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Q&A: A View Of The Common Core From The Principal's Office

Principals are usually pretty mild-mannered. Not so if the topic of conversation is the Common Core. A group of school leaders share their take on new standards, old problems and bad teaching.
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Fla. Man Kills 6 Grandchildren, Daughter Before Suicide

The shooter, Don Spirit, 51, had done time in prison on firearms violations in connection with the shooting death of his 8-year-old son during a 2001 hunting accident.
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French Jets Conduct First Airstrikes Against ISIS In Iraq

President Francois Hollande says the Rafale fighters "entirely destroyed" a logistics depot. His office said more air operations against Islamic State militants would be conducted in coming days.
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Traveling Videogame Museum Gets Permanent Home

Frisco, Texas, approved funding for the museum. The Dallas Morning News reports visitors will be able to build their own versions of Pong, a big game in the 70s.
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Hearse Convoy Gets Set To Enter Hell

The town west of Detroit is embracing its name by holding its annual Hellfest celebration on Saturday, which includes a hearse car show.
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Retailers' Customers Cautioned As Cyber Attacks Continue

Home Depot says some 56 million card holders were possibly compromised in a cyber attack. It says there's no evidence that debit PIN numbers were comprised or that the breach affected online shoppers.
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Alibaba's Initial Public Offering Is One Of The Largest Ever

Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. The IPO values Alibaba at $168 billion when it begins trading.
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NFL Fans Still Watch Football Despite Players' Scandals

As NFC division rivals Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons took to the field Thursday night, fans watching at nearby sports bars reflected on what's currently a tumultuous time for the NFL.
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Scientist IDs Bodies Of Migrants, Helping Families Find Closure

Lori Baker uses DNA samples to track down the loved ones of immigrants who died on their journeys. "I would love not to do this anymore, but I don't think I have it in me not to," she says.
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Congress Quietly Extends The Budget — Past Election Day, Anyway

Since the GOP retook the House, the chamber once brought the country to the brink of a debt default and once shut down the government. But in election years, including this one, there's no such drama.

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