The Army changed its guidelines last year on awarding Purple Hearts to troops who got concussions in combat. NPR and ProPublica reported on this two years ago, and last month, one of the soldiers profiled by our investigation — who had been denied a Purple Heart — finally received her medal.
In order to be buried at Coon Dog Cemetery in northern Alabama, a dog must have a proven track record for hunting raccoons. It's a tradition that started 75 years ago with the special bond between a hunter and his dog, Troop.
Democrats are balancing on a fine line: Many try to argue that government is part of the solution, while still acknowledging that it can be part of the problem. Their efforts have tended to be overshadowed by a long-running Republican messaging campaign against "big government."
Todd Akin now trails Sen. Claire McCaskill in the U.S. Senate race, and the GOP establishment is pressing the Republican to quit the contest. But one expert says the controversy will help the congressman more than it hurts him.
The controversial founder of the Unification Church said Jesus spoke to him when he was 16. Sun Myung Moon said Jesus wanted him to fulfill his mission of creating the "true family." Moon considered himself the Messiah and was known for conducting mass weddings and attracting thousands of young followers. He was 92.
City Academy in St. Paul, Minn., became the nation's first charter school in 1992. Its founders were convinced troubled students would thrive in a small school with rigorous instruction and caring teachers. The school inspired similar projects nationwide, and now there are 5,600 schools in 41 states.
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