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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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FBI agent removed from Mueller probe for anti-Trump messages

WASHINGTON (AP) - A veteran FBI counterintelligence agent was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's team investigating Russian election meddling after the discovery of an ...

December 03, 2017 | | Nation


‘Tis the season: Woman gets help with brother’s special gift

BALTIMORE (AP) - A toy company and strangers are pitching in to help a Maryland woman find a particularly important Christmas gift for her disabled brother.

December 03, 2017 | | Nation


Met opera to probe sex misconduct

NEW YORK (AP) - New York's Metropolitan Opera said Saturday it will open an investigation into allegations that its longtime conductor, James Levine, sexually abused ...

December 03, 2017 | | Nation


Facing pressure, House OKs anti-harassment training

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pressured to respond to burgeoning sexual misconduct allegations, the House easily approved a bipartisan measure Wednesday requiring annual anti-harassment training for lawmakers and ...

November 29, 2017 | | Nation


Lawyer: Conyers has no plan to resign amid harassment claims

DETROIT (AP) - Embattled U.S. Rep. John Conyers has no plans to resign amid allegations that the congressman sexually harassed several women when they worked ...

November 29, 2017 | | Nation


Prospects brighter for tax overhaul, success not assured

WASHINGTON (AP) - GOP leaders toiled behind the scenes Wednesday in hopes of readying a long-anticipated tax bill for a floor debate. A pair of pro-family ...

November 29, 2017 | | Nation


Trump health pick parries questions on drug cost, health law

WASHINGTON (AP) - Calling it the opportunity of his lifetime, President Donald Trump's pick for health secretary pledged Wednesday to help lower drug prices and ...

November 29, 2017 | | Nation


Matt Lauer is fired at NBC, accused of crude misconduct

NEW YORK (AP) - "Today" show host Matt Lauer was fired for what NBC on Wednesday called "inappropriate sexual behavior" with a colleague and was promptly ...

November 29, 2017 | | Nation


Conservative speaker arrested at UConn blames students

STORRS, Conn. (AP) - A conservative commentator who was arrested at the University of Connecticut and charged with breach of peace following an altercation blamed some ...

November 29, 2017 | | Nation


What’s ahead, after N. Korea’s ICBM test

TOKYO (AP) - Experts may debate trajectories, payload weights and re-entry shields, but North Korea's claim that the entire United States is within range of ...

November 29, 2017 | | Nation


Trump backs McCaskill opponent as he stumps for tax bill

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - President Donald Trump appeared to give up trying to win Democratic support for the GOP tax overhaul plan Wednesday, as he ...

November 29, 2017 | | Nation


US, China hold quiet military talks amid NKorea tensions

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. and Chinese generals engaged in an unusual set of security talks on Wednesday, just hours after North Korea's most powerful ...

November 29, 2017 | | Nation


Haley: NKorea ‘brings us closer to war’ the US doesn’t seek

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Wednesday that North Korea's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile - which some ...

November 29, 2017 | | Nation


Mueller’s team questioned Kushner about Michael Flynn

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner has been questioned by special counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators about former national security ...

November 29, 2017 | | Nation


San Francisco pier shooting jury ends Day 5 without verdict

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jurors have ended their fifth day of deliberations Wednesday without reaching a verdict in the murder trial that sparked a national debate ...

November 29, 2017 | | Nation


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