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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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Firm Leaves Miss. After Its Prison Is Called 'Cesspool'

One month after a federal court ordered sweeping changes at a troubled juvenile prison in Mississippi, the company managing the prison says it's pulling out of the state. The Justice Department describes "systemic, egregious and dangerous practices" at Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility.
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Student Loan Debt Exceeds One Trillion Dollars

President Obama wants Congress to extend the 2007 College Cost Reduction and Access Act, which would freeze interest rates on subsidized Stafford student loans for one year. Melissa Block speaks with Mark Kantrowitz, a student loan expert and publisher of FinAid.org for a primer on student loans and repayments.
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Obama Takes Multistate Trip To Woo College Voters

President Obama kicked off a three university tour on Tuesday at UNC-Chapel Hill. Student debt now surpasses credit card debt in the U.S., and Obama is pressing Congress to pass an act that would keep interest rates on those loans from doubling this summer. Robert Siegel talks to Scott Horsley.
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Robot Eyes As Good As Humans When Grading Essays

A new study has determined that some automated essay graders can do as good of a job as humans. Melissa Block talks with New York Times education columnist Michael Winerip about the study and the weaknesses of automatic essay readers.

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