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  • Abbott: Pay teachers bonuses for high exam scores

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — Republican Greg Abbott says that as Texas governor he would seek bonuses for high school teachers whose students perform well on college readiness exams. Abbott on Wednesday called for paying teachers up to $2,000 a year extra if their students perform well on...

  • David Pedersen pleads guilty in NW killing rampage

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A white supremacist whose Pacific Northwest crime rampage claimed four lives in 2011 pleaded guilty to federal charges Wednesday as part of a plea agreement that netted lighter punishments for two accomplices. David "Joey" Pedersen, 33, pleaded guilty to two...

  • Qualcomm 2Q net tops Street; faces bribery probe

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Chipmaker Qualcomm Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter earnings that topped Wall Street expectations thanks to strong demand for mobile device chipsets, but said revenue rose less quickly than expected. The company also said it had received notice from the...

  • Miss. governor signs mid-pregnancy abortion ban

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday signed a bill to ban abortion starting at the midpoint of a full-term pregnancy. Supporters say it's designed to protect women's health, while abortion-rights advocates say it's unconstitutional. House Bill 1400, which...

  • Business Highlights

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    ___ Apple increases stock buyback, raises dividend CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple Inc. plans to buy back an additional $30 billion of its stock and raise its quarterly dividend by 8 percent amid a slowdown in revenue growth. The commitment announced Wednesday as part of Apple's...

  • How the Dow Jones industrial average did Wednesday

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    Stocks edged mostly lower Wednesday, breaking a six-day winning streak, as investors were disappointed by the latest round of earnings from U.S. companies. A surprise drop in new home sales also weighed on the broader market. On Wednesday: The Dow Jones industrial average fell 12.72...

  • 3 gubernatorial hopefuls roll out policy plans

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The leading Democratic candidates for Rhode Island governor rolled out new policy initiatives Wednesday that focused on growing the state's struggling economy, fixing its aging infrastructure and boosting its "green energy" sector. In his first major policy...

  • Chief has few answers on latest police shooting

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A news conference called to address the latest shooting by the troubled Albuquerque Police Department raised more questions than answers Wednesday about the killing of a suspected car thief during a foot chase. Chief Gorden Eden said police were unable to...

  • Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — An Army private convicted of providing classified documents to WikiLeaks won an initial victory Wednesday toward living as a woman when a Kansas judge granted a petition to change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. The decision clears the way for...

  • High court nixes $3.4M award to child porn victim

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on...

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