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California awards $250M to high school career prep programs
SAN FRANCISCO — California is betting big — $1.4 billion over five years — that connecting high school studies to specific careers will get more students to graduate, go on to college and find well-paying jobs. In the latest incarnation of vocational education programs that once prepared you...
By Lisa Leff The Associated Press FULL STORY
Memorable moments of National Spelling Bee
OXON HILL, Md. — An impressive field of 283 young spellers was narrowed to 49 semifinalists during Wednesday’s preliminary rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The remaining spellers will compete on Thursday for more than $37,000 in cash and prizes. Among the semifinalists: Gokul Venkat...
By Ben Nuckols The Associated Press FULL STORY
FBI worry surveillance tools are in jeopardy amid Patriot Act debate
WASHINGTON — As Congress wrestles over renewing the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, federal law enforcement officials are warning that legal authority is also at risk for lesser-known surveillance tools that are even more valuable in fighting terrorism. The Patriot Act authorities ...
By Eric Tucker The Associated Press FULL STORY
Pentagon: Military mistakenly shipped live anthrax samples
WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday it is investigating what the Pentagon called an inadvertent shipment of live anthrax spores to government and commercial laboratories in as many as nine states, as well as one overseas, that expected to receive dead spores....
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Nebraska abolishes death penalty in landmark override vote
LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska abolished the death penalty on Wednesday over the governor’s objections in a move pushed through the Legislature with unusual backing from conservatives who oppose capital punishment for religious, financial and practical reasons. Senators in the one-house Legislature v...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Rick Santorum announces second White House run
CABOT, Pa. — Conservative culture warrior Rick Santorum launched a 2016 White House bid on Wednesday, vowing to fight for working-class Americans in a new election season that will test his influence — and focus on social issues — in a changing Republican Party. The former Pennsylvania senato...
Homeowners clean up in Texas; death toll climbs to 21
HOUSTON — Homeowners dragged soggy carpet to the curb and mopped up coffee-colored muck Wednesday after a barrage of storms and floods in Texas and Oklahoma left at least 21 people dead and 11 others missing. More rain fell on the hard-hit Houston area, temporarily complicating the cleanup ...
By Seth Robbins and Juan A. Lozano The Associated Press FULL STORY
New federal rules on stream protection hailed and criticized
WASHINGTON — New federal rules designed to better protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands — and the drinking water of 117 million Americans — are being criticized by Republicans and farm groups as going too far. The White House says the rules, issued Wednesday, will provide much-nee...
By Mary Clare Jalonick The Associated Press FULL STORY
Guantanamo inmates swapped for Bergdahl could move freely
WASHINGTON — Five senior Taliban leaders released last year from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could move freely around the world next week as their one-year travel ban expires. The five detainees were sent to Qatar where government officials agreed t...
By Deb Riechmann The Associated Press FULL STORY
IS suicide attacks in Iraq’s Anbar kill 17 troops
BAGHDAD — As Iraqi forces gathered for a major new offensive to try to take back the sprawling Sunni heartland of Anbar province, Islamic State militants struck first, unleashing a wave of suicide bombings that killed at least 17 soldiers. The attacks outside the extremist-held city of Fallujah c...
By Sinan Salaheddin The Associated Press FULL STORY
Oh, brother: Twins charged with hurling bricks at each other
ORANGE CITY, Fla. — What are a few bricks between brothers? Well, they’re worth battery charges for twin 52-year-olds after officials say an argument ended with them hurling the projectiles at each other. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that Michael and James Remelius were a...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Lawyer: Confinement of chimps for research akin to slavery
NEW YORK — A lawyer seeking to free two chimpanzees from a state university told a judge Wednesday that their confinement for research purposes is akin to slavery, the involuntary detention of people with mental illnesses and imprisonment. Steven Wise, an attorney with the Nonhuman Rights Project...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Sea lion impaled with spear rescued in Southern California
SAN DIEGO — A giant sea lion impaled by a homemade spear is recovering at SeaWorld after being rescued just off the Southern California coast. Los Angeles news station KNBC-TV reports that a team spent much of Tuesday searching Channel Islands Harbor before spotting the injured male sea lion nic...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Kitten rescued after being dropped from talons of hawk
JURUPA VALLEY — A 5-week-old kitten was lucky to land on its feet after it fell from the grip on a hawk in a Jurupa Valley neighborhood. KCBS-TV reports that resident Lindsay Gage spotted the white kitten flying by as she was leaving her house. The hawk lost its grip as it flew from its perch on ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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Carter seeks ways to improve Iraq training, equipping
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