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Curriculum steers Tenn. students to math, science, 1st Ld-Writethru, TN

May 23, 2009 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) — Two girls, one wearing a preppy polo shirt with a matching hair bow and the other sporting hoop earrings and chomping gum, are talking in their darkened Robertsville Middle School classroom.Not about gossip or fashion, but "malfunctioning troubleshooting," ''pneumatics" and...

Wis has 230 fewer seasonal parks workers

May 23, 2009 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — As the economy slumps, more people are staying close to home these days for recreation. But if they plan to hit a state park, there will be fewer employees to handle the interest.Department of Natural Resources spokesman Adam Collins says the state has about 230 fewer...

N.E. Editorial Roundup, 3Takes, NE

May 23, 2009 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Day, New London, Conn., Friday, May 22, 2009:Tom Brokaw, the former NBC anchorman, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, alternating in solemn and witty discourse, got it just right as they urged Fordham University graduates to be passionate about their future work, lock hands with their...

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Metro to restore some bus cuts, 1st Ld-Writethru, MO

May 23, 2009 9:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Metro officials plan to restore about one-third of the transit cuts made earlier this year.If approved by Gov. Jay Nixon, $12 million in federal stimulus funds would be used to bring back some express bus routes and add new lines to places where Metro buses no longer...

Analysis: Ark. GOP stumbles in comeback bid, 1st Ld-Writethru, AR

May 23, 2009 9:06 am | by ANDREW DeMILLO - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — More than a year before the 2010 elections, Arkansas' Republican Party is struggling in its bid for a comeback.The GOP's only announced candidate for the United States Senate is spending more time explaining why he brought up the fact that Sen. Chuck Schumer is Jewish than...

Lawmakers packing 2010 ballot with propositions, OK

May 23, 2009 9:06 am | by RON JENKINS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahomans could be a bit bleary-eyed leaving the polls in 2010 because of a raft of state questions and a full slate of elective offices on the general election ballot.Legislators already have adopted resolutions for statewide votes on at least eight propositions and one...

Census worker prepares for 6th, and last count, 1st Ld-Writethru, IL

May 23, 2009 9:01 am | by SOPHIA TAREEN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Stan Moore remembers when the U.S. Census count involved punching paper cards for each household. It was just before the 1960 count, the nation's population was around 170 million and he was one of the only men of color working for the Census Bureau.Since those days, Moore has...

Indianapolis woman hit, killed by train, IN

May 23, 2009 9:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Police say a woman was hit and killed by a train in Indianapolis Saturday morning.Indianapolis Metropolitan Police say witnesses saw the woman standing next to a Dodge Magnum stuck on the railroad tracks. Police say the woman was killed instantly when she and the vehicle were...

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Critics blast Milwaukee cops over serial killings, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 23, 2009 9:00 am | by CARRIE ANTLFINGER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Within a 3-square-mile area of Milwaukee's north side an unknown man strangled six women police say were prostitutes between 1986 and 2007. But it wasn't until this past week that the city's top cop said recent DNA tests had linked the killings.Some people in the community,...

Obama sees court pick as smart with common touch, 3rd Ld-Writethru, US

May 23, 2009 9:00 am | by BEN FELLER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the verge of choosing his first Supreme Court nominee, President Barack Obama has already provided a profile of the person he is likely to pick: an intellectual heavyweight with a "common touch," someone whose brand of justice means seeing life from the perspective of the...

Start with Jay Leno in evaluating new season

May 23, 2009 9:00 am | by DAVID BAUDER - AP Television Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — For a fourth-place network that hasn't been a threat to anyone but itself the past few years, NBC sure drew a lot of negative attention from its rivals when new fall prime-time schedules were revealed.Maybe they're actually worried.NBC's decision to air a Jay Leno comedy hour every...

Grand Canyon fraught with peril for unprepared, AZ

May 23, 2009 9:00 am | by FELICIA FONSECA - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Frank Poole worked out at a gym and hiked around his Mississippi home carrying a weighted pack for months in preparation for his trip to the Grand Canyon.But it wasn't long after Poole started hiking on a popular Grand Canyon trail that he was struggling to...

Contractors await boost from weatherization money, MN

May 23, 2009 8:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — Construction contractor Milo Winans, who has been weatherizing homes in northern Minnesota for 25 years, could soon become a very busy man.Federal stimulus money is set to arrive this summer to make the homes of people with modest means more energy efficient, and people like...

RI boat school stays afloat with renovation, RI

May 23, 2009 8:50 am | by KELSEY ABBRUZZESE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Matthew Barnes's love for the sailing life is tattoed into his skin, with the latitude and longitude of his home port at Connecticut's Thimble Islands on his forearm. He knows in this struggling economy there is a shrinking demand for the boats he builds, but he says his...

LA's MOCA balances budget via fewer jobs, exhibits, CA

May 23, 2009 8:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials at Los Angeles' financially beleaguered Museum of Contemporary Art say they have balanced the budget for the upcoming fiscal year by ditching four planned exhibitions and slashing 17 more jobs, as well as salaries and benefits.Chief Executive Charles Young said Friday...

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