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  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 27, 2012, 1:06 A.M.

    Student debt stretches to record 1 in 5 households

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With college enrollment growing, student debt has stretched to a record number of U.S. households — nearly 1 in 5 — with the biggest burdens falling on …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 27, 2012, 12:51 A.M.

    Court fast-tracks some green card applications

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that immigration officials must give priority status to thousands of green card applicants who lost their place in line for …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 27, 2012, 12:44 A.M.

    Penn St. officials lose pretrial motion on perjury

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two weeks before former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is expected to be sentenced on child molestation charges, a county judge determined that perjury …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 27, 2012, 12:09 A.M.

    Gay marriage arguments set for NY appeals court

    NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. appeals court in New York is set to take its turn Thursday at considering the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2012, 9:02 P.M.

    Obama makes new appeal in 2-minute ad

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to command attention and build his lead in the polls, President Barack Obama unveiled a new two-minute TV commercial Thursday calling for an “economic patriotism” he …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2012, 3:10 P.M.

    In NFL ref woes, key role of expertise spotlighted

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — If good help is hard to find, just how expendable is expertise? In a year of strife between worker and manager, NFL referees found themselves with …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2012, 1:52 P.M.

    Police: Student shoots self at Okla. junior high

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — A gunshot rang out at an Oklahoma junior high school before classes began Wednesday, terrifying teenagers who feared a gunman was on the loose. Soon, though, …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2012, 1:28 P.M.

    US general charged with adultery, other sex crimes

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — An Army brigadier general who served five combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan has been charged with forcible sodomy, multiple counts of adultery and having …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2012, 11:33 A.M.

    UC agrees to pay $1M to settle pepper-spray suit

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The University of California has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by demonstrators who were pepper-sprayed during an Occupy protest at UC …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2012, 10:29 A.M.

    Murdered Kansas doctor’s abortion clinic sold

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The shuttered Wichita abortion clinic formerly operated by the late Dr. George Tiller has been bought by an abortion-rights group that intends to reopen it as …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2012, 4:10 A.M.

    Texas district expands corporal punishment policy

    SPRINGTOWN, Texas (AP) — Like many schools in Texas, “spare the rod and spoil the child” might be considered the motto at Springtown High School. But when two teenage girls …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2012, 2:29 A.M.

    Anti-Muslim filmmaker’s probation case creeps on

    CERRITOS, Calif. (AP) — The federal probation violation investigation targeting the man behind the anti-Muslim video inflaming the Middle East is proceeding slowly and privately, reflecting the explosiveness of the …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2012, 1:48 A.M.

    Anti-Muslim filmmaker’s probation case creeps

    CERRITOS, Calif. (AP) — The federal probation violation investigation targeting the man behind the anti-Muslim video inflaming the Middle East is proceeding slowly and privately, reflecting the explosiveness of the …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2012, 1:06 A.M.

    Man once on death row faced financial problems

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Joyce Robbins wanted to know why her aunt wasn’t coming to a big family barbeque. Mamie Brown and her husband, Joseph Green Brown, who was on …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2012, 12:53 A.M.

    Chemist’s inflated resume gives lawyers new doubts

    BOSTON (AP) — Revelations that a chemist at the center of a scandal at a Massachusetts drug lab might have lied about her educational background have given defense attorneys new …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2012, 12:48 A.M.

    AP-GfK Poll: Most see health law being implemented

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It still divides us, but most Americans think President Barack Obama’s health care law is here to stay. More than 7 in 10 say the law will …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2012, 11:55 P.M.

    AP-GfK Poll: Most see health law being implemented

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans may not be all that crazy about President Barack Obama’s health care law, but a new poll shows they don’t see it going away. The Associated …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2012, 3:43 P.M.

    Report: Americans feel more confident in economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are more confident in the economy than they have been in seven months, an encouraging sign for President Barack Obama with six weeks left in the …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2012, 1:26 P.M.

    NYC schools dispensing morning-after pill to girls

    NEW YORK (AP) — It’s a campaign believed to be unprecedented in its size and aggressiveness: New York City is dispensing the morning-after pill to girls as young as 14 …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2012, 1:23 P.M.

    Obama summons world leaders to reject extremism

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Confronting global tumult and Muslim anger, President Barack Obama exhorted world leaders Tuesday to stand fast against violence and extremism, arguing that protecting religious rights and …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2012, 12:53 P.M.

    Suu Kyi tells Ind. crowd to look back to Burma

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Myo Myint lost most of his right arm and right leg and several fingers fighting for the Burma army before he began working against Myanmar’s …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2012, 12:29 P.M.

    APNewsBreak: Ex-Ala. prof convinced to take plea

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A former college professor who killed three people and wounded three others during a faculty meeting wanted to go to death row and had to be …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2012, 10:48 A.M.

    Chemist’s education questioned in drug lab scandal

    BOSTON (AP) — A chemist whose alleged mishandling of drug samples has thrown thousands of criminal cases into question testified under oath that she holds a master’s degree in chemistry …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2012, 9:49 A.M.

    Immigrant requests strain consulates, schools

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Schools in Yakima, Wash., are taking nearly a month to deliver transcripts to former students. The Mexican consulate in Denver introduced Saturday hours last month after …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2012, 7:39 A.M.

    Suu Kyi cautiously optimistic for Myanmar future

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Thousands of elated supporters greeted Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi with rapturous cheers and a standing ovation as she took to an arena …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2012, 7:37 A.M.

    Obama urges UN to confront roots of Muslim rage

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama told world leaders Tuesday that attacks on U.S. citizens in Libya “were attacks on America,” and he called on them to join in …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2012, 12:49 A.M.

    Ex-LA gang member exonerated of murder, released

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former gang member imprisoned for 19 years for a murder he didn’t commit has been exonerated and set free. John Edward Smith, wearing glasses and …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2012, 12:17 A.M.

    Thousands of Burmese to greet Suu Kyi in Ind. city

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s devoted followers are expected to turn out by the thousands Tuesday to hear her speak in an Indiana …


  • MONDAY, SEPT. 24, 2012, 10:37 P.M.

    Judge exonerates former LA gang member of murder

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A courtroom erupted in applause, cheers and shouts of “We love you” as a former gang member imprisoned for 19 years for a murder he didn’t …


  • MONDAY, SEPT. 24, 2012, 2:35 P.M.

    Ex-prof gets life in prison for meeting rampage

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A Harvard-educated biologist was sentenced to life in prison without parole Monday after being convicted of going on a shooting rampage during a faculty meeting at …


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