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Buffalo engineers seek to build better NFL schedule

Buffalo engineers seek to build better NFL schedule

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Two industrial engineering students at the University at Buffalo have been working on a new NFL schedule to minimize competitive imbalance. Kyle Cunningham and Niraj Pandy say they’ve developed an algorithm that comes close to matching – and in some cases improving – a schedule the NFL produces each year. They […]

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Indiana may allow ‘baby boxes’ for surrendering newborns

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A 2-foot-long metal box could become Indiana’s newest weapon in its efforts to save babies from abandonment and death. Legislation approved by the state House of Representatives would allow hospitals, police and fire stations, churches and select nonprofits to install incubators, or baby boxes, in which parents could surrender their newborns anonymously. […]

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Republicans prepare to pass Homeland Security funding

Republicans prepare to pass Homeland Security funding

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – A short-term funding bill for the Homeland Security Department may be on the horizon as the hours tick away toward a partial agency shutdown. Some House Republicans insist passing the short-term funding only bill will allow them to continue their fight against President Barack Obama’s executive directives on immigration. A three-week stopgap […]

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DC legalizes pot in capital, despite threats from Congress

DC legalizes pot in capital, despite threats from Congress

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The District of Columbia has defied threats from Congress and moved forward with legalizing possession of marijuana after a voter-approved initiative. Despite last-minute maneuvers by Republican leaders in Congress and threats that city leaders could face prison time, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said the city is implementing marijuana legalization as approved by […]

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Orders for US durable goods up 2.8 percent in January

Orders for US durable goods up 2.8 percent in January

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in January as a key category that signals business investment plans showed an increase. The Commerce Department says orders for durable goods increased 2.8 percent in January after declines of 3.7 percent in December and 2.2 percent in November. Demand in a category […]

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Applications for jobless aid rise

Applications for jobless aid rise

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – More Americans sought unemployment aid last week, though the number of applications was still consistent with steady hiring. The Labor Department says weekly applications rose 31,000 to a seasonally adjusted 313,000, the most in six weeks. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased 11,500 to 294,500. Applications are a proxy for […]

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Consumer prices plunge 0.7 percent on cheaper gas costs

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – A plunge in gas prices last month lowered consumer prices by the most in six years. But excluding the volatile food and energy costs, prices actually rose. The Labor Department says the consumer price index fell 0.7 percent in January, the sharpest decrease since December 2008. Tumbling prices at the pump drove […]

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‘American Sniper’ killer to appeal verdict

| February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) – Attorneys for an ex-Marine convicted of killing “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and another man say they’re appealing the verdict. The jury in Stephenville, Texas found Eddie Ray Routh guilty yesterday of gunning down Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield after the two men took Routh to a shooting range two […]

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Man convicted in deaths of ‘American Sniper’ author, friend

Man convicted in deaths of ‘American Sniper’ author, friend

| February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) – A jury in Stephenville, Texas has found an ex-Marine guilty of killing “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and another man, who were gunned down at a shooting range in February 2013. Defense lawyers had argued that Eddie Ray Routh suffered from psychosis when he turned his weapon on Kyle and Kyle’s […]

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Kerry braces for Day 2 of quizzing on Capitol Hill

Kerry braces for Day 2 of quizzing on Capitol Hill

| February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) -Secretary of State John Kerry faces a second day of questioning on Capitol Hill today. Yesterday a Senate panel asked Kerry about the fight against the Islamic State group, Russia’s actions in neighboring Ukraine, the crisis in Syria and the sensitive negotiations underway to prevent Iran from being able to have nuclear weapons. […]

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