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Easter on 4/20, pot holy day; pastors reach out

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Social media has been buzzing for weeks with jokes about how, this year, Easter Sunday shares the calendar with the pot-lover’s highest holiday: Sunday, April 20, 2014 or 420 in stoner lingo. Pot-smokers have long celebrated on the date by lighting up for reasons not quite clear. Yet amid [...]

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Call of cyber duty: Military academies take on NSA

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — If Douglas MacArthur or Ulysses S. Grant went to the U.S. Military Academy today, they might be testing their defensive skills hunched in front of a computer screen. A team of caffeine-fueled cadets is spending long days this week in a computer lab trying to fend off threats cooked up [...]

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Earnings drop at JPMorgan drags bank stocks lower

NEW YORK (AP) — Weaker earnings at JPMorgan Chase are dragging bank stocks lower in afternoon trading. All three major indexes are lower, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 index heading for its worst week since January. Technology stocks were still down a day after the worst rout for the Nasdaq composite index since 2011. [...]

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NASA’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down as planned

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s robotic moon explorer, LADEE, is no more. Flight controllers confirmed Friday that the orbiting spacecraft crashed into the back side of the moon as planned, just three days after surviving a full lunar eclipse, something it was never designed to do. Researchers believe LADEE likely vaporized when it hit [...]

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‘Transcendence’ like a clunky TED talk

HAL has come a long way. First, we had Scarlett Johansson as a human-like operating system. Now, Johnny Depp has been uploaded. If the singularity — when artificial intelligence surpasses human smarts — is indeed coming, at least it has decent taste in movie star avatars. First-time director Wally Pfister’s “Transcendence” isn’t so much the [...]

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Updates with quotes from NASA teleconference. With AP Photos.

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that’s similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it’s not too hot and not too cold for life. The find, announced Thursday, excited planet hunters who [...]

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Updates with quotes from school superintendent and state referee’s report, background.

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio teacher has been fired after a black student who said he wanted to become president claimed the teacher told him the nation didn’t need another black commander in chief. The Fairfield Board of Education voted 4-0 on Thursday night to fire science teacher Gil Voigt from Fairfield Freshman School, according [...]

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NASA’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down as planned

  CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s robotic moon explorer, LADEE, is no more.Flight controllers confirmed Friday that the orbiting spacecraft crashed into the back side of the moon as planned, just three days after surviving a full lunar eclipse, something it was never designed to do. Researchers believe LADEE likely vaporized when it hit [...]

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Ill, hospitalized Miley Cyrus postpones more shows

  NEW YORK (AP) — Miley Cyrus is postponing more concerts as she remains in a hospital for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. A representative says the singer won’t perform in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday and Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday. Those concerts will be rescheduled. Cyrus suffered from a sinus infection last week during [...]

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Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges, President Barack Obama said Thursday, besting expectations and offering new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections. Obama appeared in the White House briefing room to trumpet the new figures, which beat [...]

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Salmonella decline seen in food poisoning report

  NEW YORK (AP) — The government’s latest report card on food poisoning shows a dip in salmonella cases but an increase in illnesses from bacteria in raw shellfish. The report counts cases in only 10 states for some of the most common causes of foodborne illness, but is believed to be a good indicator [...]

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