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Common Core Literary Standards Require Close Reading

The new Common Core State Standards for English have stirred plenty of controversy. In a Vermont classroom full of 8th graders, they are working on a cornerstone of the core: close reading.
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LBJ Legacy: Vietnam War Often Overshadows Civil Rights Feat

Lyndon Johnson's presidential record has long been overshadowed by the failed war in Vietnam. But the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act is leading to a reassessment of his accomplishments.
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UConn Crushes Notre Dame In NCAA Women's Championship

In a historic NCAA women's basketball game, two unbeaten teams vied for the national championship Tuesday night. The University of Connecticut beat Notre Dame 79-58. It's a record 9th title for UConn.
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Encryption Flaw Puts Internet Security At Risk

If you bank online or sign into work remotely using a virtual private network, your data may not be safe. A flaw in the encryption program OpenSSL could expose much of the encrypted traffic.
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Calif. Measure Would Ban Killer Whale Shows At SeaWorld

SeaWorld won a short-term victory on Tuesday. A committee in the state assembly decided a bill banning SeaWorld from holding killer whales captive and using them in shows needs further study.
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Senate Panel Considers Nominee To Head Safety Commission

Elliot Kaye is President Obama's nominee to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission. He made a name for himself pushing safety changes to youth football.
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Calif. Medical Center Offers Cure To Indigenous Language Barrier

Immigrants from Mexico don't always speak Spanish. Instead they speak indigenous languages. That's created huge communications problems but a hospital in Salinas has found a solution.
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Kosher Food Producer Manischewitz Sold To Bain Capital

Manischewitz has been bought by a unit of the private equity firm Bain Capital for an undisclosed amount. The new owner wants the 126-year-old brand move beyond its niche on the kosher shelves.
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States, Lawmakers Want Feds To Use New Math For FEMA Calculations

As a new tornado season begins, Illinois officials say they need more help from the federal government, and Sens. Kirk and Durbin have reintroduced a bill proposing changes to the disaster formula.
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An Education Reporter Puts Himself To The (Standardized) Test

New Common Core teaching standards mean new standardized exams. NPR's Cory Turner took one himself and reports on what's changed.

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