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FILE -  In this Jan. 19, 2014 file photo, Philip Seymour Hoffman poses for a portrait at The Collective and Gibson Lounge Powered by CEG, during the Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah. A spokesperson for the New York City Medical Examiner announced on Friday, Feb. 28, that Hoffman’s death an accident. The Oscar-winning actor’s body was found on Feb. 2 with a needle still in his arm. Officials say he died from a toxic mix of heroin and other drugs. Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday called on first responders to use an overdose-reversal drug to help save lives amid a nationwide resurgence in heroin abuse, a public health scourge claiming the lives of celebrities and young people alike.  (AP Photo/Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

AG Holder urges use of overdose-reversal drug

Thursday, April 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday urged first responders to use an overdose-reversal drug to help save lives amid a nationwide resurgence in heroin abuse, a public health scourge claiming the lives of celebrities and young people alike. When administered in a timely manner, the reversal drug commonly referred to as narcan can restore breathing to someone experiencing … 0

New SAT: What will those questions look like?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — Calculate the foreign exchange rate a vacationing American would pay in India. Estimate from a random sample the number of 18- to 34-year olds who voted for a candidate. These are sample questions from the newly redesigned SAT, which aims for more real-world applications and analysis from students. The College Board released the sample test questions on Wednesday, offering clues to … 0

Diabetic heart attacks and strokes falling

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NEW YORK — In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting. Over the last two decades, the rates of heart attacks and strokes among diabetics fell by more than 60 percent, a new federal study shows. The research … 0

Suspected extremists kidnap 100 girls from school in Nigeria

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Suspected Islamic extremists abducted about 100 female students from a school in northeast Nigeria before dawn Tuesday, but some of the teens managed to escape from the back of an open truck, officials said. The girls were abducted after midnight from a school in Chibok, … 0

‘Anything you can do’

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Under a canopy of trees on the edge of a large field, soldiers from Bravo Battery are lying in a circle as they pore over targeting charts. Nearby, others are preparing the howitzer cannons … 0

Five dead in Calgary’s worst mass murder ever

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

CALGARY, Alberta — Five people were killed and the son of a police officer is in custody after multiple stabbings at a house party attended by university students near the University of Calgary, the police chief said, calling … 0

Globe wins Pulitzer for Boston bombing coverage

Monday, April 14, 2014

BOSTON — Journalists at The Boston Globe honored the victims of last year’s marathon bombings Monday after being awarded a Pulitzer Prize in the breaking news category for the paper’s coverage of the attack. The announcement of the award came as the city prepares for Tuesday’s anniversary of … 0

Colleges seek to improve remedial programs

Monday, April 14, 2014

BALTIMORE — The odds have long been stacked against students like those in Edward Ennels’ remedial math classes at Baltimore City Community College. Only about a quarter of students nationally who take developmental — or remedial — classes … 0

Don’t get ‘hangry,’ have a snack

Monday, April 14, 2014

WASHINGTON — A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right. That’s because low blood sugar … 0

Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA revelations

Monday, April 14, 2014

NEW YORK — The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for revealing the U.S. government’s sweeping surveillance efforts in a blockbuster series of stories based on secret documents supplied by NSA … 0

Kansas shooting suspect had history of racism

Monday, April 14, 2014

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Never one to keep his hatred to himself, Frazier Glenn Cross for decades sought out any soapbox to espouse his white-supremacist beliefs, twice running for federal office with campaigns steeped in anti-Semitism. Yet there’s … 0

Social Security halts effort to collect old debts

Monday, April 14, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Social Security Administration is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago. Acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin … 0

At least 71 killed in Nigeria terror attack

Monday, April 14, 2014

JOHANNESBURG — Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan blamed Boko Haram for an explosion that killed scores of people Monday at a bus station outside his nation’s capital, calling the Islamic militant group an “unnecessary distraction” and a temporary problem. … 0