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In Class It's 'Ms. Smalls,' Onstage She's 'Miss Houston'

Our Secret Lives of Teachers series continues with Isis Smalls, who teaches English and coaches volleyball at a Houston middle school. She's also a beauty pageant winner.
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Dubuque, Iowa, City Council Bans Sledding In Most City Parks

The City Council passed the law because it was concerned about possible lawsuits. Other municipalities have passed similar ordinances. A repeat offender could face a $750 fine.
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Medicaid's Western Push Hits Montana

After sitting out the first full year of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, lawmakers in Montana are now talking about a limited expansion.
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How A Too-Strong Dollar Might Lead To A Too-Weak World

There are upsides to having global investors stash their savings in the United States. But their embrace of the dollar can start to feel like a death grip if it goes too far and chokes off exports.
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From Miss America To Tabloid Fodder: Bess Myerson Dies At 90

In 1945, Myerson became the first Jewish Miss America. The win to propelled her onto the national stage, but her image eventually became tainted during embarrassing missteps in the 1980s.
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Weather: Flooding Out West, Intense Cold To The East

The East Coast is experiencing the coldest temperatures of the year, while the Pacific Northwest saw flooding and evacuations because of heavy rain.
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What Schools Could Use Instead Of Standardized Tests

A bill is being drafted that would end annual testing requirements. What would schools do without them?
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2 NYPD Officers Shot While Investigating Robbery

Both officers are expected to recover. They were shot after they apprehended a suspect at a Chinese restaurant in the Bronx.
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Wayne State University Releases Annual Word Lists

Words on the comeback list: caterwaul and rapscallion. Words that should be banished: bae and polar vortex.
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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell Awaits Sentencing

McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were convicted in September on several charges of corruption while he was in office.

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