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  • Bill calls for enhanced lessons on Obama election

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A bill that passed the Assembly with unanimous bipartisan support Thursday encourages California schools to teach students about the racial significance of Barack Obama's presidency. The Assembly approved AB1912 with a 71-0 vote and no debate or discussion....

  • Pineda not only pitcher in majors to try pine tar

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda is hardly the first major leaguer to head to the mound hoping to get away with using pine tar to aid his grip. And he won't be the last, those in baseball say, because it's simply part of the game. He just got caught. "It's not like somebody...

  • Ukraine moves against insurgents in the east

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia announced new military exercises Thursday involving ground and air forces near its border with Ukraine, swiftly responding to a Ukrainian operation to drive pro-Russia insurgents out of occupied buildings in the country's tumultuous east. The...

  • Democrats outraise GOP incumbents in 3 Ohio races

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Gov. John Kasich has spent more than $860,000, including on two early TV commercials, headed into May's uncontested primary. Campaign finance reports filed Thursday show the incumbent governor, who is sometimes mentioned as a presidential contender,...

  • UN Yemen envoy says rebel group agrees to talks

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy to Yemen says the country's president and Shiite rebels have agreed to discuss the group's disarming. Jamal Benomar told reporters Thursday that the Hawthis agreed to a new initiative by President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to promote dialogue...

  • Kosar believes he's off TV for slurred speech

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar believes he has been unfairly sacked as a TV broadcaster. Kosar has been removed as a color commentator for Cleveland's preseason games by the team. The Browns said Wednesday night he was being replaced by Solomon Wilcots, who...

  • Democratic candidates trade jabs on outside money

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Two of the top Democratic candidates running for Massachusetts governor are faulting each other for not being strict enough when it comes to opposing outside money in the election. Attorney General Martha Coakley said she was surprised and disappointed Thursday...

  • Bolivia fires hundreds of protesting soldiers

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia's military leaders on Thursday ordered the dismissal for sedition of 702 low-ranking soldiers who had been protesting for equal treatment in the country's armed forces. The army, navy and air force said in a statement that they have ordered the...

  • Man charged with giving girlfriend HIV

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man is charged with criminal transmission of HIV for allegedly failing to tell his ex-girlfriend he had the disease and giving her the virus. The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1lL9dFH) 31-year-old Johanson Little was ordered held Thursday in lieu...

  • States seek delay in protecting long-eared bat

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal plan to protect one of the bat species that are dying by the millions from a fast-moving disease could also create casualties in the forest products industry, say officials in four Midwestern states that are seeking a delay. The heads of natural...

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