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In France it’s not sexting, it’s textopornographie

PARIS (AP) — France, a nation with a centuries-old reputation for seduction, now has a word for sexting. If you want to send sexually explicit photos or text messages to your lover in France, it’s […]

12/20/2013

On Sept. 5, 2012 Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Aki Hoshide, Expedition 32 flight engineer, uses a digital still camera to expose a photo of his helmet visor during the mission's third session of extravehicular activity (EVA). During the six-hour, 28-minute spacewalk, Hoshide and NASA astronaut Sunita Williams (visible in the reflections of Hoshide's helmet visor), flight engineer, installed a camera on the International Space Station's robotic arm, Canadarm2. (AP Photo/Nasa, Aki Hoshide, File)

‘Selfie’ is declared word of the year (PHOTOS)

(AP) – Smartphone self-portraits are now so prevalent that Britain’s Oxford University Press has crowned “selfie,” the name the public has given them, as the word the year for 2013. “Selfies” are especially popular with […]

11/19/2013

In this Sunday, July 28, 2013 photo, journalists work inside a studio of the new television channel I24news  in Tel Aviv, Israel. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

New TV channel tells Israel’s side of the story

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — State-of-the-art TV studios above an ancient Mideast port signal Israel’s arrival in a modern media landscape in which countries increasingly seek to broadcast their own perspective to the world. Israel […]

07/31/2013

Site of Boeing 777 Asiana Airlines flight 214 that crashed while landing at the San Francisco International Airport. (National Transportation Security Board / AP Photo)

Chinese plane crash victims were student leaders

BEIJING (AP) — The two 16-year-old girls killed in the San Francisco plane crash were close friends and top students who were on Asiana Flight 214 for the same reason: to get a taste of […]

07/08/2013

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‘Glasnost’ opens up onstage rounds at Spelling Bee

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The National Spelling Bee opened with “glasnost” and was soon followed by “perestroika” — a fascinating choice of words for a group of youngsters born long after the heyday of […]

05/29/2013

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Spelling Bee begins with 1st-ever vocabulary test

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee is under way, with 281 youngsters taking the first vocabulary test in the history of the competition. Spellers arrived Tuesday morning to take a […]

05/28/2013

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Calif. educators sued over English instruction

LOS ANGELES (AP) — About 20,000 students in California who need to learn English aren’t getting adequate language instruction, according to a lawsuit against the state and education workers filed Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union.

04/24/2013

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Mid-2013 expansion for Internet names targeted

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of Internet address suffixes to rival “.com” should be available for people and businesses to use by the end of the year, the head of an Internet oversight agency said Monday.

02/25/2013

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Calif schools face rising special education costs

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A state report on special education in California has found that school districts are shouldering an increasing share of the cost of educating students with disabilities.

01/03/2013

Oxford chooses 'omnishambles' as word of the year

LONDON (AP) – Britain’s media are in a meltdown and its government is gaffe-prone, so Oxford Dictionaries has chosen an apt Word of the Year: “omnishambles.” Oxford University Press on Tuesday crowned the word – […]

11/13/2012

Filipinos win settlement in English-only case

DELANO, Calif. (AP) – Dozens of Filipino hospital workers in Central California have won nearly $1 million to settle a lawsuit claiming they were targeted by a rule requiring them to speak only English at […]

09/17/2012

California students' English, math scores improve

LOS ANGELES (AP) – California students posted gains in English and math proficiency for the ninth straight year, but the so-called achievement gap between black and Latino students and their white and Asian peers remains […]

08/31/2012

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