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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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US, Mexico expand pact on managing Colorado River

DENVER (AP) - The United States and Mexico have agreed to renew and expand a far-reaching conservation agreement that governs how they manage the overused Colorado ...

September 27, 2017 | | Nation


Best Buy shares down as it offers muted profit goals

NEW YORK (AP) - Shares of Best Buy fell Tuesday after the nation's largest consumer electronics chain outlined long-term profit goals that displeased investors.

September 19, 2017 | | Nation


Health benefit offers from small firmss keep vanishing

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Only half of America's smallest businesses now offer health coverage to their workers because many say steady cost hikes have ...

September 19, 2017 | | Nation


Toys R Us joins bankruptcy list

NEW YORK (AP) - In filing for bankruptcy, Toys R Us joins a list of dozens of store chains that have done so already this year ...

September 19, 2017 | | Nation


7.1 quake kills 139 as in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) - A magnitude 7.1 earthquake stunned central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 139 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust ...

September 19, 2017 | | Nation


Haitians find ‘Mexican dream’ instead

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) - Jose Luis Millan found a new crop of star employees at an upscale Tijuana car wash where customers cross the border from ...

September 19, 2017 | | Nation


Stanislav Petrov, averted nuclear war, dies at 77

MOSCOW (AP) - Stanislav Petrov, a former Soviet military officer known in the West as "the man who saved the world" for his role in averting ...

September 19, 2017 | | Nation


GOP strains for last chance Obamacare repeal votes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Time growing short, President Donald Trump and Republican Senate leaders dove into a frantic hunt for votes Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to ...

September 19, 2017 | | Nation


Common Core used widely, despite continuing debate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Most of the states that first endorsed the Common Core academic standards are still using them in some form, despite continued debate over ...

September 19, 2017 | | Nation


Senate GOP tentatively agrees to $1.5T in tax cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans are zeroing in on a tax outline that would add about $1.5 trillion to the government's $20 trillion debt ...

September 19, 2017 | | Nation


White man arrested in slayings of 2 black men in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 23-year-old white man was arrested Tuesday and accused of cold-bloodedly killing two black men and shooting up a black family ...

September 19, 2017 | | Nation


More protests set for today after quiet night in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Protesters chanting "free our people" gathered outside the jail in downtown St. Louis for more than two hours to show solidarity with ...

September 18, 2017 | | Nation


Spicer suggests critics of Emmy appearance should lighten up

NEW YORK (AP) - Sean Spicer says his surprise Emmy Awards appearance was a chance to have some fun, and suggested Tuesday that people who were ...

September 18, 2017 | | Nation


Student shot by officer had called 911 before encounter

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Tech alerted students to shelter indoors because of violent protests on campus Monday night after police fatally shot a student over the ...

September 18, 2017 | | Nation


Senate GOP musters final push to erase health care law

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans expressed growing hope Monday for a final push to scuttle President Barack Obama's health care law, an effort that still ...

September 18, 2017 | | Nation


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