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Romney Declares National Education Emergency

Mitt Romney has introduced his plan for overhauling education. At a speech to a Hispanic small business group Wednesday, the Republican presidential candidate outlined a blueprint that expands school choice for disabled and disadvantaged students, requires schools to provide regular reports on student progress and returns student loans to the private sector.
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Safeway Meat Clerk Reinstated After Fight

Ryan Young saw a pregnant woman being kicked by her boyfriend. He leaped out from behind the meat counter and intervened. Safeway suspended him, citing a zero-tolerance policy for workplace violence. But after the union took up his cause and people boycotted the store, Safeway reinstated Young, calling his action "commendable."
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Man Has Confessed To Killing Etan Patz, 'New York Times' Reports

But news reports also say police have not been able to corroborate his story. Still, he may help solve the 33-year-old mystery. Patz's was one of the first missing children cases to gain national attention.
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Obama Seeks To Gain Support Among Military Voters

Long before Obama gave a commencement speech to Air Force cadets Wednesday, his campaign was focusing attention on his record with military families and veterans — a key voting group that could make the difference in swing states like Virginia, North Carolina and Florida.
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Medical Marijuana 101: You Can't Smoke That On Campus

Even in states where medical marijuana is illegal, it's still not OK on college campuses. That's because marijuana remains illegal under federal law, and colleges don't want to jeopardize their federal funding by letting students use their prescription pot on school grounds.
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Bankrupt In Paradise

The public pension fund of a U.S. territory in the Pacific Ocean recently filed for bankruptcy. If the case is allowed to proceed, it could have major implications for retirees all across the U.S.
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Teaching Teens To Build Hammers Home A Message

As in other U.S. cities, many of Washington, D.C.'s teenagers can't find work. Staff and volunteers at a program for troubled youth hope a program that trains teens to rebuild a gutted house in a day will give them a boost in a tight job market. But learning construction is only part of the lesson.

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