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Feds: Teachers embroiled in test-taking fraud

Posted 11/26/2012 in National

It was a brazen and surprisingly long-lived scheme, authorities said, to help aspiring public school teachers cheat on the tests they must pass to prove they are qualified to lead their classrooms.

 

 

Approaching fiscal cliff: Tax them, not us, groups say

Posted 11/26/2012 in National

A big coalition of business groups says there must be give-and-take in the negotiations to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of massive tax increases and spending cuts. But raising tax rates -- a White House priority -- is out of the question, the group adds.

 

When it comes to gender gap, men play crucial role

Posted 11/26/2012 in National

Sorry, fellas, but President Barack Obama's re-election makes it official: Women can overrule men at the ballot box.

 

South not so solid for GOP

Posted 11/24/2012 in National

Late on election night, a small melee erupted at the University of Mississippi here when a group of white students frustrated by the reelection of President Obama marched outside and began shouting racial slurs at African-American students.

 

 

Arafat's remains to be exhumed Tuesday

Posted 11/24/2012 in National

The remains of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed Tuesday as part of a renewed investigation into his death, a Palestinian investigator said Saturday.

 

 

Cops: Mass. bargain hunter took home TV, left tot

Posted 11/24/2012 in National

Police say a Massachusetts man left his girlfriend's 2-year-old son in a car while he went shopping for Black Friday bargains, then went home with his new 51-inch flat screen television and left the toddler behind.

 

Mass. natural gas explosion damaged 42 buildings; no one killed

Posted 11/24/2012 in National

Preliminary investigations show more than 40 buildings were damaged in a natural gas explosion in Massachusetts that injured 18 people, building inspectors said Saturday.

Postcard mailed during WWII arrives home

Posted 11/24/2012 in National

A postcard mailed nearly 70 years ago has finally arrived at the former upstate New York home of the couple who sent it.

'Dallas' star Larry Hagman dies in Texas

Posted 11/24/2012 in National

J.R. Ewing was a business cheat, faithless husband and bottomless well of corruption. Yet with his sparkling grin, Larry Hagman masterfully created the charmingly loathsome oil baron -- and coaxed forth a Texas-size gusher of ratings -- on television's long-running and hugely successful nighttime soap, "Dallas."

Earlier Black Friday kicks off shopping season

Posted 11/23/2012 in National

This year's Black Friday shoppers were split into two distinct groups: those who wanted to fall into a turkey-induced slumber and those who'd rather shop instead.

 

Egypt Brotherhood leader blasts peace with Israel

Posted 11/23/2012 in National

The top leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood denounced peace efforts with Israel and urged holy war to liberate Palestinian territories on Thursday -- one day after the country's president, who hails from the movement, mediated a cease-fire between Israelis and Palestinians to end eight days of fierce fighting.

 

Two killed, dozens injured in massive Texas pileup

Posted 11/23/2012 in National

Two people died and more than 80 people were hurt Thursday when at least 140 vehicles collided in Southeast Texas in a pileup that left trucks twisted on top of each other and authorities rushing to pull survivors from the wreckage.

 

Cash-strapped post office tests same-day delivery for holidays

Posted 11/23/2012 in National

Emboldened by rapid growth in e-commerce shipping, the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service is moving aggressively this holiday season to start a premium service for the Internet shopper seeking the instant gratification of a store purchase: same-day package delivery.

 

1 killed, 19 wounded in Israeli gunfire near Gaza

Posted 11/23/2012 in National

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian man and wounded 19 people as crowds surged toward Gaza's border fence with Israel today, a health official said, the first violence since a truce between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers took hold a day before.

 

Pakistan to cut phone service to prevent attacks

Posted 11/23/2012 in National

Pakistan's interior minister says the government will suspend cell phone service in most parts of the country over the next two days to prevent attacks against Shiite Muslims over a key religious holiday.

 

 

Blogger's death in Iran window onto cyber patrols

Posted 11/23/2012 in National

In his last blog entry, activist Sattar Beheshti wrote that Iranian authorities had given him an ultimatum: Either stop posting his "big mouth" attacks against the ruling system or tell his mother that she will soon be in mourning.

 

 

Black voters look to leverage their loyalty after election

Posted 11/23/2012 in National

When black voters gave President Barack Obama 93 percent support on Election Day in defiance of predictions that they might sit it out this year, black leaders breathed a collective sigh of relief.

 

 

Study: Pregnant teens need better school support

Posted 11/23/2012 in National

 

 

Twin parties to mark end of hurricane season

Posted 11/21/2012 in National

Actor Michael Cerveris is among the organizers of simultaneous parties set for New Orleans and New York to mark the end of hurricane season and raise money for storm recovery.

 

 

US abortions fall 5 percent, biggest drop in a decade

Posted 11/21/2012 in National

U.S. abortions fell 5 percent during the Great Recession in the biggest one-year decrease in at least a decade, according to government figures released Wednesday.

 

 

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