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  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 9, 2012, 9:01 P.M.

    Surprising new medicine to heal wounded warriors

    BOSTON (AP) — Scientists are growing ears, bone and skin in the lab, and doctors are planning more face transplants and other extreme plastic surgeries. Around the country, the most …


  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 9, 2012, 8:51 P.M.

    Chicago teachers to strike after talks fail

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Teachers Union announced Sunday night that it will go on strike Monday morning for the first time in 25 years after contract talks with the …


  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 9, 2012, 7:52 P.M.

    Chicago teachers, school board halt strike talks

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago public school board president says talks with the teachers union have been called off as the clock winds down to avert the city’s first teachers …


  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 9, 2012, 2:10 P.M.

    House chairman visits AF base reeling from scandal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said the Air Force is diligently investigating a widening sex scandal at Lackland Air Force Base after he made …


  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 9, 2012, 10:17 A.M.

    AP IMPACT: Surprising methods heal wounded troops

    BOSTON (AP) — Scientists are growing ears, bone and skin in the lab, and doctors are planning more face transplants and other extreme plastic surgeries. Around the country, the most …


  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 9, 2012, 9:28 A.M.

    Parents plan for kids if Chicago teachers strike

    CHICAGO (AP) — With Chicago teachers poised to go on strike for the first time in a quarter century, parents spent Sunday worrying about how much their children’s education might …


  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 9, 2012, 6:57 A.M.

    Talks to avert Chicago teachers’ strike to resume

    CHICAGO (AP) — Negotiators for Chicago’s teachers union and school board plan to resume tense contract talks at 11 a.m. Sunday after reporting some progress on Saturday. The teachers have …


  • SATURDAY, SEPT. 8, 2012, 2:27 P.M.

    Chicago teachers say latest offer disappointing

    CHICAGO (AP) — The vice president of the Chicago Teachers Union said Saturday the city school district’s latest offer in contract negotiations was disappointing and that the wrangling would continue …


  • SATURDAY, SEPT. 8, 2012, 6:17 A.M.

    More states challenge US anti-gay marriage law

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s attorney general says the state is the latest to ask an appeals court to rule that the federal law defining marriage as between a man …


  • SATURDAY, SEPT. 8, 2012, 2:56 A.M.

    Infant, 3 others killed in northeast Okla. storms

    NOWATA, Okla. (AP) — Four people, including a young child, were killed when strong winds accompanying severe thunderstorms blew through northeastern Oklahoma, authorities said. Two adults and a child were …


  • SATURDAY, SEPT. 8, 2012, 1:44 A.M.

    3 states oppose federal anti-gay marriage law

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont attorney general says the state has joined New York and Connecticut in asking a federal appeals court to rule the federal law that fails …


  • SATURDAY, SEPT. 8, 2012, 12:11 A.M.

    3 states support repeal of anti-gay marriage law

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont attorney general says the state has joined New York and Connecticut in asking a federal appeals court to rule the federal law that fails …


  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 7, 2012, 7:56 P.M.

    Ryan: Don’t interfere with legalized medical pot

    DENVER (AP) — Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan says the federal government shouldn’t interfere with states that have legalized medical marijuana. The Wisconsin congressman tells KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs …


  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 7, 2012, 2:14 P.M.

    Bishop’s conviction intensifies calls to step down

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Calls for Bishop Robert Finn’s resignation intensified a day after he became the highest-ranking U.S. church official to be convicted of a crime related to …


  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 7, 2012, 1:51 P.M.

    Student: School gunman had gun, hatchet in pack

    NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — A student who was in an Illinois classroom where shots were fired says his teacher seized the opportunity to tackle the shooter while he set his …


  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 7, 2012, 9:59 A.M.

    Zimbabwe AIDS activist sues prisons over drugs

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — An AIDS awareness campaigner is pressing Zimbabwe’s highest court to force police and prison authorities ensure HIV sufferers receive life prolonging medication. Douglas Muzanenhamo said in …


  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 7, 2012, 9:21 A.M.

    As fewer people seek jobs, unemployment rate dips

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 96,000 jobs in August, a tepid figure that points to the economy’s persistent weakness and slowing prospects for the unemployed. The unemployment rate fell …


  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 7, 2012, 12:23 A.M.

    Forecast of modest US job gains may not lift Obama

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers likely added jobs last month, though probably not enough to push down the unemployment rate. A tepid report Friday on hiring in August would provide …


  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 7, 2012, 12:05 A.M.

    Mo. bishop’s bench trial averts longer jury trial

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge’s conviction of the first American bishop criminally charged in the clergy sex abuse scandal spared young victims in the case from a longer, …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 6, 2012, 4:53 P.M.

    Mo. bishop convicted for failing to report priest

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The first American bishop criminally charged in the clergy sex abuse scandal was found guilty Thursday of a misdemeanor count of failing to report suspected …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 6, 2012, 7:54 A.M.

    British health chief dubbed “minister for magic”

    LONDON (AP) — He supports homeopathy, a practice that many experts liken to snake oil. He opposes late-term abortion, falling afoul of this mostly pro-choice nation. During the London Olympics, …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 6, 2012, 2:55 A.M.

    Ben & Jerry’s sues over trademark violation

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ben & Jerry’s considers “Ben & Cherry’s” in bad taste. The ice cream maker that introduced the flavors Schweddy Balls and Karamel Sutra sued the maker …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 6, 2012, 1:11 A.M.

    Police in legal minefield on Ariz. immigration law

    PHOENIX (AP) — The most contentious part of Arizona’s immigration law finally has approval to move forward, surviving a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, a heated national debate and two years …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 6, 2012, 12:10 A.M.

    Mo. bishop faces bench trial in case tied to abuse

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge will try the criminal case against the highest-ranking Catholic official in the U.S. to be charged with shielding an abusive priest, three …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 6, 2012, 12:08 A.M.

    Some notable rulings on transgender people

    Some court rulings in recent years on transgender people’s access to gender-related medical care: — In 2010, the U.S. Tax Court found that the costs of female hormones and sex-reassignment …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 6, 2012, 12:08 A.M.

    Transgender-inmate ruling is movement’s latest win

    Years ago, in a darkened parking lot in the middle of the night, Kathy Padilla would meet with fellow transgender people who sought support from one another in a society …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 5, 2012, 4:03 P.M.

    Some notable rulings on transgender people

    Some court rulings in recent years on transgender people’s access to gender-related medical care: — In 2010, the U.S. Tax Court found that the costs of female hormones and sex-reassignment …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 5, 2012, 3:37 P.M.

    Transgender-inmate ruling is movement’s latest win

    Years ago, in a darkened parking lot in the middle of the night, Kathy Padilla would meet with fellow transgender people who sought support from one another in a society …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 5, 2012, 2:25 P.M.

    Judge to hear case against KC bishop, diocese

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The criminal case against the highest-ranking Catholic official in the U.S. to be charged with shielding an abusive priest is headed to a swift ending …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 5, 2012, 1:25 P.M.

    Ryan supports prayer in schools if states agree

    PROVO, Utah (AP) — Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan said Wednesday that he supports prayer in public schools. The Wisconsin congressman addressed the issue during a brief stop inside …


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