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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...
Study: Dentist Shortage Plagues Britain By THOMAS WAGNER, Associated Press Writer LONDON, United Kingdom (AP) -- A shortage of National Health Service dentists in England has led some people to pull out their own teeth — or use super glue to stick crowns back on, a study says...
Dancers must face each other - or face the music By Jessamy Brown Star-Telegram Staff Writer Rules for Carroll High School students at the homecoming dance Saturday were specific: All dancing had to be "face to face." What? No more conga lines or Macarena because dancers don't...
State Trooper Accused in Porn Star Tryst Arrested LEBANON, Tenn. — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says agents have arrested a former state trooper who resigned after a porn actress said she performed oral sex on him during a traffic stop. The agents arrested James "Randy...
Support Wanes in House for Genocide Vote By CARL HULSE Published: October 17, 2007 WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 — Worried about antagonizing Turkish leaders, House members from both parties have begun to withdraw their support from a resolution backed by the Democratic leadership that...