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Today's News

  • Today in History for December 11th
  • Global study of student scores a mixed bag for US

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Students in the U.S. perform better than the global average, but still lag behind many of their peers in Asia and Europe, an international study found.

    Fourth-graders have improved their scores in reading and math over the past four years, according to a study released Tuesday. But progress seems to fall off by eighth grade, where math and science scores are stagnant.

    Meanwhile, kids in countries like Finland and Singapore are outperforming American fourth-graders in science and reading. By eighth grade, American students have fallen behind their Russian, Japanese and Taiwanese counterparts in math, and trail students from Hong Kong, Slovenia and South Korea in science.

  • NM business informs patients about missing laptop

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest independent doctor's group says one of its laptops has either gone missing or has been stolen.

    Albuquerque television station KOB-TV reports that ABQ Health Partners informed patients about the laptop in a letter and apologized for the potential disclosure of personal information.

    The letter suggests that patients put a fraud alert on their credit lines.

    ABQ Health Partners issued a statement Monday that said the situation involved minimal patient information and that no Social Security numbers, addresses or access to health records were released.

    Lisa Martinez says she received one of the letters. She says her name, date of birth, health plan number and diagnosis information was on a spreadsheet saved on the laptop.

    The company didn't say how many patients received letters.

  • Raw: Smoking Marijuana on Colo. Capitol Steps

    Marijuana for recreational use became legal in Colorado Monday, when the governor took a purposely low-key procedural step of declaring the voter-approved change part of the state constitution.

  • Raw: Crash Site of Music Star Rivera's Plane

    The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team to help investigate the plane crash site where Jenni Rivera, a U.S.-born singer was killed in northern Mexico.

  • Forecasters look at white Christmas probability

    From Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" to Bing Crosby's "White Christmas," Christmas is portrayed as a snowy time. However, many areas of the U.S. do not necessarily have a high probability of a white Christmas*.

    Since many people may have a different idea of what constitutes a white Christmas, it is being defined in this story as a snow depth of an inch or more on Christmas Day.

    Normal December snowfall and temperatures are both critical factors that play a role in who gets a white Christmas. This is due to the fact that snow needs to fall and stay put on the ground to meet the definition.

    Based on data from 1981 to 2010, northern New England, the Upper Midwest, Rocky Mountains and Intermountain West have the highest chance, more than 75 percent, of a white Christmas.

    Minneapolis, Minn., Green Bay, Wis., Buffalo, N.Y., and Burlington, Vt., are among the cities in the U.S. that have the highest chance for a white Christmas.

    "It tends to stay colder across the northern tier during the day and night, so when snow falls, it's less likely to melt," AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.

  • AP Exclusive: Nuke Materials Black Market

    A spate of previously unreported nuclear material smuggling busts in Georgia in Eastern Europe has international authorities investigating whether there has been a breach of a significant nuclear facility in the region.

  • Today in history for December 10th
  • 10 things to know for Monday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about Monday:

    1. WHO'S TALKING AS U.S. FINANCIAL DEADLINE NEARS

    Obama and Boehner meet at the White House to discuss averting the impending "fiscal cliff."

    2. WHAT'S ON THE RISE FOR PRIVATE COLLEGE PRESIDENTS

    Compensation drifts upward, while the number of those crossing the $1-million barrier holds steady.

    3. WHY GAY MARRIAGE ADVOCATES SEE CAUSE FOR CONCERN

    Supporters question whether the U.S. Supreme Court would ever rule against the 41 states that don't allow same-sex unions.

    4. DRAFT CHARTER POLARIZES EGYPT

    A proposed constitution divides the country, with Morsi and his Islamist backers in one camp; secularists and leftists in the other.

  • 'Grieving' Cowboys Beat Bengals 20-19

    One day after Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown died in a one-car crash in which teammate Josh Brent was jailed for intoxication manslaughter, the Cowboys played through their grief to beat Cincinnati, 20-19.