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Virginia public university gave Koch a say on faculty in exchange for donations

Fairfax, Va. ? Virginia's largest public university granted the conservative Charles Koch Foundation a say in the hiring and firing of professors in exchange for millions of dollars in donations, according to newly released documents.The release of donor agreements between George Mason ...

America’s air isn’t getting cleaner as fast as it used to

Denver ? For decades, America's air was getting cleaner as levels of a key smog ingredient steadily dropped. That changed about seven years ago when pollution reductions leveled off, a new study found.This means when tighter federal air quality standards go into effect later this year, many ...

CDC chief asks for, and gets, cut to his record $375K pay

New York ? The new head of the top U.S. public health agency has asked for — and will receive — a cut to his record-setting pay, federal officials said Monday.Dr. Robert Redfield Jr.'s new salary was not revealed.The 66-year-old HIV researcher, who was picked in March to head the Centers ...

Restaurants calm customers, say their romaine is safe

Ann Arbor, Mich. ? Restaurants' advice to their customers? Romaine calm.The government is still investigating how romaine lettuce from Yuma, Ariz., apparently became contaminated with E. coli bacteria. As of Friday, at least 98 people in 22 states have gotten sick, according to the U.S. Centers ...

Pennsylvania congressman resigns after sexual harassment charge

Washington ? A Pennsylvania Republican who used taxpayer money to settle a former aide's sexual harassment charges has abruptly resigned from Congress.Congressman Patrick Meehan had already decided not to seek re-election. Meehan resigned Friday, saying he'll repay the government $39,000 he ...

ACLU sues Joplin, Mo., over panhandling ordinance

Joplin, Mo. ? The American Civil Liberties Union is accusing a city in southwest Missouri of having a panhandling ordinance that interferes with free speech.The ACLU of Missouri filed a lawsuit against Joplin Thursday on behalf of Christopher Snyder, a homeless man, the Joplin Globe ...