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February 22, 2015 - 4:21pm
1 week 3 days ago

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Wesleyan University's problems with the party drug Molly didn't begin with this weekend's apparent overdoses that sickened at least 12 people.

School health officials sent an email to the university community on Sept. 16, noting that students had been hospitalized over the two previous weekends after taking the drug.

The school posted information about the drug on its webpage and asked students to visit its health center if...

February 22, 2015 - 4:19pm
1 week 4 days ago

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Hundreds of students taking part in Penn State's annual dance marathon over the weekend have raised more than $13 million for pediatric cancer research and care.

The Penn State Dance Marathon known as "Thon" began Friday night at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College and wound up at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Organizers announced that the 46-hour event billed as the largest student-run philanthropy raised $13,026,653. Last year's...

February 22, 2015 - 4:11pm
1 week 4 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Visiting Mickey and Minnie just got more expensive.

Walt Disney says it has raised ticket prices to attend Disneyland, Walt Disney World and the rest of its U.S. theme parks, effective Sunday.

A one-day ticket for either Disneyland or California Adventure in Anaheim, California, is now $99 for anyone 10 or older. That's up from $96.

Single-day tickets for the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena...

February 22, 2015 - 3:56pm
1 week 4 days ago

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of a regular gallon of gas jumped 13 cents in the past two weeks to $2.33, repeating the hike seen two weeks prior for a total 26 cents rise in the last month.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the rise follows months of crashing prices and is still $1.08 per gallon less than a year ago. She attributed the rise to an increase in crude oil prices in mid-January and labor strikes at several refineries....

February 22, 2015 - 2:57pm
1 week 4 days ago

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say the storms and freezing temperatures this past week in Tennessee caused 21 deaths, including 11 attributed to hypothermia.

Gov. Bill Haslam elevated Tennessee on Saturday to a higher level state of emergency, meaning hard-hit areas may be eligible for state and federal assistance.

Forecasters say the heavy precipitation has gone, but most of the state will see low temperatures in the teens to mid-20s the rest of...

February 22, 2015 - 2:55pm
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two prominent Republican senators are agreeing with the Obama administration, that a measure funding the Department of Homeland Security shouldn't be linked to a provision that would overturn the president's executive actions on immigration.

It's an issue that is holding up passage of the funding measure in the Senate, just five days before the department's funding runs out. Lindsey Graham, speaking on ABC, and John McCain, on CBS, told Sunday talk...

February 22, 2015 - 2:31pm
1 week 4 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Striking FairPoint workers have ratified a tentative agreement that ends a four-month strike by more than 1,700 telecommunications workers in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Communications Workers of America announced the results of three days of voting on Sunday.

Workers will head back to their jobs Wednesday.

The telecom workers went on strike in...

February 22, 2015 - 1:21pm
1 week 4 days ago

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man whose body was left in a state crime lab after a mix-up has finally been buried in Augusta.

A coroner says the mistake at the state crime lab in Decatur, outside of Atlanta, led the family of Johnny Morgan Lowe III to bury the wrong man during a closed-casket funeral in December.

The Augusta Chronicle quoted Burke County Coroner Susan Salemi as saying the lab didn't return Lowe's body after an autopsy. The body of...

February 22, 2015 - 1:14pm
1 week 4 days ago

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — The father of Kayla Mueller, the American woman killed after spending months in captivity under Islamic State militants, says the U.S. government "put policy in front of" American lives.

Carl Mueller made the remarks to NBC's "Today" show in an interview that will air Monday.

Mueller says the family understands that U.S. policy dictates not paying ransom to terrorists.

But he says parents understand "that...

February 22, 2015 - 1:11pm
1 week 4 days ago

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio art museum says it plans to return a 450-year-old German artifact that it has learned was likely stolen from a museum after World War II.

The Toledo Museum of Art says it will give the piece that was used to tell time and to make astronomical calculations.

The museum says it was contacted about the astrolabe by the director of the Gotha Museum. Americans occupied the city during World War II and many of the museum's...

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