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WASHINGTON — Security screeners at two of the nation's busiest airports failed to find fake bombs hidden on undercover agents posing as passengers in more than 60% of tests last year, according to a classified report obtained by USA TODAY. Screeners at Los Angeles International...
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. -- A substitute teacher has been arrested for pummeling a disruptive student Wednesday at an alternative school, authorities said. Joseph Brazer, 35, was charged with a single count of felony battery. Students at the Whiddon-Rogers Education Center had to...
Amid talk of budget constraints and environmental impact fees, Anne Arundel leaders took time this week to weigh in on another controversial issue: Halloween. A County Council member -- outraged that some schools have ditched the name of the traditional holiday in favor of "...
AUSTIN — When Texas transportation officials talk about bridges these days, they don't necessarily mean steel spans and concrete girders. Instead, they are being taught how to "bridge" from off-message questions to their own talking points in a toll-road campaign. "You will...
PORTLAND, Me., Oct. 17 — The Portland school board on Wednesday approved a measure allowing middle-school students to gain access to prescription birth control medications without notifying parents. The proposal, from the Portland Division of Public Health, calls for the...
Man Texting While Driving Hits Train 15 hours ago EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — When Robert Gillespie looked up from his text message, he saw a freight train. EOM. ("End of message," that is, for non-texters.) Eugene police say Gillespie's car crashed into the side of the Union Pacific...
Katy Student Shocked With Taser Gun By Elizabeth Scarborough KATY, Texas -- Parents are asking questions about how much force officers should use on minors after a high school student was shocked by a Taser gun, KPRC Local 2 reported Monday. The 15-year-old Mayde Creek High...
Obama and Cheney discover hidden family ties 10 hours ago WASHINGTON (AFP) — They are political polar opposites, but for Vice President Dick Cheney and Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama, hidden family ties run deep, as they are distant cousins. The vice president's...
City Council adopts broad smoking ban Christopher Heredia, Chronicle Staff Writer Oakland -- Smoking in ATM lines, parks, bus stops and municipal golf courses will no longer be legal in Oakland, under an ordinance adopted Tuesday by the City Council. The new law, which takes...