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Half Of Fines For Virginia Tech Shooting Reinstated

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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is reinstating half of a fine against Virginia Tech for delayed warnings about a deadly campus shooting five years ago.

The Education Department had asked Duncan to uphold a $55,000 fine that a judge dismissed in April. The judge had determined that university officials' actions didn't violate the federal act, which requires schools to issue timely warnings of campus threats.

In a ruling Thursday, Duncan wrote that Tech should pay $27,500 for waiting more than two hours to inform the campus of a fatal shooting of two students in a residence hall. By the time the warning was sent, a gunman was chaining the doors of a building where he killed 30 more people before committing suicide.

Virginia Tech could appeal the ruling.

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A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don't Exist

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

Water scarcity is leading farmers away from planting staples and towards planting higher-value, lower-water specialty crops. Think wine grapes and pomegranates instead of citrus and avocados.
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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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As Twitter Flirts With Hearts, Will You Miss The Stars?

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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