Math a concern for US teens; science, reading flat on test

WASHINGTON (AP) — American students have a math problem. The latest global snapshot of student performance shows declining math scores in the U.S. and stagnant performance in science and reading. “We’re losing ground – a troubling prospect when, in...

Expect the unexpected, say college disaster prep officials

AP Photo/Brynn Anderson When Jefferson Community College was making plans to build its first residence hall, there was one must-have for President Carole McCoy: generators for backup if the power went out. With her campus in Watertown, New York in the bulls-eye of more than 100...

LA authorities boost security after threatened rail attack

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The threat of a terror attack against a busy commuter rail station in the Los Angeles area has prompted authorities to increase security throughout the region and urge commuters to report any suspicious behavior they see. “Information was relayed...

Tech companies move to target terrorist propaganda online

AP Photo/James H. Collins WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are joining forces to more quickly identify the worst terrorist propaganda and prevent it from spreading online. The new program announced Monday would create a database of unique digital...

Officials: Potential for violence from fake news troubling

AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana WASHINGTON (AP) — The bizarre rumors began with a leaked email referencing Hillary Clinton and sinister interpretations of references to pizza parties. It morphed into fake online news stories about a child sex trafficking ring run by prominent...

Rhode Island School of Design works with NASA on Mars suit

AP Photo/Steven Senne PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — When scientists are trying to figure out how to live in near-isolation in a dome to simulate a Mars mission, the last thing they’ll need is an ill-fitting space suit. So one of the nation’s top design schools has...

New Jersey state trooper dies of injuries after crash

MILLVILLE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey state trooper and another man were killed in a head-on highway crash. It happened around 7 p.m. Monday in Millville, in the southern part of the state. A man traveling southbound in his Toyota Corolla crossed the grass median, entered the...

Presidential recount in Michigan expands to Detroit area

AP Photo/Paul Sancya DETROIT (AP) — The presidential recount in Michigan expands Tuesday to its largest county, which includes Detroit, and five other counties, and the fate of a statewide recount push in Pennsylvania awaits action in federal court. President-elect Donald...

Automatic horn may be behind fatal Arkansas train crash

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Automated equipment may have contributed to a deadly head-on train collision in Arkansas by resetting alarms set up to ensure the crew is alert. The National Transportation Safety Board meets Tuesday in Washington, D.C., to discuss a 2014 crash that...

Security increased after threatened attack on LA rail stop

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The FBI and local law enforcement agencies say they have stepped up security on Los Angeles County’s commuter rail system after the FBI was informed a terrorist attack on the Universal City subway station was planned for Tuesday. Although the...