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What's Behind The Turnaround At Miami Public Schools?

Alberto Carvalho runs the nation's fourth largest school district — Miami Dade Public Schools. Since he took over four years ago, the district's turnaround has been nothing short of "miraculous", or so his supporters say. During his tenure the dropout rate has plummeted. The high school graduation rate has climbed to record levels and test scores for all students are way up. How did Carvalho do it?
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Crews Battling Massive Idaho Fire Settle In For A Long Fight

A massive wildfire is continuing to burn near the resort towns of Ketchum and Sun Valley in Idaho. While some evacuees have been allowed to return to their homes, the fire could burn until the first snows come this fall.
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Patriot Act Architect Criticizes NSA's Data Collection

Audie Cornish talks with Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner. Rep. Sensenbrenner, a key architect of the 2001 Patriot Act, has recently criticized the National Security Agency's data collecting practices following this summer's leaks regarding the scope of the agency's programs.
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Prosecution Rests In Court Martial Of Maj. Nidal Hasan

The prosecution has wrapped up its case against the former psychiatrist accused of opening fire at Fort Hood, killing 13 people. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, who is representing himself, will present his case beginning tomorrow.
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More Seals Means More Great White Sharks In Cape Cod

Great white sharks are becoming a more common sight along the East Coast. Beach closures are not unusual along Cape Cod, but most beach-goers are taking the new threat in stride.
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Calls Continue For San Diego Mayor To Step Down

Embattled San Diego mayor Bob Filner and attorneys met Tuesday about his future as the leader of the city. The mayor is under pressure to resign following allegations of sexual harassment by at least 16 women. Meanwhile, a recall petition drive is under way while the mayor's supporters try to counter criticism.
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1972 Miami Dolphins Honored For Winning Season, 40 Years Late

They went undefeated through the season and playoffs and won the 1973 Super Bowl. But the Miami Dolphins of that legendary season were never honored at the White House — until Tuesday. Why?
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With Pot Legal In Washington, Will Buyers Stay Underground?

State regulators are putting the finishing touches on rules for the new state-sanctioned recreational marijuana market. The man hired to help shape those rules says that for state-licensed pot stores to succeed, police have to toughen up on the black market.
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Fla. Balks At Insurance Navigators As Obamacare Deadline Nears

Gov. Rick Scott has built a political career fighting the president's health overhaul — and he's not through yet. He's joining other Republicans in opposition to people called navigators, who are being hired to help enroll the public in health plans.
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A Defense For Ted Cruz: Founders Weren't U.S. Born Either

The news surrounding the Texas senator's place of birth has rekindled a familiar constitutional debate over who is eligible to run for president.

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