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Why America needs a new approach to school desegregation

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Despite all the time and effort invested desegregating the nation’s schools over the past half century, the...

 

Officer shoots armed student at high school, charges filed

DIXON, Ill. (AP) — Charges were filed against a student who was wounded by a police officer after firing shots in a northern Illinois high school hallway while staff and seniors were meeting for a graduation rehearsal, Illinois State Police...

 

AP FACT CHECK: EPA's Pruitt and his bargain condo deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has falsely claimed that a man who was listed as the landlord of a bargain-priced condo Pruitt rented in Washington last year was not a lobbyist at the time. Steven Hart was in...

 

Archaeologists find street of balconies in Italy's Pompeii

ROME (AP) — Archaeologists excavating an unexplored part of Italy's volcanic ash-covered city of Pompeii have discovered a street of houses with intact balconies that were buried when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Some of the balconies even had...

 

A historic deal for Iran and the world

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Editor’s note: Jaw-jawing, to paraphrase Winston Churchill, seems to have yielded dividends in dealing with...

 

Clocks may go a little cuckoo with power grid change

WASHINGTON (AP) — Running late for work or just miss that bus? You could have a good excuse: Your electric clock might be running a bit cuckoo. Because of a change in federal energy regulations, some scientists say your trusty, older plug-in clock...

 

Iran deal: Merkel cautious on compensation after US pullout

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel signaled Thursday that it won't be feasible to offer wide-ranging compensation to European companies affected by U.S. sanctions over Iran's nuclear program. President Donald Trump last week...

 

Iran signs oil deal with UK group as France's Total exits

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian state TV is reporting that the country has signed an agreement with a British consortium to develop an oil field, just as another major company, France's Total, says it will withdraw from Iran because of renewed U.S....

 

AAA: Texas, US retail gasoline prices up this week

COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Texas and nationwide retail gasoline prices are up this week. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump statewide rose 7 cents to reach $2.70 per gallon. Drivers across the U.S. are paying an average $2.90...

 

Republican says leaders discuss votes on 2 immigration bills

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders have discussed scheduling House votes on two immigration bills, two GOP lawmakers said Thursday, a move they hope would resolve an internal battle over an issue that threatens to worsen party divisions as the...

 

North Dakota farmers planting despite fertilizer shortage

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Significant headway with spring planting is helping ease a fertilizer shortage that has inconvenienced North Dakota farmers, according to local fertilizer dealers. Agricultural fertilizer suppliers have had difficulty this year...

 

US is running out of time on NAFTA while confronting China

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's team is running out of time to rewrite a trade pact with Canada and Mexico, and America's top trade official says the countries are still far apart. The impasse over the North American Free Trade...

 

Lawmakers repel challenge to much-criticized sugar program

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. sugar industry on Thursday won an easier-than-expected victory over food processors, soft drink manufacturers and candy makers trying to rewrite the government's much-criticized sugar program, a web of price supports,...

 

Trump responds to European criticism about reliability

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump responded Thursday to European Council President Donald Tusk's criticism that he's been an unreliable partner, telling reporters the European Union has been "terrible" to the U.S. on trade and "they can call...

 

Survey shows improving economy rural parts of 10 states

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly survey of bankers shows that the economy is slowly improving in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says that while commodity prices have improved recently, they...

 

'Major, major game-changer': Ebola spreads to big Congo city

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's Ebola outbreak has spread to a crossroads city of more than 1 million people in a troubling turn that marks the first time the vast, impoverished country has encountered the lethal virus in an urban area. "This is a...

 

US approves 1st drug developed to prevent chronic migraines

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators Thursday approved the first drug designed to prevent chronic migraines. The Food and Drug Administration's action clears the monthly shot Aimovig (AIM'-oh-vig) for sale. It's the first in a new class of...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    May 18, 2018

No indictments in Oklahoma Health Department investigation

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Financial operations at the Oklahoma State Department of the Health were so badly bungled that nearly 200 employees lost their jobs unnecessarily, but none of the mismanagement resulted in criminal indictments, Attorney...

 

Gov't approves $10B deal to overhaul VA medical records

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government approved a $10 billion deal Thursday to overhaul the electronic health records of millions of veterans, part of a bid to improve wait times and expand access to doctors outside the Veterans Affairs system. The aim o...

 

FDA names drugmakers accused of blocking cheaper generics

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. drug regulators are publicizing information on brand-name drugmakers that use what government officials call "gaming tactics" to block cheaper copycat versions. The Food and Drug Administration's new webpage names the...

 

Surgeon general: Most in US think opioid abuse is not local

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. surgeon general, Dr. Jerome Adams, said Thursday that opioid abuse occurs nationwide, but only a small percentage of Americans think it's an emergency in their own communities. "Most of us feel that the opioid...

 

Lowest US birth rate in 3 decades could pose risk to economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Women in the United States gave birth last year at the lowest rate in 30 years, a trend that could weigh on economic growth in the coming decades. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statisti...

 

Starting college? Here's why you should think about a gap year

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Malia Obama recently announced that she will take a gap year before attending Harvard University. Historically, Ameri...

 

US surgeon general recounts providing aid on Delta flight

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams says he and two nurses worked as a team to give medical aid to someone aboard a Delta Air Lines jet. At a Thursday public discussion at a hospital in Jackson, Mississippi, Adams shared...

 

EU takes 6 member states to court over air quality

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is taking six member states to court for exposing their citizens to too much air pollution. The European Commission on Thursday referred Britain, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, and Romania to the EU's highest...

 

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