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SAN FRANCISCO - Saying it went too far in its pursuit of profit, the popular Internet hangout Facebook is allowing its 55 million users to permanently turn off a new marketing tool that tracks their activities at other Web sites.
This Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011 photo shows a printout of an emailed picture of Kevin Held, founder of the American Quilt Memorial, from Held to Rev. Jude Duffy in Beacon, N.Y. The American Quilt Memorial charity's finances surprised Duffy, identified in the charity's tax filings as board chairman, who said he had no idea that Held had collected more than $713,000 for the charity until The Associated Press showed him the documents. Duffy said he became suspicious several years ago after Held created a new fundraising project without finishing the quilt. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
The Civil Air Patrol was searching Friday for a small plane that left the airport in Mesa and never arrived in Winslow.
My reaction to Bill Richardson’s guest commentary of Dec. 28, “Young warriors a truly special breed,” is dismay. Although I respect his service as master police officer, and appreciate most of his contributions to the Tribune, I must comment that some of the opinions in this article are historically naive, on one hand, and disingenuous on the other.
NEW YORK — After selling a comedy special directly to fans and upending the comedy business, Louis C.K. is taking the same approach with tickets to his next tour, which stops Dec. 22 at Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix.
HONOLULU - So many people were expected Saturday for the sunset memorial service on the beach at Waikiki for legendary Hawaiian crooner Don Ho that the city arranged extra buses, parking and traffic control.
Frustrated at being unable to crack some of the Guantanamo detainees, the Bush administration in 2002 and 2003 began a re-examination of the legal restraints on the use of torture.
TUCSON — Despite recent student protests, regents for Arizona's public universities voted Thursday to dramatically hike tuition, but also will offer rebates to some students to help ease the financial strain.
The Arizona Board of Regents' vote raised tuition and fees at the University of Arizona in Tucson by 22 percent to $10,027 for in-state freshman undergraduates in the fall. Those costs will jump by 19.5 percent, to $9,716, for in-state undergraduates at Arizona State University in Tempe and by 15 percent, to $8,824, at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
The increases are far larger than average tuition hikes seen last year, when public universities nationwide increased in-state tuition and fees by an average of 7.9 percent, with the average price at $7,605, according to the College Board, the nonprofit group that runs the SATs.
But the regents also decided to give rebates of $350 to incoming in-state freshman undergraduates at NAU and $750 rebates to all in-state undergraduates at UA because those schools have rainy day funds to address cuts in their budget by the Arizona Legislature.
Board Chair Anne Mariucci said UA had $28 million and NAU has $18 million in unused money set aside in the event of legislative cuts to their budgets. ASU has no such money.
The rebates only apply for one year.
"I think it's certainly better than nothing," Mariucci said after the vote. "Next year it'll be a new ball game."
The board voted for the increase 7-2 after about six hours of debate, with members arguing over various alternative proposals that were mostly turned down.
Students have been strongly protesting against the tuition increases and legislative cuts. Hundreds of students rallied at the three universities on March 23, carrying signs that read "Keep education alive" and "Say no to cuts."
"Are you kidding me? That's stupid," said Jordan King, a 20-year-old UA business sophomore, after learning of the vote. Of the rebates, he said, "That's just a slap in the face. That's like taking $1,000 from us and giving us $10 back."
"That's so much money. My parents are paying my tuition and they can't afford that," he said.
"We're all struggling," nursing sophomore Candace Jackson, 20, who goes to Arizona State University, said before the vote. "It's a big chunk of money."
Jackson has a $9,000 yearly scholarship for books and tuition, and said she'd probably have to get a job to cover any increases in tuition. She said that would take away some of her study time and threaten her ability to maintain a 3.5 grade-point average or higher to keep her scholarship.
"Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a scholarship," she said. "I know a good handful of people who wouldn't be able to afford tuition increases at all."
The tuition spike was also tough to take for some regents, including Dennis DeConcini, a former U.S. senator.
"We are absolutely going crazy on tuition, it's absolutely out of sight," he said. "It is really absurd what we get ourselves talked into here, with all due respect to the great work of the presidents. This board is drinking the Kool-Aid. We're taking these figures right down the line."
Arizona universities say they've cut back where they can and blame the state Legislature's steep cuts to their budgets. Over three fiscal years beginning in 2008, the Legislature cut a total of $232.5 million from the schools and has approved nearly $200 million in cuts to the schools during the next fiscal year.
Next fiscal year's cuts amount to a 22 percent reduction in university funding from the Legislature, though that reduction represents 4.7 percent of the schools' overall funding, which they also get from things like tuition, dorm fees, and research grants. The universities still will get $692 million from the Legislature next fiscal year.
The one thing all the board members seemed to agree on Thursday was that the Legislature has been draconian in its cuts to higher education.
"There's no good feelings around this board that I can see about anything regarding what has happened at the Legislature," member Bob McLendon said.
"Our universities are giant beacons out there in this country, not just for the West," he said. "Arizona is kind of short right now on those beacons. We're not looked upon favorably by a lot of folks, but we do have some rays of hope out there. We must really continue to invest in our universities."
NEW YORK — In Facebook's vision of the Web, you would no longer be alone and anonymous. Sites would reflect your tastes and interests — as you expressed them on the social network — and you wouldn't have to fish around for news and songs that interest you.
America’s democracy is built on a concept of checks and balances between the arms of government. The American people now need the U.S. Senate to provide a very appropriate check on the judicial and executive branches of the federal government to preserve a free press in this country.
How do you know when a film is horrible? When it's "How Do You Know," it's pretty obvious.
At Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, one of Chandler’s oldest black churches, the roof is warped, the walls are cracked and the floor is uneven, but attendance is high, and so are hopes for the future.
No matter how it’s categorized, the new Forester is bigger, better and better looking
NEW YORK - The McClatchy Co. has reached a deal to buy Knight Ridder Inc., the second-largest U.S. newspaper publisher, for about $4.5 billion in cash and stock, the companies announced Monday. McClatchy will also assume about $2 billion in Knight Ridder's debt.
WICHITA, Kan. - Police said Saturday they have arrested a man they believe is the notorious BTK serial killer who terrorized Wichita throughout the 1970s and then resurfaced about a year ago after 25 years of silence.
LOS ANGELES - Gordon Cooper, the last astronaut to take flight during NASA's pioneering Mercury program, has died. He was 77.
October 5, 2004
NEW YORK — They've both played superheroes. They've both hosted the Oscars. But what unites "Les Miserables" co-stars Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway most is a deep, some might even say geeky love of musical theater.
RECIFE, Brazil - Searchers found two bodies and the first confirmed debris - a briefcase containing an Air France Flight 447 ticket - in the Atlantic Ocean near where the jetliner is believed to have crashed, a Brazil military official said Saturday.
NEW YORK - Ahmet Ertegun, who helped define American music as the founder of Atlantic Records, a label that popularized the gritty R&B of Ray Charles, the classic soul of Aretha Franklin and the British rock of the Rolling Stones, died Thursday at 83, his spokesman said.
Transcript of President Barack Obama's address Thursday at the American University School of International Service in Washington, D.C.:
Arizona's political history turned on Evan Mecham. The former governor ran as an outsider, a self-styled political reformer doing battle with what he deemed the corrupt elite, a cabal of crooked politicians, wealthy power brokers and their pawns in the media.