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Tax dollars wasted on humanities projects, critics charge

- The Washington Times

It takes a lot of taxpayer dollars to subsidize a culture. American taxpayers are spending tens of millions of dollars this year funding National Endowment for the Humanities grants that, among other things, finance research projects that look into the lives of pets during Victorian England, consider the history of black Americans in golf and study the culture of tea consumption in India.

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AP-NY--New York Coverage Advisory, NY

Associated Press

Good morning! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in New York. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to Kiley Armstrong at 212-621-1670 in New York City or Mike Hill in Albany at 518-458-7821.

Retired businessman donates $1 million to MTI

Associated Press

A retired businessman from Huron is donating $1 million to Mitchell Technical Institute - the largest cash donation ever made to a technical school in South Dakota.

Kentucky lawmaker to appear in court Nov. 5

Associated Press

A Kentucky lawmaker and a former mine reclamation inspector are scheduled to make their first court appearance after being charged with bribery on Nov. 5.

Ridesharing company Uber launching in Nevada

- Associated Press

After months of rumors that included recruitment posts on Craigslist and cryptic front-page newspaper advertisements, ridesharing company Uber announced plans to launch in Las Vegas, Reno and Carson City on Friday.

In this Sept. 5, 2014 photo,  Ryu Young-joon speaks during an interview at Kangwon National University Hospital in Cuncheon, South Korea. Ryu, the whistle-blower who exposed breakthrough cloning research as a devastating fake says South Korea is still dominated by the values that allowed science fraudster Hwang Woo-suk to become an almost untouchable national hero. (AP Photo/Joyce Lee)

Cloning whistleblower: Little changed in S. Korea

- Associated Press

The whistleblower who exposed breakthrough cloning research as a devastating fake says South Korea is still dominated by the values that allowed science fraudster Hwang Woo-suk to become an almost untouchable national hero.

Nixed grant expected to send 5,700 to preschool

Associated Press

State officials expected a federal grant to help send 5,700 more Indiana children to preschool programs before Gov. Mike Pence decided not to submit the application.

AP-TX--Texas News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, TX

Associated Press

Good morning! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in Texas. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to Texas News Editor James Beltran at 972-991-2100.

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, Bellevue Hospital nurse Belkys Fortune, left, and Teressa Celia, Associate Director of Infection Prevention and Control, pose in protective suits in an isolation room, in the Emergency Room of the hospital, during a demonstration of procedures for possible Ebola patients in New York. A doctor who recently returned to New York City from West Africa is being tested for the Ebola virus. The doctor had a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms and was taken Thursday to Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

After 1st Ebola case in NYC, 3 others quarantined

- Associated Press

Officials tried to tamp down New Yorkers' fears Friday after a doctor was diagnosed with Ebola in a city where millions of people squeeze into crowded subways, buses and elevators every day.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Governor nominee Kathy Hochul participate in a "Women for Cuomo" campaign event in New York, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Hillary Rodham Clinton is backing Cuomo in his bid for a second term.  Cuomo faces Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino in the Nov. 4 general election. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Cuomo's office tightly controls public records

- Associated Press

Gov. Andrew Cuomo took office four years ago promising the most transparent administration in history, but journalists and advocacy groups say his office tightly controls requests for public records on anything controversial and routinely delays or denies their release.

Vermont City seeks US customs house on border lake

Associated Press

The city of Newport has agreed to help lobby U.S. Customs and Border Protection to set up a port of entry on the Vermont end of Lake Memphremagog to increase cross-border tourism on the border-spanning lake.

In this photo taken Oct. 11, 2014, an abandoned home in Kenton, Ohio. Long seen as having devastated Sun Belt cities, the subprime mortgage crisis unleashed turmoil on Ohio and other rural areas. Now federal officials are pledging regulatory attention and financial help. Subprime loans were distributed in the rural U.S. at even higher rates on average than in metropolitan counties. Much of it was concentrated in Appalachia and other areas stretching from Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky to Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and the Great Plains, according to government data provided to The Associated Press by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Middlebury College.  (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Enticing low rates, but impact could be limited

- Associated Press

With mortgage rates sliding for a fifth straight week, the possibility of locking in a rate below 4 percent is tempting for consumers and could unleash a wave of refinancing. It may even convince some Americans to buy their first home.