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Negotiating The College Funding Labyrinth

Paying for college is kind of like solving a mystery. What do four years of college really cost? Are your loans government or private? And when you graduate, how much will you really owe? Many students and parents don't have a clue.
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Holder Vows 'Zero Tolerance' To Human Trafficking

In a major speech in Little Rock, Ark., Attorney General Eric Holder said far too many reports of abuse cross his desk each week, more than 40 percent of them involving children. There were a record 120 such cases in the U.S. in the past year.
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VA Struggles To Provide Vets With Mental Health Care

The Department of Veterans Affairs says any veteran who seeks mental health services gets help within days. But a new investigation by the agency's inspector general says the statistics are skewed to make wait times appear shorter. The VA will have a chance at a Senate hearing Wednesday to explain how it's going to do better.
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Controversial Arizona Law Reaches Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court takes up another incendiary election issue Wednesday when it hears arguments on a controversial Arizona law that targets illegal immigrants. The law has become a model for other states, but last year a federal appeals court blocked enforcement of key provisions.
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Can A Computer Grade Essays As Well As A Human? Maybe Even Better, Study Says

A new study has determined that some automated essay graders can do as good a job as humans, but education columnist Michael Winerip says there weaknesses to the automated systems.
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A Bug's Life: Store Caters To Collectors Of Crawly Pets

Ken "The Bug Guy" MacNeil, host of the Science Channel's Bugging Out, has opened a pet shop devoted to insects in Tucson, Ariz. His inventory of about 10,000 includes tarantulas, scorpions and hissing cockroaches from Madagascar, all for sale as pets.
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Olympian's Arc: From 'Ninja Turtles' To London

Terrence Jennings has earned one of two spots for American men to compete in taekwondo in the Summer Olympics. He recently paid a visit to the martial arts school that helped him get started in the sport. But Jennings, 25, says that a certain group of animated reptiles also played a role in his career.
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Through Debt And Derision, Gingrich Keeps Running

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is more than $4 million in debt, but he keeps campaigning, despite having no chance of seizing the GOP nomination from Mitt Romney. Some critics say Gingrich's dogged refusal to leave the race could seriously damage his political brand.

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