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Texas test scandal ex-school chief gets 3.5 years

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A federal judge sentenced the former superintendent of El Paso Independent School District to more than three years in prison Friday for his participation in a conspiracy to improve the district's high-stakes tests scores by removing low-performing students from classrooms.

October 05, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

POLICE: CALL FROM 'BURGLAR' ACTUALLY CAME FROM DOG: OREM, Utah (AP) - Police in Orem, Utah, say a man who thought he was getting a call from a burglar had actually gotten a call from his dog.

October 05, 2012 | | Nation


Friendly fire likely in border shootings

PHOENIX (AP) - A preliminary investigation has found friendly fire likely was to blame in a shooting that killed one federal agent and wounded another along the Arizona-Mexico border, the FBI said Friday, shaking up the probe into an incident that reignited the political debate over border security.

October 05, 2012 | | Nation


Utah boy's letter: 'Grown-ups killed my kitty'

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - An 8-year-old Utah boy wrote a letter to his local newspaper after an animal shelter worker failed to write a note to save his cat from being euthanized. "Yesterday grown-ups killed my kitty, my best friend, when they weren't supposed to," he said.

October 05, 2012 | | Nation


Steroid-related meningitis cases rise to 47

NEW YORK (AP) - As the tally from a deadly meningitis outbreak rose Friday, health officials identified the medical clinics across the country that received steroid shots for back pain now linked to the illnesses.

October 05, 2012 | | Nation


Obama, Romney clash on economy in first debate

DENVER (AP) - In a showdown at close quarters, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney sparred aggressively in their first campaign debate Wednesday night over taxes, deficits and strong steps needed to create jobs in a sputtering national economy. "The status quo is not going to cut it," declared the challenger.

October 04, 2012 | | Nation


Prices trickle lower except on coasts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Drivers on either coast may be questioning the conventional wisdom that gas prices fall after Labor Day.

October 03, 2012 | | Nation


Girl offers piggy bank money for return of puppy

SAN JOSE . (AP) - A little girl is offering all the money in her piggy bank to add to a $6,000 reward for the return of her puppy taken in a burglary.

October 03, 2012 | | Nation


Lawyer wants sex charge dismissed against teacher

MODESTO (AP) - An attorney for a former Modesto high school teacher who began a high-profile romance with a teenage student asked a judge to dismiss a sex charge against her client involving another person.

October 03, 2012 | | Nation


Rare meningitis cases at 26 in 5 states, 4 deaths

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An outbreak of a rare and deadly form of meningitis has now sickened 26 people in five states who received steroid injections mostly for back pain, health officials said Wednesday. Four people have died, and more cases are expected.

October 03, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

BOSTON ARBORIST STUMPED BY BURL BURGLARIES: BOSTON (AP) - Arborists in the Boston area are stumped by the theft of burls, those giant knots on the trunks of most tree species prized by woodworkers for their intricate grain.

October 03, 2012 | | Nation


2nd Detroit police chief accused of sex scandal

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Mayor Dave Bing was elected to replace a scandal-plagued predecessor after promising to clamp down on crime. But following allegations of a sex scandal involving another police chief, he's having trouble stabilizing the department, let alone the streets.

October 03, 2012 | | Nation


Rare century-old $5 Alaska bill to be auctioned

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The $5 bill displayed for decades on Charles Fairbanks IV's wall was long a treasured family heirloom from Alaska. Now, to the surprise of the grandson of a turn-of-a-century vice president, it's also become a likely treasure trove.

October 03, 2012 | | Nation


Anchor: Viewer criticizing her weight 'bully'

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Jennifer Livingston has always had a thick skin, so when the Wisconsin television anchorwoman got an email from a viewer criticizing her weight, she thought nothing of it.

October 02, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

GIRLS BARRED FROM UTAH DANCE FOR SHORT DRESSES: TOOELE, Utah (AP) - A Utah public high school principal has apologized to dozens of teens who were turned away from their homecoming dance because their dresses were deemed too short, in what parents and students called a "homecoming spirit massacre."

October 02, 2012 | | Nation


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Did Zimmerman threaten driver ?

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A driver says George Zimmerman, the man acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin, threatened to kill him, asking 'Do you know who I am?' during a road confrontation in their vehicles, a police spokeswoman said Friday.

September 12, 2014 | | Nation


2 boys confess to preschool pumpkin heist

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Two juvenile suspects have confessed to picking clean a pumpkin patch that was cultivated by New Mexico preschoolers, police said Friday.

September 12, 2014 | | Nation


Navy pilot missing after 2 jets crash into sea

LEMOORE . (AP) - Two Navy fighter jets based in California crashed Friday in the far western Pacific Ocean, with one pilot safely ejecting but the other missing in the waters off the U.S. territory of Wake Island.

September 12, 2014 | | Nation


Lawyers for illegals? Feds say yes, no

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder is arguing publicly in favor of legal representation for migrant children arriving unaccompanied at the border - even as his department takes the opposite position in court.

September 12, 2014 | | Nation


New terror fight on 9/11

NEW YORK (AP) - The nation's gathering war against a new upsurge in Islamic terror hung heavy over the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks Thursday, stirring both anxiety and determination among those who came to ground zero to remember their loved ones.

September 11, 2014 | | Nation


Convicted killer of 3 students escapes

LIMA, Ohio (AP) - The convicted killer of three Ohio students at a high school cafeteria escaped from a Lima prison Thursday, and a search was underway, police said.

September 11, 2014 | | Nation


Kids accidentally drink bleach mix

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - More than two dozen children and two adults accidentally drank a mixture of bleach and water at a day care center Thursday and were briefly hospitalized.

September 11, 2014 | | Nation


3 babies’ bodies found in filthy house

BLACKSTONE, Mass. (AP) - Police have arrested and charged a woman in connection with the living conditions at the Massachusetts home where the bodies of three infants were found.

September 11, 2014 | | Nation


Obama OKs airstrikes in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) - Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of a broad mission to root out the violent Islamic State militants whose reign of terror has spread across both countries.

September 10, 2014 | | Nation


Felon seen on Twitter holding guns gets 18 months

BOSTON (AP) - In a photo he posted on Twitter, Kwmaine Davis had a big smile on his face as he held one gun in each hand at a shooting range. His message to his followers: "Yes, I'm really bout that action."

September 10, 2014 | | Nation


Man arrested after posting lyrics

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A lawyer for a Kentucky man who spent several days in jail after posting violent song lyrics on Facebook says he should be cleared of a felony charge.

September 10, 2014 | | Nation


‘Extreme’ solar storm heading toward Earth

WASHINGTON (AP) - An extreme solar flare is blasting its way to Earth and could mess up some power grids, satellites and radio transmissions, scientists say.

September 10, 2014 | | Nation


Scientists say ozone layer recovering

WASHINGTON (AP) - Earth's protective ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, a U.N. scientific panel reported Wednesday in a rare piece of good news about the health of the planet.

September 10, 2014 | | Nation


School drops ‘Arabs’ for ‘Mighty Arabs’

THERMAL (AP) - A Southern California high school has changed its nickname from the Arabs to the Mighty Arabs and has adopted a logo with a nobler image, school officials announced Wednesday.

September 10, 2014 | | Nation


T-Mobile to sell phones that call, text on Wi-Fi

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - T-Mobile will sell more than 100 smartphone models with a built-in feature that taps into Wi-Fi networks to make phone calls and send texts when customers can't connect to the wireless carrier's cellular network.

September 10, 2014 | | Nation


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