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Former Teacher Gets 25 Years For Child Porn In Va.

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Fifty-year-old Kevin Ricks of Federalsburg, Md., had already received a one-year prison sentence in a Virginia court for taking indecent liberties with a minor while teaching at Osbourn High School in Manassas.

The 25-year sentence resulted from a plea bargain with federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia.

U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride calls Ricks a master manipulator and "every parent's worst nightmare.''

Ricks admitted a pattern of assaults that began when he was a 19-year-old camp counselor. He says molestation continued while teaching English in Japan and at teaching stints in Danville and Manassas.

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In his new book, The Man Who Wasn't There, Anil Ananthaswamy examines the ways people think of themselves — and how those perceptions can be distorted by certain brain conditions.
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Squeezed By Drought, California Farmers Switch To Less Thirsty Crops

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Obama's Trip To Africa & Foreign Aid

By visiting Africa this month, President Obama is drawing attention to one of the diplomatic tools that most directly shapes America's relationships with other countries: foreign aid and assistance. But now all policy makers at home feel the United States is pursuing the soundest strategy when it comes to providing aid abroad. We explore the issue with the official in charge of the Africa portfolio for the United States Agency for International Development.

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A different Twitter greeted some users when they logged on Tuesday as the social media company tries to win more hearts — and users.

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