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HS seniors fare no better than in 70s

WASHINGTON (AP) - Students preparing to leave high school are faring no better in reading or math than their peers four decades ago, the government said Thursday. Officials attributed the bleak finding on more lower-performing students staying in school rather than dropping out.

June 27, 2013 | | Nation


Boston suspect downloaded bomb-making instructions

BOSTON (AP) - Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev downloaded bomb-making instructions from an al-Qaida magazine, gathered online material on Islamic jihad and martyrdom, and later scrawled anti-American messages inside the boat where he lay wounded, a federal indictment charged Thursday.

June 27, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

TWO-HEADED TURTLE HATCHES AT ZOO: SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A two-headed turtle has hatched at the San Antonio Zoo and officials have named her Thelma and Louise. The female Texas cooter arrived June 18 and will go on display Thursday at the zoo's Friedrich Aquarium. Zoo spokeswoman Debbie Rios-Vanskike (van SKYKE') said Wednesday that the two-headed turtle appears healthy and is able to swim and walk. She says experts at the zoo don't foresee any health issues for Thelma and Louise, named for the female duo in the 1991 Oscar-winning road movie of the same name. The San Antonio ...

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


Texas abortion bill falls after ‘ruckus’

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Hundreds of jeering protesters helped stop Texas lawmakers from passing one of the toughest abortion measures in the country, shouting down Senate Republicans and forcing them to miss a midnight deadline to pass the bill.

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


Texas carries out 500th execution

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Texas marked a solemn moment in criminal justice Wednesday evening, executing its 500th inmate since it resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982.

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


Reports: Al-Qaidi, terrorists changing ways after leaks

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. intelligence agencies are scrambling to salvage their surveillance of al-Qaida and other terrorists who are working frantically to change how they communicate after a National Security Agency contractor leaked details of two NSA spying programs. It's an electronic game of cat-and-mouse that could have deadly consequences if a plot is missed or a terrorist operative manages to drop out of sight.

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

MICHIGAN MAN TURNS IN BANK ROBBER MOM: BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The FBI says a Michigan man who recognized his mom in surveillance photos of a bank robbery called police to turn her in. MLive.com reports the man told police his mother was at his home in Kent County's Byron Township. Authorities say 53-year-old Dee Ann Sanders of Martin was charged Tuesday with robbing a Bank of America branch on June 18. Her arraignment is scheduled Thursday in Grand Rapids. A teller says the robber handed her a note demanding $2,500 for her children and grandchildren. She ...

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


Deen’s career cooked after racial slur?

NEW YORK (AP) - Will Paula Deen go the way of Michael Richards or Charlie Sheen?

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Putin: ‘Neyt’ to US request for Snowden

MOSCOW (AP) - Yes, he's at a Moscow airport, and no, you can't have him.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Men’s Wearhouse explains why it fired Zimmer

NEW YORK (AP) - Men's Wearhouse escalated a public battle with its founder and former pitchman George Zimmer on Tuesday, trying to explain why it fired the man who still represents the clothier in many shoppers' minds.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Key part of voting law thrown out

WASHINGTON (AP) - A deeply divided Supreme Court threw out the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, a decision deplored by the White House but cheered by mostly Southern states now free from nearly 50 years of intense federal oversight of their elections.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

IRS CREDIT CARDS USED FOR WINE, PORN: WASHINGTON - Poor oversight by the Internal Revenue Service allowed workers to use agency credit cards to buy wine for an expensive luncheon, dorky swag for managers' meetings and, for one employee, romance novels and diet pills, an agency watchdog said Tuesday. Two IRS credit cards were used to buy online pornography, though the employees said the cards were stolen. One of the workers reported five agency credit cards lost or stolen. IRS employees used agency credit cards to make more than 273,000 purchases totaling nearly $108 million in 2010 and 2011, according ...

