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Colleges nationwide hope to engage students on wealth gap

Sunday, November 23, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — Many students at Keene State College and Mount Wachusett Community College already know something about the widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else. Now, the schools are working together to get them to do something about it. Keene State, a four-year liberal arts college in New Hampshire, and Mount Wachusett, a two-year college in Gardner, Massachusetts, are leading a national project to engage students on …

Assisted suicide opponents meet in Connecticut

Sunday, November 23, 2014

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) — Organizers say about 140 people turned out for a daylong conference on assisted suicide. The two-day event, dubbed East Coast Against Assisted Suicide, wrapped up Saturday in Windsor Locks. It was sponsored by several groups that oppose legislation legalizing the practice, including the Connecticut-based Family Institute of Connecticut and Second Thoughts Connecticut. Other sponsors included the Euthanasia Prevention …

Panel mulls pay hikes for governor, other top pols

Sunday, November 23, 2014

BOSTON — Among the many decisions Gov.-elect Charlie Baker and the next Legislature could face is a potentially awkward one: Whether to back a salary hike for the state’s chief executive and other top elected officials. The Special Advisory Commission on Public Compensation is scheduled to make recommendations on Dec. 1. The panel …

Fla. State shooter well-liked but troubled

Thursday, November 20, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities don’t know why Myron May targeted his alma mater Thursday when he opened fire on students at Florida State University’s library, but they do know he thought the government was watching him and out to get him. Or, as Tallahassee Police Chief Michael …

Japanese police arrest suspected ‘black widow’

Thursday, November 20, 2014

TOKYO — Japanese police were looking for traces of poison in the home of a woman arrested on suspicion of killing her husband, one of six men who have died while in a relationship with her over the …

1975 murder charges dismissed against 3

Thursday, November 20, 2014

CLEVELAND — A man convicted with his brother and his childhood friend of killing a businessman in 1975 said Thursday he’s sorry his mother isn’t alive to see that they can now walk free together because the only …

California regents OK tuition hike over protest

Thursday, November 20, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — University of California President Janet Napolitano prevailed Thursday in persuading the system’s governing board to authorize five years of tuition increases, a politically risky move likely to ignite months of debate to determine if the …

Israeli mayor bans Arab workers, igniting uproar

Thursday, November 20, 2014

JERUSALEM — The mayor of a southern Israeli city sparked a national uproar Thursday by barring Israeli Arab construction workers from jobs in local preschools, citing security concerns after a rash of attacks by Palestinian assailants elsewhere in …

Amnesty: Refugee crisis grows in Turkey

Thursday, November 20, 2014

ISTANBUL — With Turkey’s government-run refugee camps operating at full capacity, more than 1 million Syrian refugees who have flocked to Turkey to escape fighting at home are struggling to survive on their own, according to an Amnesty …

Protesters, police clash in Mexico

Thursday, November 20, 2014

MEXICO CITY — Protesters marched in the capital Thursday to demand authorities find 43 missing college students, seeking to pressure the government on a day traditionally reserved for the celebration of Mexico’s 1910-17 Revolution. Authorities canceled the traditional …

Buffalo snow onslaught not over

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Homeowners opened their front doors to find themselves sealed in by sheer walls of white. Shovelers turned walkways into head-high canyons. A woman gave birth in a firehouse after the snow prevented her from reaching …

Kurdish operation targets IS

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BAGHDAD — Kurdish forces, backed by U.S.-led airstrikes, launched a new offensive Wednesday targeting the Islamic State group in areas of Iraq that the extremists had captured this past summer. The operation came as Turkish President Recep Tayyip …

Obama to enact own plan on immigration

Thursday, November 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — In a broad test of his executive powers, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday he will sidestep Congress and order his own federal action on immigration — in measures that could spare from deportation as many as …