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ACT to expand computer-based testing

WASHINGTON (AP) - ACT test takers take note: the No. 2 pencil is losing its cachet. Greater numbers of test takers of the college entrance exam will be able to take the test on a computer next year.

May 08, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Arkansas veterinarian operates on dog that ate 23 bullets

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas veterinarian has kept a dog from going out with a bang after the animal ate 23 live rifle rounds.

May 08, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Cameron's Conservatives win big in surprise UK election

LONDON (AP) - The Conservative Party swept to power Friday in Britain's parliamentary elections, winning an unexpected majority that returns Prime Minister David Cameron to 10 Downing Street in a stronger position than before.

May 08, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Police: Man's Instagram posts of bank robbery led to arrest

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A man accused of robbing a Virginia Beach bank posted two videos and a photo of the incident to his Instagram account.

May 07, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stock indexes are little changed a day after a drop

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks were little changed in early trading Thursday as investors remain cautious following the comments yesterday from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who suggested that stock prices might be overvalued.

May 07, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


McDonald's embracing new ingredient: Kale

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's may be developing a taste for a new ingredient as it fights to reinvent itself: Kale.

May 07, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Fries at the doorstep: Fast-food pushes into delivery

NEW YORK (AP) - On the same day McDonald's said it would begin testing delivery in New York, an order placed for two cheeseburgers, two large fries and a vanilla shake took about a half-hour to arrive at The Associated Press headquarters.

May 06, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Governor lifts state of emergency for Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) - The mayor called on federal investigators Wednesday to look into whether this city's beleaguered police department uses a pattern of excessive force or discriminatory policing.

May 06, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks falling after weak jobs data; oil prices rise

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks fell broadly in noon trading Wednesday after the release of weak U.S. economic reports. Yields on U.S government bond yields rose to their highest level in two months and oil prices continued to climb. Seven of the 10 industry sectors of the Standard and Poor's 500 index were lower, led by telecommunications companies.

May 06, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Stocks open higher, building on gains from Friday

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are opening slightly higher, building on their gains from Friday.

May 04, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


NFL linebacker's case highlights rise of revenge porn laws

Amid a national push to punish jilted lovers and others who distribute racy photos, NFL linebacker Jermaine Cunningham will be the most recognizable defendant yet to face "revenge porn" charges when he appears in court Wednesday.

May 04, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Police kill 2 gunmen outside Muhammad cartoon event in Texas

GARLAND, Texas (AP) - Police shot and killed two gunmen who opened fire on a security officer outside a suburban Dallas venue hosting a provocative contest for Prophet Muhammad cartoons, and a bomb squad searched the gunmen's vehicle as a precaution, authorities said.

May 04, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks head higher, bouncing back from a drop the day before

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks headed higher Friday as the market bounced back from a steep loss the day before. Most Asian and European markets were closed for a holiday.

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Black mothers wonder if their lost babies are still alive

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Eighteen black women who were told decades ago that their babies had died soon after birth at a St. Louis hospital now wonder if the infants were taken away by hospital officials to be raised by other families.

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


'Stand By Me' singer Ben E. King dead at age 76

NEW YORK (AP) - Ben E. King, the unforgettable lead singer for the Drifters and a solo star whose plaintive baritone graced such pop and rhythm 'n blues classics as "Stand by Me," ''There Goes My Baby" and "Spanish Harlem," has died.

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks move higher, bouncing back from a drop the day before

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are moving higher in midday trading as the market bounces back from a steep decline the day before.

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


6 Baltimore officers charged in Gray's death

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's top prosecutor announced criminal charges Friday against all six officers suspended after a man suffered a fatal spinal injury in police custody, saying "no one is above the law."

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


General Motors April US sales rise 5.9 percent

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors says its U.S. sales last month rose 5.9 percent as Americans snapped up small and midsize SUVs.

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


More Americans spending at least half their pay on housing

WASHINGTON (AP) - The surging cost of rental housing has squeezed a rising proportion of U.S. families since the Great Recession struck in 2007.

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


2-headed calf born on farm in northern Florida

MACCLENNY, Fla. (AP) - A two-headed calf was recently born on a farm in northern Florida.

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Indexes recover some of a late afternoon swoon, end lower

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are closing lower after recouping some of an afternoon swoon.

April 30, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Flakka, synthetic drug behind increasingly bizarre crimes

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - One man ran naked through a Florida neighborhood, tried to have sex with a tree and told police he was the mythical god Thor. Another ran nude down a busy city street in broad daylight, convinced a pack of German shepherds was pursuing him.

April 30, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks drop as investors assess corporate earnings

NEW YORK (AP) - A sell-off in stocks worsened in Thursday afternoon trading as investors assessed the latest corporate earnings. Harman International, which makes audio systems for cars, and Yelp, an online listings company, fell sharply after posting weak earnings.

April 30, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Baltimore officials: No immediate decision in Gray case

BALTIMORE (AP) - Having weathered two all-night curfews with no major disturbances, Baltimore officials are now trying to manage growing expectations they will immediately decide whether to prosecute six police officers involved in the arrest of a black man who later died of injuries he apparently received while in custody.

April 30, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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