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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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IPO looms, GoPro enjoys media spotlight

SAN MATEO (AP) - GoPro isn't exactly a household name, but anyone who's spent a little time on YouTube is surely familiar with the thousands of snowboarding, surfing and even skateboarding baby videos that its cameras produce.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


Review: Picking up Glass, Google style

NEW YORK (AP) - The first time I was in the proximity of Google Glass was nearly a year ago at a technology conference. The people wearing the device were like cyborg members of an elite club I couldn't join.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


Cellphone calls on planes? Don’t ask Uncle Sam

WASHINGTON (AP) - It looks like the government is more conflicted about cellphones on planes than most travelers. Even as one federal agency considers allowing the calls, another now wants to make sure that doesn't happen.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


No sign of injury on body in snowed-over car

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Countless pedestrians near Philadelphia's main train station walked by a snow-covered sedan with dark windows and a slew of parking tickets before police this week found the body of a young mother inside.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


Bitcoin ATM arrives at Boston rail hub

BOSTON (AP) - A Bitcoin ATM has landed at a Boston rail hub, allowing commuters to learn about the digital currency.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


Eisenhower Memorial unchanged

WASHINGTON (AP) - Architect Frank Gehry is maintaining key elements of his design for a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower near the National Mall in a revised concept presented Thursday, despite recent criticism from a federal arts panel and outside groups.

February 20, 2014 | | Nation


NYC mayor: Do as I say, not as I do?

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's official vehicles were spotted breaking several traffic laws on Thursday, just two days after he laid out a sweeping traffic safety plan that included harsh restrictions on reckless drivers.

February 20, 2014 | | Nation


Some police lies to suspects are unfair

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Police can lie when interrogating suspects, but when the lies become "patently coercive," any confession cannot be used as evidence, New York's highest court ruled Thursday.

February 20, 2014 | | Nation


Flu waning; younger adults hit hardest

ATLANTA (AP) - Flu season seems to be winding down, and it's been an odd one.

February 20, 2014 | | Nation


Iowan fired for using forklift on candy machine

MILFORD, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa man has lost his job and unemployment benefits for using a forklift to get a candy bar from a malfunctioning vending machine, state records say.

February 20, 2014 | | Nation


Boy killed in argument over 15-year-old’s baby

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) - A 15-year-old New Mexico boy accused of killing his 12-year-old friend struck him following an argument over the teen's infant daughter then stuffed his body under a mattress in an abandoned field, court documents said.

February 20, 2014 | | Nation


Settlement in boy’s death at Lassen Park

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The federal government will pay $3.5 million to the family of a 9-year-old boy crushed to death by a retaining wall at a national park in Northern California.

February 20, 2014 | | Nation


Wrestlers out of meet after lynching photo

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Eight New Jersey high school wrestlers scratched from a state tournament days after a photo surfaced of team members apparently simulating a lynching were intending to show school spirit, their attorney said Thursday.

February 20, 2014 | | Nation


Outrage over impaired driving survey

READING, Pa. (AP) - Orange cones and flashing police lights confronted Ricardo Nieves as he rounded a bend on the way to his mother's house. Before he knew what was going on, Nieves said, a man working for a government contractor stepped in front of his car and forced him to turn into a parking lot. There, a woman repeatedly tried to question him about his driving habits and asked for a mouth swab that would detect the presence of illegal or prescription drugs in his system.

February 20, 2014 | | Nation


T-Mobile offers infinite upgrades

NEW YORK (AP) - T-Mobile is allowing people who participate in its $10-a-month Jump program to upgrade their phones anytime, eliminating the previous limit of two upgrades a year.

February 20, 2014 | | Nation


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