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  • September 2, 2014 @ 4:28 pm

    Study: Playing music helps sharpen kids' brains

    The founder of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides free music lessons to low-income students from gang-ridden neighborhoods began to notice several years ago a hopeful sign: Kids were graduating high school and heading off to UCLA, Tulane and other big universities.  Continue reading >
  • September 2, 2014 @ 4:24 pm

    30 teens escape from Nashville detention center

    Thirty teens "overwhelmed" their minders at a juvenile detention center by simultaneously breaking out of four dormitories and then crawling under a weak spot in a chain-link fence. By Tuesday evening, seven were still on the run.  Continue reading >
  • September 2, 2014 @ 4:16 pm

    Justice Department: Texas voter ID discriminatory

    A federal judge on Tuesday began reviewing tough new Texas voter ID rules challenged by the Obama administration in a trial that could threaten the polarizing law, although a decision isn't expected before the November election.  Continue reading >

  • September 2, 2014 @ 4:12 pm

    2 NC men's convictions overturned in 1983 killing

    One of North Carolina's longest-serving death-row inmates and his half brother are being freed after three decades in prison after another man's DNA was discovered on a cigarette butt left near the body of a girl the siblings were convicted of killing.  Continue reading >

  • September 2, 2014 @ 4:08 pm

    Problems abound with health law immigration papers

    More than 200,000 immigrants who bought insurance through President Barack Obama's health care initiative could lose their coverage this month if they don't submit proof this week they are legally in the country, but language barriers and computer glitches are hindering efforts to alert them.  Continue reading >
  • September 2, 2014 @ 4:04 pm

    Air Force instructor convicted in sex scandal dies

    The first Air Force instructor convicted of rape in a sex scandal at one of the nation's busiest military training centers has died in prison.  Continue reading >
  • September 2, 2014 @ 4:04 pm

    Paul Ryan blames Obama in rise of Islamic State

    U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan blamed the Obama administration Tuesday for contributing to the circumstances that led to the swift ascent of the Islamic State, a militant group that purportedly beheaded a second American journalist in two weeks.  Continue reading >
  • September 2, 2014 @ 3:56 pm

    Teen sues DMV after being told to remove makeup

    A 16-year-old in South Carolina sued the state's Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday because the agency won't allow him to take a driver's license photo wearing makeup.  Continue reading >

  • September 2, 2014 @ 3:36 pm

    Attorney: Detroit needs debt plan to survive

    The plan to restructure billions of dollars in debt is the vehicle the Motor City needs to free up funds to provide services to residents and allow the city to survive, one of Detroit's attorneys told the federal judge at the helm of the historic bankruptcy trial, which started Tuesday.  Continue reading >
  • September 2, 2014 @ 3:28 pm

    Penn State student gains rep as squirrel whisperer

    A Penn State student is gaining an Internet reputation as a "squirrel whisperer" for befriending, feeding and dressing up a furry little friend she has named "Sneezy."  Continue reading >
  • September 2, 2014 @ 3:28 pm

    Penn State student gains rep as squirrel whisperer

    A Penn State student is gaining an Internet reputation as a "squirrel whisperer" for befriending, feeding and dressing up a furry little friend she has named "Sneezy."  Continue reading >
  • September 2, 2014 @ 3:21 pm

    Former Va. governor's corruption case goes to jury

    The corruption case that could send former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife to federal prison was in the hands Tuesday of jurors who must decide whether the couple sold the influence of the office to a wealthy vitamin executive seeking legitimacy for his company's signature product.  Continue reading >
  • September 2, 2014 @ 3:12 pm

    Princeton worker put on leave over medical pot

    A Princeton University employee and marijuana legalization activist who said he was told to choose between his job and using medical marijuana is on paid leave as the university works to figure out accommodations for his disability.  Continue reading >
  • September 2, 2014 @ 3:12 pm

    Preschools latest to take on green movement

    Three-year-old Clara Centola seems unconcerned by the adults around her as she works at a mini-kitchen, deciding which cloth-toy fruits and vegetables to serve her imaginary guests. There are no plastic fast-food replicas to choose from at her Oklahoma City preschool, where the real food is vegan and gluten-free.  Continue reading >
  • September 2, 2014 @ 3:01 pm

    Mom of autistic girl pleads guilty to child abuse

    A northern Michigan woman accused of trying to kill her autistic 14-year-old daughter after describing in an online blog the family's struggles to raise her pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree child abuse.  Continue reading >

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