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Rally for unity against terrorism is France’s largest ever

Rally for unity against terrorism is France’s largest ever

Angela Charlton and Thomas Adamson, The Associated Press

January 11, 2015


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PARIS — Masses of people joined with world leaders to fill Paris streets Sunday in a rally for unity that officials said was the largest demonstration in French history. Hundreds of thousands more marched in cities around the country and the world to repudiate a three-day terror spree around the ...

Q&A: Obama’s free tuition plan for community college

Q&A: Obama’s free tuition plan for community college

Kimberly Hefling, The Associated Press

January 10, 2015


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WASHINGTON  — Did somebody say "free tuition"? President Barack Obama's plan, called "America's College Promise," seeks to make two years of community or technical college "as free and universal as high school." It comes with a steep price tag and doubts about sufficient support in Congress. Some ques...

Obama proposes publicly funded community colleges for all

Obama proposes publicly funded community colleges for all

Nedra Pickler, The Associated Press

January 9, 2015


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KNOXVILLE, Tenn.  — President Barack Obama on Friday proposed to bring the cost of two years of community college "down to zero" for all Americans, an ambitious nationwide plan based on a popular Tennessee program signed into law by that state's Republican governor. However, the idea and its ...

Miami judge weds gays and lesbians after ruling against ban

Miami judge weds gays and lesbians after ruling against ban

Curt Anderson and Tamara Lush, The Associated Press

January 5, 2015


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MIAMI  — Lesbian and gay couples were married in Miami on Monday by the same judge who said she saw no reason why they couldn't immediately get their licenses ahead of Florida's coming-out party as the nation's 36th state where same-sex marriages are legal statewide. Florida's constitution was ...

Poll: Americans support menu labeling

Poll: Americans support menu labeling

Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press

December 31, 2014


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WASHINGTON  — More than half of Americans say they already have enough information at restaurants to decide whether they are making a healthy purchase. But they want even more. According to an Associated Press-GfK poll conducted in December, most Americans favor labeling calories on menus in...

Report: Police gun deaths up, still below average

Report: Police gun deaths up, still below average

Amanda Lee Myers, The Associated Press

December 30, 2014


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WASHINGTON — The number of law enforcement officers killed by firearms jumped by 56 percent this year and included 15 ambush deaths. But gun-related police deaths still remain far below historic highs and lower than the average annual figures in the past decade, according to a report released Tues...

Report: 4 million actively enroll in health plans

Report: 4 million actively enroll in health plans

Carla K. Johnson, The Associated Press

December 30, 2014


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The first 50-state report on the latest sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health care law shows that more than 4 million people selected plans for the first time or re-enrolled in what the administration called "an encouraging start." More than 3.4 million people enrolled using Heal...

Funding sometimes lags for sex-trafficking victims

Funding sometimes lags for sex-trafficking victims

David Crary, The Associated Press

December 30, 2014


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As awareness of America's sex-trafficking industry increases, state after state has enacted new laws to combat it. But while a few have backed those get-tough laws with significant funding to support trafficking victims, many have not. In Michigan, for example, a cluster of legislators beamed wit...

Being uninsured in America will cost you more

Being uninsured in America will cost you more

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press

December 29, 2014


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WASHINGTON — Being uninsured in America will cost you more in 2015. In 2015, all taxpayers have to report to the IRS on their health insurance status the previous year. Most will check a box. It's also when the IRS starts collecting fines from some uninsured people, and deciding if others qua...

Mish. College sees small, big benefits with loan promise

Mish. College sees small, big benefits with loan promise

Jeff Karoub, The Associated Press

December 27, 2014


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ADRIAN, Mich. — When it came time to pick a college, Abby Slusher leaned toward a private school near her southeastern Michigan home for the small campus and class sizes. Her mother pushed Adrian College for another reason: A new program guaranteeing every graduate would make more than $37,000 or get...

Texas weighs allowing open carry of handguns

Texas weighs allowing open carry of handguns

Jim Vertuno, The Associated Press

December 14, 2014


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AUSTIN, Texas  — Long depicted as the rootin'-tootin' capital of American gun culture, Texas is one of the few states with an outright ban on the open carry of handguns. That could change in 2015, with the Republican-dominated Legislature and Gov.-elect Greg Abbott expected to push for expa...

Makers show, tell, and create at Houston’s Mini Maker Faire

Makers show, tell, and create at Houston’s Mini Maker Faire

Alyssa Foley, Editor

November 2, 2014


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Just like how a car show is all about cars, a maker faire is all about makers. A maker is anyone who makes their ideas come to life. Wanjun Zhang, is a maker at TX / RX Labs, a maker-space located in Houston’s East End District. She posed for a picture with the Bulbasaur Planter she designed and 3D printed. She talked about how she brings her designs to life: “I learn the tools, and just the act of working with them helps me figure out my design and what I’m doing.”

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