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NEW HAVEN — Yale University has raised $3.88 billion amid tough economic times, finishing the largest fundraising campaign in its history, which will help pay for its biggest expansion in decades, extend its international reach and make its school of music tuition-free.

The campaign exceeded its goal of $3.5 billion. More than 110,000 alumni, parents, friends, corporations and foundations contributed.

Yale began the campaign in 2006 with a nucleus fund of $1.147 billion, and by 2008, giving had reached $2.3 billion. While the global economic crisis brought a decline in giving for 2009 and 2010, contributions totaled more than $857 million in the final year.

The University of Michigan reported raising more than $3 billion two years ago.

GEORGIA

Colon cancer deaths down except in Mississippi

ATLANTA — Colon cancer deaths continue to drop across America except in Mississippi, health officials said Tuesday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report that echoes earlier findings of a national decline in colon cancer deaths. Rates fell by as much as 5 percent and 6 percent in a few states - Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Mississippi was the only state that saw no real decline, according to the CDC report.

From 2003 to 2007, the colon and rectal cancer death rate in the U.S. fell from 19 to 17 per 100,000 people. That represents nearly 32,000 fewer deaths, the CDC found.

Kentucky and West Virginia had the highest rates in 2007, tied at nearly 21 deaths per 100,000 people. Mississippi and Delaware were next, slightly more than 20.

But Kentucky, West Virginia and Delaware all saw drops of around 2 percent to 3 percent. Mississippi’s didn’t budge to a statistically significant degree.

HAWAII

Law recognizing native Hawaiian rights to be signed

HONOLULU — Gov. Neil Abercrombie is expected to sign a bill into law on Wednesday recognizing the first people of Hawaii.

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