• Massachusetts students lead US in Advanced Placement exams

    BOSTON (AP) - Students in Massachusetts lead the nation in achievement on Advanced Placement exams, according to the nonprofit group behind the tests.

    More than 32 percent of Massachusetts students who graduated from public high schools last year scored a three or better on at least one test, according to a report released Wednesday by the College Board.

  • Billy Graham preached simple message, reached millions

    The Rev. Billy Graham was anxious about his 1954 appearance at the London School of Economics. The school was left-leaning and openly dismissive of religion, and Graham was insecure - he had no advanced theology degree.

    After he was introduced, something happened that could have derailed the already nervous evangelist. A student leapt into the room through a window and started scratching himself like an ape, clearly mocking the fundamentalist rejection of evolution.

  • Biographical details on the Rev. Billy Graham

    NAME - William Franklin "Billy" Graham Jr.

    BIRTH - Nov. 7, 1918, near Charlotte, North Carolina

    EDUCATION - Bachelor of theology, Florida Bible Institute, 1940; bachelor of arts in anthropology, Wheaton College, Ill., 1943; numerous honorary doctorates.

  • Evangelist Billy Graham, who reached millions, dies at 99

    MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) - The Rev. Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday. He was 99.

    Graham, who long suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments, died at his home in North Carolina, spokesman Mark DeMoss told The Associated Press.

  • Evangelist Billy Graham dies at age 99; reached millions

    The Rev. Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, has died.

    Spokesman Mark DeMoss says Graham, who long suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments, died at his home in North Carolina on Wednesday morning. He was 99.

  • The Latest: Shooting suspect knew guns 'inside and out'

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Latest on the deadly Florida school shooting (all times local):

    6:55 a.m.

    The day before 17 people were gunned down at a Florida school, a co-worker says the suspect made plans to go with him to a shooting range.

    Brian Halem tells the Miami Herald he asked 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz for his phone number last Tuesday so they could coordinate a weekend trip to Gun World of South Florida. "Save it as, 'Crazy Nick,'" Cruz told his new friend.

  • Drought over: US women win 1st Olympic cross-country medal

    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - As she headed up the steepest, most grueling hill of her life in third place, Jessica Diggins thought to herself just winning an Olympic medal was no longer good enough.

    She wanted more. She wanted gold.

    Diggins dug deep, remembering all the years of training she had put in, and of all her teammates waiting for her at the finish line to bring home the United States' first medal ever in women's cross-country skiing - and then she let loose.

  • Goggia gets gold; Russian women close in on ending drought

    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - Sofia Goggia refused to let Lindsey Vonn catch her. Or, anyone else.

    The Italian skier won the women's downhill Wednesday , holding off Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway by 0.09 seconds and Vonn by 0.47 seconds.

    "I was really focused - I moved like a samurai," Goggia said. "Usually, I'm really chaotic, but I wanted to take in every little detail, every particular in the morning. I believed in myself. And then what counts, counts."

  • Americans rally after shaky starts in women's short program

    GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) - Bradie Tennell fell during her opening jump combination at the Pyeongchang Olympics, a mistake so rare that the reigning U.S. champion couldn't remember the last time it happened.

    Mirai Nagasu fell trying to land her signature triple axel, which she pulled off in the team event but is so hard that nobody else in the competition attempts it.

  • Mavs launch probe after allegations of workplace misconduct

    DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Mavericks have hired outside counsel to investigate allegations of inappropriate conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery in a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile workplace for women.

  • Czechs eliminate US in shootout in Olympic quarterfinals

    GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) - Instead of waiting for his turn for this Olympic shootout, T.J. Oshie was sitting at home along with the rest of the NHL.

  • Gold drought about to end: Russians 1-2 after short program

    GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) - Friends, rivals, and soon, medalists.

    The only question is: Which Russian teen figure skating star will end the nation's gold medal drought?

  • Chef Jose Andres writing book on Hurricane Maria relief work

    NEW YORK (AP) - Award-winning chef Jose Andres is working on a book about his efforts to help Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

  • Brit Awards adopt white rose symbol to signal 'Time's Up'

    LONDON (AP) - Music stars will wear white roses on the Brit Awards red carpet to support campaigns against sexual harassment and assault.

