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EXCHANGE: Students learn culinary skills in unique program

Sharon Woods Harris, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 3:10am

Sabrina Falkingham wants to do more with the cooking skills she has than bake brownies or flip pancakes, and she's found just the ticket to move her dream forward: the culinary arts program at Pekin Community High School.

AGs: Pelvic mesh implants caused dire complications

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 2:41am

Dawna Hankins was scheduled to have a partial hysterectomy in 2008 when her doctor suggested implanting a vaginal mesh device at the same time to deal with minor incontinence.

Planners seek to transform border town into destination

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 2:41am

Trucks race along a winding road in the arid New Mexico desert. As they travel through Santa Teresa, a border-crossing port of entry and unincorporated town, they pass millions of square feet of warehouses that store steel coil, wind turbine blades and specialty glass.

Casino magnate Wynn envisions water paradise in dry Nevada

Sally Ho, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 2:30am

Imagine a white sand beach with a bar at the dock. Water skiers flash by a small island, where fireworks shoot from twin peaks. Now imagine this water paradise is in the desert of drought-stricken Nevada.

Top general urges lawmakers to preserve Afghan visa program

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 2:00am

Afghan civilians who assisted the American-led coalition as interpreters, firefighters and construction workers could be in serious danger if Congress cancels a program that allows them to resettle in the United States, according to the top American commander in Afghanistan.

House GOP faces first vote on Puerto Rico bill

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 2:00am

House Republicans are attempting to hold together a rare bipartisan deal to help Puerto Rico manage its crippling finances as a committee begins considering the legislation Wednesday.

TSA chief headed back to Capitol Hill to talk airport lines

Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 2:00am

The head of the Transportation Security Administration is heading back to Capitol Hill Wednesday to try to explain what his agency is doing to deal with increasingly long airport security lines that have already snarled the fledgling summer travel season.

France tapping fuel stocks as strikes cause gas shortages

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 1:40am

France has begun using its fuel reserves to deal with gasoline shortages caused by strikes and protests over a divisive labor reform.

Gov't report: Feds spend billions to run ancient technology

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 1:31am

The government is spending about three-fourths of its technology budget maintaining aging computer systems, including platforms more than 50 years old in vital areas from nuclear weapons to Social Security. One still uses floppy disks.

Toyota to expand in Malaysia with $488 million plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 1:30am

Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday that it will build a second factory in Malaysia as part of expansion to meet rising local demand.

Military spouses struggle to find jobs

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 1:30am

Military spouses struggle to find jobs and are more likely to work for less pay or in positions below their education level, spurring unemployment and other costs of as much as $1 billion a year, according to a study.

Investigators: Homeowner shoots worker, turns gun on self

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 11:31pm

A New Hampshire man fatally shot a heating oil company employee who came to his house to do work before trying to kill himself and engaging in an hours-long standoff with police, authorities said.

Military spouses struggle to find jobs

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 10:12pm

Military spouses struggle to find jobs and are more likely to work for less pay or in positions below their education level, spurring unemployment and other costs of as much as $1 billion a year, according to a study.

Woman, child dead after Amtrak train hits SUV in California

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 9:51pm

A mother and her child died Tuesday after an Amtrak train crashed into their SUV in the San Francisco Bay Area, authorities said.

Lauren Jackson back in basketball in team operations role

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 9:20pm

Lauren Jackson's first job since retiring from basketball won't be far from the court.

The Latest: Lawyer says ex-policeman ran legitimate business

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 7:50pm

The Latest on a former New York City police officer accused of running a prostitution ring (all times local):

Feds say ex-policeman ran $2,000-an-hour prostitution ring

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 7:50pm

A former police officer who retired on a disability pension ran a prostitution ring that charged customers as much as $2,000 an hour, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

Greece gets new funds approved by eurozone creditors

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 7:30pm

Greece has won an essential batch of bailout funds from international creditors following agreement among the 19 eurozone finance ministers and can start looking forward to debt relief in the future.

APNewsBreak: Lawmakers, Snyder agree to framework of budget

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 6:10pm

Key Republican lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder's administration agreed Tuesday on the framework of a state spending plan that would direct $165 million more toward Flint's lead-tainted water crisis and significantly scale back a plan to address underground infrastructure needs across Michigan.