Their families have sued the state of Michigan, arguing it has failed to provide remedial help to students whose reading skills are years behind. The outcome of the lawsuit could affect how school districts around the country deal with remediation.
President Obama drew strong support from the youth vote in 2008. This election season, analysts say enthusiasm for the president has declined. While young adults are visible at the Democratic National Convention, some young people acknowledge apathy among their peers.
The Standard & Poor's 500-stock index rose to levels it hasn't hit in more than four years today, bolstered by the European Central Bank's plan to buy bonds of struggling countries to help support the euro. Strong U.S. jobs data also contributed to the gains.
As Europe's Central Bank announced the latest plan to deal with the Continent's debt crisis, markets on both sides of the Atlantic rallied. Now investors are turning their focus to Friday's U.S. unemployment report, searching for signs that the job market is strengthening.
The former police officer from suburban Chicago now faces a maximum 60-year prison term when he's sentenced Nov. 26. The verdict could prove controversial because it was based mainly on hearsay from his dead third wife and Peterson's fourth wife, who went missing but was never found.
Robert Siegel speaks with Mara Liasson about Thursday night's events scheduled at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., where President Obama will formally accept his party's nomination.
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