    Guests at Britain's biggest music awards show will be given white rose pins to wear in solidarity with the "Time's Up" movement.

    Calls for change have swept through the entertainment industry since women began coming forward to accuse Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein last year.

  • Will and Jaden Smith create eco-friendly water company: Just

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jaden Smith's environmental consciousness was born when he was out surfing at about age 10. He saw plastic water bottles bobbing in the ocean beside him, and he was so upset by it that he told his parents.

    Then he learned in school about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, those floating "islands" of garbage and plastic debris, and insisted that his family do something about it.

  • New book by Sen. Bernie Sanders coming in November

    NEW YORK (AP) - Sen. Bernie Sanders is planning his next move.

    At least on paper.

    The Vermont independent and 2016 presidential contender is working on a new book. The publisher tells The Associated Press in a Wednesday statement that "Where We Go From Here" will be released Nov. 13 by Thomas Dunne Books.

    Sanders will focus on how to oppose to President Trump and how to "strengthen the progressive movement." Sanders' previous book, "Our Revolution," told of his 2016 campaign.

  • Wonder Woman and Luke Skywalker expected at the Oscars

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Wonder Woman and Luke Skywalker will be at the Academy Awards - or at least the actors who play them onscreen.

    Oscar producers announced Wednesday that Gal Gadot and Mark Hamill will appear on the show, along with fellow "Star Wars" actors Oscar Isaac and Kelly Marie Tran.

    Producers say Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gina Rodriguez, Armie Hammer and Zendaya also have been booked as presenters.

  • Mitch Albom plans sequel to 'Five People You Meet in Heaven'

    NEW YORK (AP) - Mitch Albom is giving heaven a sequel.

    Publisher Harper tells The Associated Press that Albom's "The Next Person You Meet in Heaven" is coming out Oct. 16. The novel is a follow-up to Albom's best-selling "The Five People You Meet in Heaven," which came out in 2003.

  • SpaceX postpones California satellite launch due to winds

    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) - SpaceX has postponed a satellite launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

    The company called off Wednesday's pre-dawn launch due to strong upper-level winds.

    Liftoff of Spain's PAZ (pahs) radar-imaging satellite is rescheduled for 6:17 a.m. Thursday.

  • To get a ride, Uber says take a walk

    DETROIT (AP) - The latest variation of an Uber ride will require a short walk.

    In eight U.S. cities, the ride-hailing company is rolling out a service called "Express Pool," which links riders in the same area who want to travel to similar destinations. Once linked, riders would need to walk a couple of blocks to be picked up at a common location. They also would be dropped off at a site that would be a short walk from their final destinations.

  • Trump again attacks Obama over Russia

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is again attacking his predecessor, suggesting he should have done more to prevent Russian election meddling.

    Trump said on Twitter Wednesday: "Question: If all of the Russian meddling took place during the Obama Administration, right up to January 20th, why aren't they the subject of the investigation? Why didn't Obama do something about the meddling?"

  • South Africa's FM under scrutiny ahead of Cabinet reshuffle

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South Africa's finance minister has announced the first increase in the value-added tax in a quarter-century as the country seeks to bring in new revenue.

    Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba's budget speech comes less than a week after South Africa's leadership transition.

    He says VAT will increase by 1 percent, to 15 percent. It's the first hike since 1993, during South Africa's transition from white minority rule to an all-race democracy.

  • Will and Jaden Smith create eco-friendly water company: Just

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jaden Smith's environmental consciousness was born when he was out surfing at about age 10. He saw plastic water bottles bobbing in the ocean beside him, and he was so upset by it that he told his parents.

    Then he learned in school about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, those floating "islands" of garbage and plastic debris, and insisted that his family do something about it.

  • Broadcom is adjusting its buyout offer for Qualcomm

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Broadcom is adjusting its buyout offer for Qualcomm, a day after that chipmaker raised its bid for NXP Semiconductors to approximately $43.22 billion.

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