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Report: Child Poverty in U.S. Is at Highest Point In 20 Years

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Child poverty in America is at its highest point in 20 years, putting millions of children at increased risk of injuries, infant mortality, and premature death, according to a policy analysis published this week in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. As the U.S. emerges from the worst recession since the Great Depression, 25 percent of children don’t have enough food to eat and 7 million kids still don’t have health insurance, …

Blackwater Guards Found Guilty in 2007 Killings of Iraqis

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Washington — An infamous chapter of the Iraq War closed Wednesday as a jury convicted four former Blackwater Worldwide contractors of killing unarmed civilians in the chaotic streets of Baghdad. The former Blackwater men were charged with killing 14 civilians and wounding others on Sept. 16, 2007, at Baghdad’s Nisour Square in what defense attorneys called a legitimate defensive action and prosecutors labeled …

Investigation Info Leaks In Ferguson

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown fought for control of the officer’s gun, and Wilson fatally shot the unarmed teenager after he moved toward the officer as they faced off in the street, according to interviews, news accounts and the full report of the St. Louis County autopsy of Brown’s body. Because Wilson is white and Brown was black, the …

U.S. Tied to Fate of Kurds

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Istanbul — The U.S. air campaign against the Islamic State, launched in August to stop the takeover of Iraqi Kurdistan and to rescue a trapped religious minority, has now become focused on a Syrian Kurdish enclave whose defenders …

CDC Releases Revised Ebola Gear Guidelines

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Atlanta — Health officials released new guidelines Monday for how health workers should gear up to treat Ebola patients. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the long-anticipated updates Monday evening. Health workers have been pushing for …

Nigeria Declared To Be Ebola-Free

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Abuja, Nigeria — Water laced with salt and sugar, and gallons of the nasty-tasting stuff. Doctors who survived Ebola in Nigeria credited heavy doses of fluids with saving their lives as the World Health Organization declared the country …

A Mammoth, But Careful, Restoration for Smithsonian

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Washington — There are no instructions for taking apart a 20,000-year-old mammoth skeleton. So workers moved carefully Monday as they beheaded the massive one that has loomed for decades over the Ice Age hall in the Smithsonian’s National …

Police: Indiana Serial-Killing Suspect Hints at More Victims

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Gary, Ind. — Police investigating the slayings of seven women whose bodies were found in northwest Indiana over the weekend said Monday they believe it is the work of a serial killer, and that the suspect has indicated …

AP News in Brief at 8:58 p.m. EDT

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

White House Opposes Social Security Payments to Former Nazis Washington (ap) — Former Nazis should not be getting the Social Security benefits they are receiving as they age overseas, the White House said Monday, responding to an Associated …

Free Online AP Courses Debut on edX Website

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rice University launched a free Advanced Placement biology course Monday on a website overseen by two other elite schools, a potentially significant milestone for a movement that aims to bring college-level courses to high school students. The site, edX, was created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and …

Designer Oscar de la Renta Dies

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Oscar de la Renta, the Dominican-born fashion designer who reshaped the public image of first ladies, society muses and red-carpet regulars with grand evening wear that celebrated Latin sensuality, European refinement and American versatility, died Monday at his …

Study: Malpractice Reform Won’t Result in Health Care Savings

Monday, October 20, 2014

There’s been a long-running theory that one reason medical costs are bloated is that doctors are scared of medical malpractice suits, so they order expensive and unnecessary tests to protect themselves from liability. But in three states over the past decade that enacted laws to put stricter limits …

Affordable Care Act Refutes Cost Prediction

Monday, October 20, 2014

Washington — Business groups said soon after the health-care act became law in 2010 that the sweeping health-care overhaul would impose huge new costs on U.S. employers, leading to job losses. Three years later, with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in effect, none of the most …