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Portland, Beaverton schools reject usual reading approach

Betsy Hammond/Oregonlive, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 8:10am

Portland Public Schools, searching for a new way to teach young students to read and write after years of struggle, has decided to go it alone.

Striking Verizon workers to return Wednesday; deal inked

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 8:10am

Nearly 40,000 striking Verizon employees will return to work Wednesday after reaching a tentative contract agreement that includes 1,300 new call center jobs, nearly 11 percent in raises over four years and the first contract for Verizon wireless store workers, a union said Monday.

West Virginia University newspaper reducing printing days

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 7:50am

West Virginia University's more than century-old newspaper will stop printing newspapers five days a week, instead printing three days a week and striving for daily online content.

EU, Mexico officially launch update of free trade deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 7:50am

The European Union and Mexico have launched talks to update a free trade agreement that one EU official says has already led to a rise of over 250 percent in goods traded between them.

Guarding against deadly blows to the chest in kids' sports

Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 7:31am

Jack Crowley was 15 when a baseball hit him in the chest and stopped his heart. The Long Island teen survived thanks to a police officer who grabbed a defibrillator and shocked his heart back into rhythm.

Czech government again approves ban on smoking

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 7:00am

The Czech government has again approved a smoking ban in restaurants.

Jordan heads into elections by fall as parliament dissolved

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 6:50am

Jordan is heading into parliamentary elections by September, after King Abdullah II dissolved the current legislature.

Turkey hopes it can mend ties with Russia soon

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 6:30am

A top Turkish government official expressed hope that Turkey and Russia can mend relations soon, adding that neither country is in a position to "sacrifice" ties.

Man apprehended at Cologne airport for bypassing security

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 6:20am

Police took a man into custody at Germany's Cologne-Bonn airport on Monday on suspicion he skirted security screening, in an incident that caused authorities to shut down all departures from one of the two terminals for more than two hours.

Former Zurich Insurance CEO Martin Senn kills himself

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 5:20am

Switzerland's Zurich Insurance Group says former chief executive Martin Senn, who ran the company for six years until last December, has killed himself. The incident comes three years after the company's then-chief financial officer also killed himself.

Eurozone economic sentiment improves for second month

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 4:41am

Economic confidence is up in the 19 European countries that use the euro, a survey showed Monday, thanks in particular to greater optimism among consumers that has led to a pickup in inflation expectations.

Sky high: NYC 'trophy apartment' could list for $250 million

Verena Dobnik, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 29th - 4:00pm

Billionaires' Row.

Gibraltar fears border with Spain could close if UK quits EU

Harold Heckle, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 29th - 3:40pm

Gibraltar could find its access to the single European market blocked by a hostile Spanish government if the United Kingdom were to vote to leave the European Union in a referendum next month, the chief minister of the tiny British territory on Spain's southwestern tip said Sunday.

Access Health CT helping 18,000 enrollees find new plans

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 29th - 2:21pm

Connecticut's health insurance marketplace is helping up to 18,000 people who no longer qualify for Medicaid health coverage to enroll in private insurance plans.

Depp's 'Alice' bombs, 'X-Men: Apocalypse' on top with $65M

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 29th - 1:51pm

Johnny Depp's "Alice Through the Looking Glass" bombed over the Memorial Day weekend with just $28.1 million through Sunday in North American theaters, while "X-Men: Apocalypse" debuted on top with an estimated $65 million.

Judge orders Washington Medicaid to provide hepatitis C drug

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 29th - 1:50pm

A federal judge has ordered Washington Medicaid to provide an expensive drug to all hepatitis C patients, not just the sickest ones.

Couple arrested after cutting fence at nuclear plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 29th - 12:40pm

Authorities say two people arrested after cutting a chain at a central Pennsylvania nuclear plant said they blundered onto the property and were trying to get out.

Uganda, South Korea leaders sign co-operation agreements

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 29th - 12:00pm

Uganda and South Korea signed cooperation agreements Sunday that officials here hope will lead to transfer of technology as Uganda tries to implement an ambitious industrialization program.

Israel media: Police recommend indicting Netanyahu's wife

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 29th - 12:00pm

Israeli media reported Sunday that a police investigation has recommended indicting the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over misuse of state funds and inflated household spending.

NY lawmakers consider limit on opioid drug prescriptions

Kassie Parisi, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 29th - 11:50am

New York lawmakers are considering legislation to limit the amount of prescription opioid drugs patients can get after an initial visit to the doctor's office, part of an effort to reduce the amount of pills that accumulate in medicine cabinets and help fuel a statewide addiction crisis.