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Can A New Building Save A Failing School?

For years, School 16 in Rochester, N.Y., has been on the decline. The school's building was falling apart, and test scores were on a steady decline. Now, the school's move to a newer, nicer building brings hope that a better building could spell better academic performance.

State Must Grant Murder Convict A Sex Change Operation, Judge Rules

Robert Kosilek killed his wife in 1990. In 1993, he changed his name to Michelle. In 2002, Kosilek began receiving female hormone injections. Now, a judge has agreed Kosilek should have gender reassignment surgery to treat a gender idenity disorder.

There's A 'Bear Epidemic' Out West, And It's 'About To Get Worse'

Because of droughts, bears are having to search harder and across wider ranges to find food. That's increasingly bringing them into contact with humans. In Aspen, Colo., alone there were nearly 300 "bear calls" to police in August — a record.

In A Crisis, Did You Act Or Did You Freeze?

In her Wall Street Journal column, Sue Shellenbarger examined the research that explains why some people are more likely to intervene in life-threatening situations. She explains the traits and circumstances that tend to create heroes. And if you've ever chosen not to act heroically, tell us why.

Big Three All Posted Double-Digit Gains In Auto Sales Last Month

The auto industry remains one of the economy's brighter spots. Chrysler's sales were up the most — 14 percent.

Secret Service Blunders Make News

A Secret Service agent was on Mitt Romney's campaign plane last week, and left a gun in the bathroom. A TV producer found it and returned it. And agents protecting Vice President Biden reported a truck rented to carry equipment for Biden's Labor Day visit to Detroit was stolen. It's been recovered.

Power's Still Out For Many After Isaac, And They're Boiling

"After six days of camping outside in sweltering temperatures because Hurricane Isaac knocked out power a week ago, there are many angry folks in the city and surrounding parishes."