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Why promising minority students aren’t signing up for AP exams

Why promising minority students aren't signing up for AP exams The number of high school students passing at least one Advanced Placement (AP) exam is up overall this year, but students from minority groups still lag behind their white peers, particularly in math and science. Among members of the class…

Lawsuits allege Carnival Triumph could have made port much sooner

Carnival Triumph could have made port much sooner, lawsuits allege Two prior incidents involving the propulsion system of the Carnival cruise ship Triumph may have set the stage for the Feb. 10 engine-room fire that left the ship powerless and without toilets for five days at sea, according to a…

Vacancy rate for U.S. housing falls to pre-bust levels

Fewer boarded-up homes: Vacancy rate for US housing falls to pre-bust levels Across America fewer homes are boarded up. And fewer people are “doubled up,” sharing a tight apartment with friends or parents. According to the Census Bureau, vacancy rates for residential housing in the United States have fallen to…

Georgia attorney general: Mentally disabled inmate Warren Hill not entitled to stay of execution

The state of Georgia has applied to the US supreme court to overturn a stay of execution for Warren Hill, the intellectually disabled prisoner who came within half an hour of being put to death on Tuesday night. Georgia’s attorney general has filed a petition with the highest court in…

NASA’s Mars rover finds gray rock beneath the Red Planet’s surface

So much for Mars being “The Red Planet.” NASA said Wednesday that its Curiosity rover has scooped up a sample from the interior of a Martian rock and found that the powdery soil just beneath the planet’s rust-colored exterior is actually a light gray color. “Something that the science team…

Sony touts PlayStation 4 as the ‘future of gaming’

Sony unveiled a new-generation PlayStation 4 system on Wednesday and laid out its vision for the “future of gaming” in a world rich with mobile gadgets and play streamed from the Internet cloud. At a press event in New York, computer entertainment unit chief Andrew House said PS4 “represents a…

Red wine compound resveratrol could protect against hearing loss: study

A new study helps explain how a compound found in red wine protects against hearing loss. The research was published this week in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. “Our latest study focuses on resveratrol and its effect on bioinflammation, the body’s response to injury and something that is believed to be…

Astronomers spot smallest planet ever: Kepler-37b

Astronomers on Wednesday said they had found the smallest planet ever spotted beyond our Solar System, a scorched and uninhabitable mini-world tinier than Mercury. The planet is the innermost of three that orbit a Sun-like star called Kepler-37, named after the Kepler telescope, which was launched in 2009 with the…

Photos show North Korea has resumed activity at nuclear site

North Korea has resumed activity at a nuclear site following its internationally condemned bomb test, a US think tank said Wednesday, amid fears that the regime will carry out more explosions. Examining satellite photos, the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University detected a rise in traffic at the Punggye-ri site…

Google invites ‘explorers’ to don new Internet glasses

Google on Wednesday invited “explorers” with creative vision and $1,500 to spare to be part of a select group of people who get to experiment with glasses synched to the Internet. A video intended to capture what it feels like to use Google Glass was posted online at google.com/glass/start/ along…

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