Colleges lavishing more financial aid on wealthy students

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Spencer Mulligan knew his family could pay for his college education, even without loans or grants. So when the University of Connecticut offered a merit award of $20,000 over four years, he saw it as a bonus. As a discount on in-state tuition, it brought the cost well below half of...

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WHO: Excessive air pollution affects 92 percent of people

GENEVA (AP) — More than nine out of 10 people worldwide live in areas with excessive air pollution, contributing to problems like strokes, heart disease and lung cancer, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. The U.N. health agency said in a new report that 92 percent of people live in areas where air quality exceeds...


Colorado combats a new breed of drug traffickers

As Colorado is increasingly seen as the Napa Valley of cannabis, authorities say they are squaring off against a new breed of drug traffickers who are establishing a new front in the drug war — the Rocky Mountains.


Spate of whale entanglements could inform regulations

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal authorities say a recent wave of entanglements of rare whales off of New England could help inform future regulations to preserve the animals. A North Atlantic right whale was found dead about 12 miles off the Maine coast over the weekend, entangled in fishing gear. Two other right whales were...


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