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Poll says more believe in global warming

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans' belief in global warming is on the rise, along with temperatures and surprising weather changes, according to a new university poll.

The survey by the University of Michigan and Muhlenberg College says 62 percent of those asked last December think the Earth is getting warmer. That's up from 55 percent in the spring of that year and 58 percent in December 2010. It's the highest proportion in two years.

Nearly half the people who say they believe in global warming base that on personal observations of the weather. Climate researchers say that's reaching the correct conclusion for reasons that aren't quite right.

The poll was conducted from Dec. 4 to Dec. 21, after the U.S. experienced a record $14 billion in weather disasters in 2011, including killer tornadoes, an unusual Northeastern hurricane and devastating drought and flood.

Climate scientists say daily local weather isn't evidence of climate change.



Posthumous degrees rejected by Harvard

BOSTON (AP) -- Despite a push by a group of students and faculty, Harvard does not plan to award posthumous degrees to seven students expelled from the Ivy League school in 1920 because they were gay or perceived to be gay.

A spokesman for Harvard said Tuesday the university does not award posthumous degrees except in the rare case of a student who completes academic requirements but dies before the degree has been conferred.

The spokesman said Harvard expressed its "deep regret" in 2002 for the anguish experienced by the students and their families almost a century ago.

The group wants Harvard to formally abolish its so-called "secret court," a tribunal of administrators that investigated charges of homosexual activity among students in 1920. The tribunal remained a secret for decades, only becoming public in 2002 after a student reporter at Harvard searching the school's archive came across a file labeled "secret court" and reported on the school's expulsion of the students.



Sainthood sought for Boys Town founder

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- The Archdiocese of Omaha has begun the process of seeking sainthood for a Catholic priest whose efforts to help troubled boys were made famous by the 1938 movie "Boys Town."

Archbishop George Lucas posted an announcement on the doors of St. Cecilia Cathedral this week about the archdiocese's nomination of the Rev. Edward Flanagan for sainthood. The Irish-born Flanagan founded the Boys Town orphanage in a downtown Omaha home in 1917.

Boys Town's headquarters, now located on the city's outskirts, today serves as a center for troubled youth and the group runs programs for troubled boys and girls throughout the country.

Flanagan died in 1948 at age 61 while visiting Germany.