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Nation’s classrooms reflect on Ferguson; students tackling sensitive topics

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When his high school English students came to class, Tom Rademacher knew there would be one thing on their mind: a grand jury's decision not to indict the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation

Civilian workers at some prisons get pepper spray

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The federal prison system has begun supplying pepper spray canisters to cooks, counselors and other civilian workers at some of its most violent institutions, yielding to efforts following a 2013 fatal attack by an inmate on an unarmed Pennsylvania prison guard.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation

House may vote to undo Obama immigration order

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-led House may vote this week to undo President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, House Speaker John Boehner told lawmakers Tuesday as he sought to give outraged conservatives an outlet to vent over Obama's move without shutting down the government.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation

Stepdad investigated for comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Police are investigating Michael Brown's stepfather for angry comments made to a Ferguson crowd after a grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who fatally shot his stepson.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation

Mindfulness helps teens cope stress, anxiety

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - As the morning school bell rings and students rush through crowded corridors, teenagers in one Portland classroom settle onto mats and meditation pillows. They fall silent after the teacher taps a Tibetan "singing bowl."

December 02, 2014 | | Nation

W. Virginia gunman angry over ex’s trysts

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - The owner of a towing company who had ongoing beefs in his personal and professional life went on a shooting rampage, carrying out his grudges by killing his ex-girlfriend and two men she had been romantically involved with, as well as the owner of a rival tow truck company.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation

Mayor: $130M to revamp NYC jails for mentally ill

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City mayor wants to spend $130 million over four years to overhaul how the nation's most populous city deals with mentally ill and drug-addicted suspects, diverting many to treatment instead of the city's troubled Rikers Island jail complex.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation

Security experts doubt North Korea hacked into Sony

Some cybersecurity experts say it is unlikely North Korea was behind the cyberattack that crippled Sony Pictures' computers and possibly leaked unreleased movies online.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation

Fiery risk? Air shipments of batteries questioned

WASHINGTON (AP) - Dramatic U.S. government test results raise new concern that bulk shipments of rechargeable lithium batteries carried as cargo on passenger planes are susceptible to fires or explosions that could destroy the airliners.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation

In emails, Jobs determined to keep iPod Apple-only

OAKLAND (AP) - Legendary Apple CEO Steve Jobs had seven words for a subordinate when he learned that a rival company was about to introduce a program that would let music fans buy songs anywhere and play them on Apple's iPod devices.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation

Energy companies lead an advance in US stocks

NEW YORK (AP) - Energy and health-care companies led major stock indexes higher on Tuesday, even as crude oil resumed its slide. General Motors rose after reporting stronger sales, and Biogen, a biotech company, soared following news that its drug for Alzheimer's disease showed promise.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation

Hershey explores removal of corn syrup

NEW YORK (AP) - Hershey is looking at replacing the high-fructose corn syrup in some of its products with sugar.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation

Obama wants more police wearing body cameras

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama wants to see more police wearing cameras to record events like the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, but is not seeking to pull back federal programs that provide the type of military-style equipment used to dispel the resulting racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation

No Child Left Behind gets renewed focus

WASHINGTON (AP) - The No Child Left Behind education law could be making a political comeback.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation

Supreme Court asked to halt execution

HOUSTON (AP) - Attorneys who contend a condemned Texas inmate set to die this week is too delusional for execution asked the U.S. Supreme Court Monday to halt his lethal injection and determine whether mentally ill people should be exempt from the death penalty because it is unconstitutionally cruel punishment.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation

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Salt Lake City elects its first openly gay mayor amid setbacks

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Former Utah lawmaker Jackie Biskupski on Tuesday became the first openly gay mayor of Salt Lake City, the capital of the ...

November 17, 2015 | | Nation

Foreign students in US up 10%

BOSTON (AP) - The number of international students studying at U.S. colleges increased by 10 percent last year, marking the largest single-year gain in 35 ...

November 16, 2015 | | Nation

Police: Oregon man’s rampage Leaves dad, 2 pedestrians dead

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon man attacked his parents before torching the home they all shared, stealing their SUV and intentionally running down pedestrians in ...

November 16, 2015 | | Nation

NJ mall frees up Santa’s lap: No more $35 to $50 fee

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) - Santa Claus is free again.

November 16, 2015 | | Nation

Wisconsin convent says prayer has gone on nonstop since 1878

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) - Flooding, snowstorms, a flu outbreak, even a fire - any of those might have slowed a group of Wisconsin nuns who say ...

November 16, 2015 | | Nation

Pot use in pregnancy may pose risks, warnings needed

CHICAGO (AP) - Warning: Marijuana use during pregnancy and breast-feeding poses potential harms.

November 16, 2015 | | Nation

Mainer who shot intruder sues his landlord to keep gun for protection

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A disabled former lobsterman who shot an intruder after buying a gun to defend himself sued his landlord Monday over a policy ...

November 16, 2015 | | Nation

Viral review triggers run on Wal-Mart pies

NEW YORK (AP) - Two million pounds of sweet potatoes. That's what it's going to take to get Patti LaBelle's suddenly famous sweet ...

November 16, 2015 | | Nation

Clinton goes after Sanders on taxes

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Fresh from the second Democratic presidential debate, Hillary Rodham Clinton suggested Sunday that Bernie Sanders would raise middle-class taxes and "scrap" President ...

November 15, 2015 | | Nation

Hog manure fuels natural gas project

ALBANY, Mo. (AP) - One recipe for renewable natural gas goes: Place manure from about 2 million hogs in lagoons, cover them with an impermeable material ...

November 15, 2015 | | Nation

3 student leaders called on to resign

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Racial tensions are growing at the University of Kansas with a call for three top Student Senate leaders to resign and a ...

November 15, 2015 | | Nation

Student leader: School has racism, unity

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - When Payton Head ran as a gay, black man for student president at the University of Missouri - a school now known for ...

November 15, 2015 | | Nation

Donations drop after gay leader decision

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - One of the largest Boy Scout councils in the country is laying off employees because donations are down - possibly a side ...

November 15, 2015 | | Nation

France bombs Islamic State HQ

PARIS (AP) - France launched "massive" air strikes on the Islamic State group's de-facto capital in Syria Sunday night, destroying a jihadi training camp and ...

November 15, 2015 | | Nation

After Paris attacks, fugitive slipped thru police dragnet

PARIS (AP) - Hours after the synchronized attacks that terrorized Paris, French police questioned and released the suspect who is now the focus of an international ...

November 15, 2015 | | Nation

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