Hoffman’s family planning private funeral in NY

NEW YORK (AP) — A private funeral service in New York is being planned for Friday for the family and close friends of the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. Hoffman’s publicist, Karen Samfilippo, said Wednesday that plans were also underway for a memorial service...

Experiment Adds Sense Of Touch To Artificial Hand

WASHINGTON (AP) — European researchers have taken a step toward prosthetics with a sense of touch: They created a robotic hand that let an amputee feel differences in the shape and hardness of different objects, and adjust his grasp in response. The patient only got to experiment...

Editorial: The president has options on Syria. He should use them.

PRESIDENT OBAMA has adopted the position that any U.S. intervention in Syria would be ineffective, “short of us being willing to undertake an effort in size and scope similar to what we did in Iraq.” His aides regularly accuse those who critique U.S. policy — which currently...

Editorial: A bad deal for D.C. charter schools

A COMPREHENSIVE new study on school funding in the District validates the long-held suspicion that public charter school students have not been funded equitably compared with their peers in the traditional school school system. The study also acknowledges that this is contrary to...

CDC: Tainted W.Va. water OK for everyone to use

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal health official said Wednesday that West Virginians can use tap water however they choose after last month’s chemical spill contaminated it for days. Still, public skepticism remains over its safety and some local doctors are...

Reviews: No Changes Necessary After Ohio Execution

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Initial reviews of Ohio’s lengthiest execution during which the inmate repeatedly gasped found no reason to change the way the state puts condemned prisoners to death. The reviews, required by prison policy, found that the state execution policy was...

Alabama rules signing day _ again as USC surges

AP Photo/VASHA HUNT On signing day, Alabama is still No. 1. A season without a national championship on the field didn’t slow down coach Nick Saban on the recruiting trail. The five-star prospects flocked to Tuscaloosa, including one who went to high school at Auburn....

Bill Would Require Project To Block Asian Carp

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A member of Congress from Michigan has introduced a bill that would require separating Lake Michigan from the Mississippi River watershed in the Chicago area to block the path of Asian carp and other invasive species. Republican U.S. Rep. Candice...

Google reaches agreement with EU in antitrust case

AP Photo/Mark Lennihan BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s antitrust watchdog on Wednesday accepted “far-reaching” concessions offered by Google to settle allegations it is abusing its dominant position in Internet searches, bringing the three-year-old...

5 Exotic Animals That Survived Ohio Release Moved

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The widow of an exotic animal owner who released dozens of creatures from their eastern Ohio farm before killing himself has told state officials she relocated the surviving animals to another farm in the state. Marian Thompson says in a Dec. 30 letter...