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Generation LOL Irked By Grammar Slip-Ups

Saturday, August 29, 2015

New York — It’s the LOL generation that appears most annoyed by bad grammar and spelling slips, according to a survey by Dictionary.com. The site found in an online Harris Poll done July 31 to Aug. 4 that 80 percent of American adults 18 and older consider themselves good spellers, but they may be overestimating their abilities. The survey of 2,052 people showed 71 percent responded that they often find …

U.S. Court Rules for NSA Phone Program

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Washington — A federal appeals court in Washington has lifted an injunction against the National Security Agency’s call records program on the grounds that the plaintiff has not proved his own phone records were collected and so lacks standing to sue. The move lifts a ban on the NSA’s collection that had been imposed — and temporarily stayed — by a U.S. District …

Bush Returns to New Orleans

Saturday, August 29, 2015

New Orleans — Former president George W. Bush returned to New Orleans on Friday, nearly 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, the storm that submerged the city and tarnished his legacy. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush made an understated appearance at Warren Easton Charter High School, one of New Orleans’ oldest public …

Second Cancers Are on the Rise

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Second cancers are on the rise. Nearly 1 in 5 new cases in the U.S. now involves someone who has had the disease before. When doctors talk about second cancers, they mean a different tissue type or a different site, not a recurrence or spread of the original …

Researchers Nearing Universal Flu Shot

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Researchers at Johnson & Johnson are getting closer to developing a universal flu vaccine that could work against a number of strains of the virus, a holy grail for the medical field that could eliminate the need to formulate a new vaccine every year. A study conducted by …

Record Wildfire in Washington Gets International Help

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Spokane, Wash. — As Washington state’s wildfires burned into the record books Monday, calls for help were answered from far and near. Fire managers from New Zealand and Australia arrived to contribute to a ground campaign led by …

Social Worker’s Shooting Haunts Prosecutor

Monday, August 24, 2015

Barre, Vt. — The prosecutor is drawn time and again to the parking lot where flowers and candles now mark where he tried to save a social worker’s life. Going back, he says, helps him cope with the guilt he feels because he lived and she didn’t. Scott …

Primary Needs Its Foot Soldiers

Monday, August 24, 2015

Concord — Each Saturday morning, 78-year-old Gary Patton goes door to door to talk to his neighbors about Hillary Clinton. He starts with a friendly introduction to make sure people know he’s a local — not some out-of-towner who doesn’t understand New Hampshire. His wife, Lenore, runs an …

Boaters Return With Tons of Pacific Trash

Monday, August 24, 2015

San Francisco — Far away from California’s coast, where the Pacific Ocean currents swirl, the blue of the sea was replaced by fishing nets, buckets, buoys, laundry baskets and unidentifiable pieces of plastic that floated past the Ocean Star, a ship carrying a team of scientists and volunteers …

Juror Issued Challenge During Deliberations in Officer’s Trial

Monday, August 24, 2015

Charlotte, n.c. — A juror who heard evidence in the trial of a white North Carolina police officer said he challenged his colleagues to determine what an unarmed black man did to lead the defendant to fatally shoot him. “I wrote on the board: ‘What did Jonathan Ferrell …

All Eyes on China’s Shaky Economy

Monday, August 24, 2015

Taipei, Taiwan — In speeches and writings, Chinese President Xi Jinping often delivers the rhetoric of a Communist Party hard-liner. Yet more than ever, capitalists worldwide are depending upon this Leninist — one who is in the midst of a power struggle — to prop up the global …

Police: La. Trooper Shot, Critically Injured

Monday, August 24, 2015

Lake Charles, La. (ap) — A Louisiana state trooper was shot in the head and critically injured Sunday afternoon during a struggle with a man whose pickup truck had run into a ditch after being reported as driving erratically, Louisiana State Police said. Other drivers stopped to help, …

Report: Train Gunman Was In Turkey

Monday, August 24, 2015

Berlin — The gunman in Friday’s thwarted attack of a high-speed train bound for Paris flew to Istanbul from Berlin on May 10, following a path that has been used hundreds of times by Islamist militants seeking to …