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October 7, 2015 - 12:19pm
6 min 17 sec ago

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman who lost her hair after undergoing chemotherapy says the state Motor Vehicle Commission wouldn't let her use an old driver's license photo showing her with long blond hair.

Neptune City resident Joanne Jodry tells the Asbury Park Press ( she went to renew her driver's license last week at the Freehold office and was told she couldn't keep the old photo.

The 53-year-old Jodry was...

October 7, 2015 - 12:09pm
6 min 17 sec ago

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — For the first time, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will offer course credit for its free online classes.

The university announced Wednesday that students will be able to take a semester of online courses and then earn a "MicroMaster's" degree in the school's supply chain management graduate program. Students who do well during the online semester can apply to finish the one-year program on campus.

Although the...

October 7, 2015 - 12:06pm
6 min 17 sec ago

PAUL SMITHS, N.Y. (AP) — A New York judge has denied a college's petition to add benefactor Joan Weill to its name, citing the will of the founding donor.

Paul Smith's College President Cathy Dove announced the ruling on the Adirondack college's website Wednesday. It was made by a Franklin County state Supreme Court judge.

The college's board of trustees voted over the summer to rename the college Joan Weill-Paul Smith's College in exchange for a $20...

October 7, 2015 - 11:59am
6 min 17 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — An early rally in stock prices was mostly gone by midday after the price of oil retreated.

KFC owner Yum Brands plunged 19 percent after the company cut its profit forecast for the year, citing weakness in its China operations. The company also owns Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.

The Dow Jones industrial average was up 16 points, or 0.1 percent, to 16,808 as of 11:45 a.m. Eastern time.

The Standard & Poor's 500...

October 7, 2015 - 11:37am
16 min 21 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress are questioning Americans' confidence in the government's dietary guidelines, grilling Obama administration officials on how they are written and whether they are still relevant.

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack defended the guidelines before the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday. They said the latest guidelines haven't even been written yet and are due at the end of the...

October 7, 2015 - 11:34am
26 min 19 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top aviation official says the government is testing technology that could locate the operators of small drones that are flying illegally near airports.

It's part of an effort to crack down on near-collisions with manned aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration's deputy administrator tells the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that the technology would let the government detect drone radio signals within a 5-...

October 7, 2015 - 11:33am
26 min 19 sec ago

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Eastern Kentucky University says it has canceled classes for the rest of the week because of an escalating threat after the discovery of graffiti that threatened to "kill all" this week.

The school said Wednesday that it increased police presence around the campus in Richmond, Kentucky.

Officials say classes were canceled midmorning Wednesday on the campus of about 16,000 students.

The school says there's...

October 7, 2015 - 11:28am
26 min 19 sec ago

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Billy Joe Royal, a pop singer who popularized the song "Down in the Boondocks," and crossed over into country music, has died. He was 73 years old.

His agent, Brent Taylor, said the singer died at his home Tuesday in Morehead City, North Carolina.

The Georgia-born singer debuted on Columbia Records with "Down in the Boondocks" in 1965, which reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. But he struggled to match his initial success...

October 7, 2015 - 11:14am
26 min 19 sec ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A historic cruise ship moored in Philadelphia could be destined for the scrap heap if a group trying to save it doesn't get an infusion of cash.

The SS United States Conservancy sent a virtual SOS to supporters Wednesday, saying ongoing expenses have become unsustainable.

The nonprofit says it needs more than $60,000 per month to keep the rehabilitation project afloat. It's retained a broker to explore selling the ship to a metals...

October 7, 2015 - 11:10am
6 min 17 sec ago

CHICAGO (AP) — About 150 firefighters responded when flames engulfed a 92-year-old church on Chicago's South Side.

The Shrine of Christ the King Church is just south of the University of Chicago in the Woodlawn neighborhood. The extra-alarm fire started about 6 a.m. Wednesday, sending flames through the roof. It was extinguished by about 9 a.m.

Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford says there are no reports of injuries but a shelter next...

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