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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 [...]

Celebrity ‘Fractivists’: True Advocates Or NIMBYs?

By Kevin Begos and Jennifer Peltz NEW YORK (AP) – The scene: a Manhattan art-house theater. The cause: a campaign against the gas drilling process known as fracking that’s being led by more than 100 celebrities, including Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Robert Redford, Mark Ruffalo and Mario Batali. Outside, demonstrators in hazmat suits circle the [...]