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Ex-Welder Handcrafting Dulcimers

By Ronnie Thomas ATHENS, Ala. (AP) – About eight years ago, when he lived in Leggtown in north Limestone County, Grady Swanner became a logger of sorts. He went into the woods on neighbor David Hunt’s property and began cutting trees blown down by storms into lumber of varying thicknesses, lengths and widths.

What The Gov’t Pays Industry To Snoop

By Anne Flaherty WASHINGTON (AP) – How much are your private conversations worth to the government? Turns out, it can be a lot, depending on the technology. In the era of intense government surveillance and secret court orders, a murky multimillion-dollar market has emerged. Paid for by U.S. tax dollars, but with little public scrutiny, [...]

WWII Vet Reminisces, Shares Legacy

By Dan Schwartz KENAI, Alaska (AP) – The two boys climbed out of their cockpits, onto a yellow wing and back onto the tarmac where the World War II era plane sat under a blue sky. When the brothers grow up, if they chose a life in the sky, 8-year-old Devin Martin would like to [...]

Decades-Old Question: Is Anti-Bacterial Soap Safe?

By Matthew Perrone WASHINGTON (AP) – It’s a chemical that’s been in U.S. households for more than 40 years, from the body wash in your bathroom shower to the knives on your kitchen counter to the bedding in your baby’s basinet. But federal health regulators are just now deciding whether triclosan – the germ-killing ingredient [...]

Blind ISU Professor Teaches Chemistry

By Lenore Sobota NORMAL, Ill. (AP) – When one of Cary Supalo’s students says a chemistry problem is too difficult, he has a standard reply that usually stops them cold. “My being the blind guy,” he tells them, “if I can do that, you can do it, too.” Supalo is an assistant professor at Illinois [...]