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States, schools will have to improve dropout rates

WASHINGTON - One in four students quits high school, a grim rate that will have to improve under new federal rules.

November 12, 2008 | By LIBBY QUAID Associated Press Writer | Washington


Bridge 10/29

Look at the North-South diamond holdings in today's diagram. If you were South, having played a diamond toward the king-jack, would you call for the jack or for the king?

November 12, 2008 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break


Astrograph 10/29

In the year ahead, you will be able to utilize acquired experience and knowledge in ways that will accelerate your rise to the top. Once on a roll, your progress will be rapid.

November 12, 2008 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break


Schwarzenegger: Budget special session is needed

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The revenue shortfall in California's five-week-old budget has grown beyond the $3 billion projected by state officials earlier this month, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Monday.

November 12, 2008 | By STEVE LAWRENCE Associated Press Writer | National


Intel agencies spent $47.5 billion

WASHINGTON - U.S. spy agencies spent $47.5 billion in fiscal year 2008, $4 billion more than in the previous budget year, according to National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell.

November 12, 2008 | By PAMELA HESS Associated Press Writer | Washington


Sen. Stevens’ career cloudy after conviction

WASHINGTON - Sen. Ted Stevens gambled by asking for a speedy trial, betting a high-powered defense team, some sterling character witnesses and his unblemished record as Alaska's political patriarch would get him a pre-election acquittal on corruption charges.

November 12, 2008 | By MATT APUZZO and JESSE J. HOLLAND Associated Press Writers | Washington


Officials: Foreign fighter chief killed in Syria

WASHINGTON - A top al-Qaida in Iraq operative killed during a U.S. raid on a Syrian compound just over the Iraq border was about to carry out an attack in Iraq, U.S. officials say.

November 12, 2008 | By PAMELA HESS Associated Press Writer | Washington


China pulls tainted eggs in new food safety scare

BEIJING - Wal-Mart pulled a brand of eggs from all its stores in China on Tuesday after tests in Hong Kong found they were tainted with the same toxic chemical blamed for sickening tens of thousands of babies.

November 12, 2008 | By GILLIAN WONG Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Japan: NKorea’s Kim probably remains hospitalized

SEOUL, South Korea - North Korean leader Kim Jong Il appears to have recovered enough from a stroke to run the country without difficulty, South Korea's spy chief said Tuesday, but Japan's prime minister said he likely is issuing orders from a hospital bed.

November 12, 2008 | By JEAN H. LEE Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


1st auction of ivory in decade held in Namibia

WINDHOEK, Namibia - The first ivory auction in a decade sold over 7 tons of tusks to Chinese and Japanese bidders Tuesday, raising more than $1 million for elephant conservation.

November 12, 2008 | By RODRICK MUKUMBIRA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Soldiers, UN retreat as rebels advance in Congo

KILIMANYOKA, Congo - Rebels advanced toward Congo's eastern provincial capital of 600,000 people Tuesday, sending tens of thousands of terrified civilians into a makeshift shelter as Congolese troops and U.N. tanks retreated.

November 12, 2008 | By MICHELLE FAUL Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Doorknobs and TV remotes are germ hotbeds

WASHINGTON - Someone in your house have the sniffles? Watch out for the refrigerator door handle. The TV remote, too. A new study finds that cold sufferers often leave their germs there, where they can live for two days or longer.

November 12, 2008 | By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Medical Writer | National


Texas A&M settles decade-old lawsuit over deaths

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M University agreed Tuesday to pay $2.1 million to settle a lawsuit over the collapse of a bonfire tower that killed 12 people and injured dozens more nearly a decade ago.

November 12, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Iraq to ask US to reopen talks on security pact

BAGHDAD - Iraq's government decided Tuesday to formally ask the United States to reopen negotiations on a proposed deal to keep American troops here past the end of the year. The U.S. suggested it may not be ready to offer more concessions.

November 12, 2008 | By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Britain proposes to name, ban entry of extremists

LONDON - Britain will publicly list and ban entry of more than 200 people whose extremist views and ''violent messages'' are a threat to national security, the home secretary said Tuesday.

November 12, 2008 | By PAISLEY DODDS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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