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9 California school districts file for federal waiver

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nine California school districts are submitting a joint application to the U.S. Department of Education for a waiver of stringent school standards and are proposing an alternative way to measure performance.

February 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


What the Pope said

The text of Pope Benedict XVI's comments, delivered to a roaring crowd in Castel Gandolfo:

February 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Pope, in final message, says he's a simple pilgrim

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI greeted the faithful for the last time as pope on Thursday, telling well-wishers that he is beginning the final stage of his life as "simply a pilgrim," hours before he becomes the first pontiff in 600 years to resign.

February 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Michelle Obama highlights obesity progress in MS

CLINTON, Miss. (AP) - Michelle Obama on Wednesday congratulated this Southern state for a more than 13 percent drop in its child obesity rates, saying its example should inspire the rest of the country.

February 28, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ohio court spars with lawyers in school Bible case

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State Supreme Court justices sparred with lawyers on Wednesday in a heated hour of arguments over the extent to which a now-fired public school science teacher had the right to push his religious beliefs in class.

February 28, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


A troubled grandmother, a birthday and 2 dead boys

NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) - Debra Denison's struggles with mental illness were well known in her family, and when she wanted to pick up her grandsons from day care to mark the older boy's birthday, mother Brenda Perry hesitated.

February 28, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Plight of the American bumblebee: Disappearing?

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's not just honey bees that are in trouble. The fuzzy American bumblebee seems to be disappearing in the Midwest.

February 28, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Storm brings deaths, travel problems, power losses

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A Midwest snowstorm packing heavy snow and strong winds left six people dead in Kansas, hundreds of vehicles crashed or stranded in Wisconsin, and tens of thousands of utility customers without power in Michigan.

February 28, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Vt. lye victim gets new face at Boston hospital

BOSTON (AP) - Loved ones knew it was her at the hospital when they saw her teeth.

February 28, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Van Cliburn, pianist and Cold War hero, dies at 78

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - For a time in Cold War America, Van Cliburn had all the trappings of a rock star: sold-out concerts, adoring, out-of-control fans and a name recognized worldwide. He even got a ticker-tape parade in New York City.

February 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Tweets allow peek at life in NKorea in real time

"Hello world from comms center in (hash)Pyongyang."

February 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pope recalls 'joy,' difficulties in final audience

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI bid an emotional farewell Wednesday on the eve of his retirement, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy, but also times of difficulty when "it seemed like the Lord was sleeping."

February 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Apple CEO promises investors 'great stuff' to come

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook sought to reassure shareholders worried about the company's sagging stock price that the iPhone and iPad maker is on the verge of inventing more breakthrough products that will prove it hasn't lost its creative edge.

February 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


JC Penney posts 4th straight big loss, sales drop

NEW YORK (AP) - Boy, it just wasn't J.C. Penney's year.

February 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Justices voice skepticism of voting rights law

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court's conservative justices voiced deep skepticism Wednesday about a section of a landmark civil rights law that has helped millions of Americans exercise their right to vote.

February 27, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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Explosion hits Bangkok protesters, wounding dozens

BANGKOK (AP) - Dozens of people were wounded in Thailand's capital Friday when a grenade blast ripped through a crowd of marching anti-government demonstrators, an ominous development that raises tensions in the country's political crisis and the specter of more bloodshed to come.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Surgeon general urges new resolve to end smoking

WASHINGTON (AP) - One in 13 children could see their lives shortened by smoking unless the nation takes more aggressive action to end the tobacco epidemic, the U.S. Surgeon General said Friday - even as, astonishingly, scientists added still more diseases to the long list of cigarettes' harms.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


French president visits hospitalized first lady

PARIS (AP) - President Francois Hollande has visited France's first lady for the first time since she was hospitalized late last week after a gossip magazine reported he was having an affair with an actress.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama backs limits on NSA phone collections

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to calm a furor over U.S. surveillance, President Barack Obama on Friday called for ending the government's control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans and immediately ordered intelligence agencies to get a secretive court's permission before accessing the records.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews chase flareups in wildfire

GLENDORA (AP) - Firefighters were chasing early-morning flare-ups Friday in a damaging wildfire that was largely tamed but kept thousands of people from their homes in the foothill suburbs northeast of Los Angeles.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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