Nation & World


Study: Annual teacher training dollars ineffective

A new study of 10,000 teachers found that professional development — the teacher workshops and training that cost taxpayers billions of dollars each year — is largely a waste.

Obama: Iran vote most important foreign issue since Iraq war

President Barack Obama is depicting a looming congressional vote on the Iran nuclear deal as the nation's most consequential foreign policy debate since the authorization of the Iraq war, a now unpopular decision that still reverberates through American politics.

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Crews report some progress against huge California wildfire

Firefighters are reporting some progress against a Northern California wildfire that has charred more than 100 square miles of terrain, destroying buildings, threatening many others and sending thousands of residents fleeing.

Economists dump on Trump boast to bring jobs back from China

Donald Trump vows to bring back the millions of American jobs lost to China and other foreign competitors if voters put him in the White House.

Gas prices dropping, could hit $2 a gallon

Think of it as Christmas in August. Gasoline prices are expected to drop sharply this month and might be approaching $2 a gallon in much of the country by the time winter’s chill arrives.

More fights ahead on Planned Parenthood after Senate vote

In the aftermath of the Senate's derailing of Republican legislation halting federal dollars for Planned Parenthood, one thing seems clear: Many on both sides think they can ring up gains from the battle.

Lactating moms have no right to pump at work in many states

All Anna Johnson-Smith wanted was some time each afternoon to pump breast milk for her infant. But when she returned to work as a kindergarten teacher in Marlin, Texas, after the May 2012 birth, her principal denied her request, putting her in the position of choosing between her child and her career.

Review - Windows 10 feels familiar, friendly

Windows 10 is Microsoft’s way of saying, “Oops.” And for any company that wants to stay on top, recognizing mistakes — and correcting them — is essential.

Companies wake up to cost of employee sleep deprivation on the job

The average worker loses 11 days of productivity each year due to insomnia. By JENA McGREGOR

Corporate America has long tried to help its employees stop smoking, eat healthier and get in better shape. More recently, companies have been rolling out ways to help them manage their finances. And now, more are making it their job to help workers get better sleep.

Paper or pixels? Industry tries to win back consumers

Manufacturers have launched an ad campaign to remind the digitally revolutionized that paper still has a purpose.

Remember paper? Memos to sign. Maps to fold. Letters to write. Calendars to flip.

Report: Teen use of morning-after pill climbs

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 1 in 5 sexually active teen girls have used the morning-after pill — a dramatic increase that likely reflects that it’s easier now for teens to buy the emergency contraceptive.

Common weight loss rule doesn’t hold up

There’s a popular rule you’ve probably heard before about losing weight: for every 3,500 calories you shed from your diet, you’ll lose a pound. But just because everyone, including nutritionists with graduate degrees, keep repeating this doesn’t make it true.

Online viewers won't miss Super Bowl ads shown on TV

LOS ANGELES — Next year, you won't have to worry about missing the buzziest commercials of the Super Bowl if you can't get to a TV.

Debris found on Indian Ocean island may be from missing flight

PARIS — A sea-crusted wing part washed up on an island in the western Indian Ocean may be the first trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 since it vanished nearly a year and a half ago, and a tragic but finally solid clue to one of aviation’s most perplexing and expensive mysteries.

Afghan intelligence: Taliban leader dead

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency says the reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has been dead for more than two years.