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17 state attorneys general favor watershed divide

Chicago ? Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said he and his counterparts in 16 other states want to demand quicker federal action on preventing invasive species such as Asian carp from migrating between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds.Schuette told The Associated Press ...

American hikers say nationality, not actions, led to detention in Iran

New York ? Declaring that they were detained because of their nationality, not their actions, two American hikers held for more than two years in an Iranian prison came home Sunday, ending a diplomatic and personal ordeal with a sharp rebuke of the country that accused them of crossing the ...

Ford CEO Alan Mulally: Recovery is slow but ‘on right track’

At his first press conference as CEO of Ford, Alan Mulally was asked how he could run such a complex company with no experience in the car business.The former Boeing executive responded that cars, which have around 10,000 parts, are indeed very sophisticated. Then he smiled and noted that a ...

Obama to blacks: ‘Stop complainin,’ fight

Washington ? In a fiery summons to an important voting bloc, President Barack Obama told blacks on Saturday to quit crying and complaining and “put on your marching shoes” to follow him into battle for jobs and opportunity.And though he didn’t say it directly, for a second term, ...

Small dent in jobless rate seen from president’s plan

Washington ? Even if Congress heeds President Barack Obama’s demands to “pass this bill right away” and enacts his jobs and tax plan in its entirety, the unemployment rate probably still would hover in nosebleed territory for at least three more years.Why? Because the 1.9 million new jobs ...

World powers attempt to contain debt crisis

Washington ? Global finance officials pledged on Saturday to take bolder moves to confront a European debt crisis that threatens to plunge the world into another deep recession. But sharp disagreements about exactly what to do can’t offer much reassurance to markets rocked by uncertainly in ...

U.S. disbelief in climate change persists, deepens

New York ? Tucked between treatises on algae and prehistoric turquoise beads, the study on page 460 of a long-ago issue of the U.S. journal Science drew little attention.“I don’t think there were any newspaper articles about it or anything like that,” the author recalls.But the headline ...

Voter ID laws target rarely occurring voter fraud

Washington ? Several states adopted new laws last year requiring that people show a photo ID when they come to vote even though the kind of election fraud that the laws are intended to stamp out is rare. Even supporters of the new laws are hard pressed to come up with large numbers of cases in ...

Obama’s likability helping keep him afloat

Denver ? People like Christine Alonzo are keeping President Barack Obama afloat and giving his political team hope that he can win re-election despite high unemployment and sour attitudes about his policies and the country’s future.Alonzo volunteered for Obama during the 2008 campaign. A few ...

Congress hits budget impasse

Washington — Just a week away from a possible government shutdown, lawmakers boxed themselves into a new budget impasse Friday.With Congress’ approval ratings already at an all-time low, a tit-for-tat over disaster aid left Republicans and Democrats — and the House and Senate — in a ...

Global leaders struggle to calm recession fears

Waashington ? Washington — The world’s economic powers struggled on Friday to get on top of a European debt crisis that is threatening to dump the global economy back into recession.Officials gathered for three days of discussion pledged to push forward to fulfill the goals of a program in ...

Calif. bill would allow minors to seek STD prevention without parental consent

Sacramento, Calif. ? Heated debate in the Republican presidential race over child vaccinations also is playing out in California as Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown considers whether to a sign a bill allowing children as young as 12 to get vaccinated against sexually transmitted diseases without ...

Obama allows states to opt out of No Child Left Behind

Nearly everyone agrees the fix needs fixing. The No Child Left Behind law that was supposed to improve American education has left schools grumbling at being labeled “failures,” state officials fuming and complaints everywhere about required testing.But President Barack Obama’s response ...

Hospital drug shortages deadly, costly

Trenton, N.J. ? A drug for dangerously high blood pressure, normally priced at $25.90 per dose, offered to hospitals for $1,200. Fifteen deaths in 15 months blamed on shortages of life-saving medications.A growing crisis in the availability of drugs for chemotherapy, infections and other ...

Dow falls 391 on worldwide fears about economy

Investors began giving in to fears Thursday that a global recession is already under way, and stock markets shuddered around the world. Selling started in Asia, picked up speed in Europe and sent Wall Street near its worst finish of the year.The Dow Jones industrial average lost 391 points and ...

IMF: World economy in ‘dangerous new phase’

Washington ? The world economy has entered a “dangerous new phase,” according to the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund. As a result, the international lending organization has sharply downgraded its economic outlook for the United States and Europe through the end of next ...

Kansas City schools lose state accreditation

Jefferson City, Mo. ? Missouri education officials revoked the accreditation of the Kansas City School District on Tuesday after it failed for several years to meet most of the state’s academic performance standards, an embarrassing blow to the beleaguered district that is also trying to find ...

Program key to passing free trade deals

Washington ? A half-century-old program that helps workers who lose their jobs to foreign trade holds the key to whether Congress may finally approve three long-delayed free trade agreements viewed by both the Obama White House and congressional Republicans as a way to invigorate the economy ...