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From Haiti's Earthquake To Ebola, He Had Five Busy Years At USAID

It's the last day on the job for Rajiv Shah — who at age 36 became the youngest ever head of USAID. A key figure in the U.S. Ebola response, Shah has his critics, but he's proud of his record.
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Oklahoma May Scrap AP History For Focusing On America's 'Bad Parts'

In Oklahoma, state lawmakers are debating a bill that would axe the teaching of Advanced Placement courses in U.S. history. The reason? Some believe the classes focus too much on what is "bad about America." The bill, which passed easily through a committee this week, outlines what should and shouldn't be taught in the classroom.
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For Somalis In Minneapolis, Jihadi Recruiting Is A Recurring Nightmare

U.S. officials say young Somali-Americans are leaving the Twin Cities for Syria to join the group ISIS, encouraged by an earlier wave of jihadists who had joined al-Shabab in Somalia.
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Boston Mayor: Stop Jumping Out Of Windows Into Snowbanks

Earlier this week, Mayor Marty Walsh warned Bostonians to stop jumping from second-story windows into snowbanks. "This isn't Loon Mountain," he said, "This is Boston."
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Local Communities Key Part Of Plan To Prevent Extremist Recruitment

The White House summit on violent extremism is focused on what local communities can do to keep vulnerable people from turning to radical ideology. But the approach is not without its critics.
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Pain Really Is All In Your Head. Emotion Controls Intensity

Humiliation, fear and unpredictability all turn up the volume on pain, research shows. And meditation can turn down pain's intensity, according to scientists who are starting to figure out why.
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Heaps Of Oranges Could Rot As West Coast Dock Dispute Drags On

Millions of pounds of citrus fruit are stranded and at risk of spoiling in warehouses and boats at major ports in California. It's the result of a dockworker labor dispute that's jammed operations.
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After a Racial Attack, A South Philly School Tries to Heal

In 2009, several Asian students were beat up at their high school. Students and teachers said it was a racially motivated attack. Six years later, here's what the school has done change things.
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By The Numbers: White House Takes On Violent Extremism

Domestic and world leaders gather this week to discuss terror threats. Here's a look by the numbers.
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2014 Midterm Election Was The Most Expensive One Yet

The $3.77 billion appeared to come from a smaller cadre of donors than in the 2010 midterms, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

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