Puerto Rico to close 179 public schools amid crisis

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico is closing 179 public schools in a move expected to save more than $7 million amid a deep economic crisis that has sparked an exodus to the U.S. mainland in the past decade, officials said Friday.

  • Written by DANICA COTO, Associated Press

GOP chairman warns agencies about requests for records

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House Republican chairman has told a dozen government agencies to exclude communications with his committee from requests made by news organizations, advocacy groups and others through the Freedom of Information Act.

  • Written by KEVIN FREKING , Associated Press

Strawberry scientist is sued over the fruits of his research

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Plant scientist Douglas Shaw spent his career toiling in the fields in California to grow the perfect strawberry, one that was plump and bright red yet remained sweet even after the long trip to grocery stores across the country.

  • Written by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press