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Urban schools improving faster than rest of US

WASHINGTON (AP) — Public school students in the nation’s largest cities are improving their performance in reading and math faster than their counterparts in suburban and rural schools, according to federal data released Wednesday. The […]

12/18/2013

Bernie Goetz walks out after appearing in Manhattan criminal court, Dec. 18, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)

Bernie Goetz fights pot charge at bizarre hearing

NEW YORK (AP) — Bernie Goetz said he thought he was going to be mugged by a man who turned out to be a plainclothes cop arresting him in a low-level drug sting — the […]

12/18/2013

Dec. 8, 2013: Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general, during the India Studies Stony Brook University fund raiser event at Long Island, New York. (AP Photo/Mohammed Jaffer)

India diplomat says she faced cavity search in NYC

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian diplomat said U.S. authorities subjected her to a strip search, cavity search and DNA swabbing following her arrest on visa charges in New York City, despite her “incessant assertions […]

12/18/2013

Dec. 16, 2013: Specialist William Geier, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Stocks slip as Federal Reserve meeting begins

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged lower in early afternoon trading Tuesday as the Federal Reserve begins a two-day policy meeting. Good news on the U.S. economy this month, including a blockbuster jobs report and […]

12/17/2013

A roadside Santa Claus in Lake George, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

NY mock trial for ‘The Night Before Christmas’

TROY, N.Y. (AP) — It’s a controversy whose roots trace back nearly two centuries to a holiday poem first published in an upstate New York newspaper: Who really wrote “A Visit from St. Nicholas”? This […]

12/17/2013

Crowds pour into the Macy's Herald Square flagship store in New York.  (AP File Photo/John Minchillo)

Stores have free rein to recoup shoplifting losses

NEW YORK (AP) — Outside the view of paying customers, people accused of shoplifting at Macy’s huge flagship store are escorted by security guards to cells in “Room 140,” where they can be held for […]

12/16/2013

Nov. 29, 2013: Shoppers rest on chairs in the Fashion Show mall in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher, File)

Holiday shopping spree not for everyone

NEW YORK (AP) — Many Americans appear to be watching the annual holiday spending ritual from the sidelines this year. Money is still tight for some. Others are fed up with commercialism of the holidays. […]

12/12/2013

The HealthCare.gov website. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Federal data show health disparities among states

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Residents in some parts of the U.S. are signing up for health care coverage at a significantly greater rate than others through the new online insurance marketplaces now operating in […]

12/12/2013

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Instagram launches direct messaging feature

NEW YORK (AP) — Instagram is launching a new feature that lets users share photos and videos with up to 15 people rather than everyone who follows them on the popular photo-sharing app. Called Instagram […]

12/12/2013

In this courtroom drawing, Frank DiPascali, a longtime employee of Bernard Madoff, takes the stand in Manhattan Federal Court on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)

Witness on day of 2008 arrest: ‘Madoff Implodes’

NEW YORK (AP) — Bernard Madoff’s former right-hand man summed up his boss’ arrest exactly five years ago with two words: “Madoff Implodes.” The words in Frank DiPascali’s diary entry for Dec. 11, 2008, were […]

12/11/2013

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6 geezers laying? Holidays bring on song botches

NEW YORK (AP) – Milk and spiders? Nine lazy Hansons? Sleep in heavenly peas? It’s that time of year: holiday music time. And with holiday music comes all the strange and twisted things we sometimes […]

12/11/2013

In this Jan. 9, 2013 photo provided by the University of Florida, both male, left, and female Periplaneta japonica are shown. (AP Photo/University of Florida)

Invasive cockroach found in NYC can take the cold

NEW YORK (AP) — The High Line, a park that turned a dilapidated stretch of elevated railway on Manhattan’s West Side into one of New York’s newest tourist attractions, may have brought a different kind […]

12/09/2013

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