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Seeing holes in effort to bridge ‘word gap’ in poor children

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — When former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his foundation was awarding $5 million to launch Providence’s high-tech idea to improve the vocabularies of the city’s youngest children, he said he hoped the pilot could take root in Rhode Island and spread across the nation.

Schools find campaign talk conflicts with no-bullies message

BUFFALO, N.Y. Ryan Lysek rose to become vice-president of his fifth-grade class at Lorraine Academy in Buffalo, New York, after the sitting vice-president was ousted for saying things that went against the school’s anti-bullying rules. So the 10-year-old is a little puzzled that candidates running to lead the entire country can get away with name-calling and foul language.

Still barking, Uno remains most popular Westminster pooch

NEW YORK After all these years, Uno is still No. 1.

More than 2,700 dogs entered in the Westminster Kennel Club show that started Monday, with a couple of clear favourites. Rumor the German shepherd and Charlie the Skye terrier head the pack, and could be picked as the nation’s top pooch.

A borzoi, a shih tzu and bulldog took winning steps, too.

Obama grants monument status to vast swath of Calif. desert

LOS ANGELES President Barack Obama is granting national monument status to nearly 1.8 million acres of scenic Southern California desert, a move the White House says will maintain in perpetuity the region’s fragile ecosystem and natural resources, as well as provide recreational opportunities for hikers, campers, hunters and others.

Medics beat blizzard to make transplant happen

STONY BROOK, N.Y. Melanie Chirichella had been waiting a year and a half for a kidney transplant when she finally got the call from her doctors Saturday that they had found a perfect match in South Carolina.

“It was like a miracle,” the 64-year-old told The Associated Press. “When she called and said, ‘We have a kidney for you,’ I almost fell off the bed.”