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State lawmaker gets nowhere with attempt to revive cursive

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

By Kelsey Hamlin The Seattle Times (TNS) OLYMPIA, Wash. — Upon hearing from a teacher that her son’s handwriting needed some work, Suzi Allan sought help. She asked when his class would learn cursive writing. But like many schools, her son’s doesn’t teach it. Allan was offered an online packet, if she wanted to teach her son at home. No doubt about it, cursive is dying. Around the country, school …

NH finish in sight as hopefuls eye long campaign

Monday, February 8, 2016

SALEM, N.H. — Eyeing their first wins in a capricious campaign, Republican Donald Trump lashed out at his opponents Monday while Democrat Bernie Sanders sought to play it safe on the eve of the nation’s initial primary. GOP contenders vying for second and third saw fresh hopes for survival after New Hampshire as …

Iraqi woman charged with role in US aid worker’s death

Monday, February 8, 2016

WASHINGTON — The wife of a senior Islamic State leader who was killed in a U.S. raid last year has been charged in federal court with holding American Kayla Mueller hostage and with contributing to the aid worker’s death, the Justice Department said Monday. Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar, also known as Umm Sayyaf, …

Long missing British lord declared dead

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

LONDON — More than 40 years after a British aristocrat disappeared without trace in the hours after his children’s nanny was bludgeoned to death and his wife was badly beaten, he was officially declared dead Wednesday, allowing his …

NY real estate heir pleads guilty on weapons charge

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NEW ORLEANS — A New York real estate heir pleaded guilty in New Orleans on Wednesday to a weapons charge and agreed to an 85-month prison sentence, a move that could usher in his extradition to California to …

German scientists initiate nuclear fusion

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

GREIFSWALD, Germany — Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Wednesday on an experiment they hope will advance the quest for nuclear fusion, considered a clean and safe form of nuclear power. Following nine years of construction and testing, …

Flint crisis reaches Capitol Hill

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

WASHINGTON — Government officials tangled on Wednesday over who was to blame for the crisis in Flint, Michigan, that allowed lead-contaminated water to flow to thousands of residents at a combative congressional hearing that devolved into a partisan …

Syrian peace talks take ‘temporary pause’

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

GENEVA — The peace talks in the Syrian civil war are taking a break. The fighting is not. U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura announced Wednesday there would be a “temporary pause” in the indirect peace …

Report OKs test embryos from DNA of 3 people

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

WASHINGTON — It’s ethical to test a provocative new fertility technique that would prevent mothers from passing on rare but devastating diseases by creating embryos from the DNA of three people — dad, mom and an egg donor …

Still no answers in mystery of looping Iowa fight song

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — The beat goes on near a Niagara Falls bistro. And on and on and on and on. What sounds like a marching band rendition of the University of Iowa fight song plays on a …

Campaigns turn to NH; Clinton ekes out victory in Iowa

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

NASHUA, N.H. — Hillary Clinton tried to turn a skin-of-her-teeth victory in Iowa into a bit of momentum for her battered Democratic campaign, and Ted Cruz sought to lock in his spot at the top of the Republican …

Ex-DA says Cosby is shielded from prosecution

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — The former district attorney who declined a decade ago to bring sex-crime charges against Bill Cosby testified Tuesday that the decision was intended to forever close the door on prosecuting the comedian. Former Montgomery County …

Dutch police eye using eagles to prey on drones

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — It may sound like a flight of fancy, but Dutch police are considering using birds of prey to swoop down and pluck rogue drones out of the sky. Police are working with a Hague-based …