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WASHINGTON (AP) D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee is accused of skirting the law when she laid off 266 teachers and staff to save money as the school system faces a budget gap. Rhee defended the decision during a daylong oversight hearing before the city council. Union leaders have called it an illegal mass firing.

NEW YORK (AP) The Washington Post is reporting a 69 percent jump in third-quarter profit. The company says revenue got a boost from its cable TV and education divisions while its namesake newspaper trimmed its losses. The company says it earned $17.1 million, or $1.81 per share.

WASHINGTON (AP) Construction permits are being issued for the long-delayed Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial slated for the National Mall. A private foundation will build the memorial before turning it over to the National Park Service. The monument has been 11 years in the making.

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Barry Meier: "Missing Man"

Nine years ago, former FBI agent Robert Levinson disappeared in Iran while on a mission for the CIA. The story of his secret journey to Iran, the CIA cover-up that followed and efforts to rescue the longest-held U.S. hostage.

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'Invisible Army' Of Immigrant Women Finds Its Voice Through Cooking

Brazilian immigrant Roberta Siao says being both a foreigner and mother made it hard to find work in London. At Mazi Mas, a restaurant that trains and employs immigrants, she found more than a job.
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The Fight for D.C.'s Budget Freedom

Last week, a House committee with oversight of the District passed legislation that would block the ability of the Council to spend its own tax dollars.

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The U.S. Expands Ties To Vietnam

President Barack Obama lifts the embargo against U.S. arms sales to Vietnam. We discuss what closer ties between the U.S. and Vietnam mean for trade, leverage on human rights and growing concerns over China's military expansion.

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