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Using a smartphone microscope to detect parasites in blood

WASHINGTON (AP) - Prick a finger and have the blood checked for parasites - by smartphone? Scientists are turning those ubiquitous phones into microscopes and other medical tools that could help fight diseases in remote parts of the world.

Today at 02:13PM
Are bungled VA claims systemic? Senators want agency review

WASHINGTON (AP) - Troubled by delays in handling veterans claims, a bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday urged a wide-scale, independent review of the Department of Veterans Affairs for mismanagement and changes to improve budgeting and speed up applications.

Today at 01:55PM
Colleges move to expand services for immigrant students

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) - Miguel Davila had reasons to be skeptical when the University of California, Davis dedicated a bright, clearly marked space on campus for students who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

Today at 01:19PM
NFL finds Patriots employees probably deflated balls

An NFL investigation released Wednesday concluded New England Patriots employees likely deflated footballs used in the AFC Championship and that quarterback Tom Brady was "at least generally aware" of the rules violations.

Today at 01:13PM
Pass first? Point guards look to show you can score, win

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Bob Cousy, Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas set the standard for championship point guards, winning mostly by setting up their teammates even though they were capable scorers.

May 5
Irish nanny charged in baby's death released after 2 years

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) - An Irish nanny charged with killing a 1-year-old Massachusetts girl in her care more than two years ago was released on bail Tuesday while authorities review medical evidence.

May 5
House speaker's consultant on PawSox works for industry

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - An economist hired by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello to consult on a proposal for a new Pawtucket Red Sox stadium in Providence said Tuesday that he also is a consultant for the pro baseball commissioner's office, but a spokesman for the speaker said he doesn't see a conflict.

May 5
Incoming UMass president vows to increase online learning

BOSTON (AP) - Incoming University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan is vowing to expand online learning at the five-campus system.

May 5
Obama chooses Marine general as Joint Chiefs chairman

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama tapped a highly respected combat commander as his next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Tuesday, signaling that the battles against al-Qaida and Islamic State militants threatening the Middle East and the West remain top priorities for the nation's military despite years of trying to change the focus to Asia.

May 5
Regulators approve increase in menhaden catch limits

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A multi-state regulatory board is approving higher catch limits for Atlantic menhaden, a fish that plays important roles as bait and part of the ocean food web.