ‘voices’ not always that helpful during a health crisis

CHICAGO (AP) - It can give you street directions or find the nearest deli, but how helpful is your smartphone's virtual voice in a health crisis? A study says the answer is often "not very."

March 14, 2016 | | Nation


After crash, Competitors press toward Iditarod finish

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Mushers pressed their dog sled teams closer to the finish line in Alaska's famous Iditarod on Sunday after a snowmobiler intentionally rammed into two top competitors, killing one dog and injuring others, authorities said.

March 13, 2016 | | Nation


Dog with no legs leaves Korea for new life in US

PHOENIX (AP) - A dog that was left in a garbage bag behind a South Korea meat market has a new life - and new limbs - on the other side of the world in Arizona.

March 13, 2016 | | Nation


Farmworkers protest by home of Wendy’s billionaire chairman

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Hundreds of protesters, many farmworkers, led by Ethel Kennedy, demonstrated near the home of Wendy's fast food chain's chairman in hopes of convincing the company to pay a penny-per-pound fee for its tomatoes to supplement some farmworkers' wages.

March 13, 2016 | | Nation


A drive to help the poor get back behind the wheel

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Zia Gbau, who came to Vermont as a refugee from the Republic of Congo, suffered a serious stroke last year and was unable to work for several months. Without money, his truck fell into disrepair, and he got two tickets for an expired inspection sticker.

March 13, 2016 | | Nation


Pricey tea a growing niche crop in US, even Canada

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - After Hurricane Katrina wiped out his timber 11 years ago, Jason McDonald wanted a crop less susceptible to Mississippi's potentially powerful storms.

March 13, 2016 | | Nation


Rubio’s political reckoning arrives in Florida primary

MIAMI (AP) - Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was among the Republican Party's biggest stars when he burst onto the national stage in the tea party wave of 2010. Now, he is facing a home-state showing on Tuesday that could devastate his 2016 presidential campaign and damage his political brand for years to come.

March 13, 2016 | | Nation


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Ryan endorses Donald Trump

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) - House Speaker Paul Ryan endorsed Donald Trump's bid for president on Thursday, bringing an end to the extraordinary public split between ...

June 02, 2016 | | Nation


Victim’s dad jumps over table to attack her killer

CLEVELAND (AP) - The father of a woman killed by a convicted sex offender dived across a courtroom table to attack him Thursday shortly after a ...

June 02, 2016 | | Nation


Pilot safely ejects before Thunderbird crash in Colo.

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - The pilot of a U.S. Air Force Thunderbird ejected safely into a Colorado field Thursday, crashing the fighter jet ...

June 02, 2016 | | Nation


Deaths of Despair: Overdoses, drinking, suicides hit whites

NEW YORK (AP) - Rising drug and alcohol overdoses, suicides, and disease from chronic alcoholism - labeled "deaths of despair" by one expert - are cutting the lives ...

June 02, 2016 | | Nation


Blue Angels jet crashes in Tenn. killing pilot

SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) - A Blue Angels F/A-18 fighter jet crashed Thursday near Nashville, Tennessee, killing the pilot just days before a weekend air show ...

June 02, 2016 | | Nation


Officials heed warnings as early heat wave scorches the West

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Parts of the Western U.S. are getting an early taste of scorching summer heat, forcing officials in California, Oregon and desert ...

June 02, 2016 | | Nation


New super PAC to help Trump, this time organized by a friend

WASHINGTON (AP) - A close friend of Donald Trump has helped start a super PAC to support him, potentially giving the presumptive Republican presidential nominee his ...

June 02, 2016 | | Nation


GOOGLING YOURSELF

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Soon, all you'll need to do is Google yourself if you're wondering how deeply Google has been digging into your ...

June 02, 2016 | | Nation


Uber raises $3.5 billion from Saudis

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Uber said Wednesday it is getting a massive cash infusion from Saudi Arabia.

June 02, 2016 | | Nation


Wal-Mart revives smiley face image for price marketing

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Wal-Mart is reviving its yellow smiley image to be the face of its low-price marketing.

June 02, 2016 | | Nation


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