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Hurricane leads to thousands of canceled flights

New York ? Travelers across the country are facing days of grief ahead as thousands of flights get canceled because of Hurricane Irene.Airlines are scrapping more than 9,000 flights this weekend from North Carolina to Boston, grounding passengers as Irene sweeps up the East Coast. There were ...

Helicopter pilot reported low fuel before crash

Kansas City, Mo. ? The pilot of a medical helicopter that crashed in a Missouri field had reported that it was low on fuel, federal transportation officials say, but it could be as much as a year before they know what caused the crash that killed all four people onboard.The Eurocopter AS-350, ...

Poll: Obama faces trouble with key voters

Washington ? Whites and women are a re-election problem for President Barack Obama. Younger voters and liberals, too, but to a lesser extent.All are important Democratic constituencies that helped him win the White House in 2008 and whose support he’ll need to keep it next year.An analysis of ...

2 million ordered to leave East Coast as Hurricane Irene takes aim

Morehead City, N.C. ? Whipping up trouble before ever reaching land, Hurricane Irene zeroed in Friday for a catastrophic run up the Eastern Seaboard. More than 2 million people were told to move to safer places, and New York City ordered the nation's biggest subway system shut down for the ...

Missouri judge blocks Facebook limits for teachers

Jefferson City, Mo. ? A Missouri judge has blocked a law from taking effect Sunday that would have prohibited teachers from using social networking sites such as Facebook to carry on private conversations with students.Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem issued a preliminary injunction against ...

5,000 flights canceled because of Hurricane Irene

With Hurricane Irene bearing down on the East Coast, U.S. air carriers have canceled nearly 5,000 flights this weekend and warned that several major airports in New York and Washington could shut down entirely to guard against the storm’s destructive force.Because the region is home to the ...

Storm likely to affect phone service

As Hurricane Irene marches north, New York area cellphone providers are securing rooftop equipment, readying mobile antennas and making sure workers are on hand to repair any damage. It’s a routine they’ve had ample occasion to practice down in the Gulf states and Carolinas, where ...

Airlines start canceling flights ahead of hurricane

Airlines began to cancel flights and move planes out of the way as Hurricane Irene barreled toward the U.S. mainland on Thursday.The storm will likely force hundreds of cancellations through this weekend and create delays that could ripple across the country.Airlines said passengers could ...

Hurricane Irene makes way toward East Coast

Buxton, N.C. ? A monstrous Hurricane Irene tightened its aim on the Eastern Seaboard on Thursday, threatening 65 million people along a shore-hugging path from North Carolina to New England. One of the nation’s top experts called it his “nightmare” scenario.The Category 3 storm with winds ...

Some 9/11 charities failed miserably

New York ? Americans eager to give after the 9/11 terrorist attacks poured $1.5 billion into hundreds of charities established to serve the victims, their families and their memories. But a decade later, an Associated Press investigation shows that many of those nonprofits have failed ...

Apple’s magic enthralled Main Street, Wall Street over past decade

San Francisco ? It’s easy to forget now, but Apple’s magnetism was once confined to a cult-like following of geeks seduced by the elegance and simplicity of the company’s computers.Over the past decade, though, Apple has emerged as a trendsetter and a wealth-making machine — the rare ...

Grandparents play a bigger role in child-rearing

America is swiftly becoming a granny state.Less frail and more involved, today’s grandparents are shunning retirement homes and stepping in more than ever to raise grandchildren while young adults struggle in the poor economy.The newer grandparents are mainly baby boomers who are still ...

With CIA help, NYPD moves covertly in Muslim areas

New York ? Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the New York Police Department has become one of the nation's most aggressive domestic intelligence agencies, targeting ethnic communities in ways that would run afoul of civil liberties rules if practiced by the federal government, an Associated ...

Strongest earthquake since 1944 jars East Coast

Mineral, Va. ? Tens of millions of people from Georgia to Canada were jolted Tuesday by the strongest earthquake to strike the East Coast since World War II. Three weeks before the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, office workers poured out of New York skyscrapers and the Pentagon, relieved it was ...

Hospitals are giving faster heart care, study says

In a spectacular turnabout, hospitals are treating almost all major heart attack patients within the recommended 90 minutes of arrival, a new study finds. Just five years ago, less than half of them got their clogged arteries opened that fast.The time it took to treat such patients plunged from ...

Back-to-school can mean vaccines for tweens, teens

Washington ? Backpack. Notebooks. Whooping cough shot?If you haven’t worried about back-to-school shots since your tween or teen was entering kindergarten, better put vaccines on the to-do list.Older kids need a few new immunizations starting at age 11, including a shot to guard against the ...

It’s alive! Space station’s robot awake

Cape Canaveral, Fla. ? NASA’s humanoid robot has finally awakened in space.Ground controllers turned Robonaut on Monday for the first time since it was delivered to the International Space Station in February. The test involved sending power to all of Robonaut’s systems. The robot was not ...

U.S., NATO were crucial, unseen hands

Washington ? Through months of military stalemate in Libya it was an open secret among NATO allies that countries inside and outside the alliance were quietly but crucially helping rebels gain their footing against the much stronger forces loyal to longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.Covert ...

Survey: No recession, but weakness will endure

Washington ? Another recession isn’t likely over the next 12 months. Neither is any meaningful improvement in the economy.That’s the picture that emerges from an Associated Press survey of leading economists who have grown more pessimistic in recent weeks. They say high unemployment and ...