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AP Graphic shows how countries scored in international adult literacy test.

American adults score poorly on global test

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s long been known that America’s school kids haven’t measured well compared with international peers. Now, there’s a new twist: Adults don’t either. In math, reading and problem-solving using technology — all […]

10/08/2013

Moon jellyfish are pictured in an aquarium of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)

Wave of jellyfish shuts down Swedish nuke reactor

It wasn’t a tsunami but it had the same effect: A huge cluster of jellyfish forced one of the world’s largest nuclear reactors to shut down — a phenomenon that marine biologists say could become […]

10/01/2013

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Jerry Brown signs Calif. quake warning system bill

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday ordered creation of a statewide earthquake early warning system that could give millions of Californians a few precious seconds of warning before a powerful temblor strikes. […]

09/24/2013

Adak, Alaska shown on Google Maps.

Woman attempting solo row reaches Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 28-year-old British adventurer became the first woman to row solo across the North Pacific Ocean Monday, arriving in Adak in Alaska’s Aleutians after 150 days and 3,750 miles at sea. […]

09/24/2013

Hiroshi Yamauchi, (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara, File)

Nintendo’s Yamauchi dies aged 85

TOKYO (AP) — Hiroshi Yamauchi, who ran Nintendo for more than 50 years and led the Japanese company’s transition from traditional playing-card maker to video game giant, has died. He was 85. Kyoto-based Nintendo said […]

09/20/2013

A woman carrying bags with food walks along the street. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)

AP survey: Sluggish global economic recovery ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) — A robust recovery for the global economy remains well out of reach. That’s the view that emerges from a survey of economists just as the Federal Reserve is expected this week to […]

09/17/2013

Big waves go over breakwater near anchored fishing boats in Fujisawa, near Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Powerful typhoon Man-yi was bearing down on Japan and went past Tokyo on Monday, leaving one dead and dumping torrential rains, damaging homes and flooding parts of the country's popular tourist destination of Kyoto, where hundreds of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate to shelters. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Powerful typhoon downgraded after lashing Japan

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful typhoon that lashed Japan with torrential rains, leaving two dead, was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday, although it was still dumping rain on parts of the country. Offiicals said […]

09/16/2013

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Bill would create California quake warning system

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California Legislature approved a bill that would require development of an earthquake early warning system similar to what exists in Japan, Mexico and other quake-prone countries. The bill advanced in […]

09/13/2013

In this photo made with a fisheye lens, the Tribute in Light rises above buildings in lower Manhattan during a test, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in New York. The light display commemorates the twin towers of the World Trade Center that were destroyed in terrorist attacks 12 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

Here’s your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. […]

09/12/2013

Westport, Conn.'s Tatin llamas, left, follows through after hitting a two-run home run off Sammamish, Wash.'s Dalton Chandler during the second inning of an elimination baseball game at the Little League World Series tournament, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, in South Williamsport, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Japan beats California 6-4 for LLWS title

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) – Ryusei Hirooka lined a decisive two-run double in the bottom of the fifth inning, Shunpei Takagi hit two solo home runs, and Tokyo beat Chula Vista, Calif., 6-4 on Sunday […]

08/25/2013

Westport, Conn.'s Tatin llamas, left, follows through after hitting a two-run home run off Sammamish, Wash.'s Dalton Chandler during the second inning of an elimination baseball game at the Little League World Series tournament, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, in South Williamsport, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

California beats Connecticut 12-1 at LLWS

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) – Nick Mora made sure that California would play for the Little League World Series championship. Mora allowed just two hits and smacked a three-run homer, and Chula Vista beat Westport, […]

08/24/2013

Lexus International Executive Vice President Mark Templin poses with a Lexus LF-CC concept car at a Lexus showroom in Tokyo, Aug. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

Toyota freshens Lexus image to woo young

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota’s luxury brand Lexus is trying to shake off its stodgy image. So it’s opening a cafe. The special lounges, the first of which is opening next week in Tokyo’s fashionable Aoyama […]

08/23/2013

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