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  • La. legislative session reaches its midway point

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Efforts to raise Louisiana's minimum wage and let school teachers carry guns to work appear jettisoned for the legislative session. Tougher restrictions on the payday lending industry and efforts to lessen marijuana penalties are on life support. And none of...

  • 5 things to know about Mavericks-Spurs series

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    While San Antonio Spurs steamrolled toward their fourth 60-win season in 11 years, coach Gregg Popovich was asked if there is a secret formula for the franchise's almost unfathomable run of excellence. "Yes there is," said Popovich, in typical deadpan fashion. "Get the No. 1 pick in...

  • NASA's space station Robonaut finally getting legs

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first out-of-this-world humanoid robot is finally getting its space legs. For three years, Robonaut has had to manage from the waist up at the International Space Station. This new pair of legs means the experimental robot won't be stuck on a pedestal...

  • Connecticut to study Rocky Hill Veterans Home

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) — A push to end homelessness among Connecticut veterans by 2015 is generating renewed interest in the state's Veterans Home in Rocky Hill. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's office is creating a working group that will determine the best way forward for the 90-acre...

  • Famous television host in Pakistan shot by gunmen

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Police in Pakistan say gunmen have shot a famous television talk show host amid a wave of attacks on journalists in the country. Police say Hamid Mir, a host on the private television broadcaster Geo, was wounded in the attack Saturday near Karachi's...

  • Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem

    Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The dark hall inside Christianity's holiest shrine was illuminated with the flames from thousands of candles on Saturday as worshippers participated in the holy fire ceremony, a momentous spiritual event in Orthodox Easter rites. Christians believe Jesus was...

  • Texas search group, FAA, at odds over drone use

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas-based group involved in searches for missing persons around the nation has run afoul of federal aviation authorities who are prohibiting the non-profit organization from employing drones in its work. A fleet of four unmanned aircraft used by Texas EquuSearch...

  • Branstad priorities not OK'd as adjournment nears

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As the end of the legislative session draws near, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is pushing lawmakers to keep some of his priorities in mind. Before the session began in January, Branstad focused on four priorities: reducing bullying in schools; expanding programs...

  • Public health school gets $1M for long-term care

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University's School of Public Health has received a $1 million grant to launch a center to improve long-term care for the elderly. The grant to establish the Long Term Care Quality and Innovation Center is from the American Health Care Association and...

  • New England editorial roundup

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    The Boston Globe, April 18, 2014 If any agency should be protected from thoughtless budget cuts, it's the Internal Revenue Service, upon which the rest of the federal government depends. The agency collects 91 percent of federal receipts but costs less than half of 1 percent of the...

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