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In this April 16, 2014 image from video Roger Pontz wears special glasses that house a small video camera and transmitter at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center on April 16, 2014, in Ann Arbor, Mich. The glasses are part of a system developed by a California company that wirelessly transmits  images from the camera, converted into a series of electrical pulses, to an array of electrodes on the surface of Pontz' retna. The pulses stimulate the retina’s remaining healthy cells, causing them to relay the data to the optic nerve. The visual information then moves to the brain, where it is translated into patterns of light that can take the shape of an object’s outline, allowing the patient to regain some visual function. (AP Photo, Mike Householder)

‘Bionic eye’ implants beginning in the US

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical implantation of a “bionic eye,” he has regained enough of his eyesight to catch small glimpses of his wife, grandson … 0

US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release — and expecting thousands to take up the offer. It’s an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, and also a matter of fairness, the government says. On Wednesday, the Justice Department unveiled a … 0

Another chemical attack?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BEIRUT — Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, medics and residents on the opposition side. The reports were denied by Syria … 0

Teen OK after riding in wheel well of Hawaii jet

Monday, April 21, 2014

HONOLULU — Officials say a 16-year-old boy is “lucky to be alive” and unharmed after flying from California to Hawaii stowed away in a plane’s wheel well, surviving cold temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen. … 0

US weighs curbing immigrant deportations

Monday, April 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is weighing limiting deportations of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who don’t have serious criminal records, according to two people with knowledge of his deliberations. The change, if adopted following … 0

US marshal shoots, kills defendant in Utah court

Monday, April 21, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY — A defendant died after being shot by a U.S. marshal on Monday during an attack on a witness during a trial in a new federal courthouse in Salt Lake City, the FBI said. Siale … 0

NY court: US must release drones memo

Monday, April 21, 2014

NEW YORK — The U.S. government must publicly disclose in redacted form secret papers describing its legal justification for using drones to kill citizens suspected of terrorism overseas, because President Barack Obama and senior government officials have commented on the subject, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The … 0

US: Pictures indicate Russian troops in Ukraine

Monday, April 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — The State Department has released images of soldiers in eastern Ukraine that it says are Russian forces, showing militants wearing similar uniforms and brandishing Russian weapons. A copy of the 11-page State Department document was given to reporters. It includes pictures captioned as “concerned citizens” in … 0

Powdered alcohol no longer has label approval

Monday, April 21, 2014

NEW YORK — Don’t expect powdered alcohol to hit store shelves anytime soon. A product called “Palcohol” gained widespread attention online in recent days after it was reported that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the powdered alcohol, including vodka and rum varieties. But a … 0

Poll: Americans lack trust in some sciences

Monday, April 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — While scientists believe the universe began with a Big Bang, most Americans put a big question mark on the concept, an Associated Press-GfK poll found. Yet when it comes to smoking causing cancer or that a … 0

Pope makes plea for peace on Easter

Sunday, April 20, 2014

VATICAN CITY — Marking Christianity’s most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to … 0

Study: Corn residue fuel bad in short term

Sunday, April 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative … 0

Brand names in standardized tests vex parents

Sunday, April 20, 2014

NEW YORK — “Just Do It” has been a familiar Nike slogan for years, but some parents are wondering what it was doing on some of New York’s Common Core standardized English tests. Brands including Barbie, iPod, Mug … 0