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April 17, 2014 - 4:29pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A women's legal organization has filed discrimination complaints against nine universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, alleging the schools have repeatedly failed to provide equal athletic opportunities for female students over several decades.

The Title IX complaints by the Women's Law Project were submitted late Wednesday to the U.S. Department of Education. The group cites data from each of the universities showing...

April 17, 2014 - 4:22pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Who says America has lost its muscle?

Growling, unapologetic performance is the theme of this year's New York International Auto Show, which opens to the public Friday. Sure, there's something called the EV Pavilion, where visitors can ride around in a plug-in hybrid. But automakers didn't introduce any hybrids or electrics at the show.

The focus is on power.

Dodge unveiled the 2015 Challenger, which will offer a...

April 17, 2014 - 4:18pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is repeating his position that involving the U.S. military in Ukraine is not an option he is considering.

Obama said Thursday that is because what's happening in Eastern Europe is not a situation that would be amenable to a military solution.

Instead, Obama says Russia has to create an environment in which separatist forces that are occupying buildings in Ukraine disarm and begin negotiations with Ukraine's...

April 17, 2014 - 4:10pm
15 min 26 sec ago

Stocks are mostly higher on Wall Street as upbeat earnings news from several big U.S. companies encouraged investors.

General Electric, Morgan Stanley and PepsiCo all moved higher after reporting their first-quarter results Thursday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose two points, or 0.1 percent, to close at 1,864.

A drop in IBM's stock pulled the Dow Jones industrial average lower. UnitedHealth Group also weighed on the Dow...

April 17, 2014 - 4:09pm
15 min 26 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he's surprised that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is accusing him of failing to work with Congress on immigration.

Cantor said after the two men spoke by phone Wednesday that Obama still hasn't learned how to work effectively with lawmakers.

Obama told reporters during a press conference Thursday that they actually had a "very pleasant conversation" and that he called the Virginia Republican to wish...

April 17, 2014 - 4:08pm
5 min 36 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama conveyed skepticism Thursday about Russian promises to de-escalate a volatile situation in Ukraine, and said the United State and its allies are ready to impose fresh sanctions if Moscow doesn't make good on its commitments.

"My hope is we do see follow-through," Obama said at an impromptu news conference at the White House a few hours after Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up a meeting in Geneva with diplomats from Russia,...

April 17, 2014 - 4:04pm
5 min 36 sec ago

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Federal scientists have found high amounts of mercury in sport fish caught in remote areas of national parks in the West and Alaska, according to a study released Thursday.

Researchers for the U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service said that most fish they caught had acceptable levels of mercury, but 4 percent exceeded healthy levels.

Mercury occurs naturally, but scientists say its presence in national parks, which...

April 17, 2014 - 4:04pm
15 min 26 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he hopes Russia lives up to its agreement with Ukraine but adds that Russia's previous actions give him concern.

Obama says his hope is that Russia will follow through in the next several days on promises made at its meeting Thursday in Geneva with leaders from the United States, the European Union and Ukraine. The meeting was an attempt to find a way to reduce tensions between Ukraine and Russia.

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April 17, 2014 - 4:04pm
15 min 26 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service investigators say they're close to gaining a full understanding of how hackers were able to breach Target's computer systems last December.

But the agency says it could take years to identify the hackers. They stole some 40 million debit and credit card numbers of Target shoppers, and other personal information from as many as 70 million people.

Investigators say it could take even longer to bring the offenders to...

April 17, 2014 - 4:01pm
5 min 36 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a sweeping report Thursday that examined New York City's recovery progress from Superstorm Sandy and promised to reform a much-maligned program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes.

Speaking to about 50 homeowners, officials and community leaders in a storm-battered Staten Island neighborhood, the mayor said the city is aiming to start rebuilding an ambitious 500 homes through its federally funded Build-It-Back program...

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