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Broadway marquees dim in honor of late Gandolfini

NEW YORK (AP) - Broadway theaters will dim their marquee lights Wednesday night in memory of James Gandolfini, "The Sopranos" star who earned a Tony Award nomination in 2009.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Texas set to execute 500th inmate

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Jim Willett remembers the night of Dec. 6, 1982, when he was assigned to guard a mortuary van that had arrived at the death house at the Huntsville prison.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


GOP divided on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans are split over the immigration bill steaming toward approval at week's end, a divide that renders the ultimate fate of White House-backed legislation unpredictable in the House and complicates the party's ability to broaden its appeal among Hispanic voters.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


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Wal-Mart cuts health benefits

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to eliminate health insurance coverage for some of its part-time U.S. employees in a move aimed at controlling rising health care costs of the nation's largest private employer.

October 07, 2014 | | Nation


Mom, boyfriend held in boy’s alcohol-related death

HARDWICK, Vt. (AP) - A woman and her boyfriend who police said put alcohol in her disabled 13-year-old son's IV tube, killing him, were charged on Tuesday with murder.

October 07, 2014 | | Nation


Americans living longer

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans are living longer than ever before, according to a new government report filled mostly with good news. U.S. life expectancy inched up again and death rates fell.

October 07, 2014 | | Nation


$425,000 trip to Oscars sold at Neiman Marcus

DALLAS (AP) - Holiday shoppers with a limitless budget and taste for opulence could spend $425,000 for a trip to the Academy Awards, complete with invitations to the Vanity Fair Oscar party.

October 07, 2014 | | Nation


Teacher fired after lab accident burns 4

DENVER (AP) - A chemistry teacher has been fired after four students were burned, one seriously, when a fire erupted in a Denver high school chemistry laboratory while the teacher was conducting a demonstration with methanol, a school spokeswoman said Tuesday.

October 07, 2014 | | Nation


Video shows officer using stun gun

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - A cellphone video released Tuesday shows police in Indiana breaking a car window then using a stun gun on a man after police stopped the driver for not wearing a seat belt.

October 07, 2014 | | Nation


3 convicted of killing Georgia teen over shoes

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Two men and a 15-year-old have been sentenced to life in prison for murdering a metro Atlanta teen who authorities said was targeted over his expensive shoe collection.

October 07, 2014 | | Nation


Teen sought to join Islamic State

CHICAGO (AP) - A 19-year-old American left a letter expressing disgust with Western society before trying to board an international flight in Chicago, the first step in his plan to sneak into Syria to join the Islamic State group, according to a federal criminal complaint released Monday.

October 06, 2014 | | Nation


Governor rivals spar in Spanish debate

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Political rivals for New Mexico governor faced off in a Spanish debate Monday, a rare event that nonetheless marked an emerging trend as Republicans and Democrats around the U.S. court Hispanic voters.

October 06, 2014 | | Nation


Nurse in Spain gets Ebola

WASHINGTON (AP) - Raising fresh concern around the world, a nurse in Spain on Monday became the first person known to catch Ebola outside the outbreak zone in West Africa. In the U.S., President Barack Obama said the government was considering ordering more careful screening of airline passengers arriving from the region.

October 06, 2014 | | Nation


Coroner gets surplus military guns

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Doug Wortham used a Defense Department giveaway program for law enforcement to stock his office with an assault rifle, a handgun and a Humvee - even though the people in his custody are in no condition to put up a fight.

October 06, 2014 | | Nation


School bets video game scholarship can draw talent

CHICAGO (AP) - As a teenager, holed up in his bedroom, illuminated by the glow of his laptop, Youngbin Chung became addicted to video games. Ten-hours-a-day addicted.

October 06, 2014 | | Nation


Seattle to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day

SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle City Council has voted to celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day on the same day as the federally recognized holiday, Columbus Day.

October 06, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

BOY LEFT IN CAR DURING CHURCH CHOIR PRACTICE DIES: PHOENIX (AP) - A 3-year-old boy has died a day after being left in a hot car for several hours while his mother and a family friend were in church for a choir practice, police said Monday.

October 06, 2014 | | Nation


Ebola worries keep some Dallas students at home

DALLAS (AP) - Worries over Ebola kept some Dallas schoolchildren home Thursday after school officials identified five students who may have come into contact with the first person in the U.S. to be diagnosed with the virus.

October 02, 2014 | | Nation


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