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Some states preserve penmanship despite tech gains

November 25, 2012 • National NewsComments (0)

Zoe White practices writing in cursive at St. Mark’s Lutheran School in Hacienda Heights, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. Bucking a growing trend of eliminating cursive from elementary school curriculums or making it optional, California is among the states keeping longhand as a third-grade staple. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pen...

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After ‘Psycho,’ a shower of violence in movies

November 24, 2012 • Entertainment, National NewsComments (0)

FILE – In this 1960 file photo, actress Janet Leigh appears as Marion Crane in the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic thriller “Psycho.” Hitchcock’s “Psycho” is a film that 52 years after its shocking premiere still...

Camacho’s mother says life support will end

November 24, 2012 • National NewsComments (0)

FILE – This Sept. 13, 1997 file photo shows Hector Camacho, left, of Puerto Rico, and Oscar De La Hoya of Los Angeles exchanging blows in the first round of their WBC welterweight championship in Las Vegas. Police in the Puerto Rican city of Bayamon say...

Black Friday creeps into Thanksgiving permanently?

November 24, 2012 • National NewsComments (0)

Shoppers explore the Flatirons Crossing Mall, in Broomfield, Colo., Friday Nov. 23, 2012. Black Friday, the day when retailers traditionally turn a profit for the year, got a jump start this year as many stores opened just as families were finishing up...

DC on pace for fewer than 100 homicides in 2012

November 24, 2012 • National NewsComments (0)

This photo taken Nov. 20, 2012 shows Ismail Watkins listening during a group support session for gunshot survivors, in Washington. Washington’s murder rate was approaching nearly 500 slayings a year in the early 1990s, the annual rate has gradually...

Powerball jackpot builds to $325M for Saturday

November 24, 2012 • National NewsComments (0)

People wait in line to purchase lottery on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 in New York. The jackpot for Powerball’s weekend drawing has climbed to $325 million, the fourth-largest in the game’s history. Powerball organizers say this is the first run-up to a...

Massive pileup shuts I-10 in Texas; 2 dead

November 23, 2012 • National NewsComments (0)

Cars and Trucks are piled on Interstate 10 in Southeast Texas Thursday Nov. 22, 2012. The Texas Department of Public Safety says at least 35 people have been injured in a more than 50-vehicle pileup. (AP Photo/The Beaumont Enterprise, Guiseppe Barranco)...

Garment salesman held in 3 NY merchant deaths

November 23, 2012 • National NewsComments (0)

In this 2001 photo provided by the Franconia Township Police Department in Telford, Pa, Salvatore Perrone is shown. New York City police said on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 that they’ve arrested the 63-year-old low end clothing dealer for the killings of three...

Jockeying under way to replace Rep. Jackson Jr.

November 23, 2012 • National NewsComments (0)

FILE – This March 20, 2012 file photo shows Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., his wife Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, and their children Jessica, 12, and Jesse III, 8, thanking supporters at his election night party in Chicago after his Democratic...

Deere has downbeat 2013 outlook, and shares fall

November 22, 2012 • National NewsComments (0)

FILE- In this Feb. 13, 2011, file photo, a John Deere tractor is parked at the Stevens Implement Company, a John Deere dealership, in Petersburg, Ill. Deere & Co. said Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, that it earned $687.6 million for the quarter, or $1.75 per...