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Former Atlanta school superintendent and 34 others charged with racketeering in cheating probe

The former superintendent of Atlanta’s public school system was among 35 people indicted on Friday in connection with a cheating scandal that dates back to 2001. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Beverly Hall, former Atlanta Public Schools human relations director Millicent Few and other administrators were indicted on 57 counts…

EPA announces new rules for auto emissions, sulfur in gasoline

US regulators announced on Friday stricter rules on vehicle emissions and a requirement for low-sulfur gasoline as part of President Barack Obama’s efforts to reduce pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal would require a 60 percent reduction in sulfur in gasoline as well as stricter tailpipe emissions standards for cars…

Classic Philly cheesesteak joint drops racial slur from name

A classic Philadelphia cheesesteak restaurant is changing its name after almost seven decades from “Chink’s” because of fear of causing racial offense. Chink’s Steaks has been renowned for its girth-busting meat and melted cheese sandwiches since it was opened by Samuel “Chink” Sherman in 1949, according to a history on…

Colleges attempt to avoid tuition cost scrutiny by piling on student fees

At the University of California Santa Cruz, where tuition runs to nearly $35,000 for non-residents, students every year pay more than 30 additional fees 2014 including a small charge for what’s billed as “free” HIV testing. Students at Oklahoma State University pay a handsome sum to attend one of the…

UPS agrees to pay $40 million for shipping illegal prescription drugs

UPS Friday agreed to forfeit $40 million and implement a compliance program after a Department of Justice probe found the company delivered drugs on behalf of illegal online pharmacies. The agreement followed an investigation that showed that UPS was shipping drugs on behalf of Internet pharmacies that were distributing controlled…

‘Facebook phone’ could be introduced at May event

Facebook fueled fresh talk Friday about its own mobile phone after the leading social network scheduled a press announcement for next week. Shortly after the Facebook invitation went out for the April 4 event, the technology news site TechCrunch reported the announcement would be a modified version of the Google…

Robert Redford to appear in new ‘Captain America’ film

Robert Redford will appear in the next “Captain America” blockbuster — and the Hollywood legend and independent movie guru insists he is not selling out. The 76-year-old Redford will play a senior leader in the secret government agency of S.H.I.E.L.D in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” scheduled for release next…

U.S. worried about Egypt’s rise in sexual violence

The United States on Friday expressed concern about a rise in sexual violence and gang rapes in Egypt and condemned local politicians who have said the women are to blame. The response came after a string of reports by AFP and other media outlets about women who are speaking out…

EPA proposes new rules to limit emissions from car tailpipes

EPA’s new standards for gasoline sulfur would drastically reduce smog from car exhaust and bring US in line with other countries The Obama administration announced new gasoline rules on Friday that are intended to clean up smog in car exhaust. The proposed new standards for gasoline sulfur would drastically reduce…

Scientists plan diving quest to study ‘living fossil’ coelacanth

French and South African biologists will dive to deep-sea caves in the Indian Ocean next month in a bid to locate the coelacanth, the “living fossil” fish whose history predates the dinosaurs, France’s National Museum of Natural History said on Friday. The “Gombessa” expedition, named after a local term for…

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