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Harvard Secretly Photographed Classrooms To Monitor Attendance

Some students and faculty are upset about the surveillance, but lots of colleges do this kind of thing all the time.
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Chicago Archdiocese Documents Detail Decades Of Sex Abuse

The Archdiocese of Chicago released thousands of pages of documents detailing allegations of sexual abuse by three dozen priests. The documents had been kept secret for decades in some cases and the church says it is releasing them now in an effort to be transparent and to help bring healing to the victims of abuse. But abuse survivors say they feel betrayed, duped and deceived. They and their attorneys contend they were not allowed to help prepare the document release and therefore don't know what's still being hidden from public view.
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Battle Lines Drawn After Texas Town Bans Fracking

Residents of Denton, Texas, voted Tuesday to ban hydraulic fracturing in their city. It's the first time a city in the state — where energy is king — has voted to ban fracking. State officials have already filed lawsuits to try and overturn the ban.
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With Keys To Capitol Hill, Boehner Plans To Move Quickly

House Speaker John Boehner will be a key player if the White House and the new Congress are going to get anything meaningful done.
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Civil War Veteran Awarded Medal Of Honor, 150 Years Later

President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor on Thursday to a soldier who stayed at his post under withering fire, 150 years ago. Lt. Alonzo Cushing was just 22, commanding an artillery battery during the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg.
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FBI Relies On Local Communities To Identify Foreign Fighters

The director of the FBI, James Comey, told an audience in New York this week that there is no pattern to identify the people who are traveling to Syria to fight — so the FBI is counting on local communities to tip them off to foreign fighters. The program is part of the Obama administration's effort to Combat Violent Extremism. Muslim communities are wary.
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Brooklyn Prosecutor Could Be Nominated Attorney General In Coming Days

Loretta Lynch, the top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, could be nominated to lead the Justice Department in the coming days. She'd be the first African-American woman to hold the post.
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How Boy Bits First Came To Be

Certain birth defects in male children are on the rise, and nobody knows why. Scientists say basic research into how external genitalia evolved in reptiles and rodents might offer a few clues.
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Boehner Says Rolling Back Obamacare Is GOP Priority

In his first news conference since an overwhelming victory for Republicans on Tuesday, the House speaker also said approval of the Keystone XL pipeline is a key item on the GOP agenda.
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The Secret Lives Of Teachers: Up, Up And Away!

Our series continues as we head into the sky with a social studies teacher with a passion for flying.

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