The few, the proud, the fit: Women strive for combat jobs
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The few, the proud, the fit: Women strive for combat jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six months after the Pentagon ordered all combat jobs open to women, seven female Marines are either serving in those posts or waiting to serve, and 167 are performing noncombat duties in front-line units, according to new data obtained by The Associated Press. The numbers underscore the difficulty of integrating women into … Continue reading


A new Vision Paul Bettany in ‘Avengers’
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A new Vision Paul Bettany in ‘Avengers’

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Paul Bettany couldn’t hear anything. When the 43-year-old actor initially donned a noggin-encasing headpiece to portray the mysterious Vision in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” in theaters Friday, Bettany could barely make out what anyone was saying around him. That isolation ended up fueling his imposing performance in the follow-up to the … Continue reading

Jail for 9 of 10 ex-educators in Atlanta test-cheating case
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Jail for 9 of 10 ex-educators in Atlanta test-cheating case

ATLANTA (AP) — All but one of 10 former Atlanta public school educators convicted in a widespread conspiracy to inflate student scores on standardized tests were sentenced to jail time Tuesday, April 14 and the judge called the cheating scandal “the sickest thing that’s ever happened in this town.” Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry … Continue reading

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Police, other groups try to tamp down tensions in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — With measured remarks and a conciliatory tone, police, political leaders and civil-rights activists on Thursday, March 12 sought to tamp down tensions after two police officers were shot in front of the Ferguson Police Department during a protest. The officers were quickly released from the hospital, but St. Louis County Police … Continue reading

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Kerry Washington to play Anita Hill in HBO movie

LOS ANGELES (AP) — HBO says “Scandal” star Kerry Washington will play Anita Hill in a film about Clarence Thomas’ 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings. The film will be titled “Confirmation,” and Washington is also among its executive producers. Hill’s sexual harassment allegations against Thomas put the issue at the center of a fierce national … Continue reading

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‘Five tool’ Will Ferrell bats, fields, coaches in Arizona

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Telling everyone “I’m a five-tool guy,” Will Ferrell was off on his barnstorming tour Thursday, March 12 through five Arizona spring training games. Wearing No. 19 for every team, the star of “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” ”Elf” and many other movies played shortstop for the Oakland Athletics, second base … Continue reading

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Medical pot proposal passes first test in conservative Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A panel of Utah lawmakers gave initial approval Thursday, February 26 to a proposal that would allow residents of the conservative state who have chronic and debilitating diseases to consume edible medical marijuana products. The legislation forbids the smoking of marijuana, but allows businesses to grow marijuana and sell pot-infused … Continue reading

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3 arrested in NY, Florida in plot to join Islamic State

NEW YORK (AP) — Three men accused of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State and wage war against the United States were arrested on terrorism charges Wednesday, February 25  federal officials said. Akhror Saidakhmetov, a Brooklyn resident and citizen of Kazakhstan, was arrested at Kennedy International Airport, where he was attempting … Continue reading