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Academy president responds to firestorm

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Responding for the first time to the firestorm that erupted over the lack of diversity in this year's Oscar nominations, film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs says the all-white acting slate inspires her to accelerate the academy's push for more diversity.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


$48B poured into tech startups in 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Cash rained down on startups in 2014, as venture capitalists poured a whopping $48.3 billion into new U.S. companies - levels not seen since before the dot-com bubble burst in 2001. Strong technology IPOs are luring investors chasing the next big return, but with valuations this high, critics suggest some investors may be setting themselves up for a major fall.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Growers struggle with glut of legal pot in Washington

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington's legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed. Some stores periodically closed because they didn't have pot to sell. Prices were through the roof.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Postal Service proposes small price increases on postage

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service on Thursday proposed slight increases for mailing postcards and international letters - but wants to leave first-class "Forever" stamps at their present 49 cents.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Woman accused of trashing boss’s cubicle with glitter

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio woman accused of vandalizing her former supervisor's cubicle with glitter, Silly String and baby powder pleaded not guilty Friday to felony charges.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Obama’s new Cuba policy depends partly on hotel hand towels & such

HAVANA (AP) - The success of President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy depends partly on hotel hand towels.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Twitter accounts of New York Post,news agency hacked

NEW YORK (AP) - Some Twitter accounts of the New York Post and UPI, as well as the news agency's website, were briefly hacked Friday.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


1B Switch data center will be world’s biggest

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The largest lithium battery factory in the world is getting a new neighbor at an industrial park east of Reno - the world's biggest data center.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Teacher convicted of showing high school class violent movie

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A former substitute teacher who showed a movie featuring graphic sex and violence to a high school class has been convicted of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.

January 15, 2015 | | Nation


Duke nixes plan to use chapel tower for Muslim prayer call

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Days after announcing that a Muslim call to prayer would echo from its historic chapel tower, Duke University changed course Thursday following a flurry of calls and emails objecting to the plan.

January 15, 2015 | | Nation


Ohio woman with 5 kids in vehicle charged after chase

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio woman was drunk when she sped away from police in an SUV that later crashed and flipped with five children inside, ejecting a 2-year-old boy, authorities said Thursday.

January 15, 2015 | | Nation


Belgian police kill 2 in raid shootout

VERVIERS, Belgium (AP) - With Europe dreading more terror, Belgian authorities moved swiftly to pre-empt what they called a major attack by as little as hours Thursday, killing two suspects in a firefight and arresting a third in a vast anti-terrorism sweep that stretched into the night.

January 15, 2015 | | Nation


Arizona passes law requiring students to pass civics test

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona became the first state in the nation on Thursday to enact a law requiring high school students to pass the U.S. citizenship test on civics before graduation, giving a boost to a growing nationwide effort to boost civics education.

January 15, 2015 | | Nation


Fine for ice bucket challenge gone awry

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - State regulators have fined a Kentucky fire department $25,000 for improper training and equipment after a firefighter was killed and three others hurt while the crew tried to help a college marching band participate in the ice bucket challenge.

January 15, 2015 | | Nation


Flu vaccine only 23% effective

NEW YORK (AP) - This year's flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. It's only 23 percent effective, which is one of the worst performances in the last decade, according to a government study released Thursday.

January 15, 2015 | | Nation


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White woman’s use of Mardi Gras krewe blackface stirs debate

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - There's blackface -- the racist, minstrel-show practice of whites imitating blacks.

March 13, 2017 | | Nation


Congress’ analyst: Millions to lose coverage under bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fourteen million Americans would lose coverage next year under House Republican legislation remaking the nation's health care system, and that number would ...

March 13, 2017 | | Nation


Report: 17-year-olds voted illegally in Wisconsin primary

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Dozens of 17-year-olds voted illegally across Wisconsin during last spring's intense presidential primary, apparently wrongly believing they could cast ballots if ...

March 13, 2017 | | Nation


States aiming to block Trump travel ban from taking effect

SEATTLE (AP) - More than a half-dozen states trying to block President Donald Trump's revised travel ban moved forward Monday with a pair of lawsuits ...

March 13, 2017 | | Nation


Judge nixes stiffer sentence for Dylann Roof’s friend

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Dylann Roof's friend should not get an unusually tough prison sentence for failing to warn police about Roof's plans ...

March 13, 2017 | | Nation


Flooded wastewater plant relying on sewage- eating bugs

SEATTLE (AP) - Managers at a flooded wastewater-treatment plant in Seattle that is dumping raw sewage into Puget Sound are counting on bugs to get the ...

March 12, 2017 | | Nation


McCain to Trump: Provide wiretap evidence or retract claim

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House intelligence committee is asking the Trump administration for evidence that the phones at Trump Tower were tapped during the campaign as ...

March 12, 2017 | | Nation


2 die when vehicle chased by Michigan State Police crashes

KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) - A college student driving to school was one of two people killed when a vehicle leading police on a high-speed chase crashed ...

March 12, 2017 | | Nation


Fearful immigrants are offered anti- deportation training

NEW YORK (AP) - Don't open the front door if immigration officials knock. If you are taken into custody, tell them your name and nothing ...

March 12, 2017 | | Nation


Test meant to screen teachers instead weeded out minorities

NEW YORK (AP) - New York education officials are poised to scrap a test designed to measure the reading and writing skills of people trying to ...

March 12, 2017 | | Nation


Teaching Trump: Should teachers offer up their own politics in class discussions?

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) - A New York City teacher was warned over a homework question critical of President Donald Trump. An Alabama district fielded ...

March 12, 2017 | | Nation


Safety sleeping: Cribs from cardboard boxes

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Cardboard boxes certainly aren't new technology. But when they're linked to a practice that started in Finland decades ago ...

March 12, 2017 | | Nation


Toledo allows golf carts on downtown streets

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio city is going to allow golf carts and other low-speed vehicles on downtown streets and two residential neighborhoods.

March 12, 2017 | | Nation


Tree falls, kills 21-year-old in Yosemite Valley

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Officials say a 21-year-old woman was killed by a falling tree at Half Dome Village in Yosemite National Park.

March 05, 2017 | | Nation


What to do when pulled over: A new driver’s ed chapter?

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Deadly encounters between police officers and motorists have lawmakers across the country thinking driver's education should require students to be ...

March 05, 2017 | | Nation


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