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A Key Researcher Says 'Grit' Isn't Ready For High-Stakes Measures

Wed, 2015-05-13 02:43

Angela Duckworth worries that when it comes to measuring students' resilience, education policy may be getting ahead of science.

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NTSB Team On Its Way To Investigate Amtrak Derailment

Wed, 2015-05-13 02:34

The derailment, which happened just north of Philadelphia, left five people dead and dozens injured. Amtrak cancelled service between New York and Philadelphia.

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Imprisoned Nuclear Activist Nun Granted Victory On Appeal

Wed, 2015-05-13 01:02

A federal appeals court thew out the most serious charge, sabotage, against 85-year-old Sister Megan Rice. Her case gained attention after supporters said she was being held in unfair conditions.

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The 13 Questions Hillary Clinton Has Answered From The Press

Wed, 2015-05-13 01:01

It has been more than three weeks since Hillary Clinton has answered a question from the press. That hasn't stopped reporters from trying.

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Puerto Rico Wants To Grow Your Next Cup Of Specialty Coffee

Tue, 2015-05-12 23:22

More than a century ago, Puerto Rico used to produce world-class coffee. Now farmers there are trying to rebuild the industry by focusing on growing higher-quality beans, which command higher prices.

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Jeb Bush Backtracks On Iraq, Says He 'Interpreted The Question Wrong, I Guess'

Tue, 2015-05-12 19:09

Jeb Bush is walking back comments he made on Iraq that he would have authorized the invasion even knowing what we know now. But he later said he actually doesn't know what he would have done.

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Amtrak Train Derails, Cars Roll In Philadelphia; Injuries Reported

Tue, 2015-05-12 17:59

The train, on its way from Washington to New York, went off the rails late Tuesday.

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China Smartphone Sales Shrink, Market 'Increasingly Saturated,' Report Says

Tue, 2015-05-12 15:41

Experts say nearly everyone in China who wants a smartphone has one. The challenge for manufacturers now is to convince them to upgrade.

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How Bird Beaks Got Their Start As Dinosaur Snouts

Tue, 2015-05-12 15:32

Hoping to help trace the history of how velociraptors evolved into birds, researchers at Harvard and Yale may have tracked a key beak transformation to two genes.

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Texas Sen. Doesn't Want Clergy 'Coerced' Into Officiating Same-Sex Marriages

Tue, 2015-05-12 15:12

In Texas, state legislators are considering a number of bills disapproving of same-sex marriage. They are also learning some lessons from the "religious freedom" controversy in Indiana.

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Obama: We Must 'Guard Against Cynicism' When It Comes To Poverty

Tue, 2015-05-12 15:08

"There's a lot we can do," President Obama said at a forum in Washington, D.C., Tuesday. Just across town, progressive leaders laid out plans to tackle poverty.

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You've Saved Money At The Pump. Why Aren't You Spending It?

Tue, 2015-05-12 13:38

Falling oil prices haven't boosted economic growth as much as expected. That's partly because consumers have chosen to pay down debt and save some of the windfall rather than spend it all.

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Brain Boost: Mediterranean Diet May Fend Off Memory Loss

Tue, 2015-05-12 13:04

People in their 60s and 70s who followed the Mediterranean diet for four years held steady on cognitive tests, a study found. But the test scores of people following a lower-fat diet went down.

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'Lawful Use' Of Force By Wisconsin Police Officer, DA Says

Tue, 2015-05-12 12:15

Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny shot and killed Tony Robinson, 19, on March 6. The case drew attention because of high-profile deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of the police.

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University Of Virginia Dean Sues 'Rolling Stone' Over Discredited Rape Article

Tue, 2015-05-12 12:09

UVA's dean of students says the article portrayed her as the "chief villain of the story." She's suing the magazine and the author for $7.85 million.

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'Unsettling' Lucille Ball Sculpture Will Move To New Home In NY

Tue, 2015-05-12 11:37

The plan gives new life to a statue that gained dubious fame last month, when criticism of the bronze work reached a fever pitch. It's now seen as a part of comedy history.

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Fast-Track Trade Measure Fails Key Test Vote In Senate

Tue, 2015-05-12 11:20

The White House calls the vote merely a "procedural snafu" and expects to eventually prevail.

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A Foot In Africa, A Foot In Europe: Divide Grows Wider In Ceuta

Tue, 2015-05-12 10:28

The Spanish city is physically part of Africa. About half of its people are more prosperous Europeans; half are Arabic-speaking Muslims disproportionately living in poverty. That disparity is growing.

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Do We Talk Funny? 51 American Colloquialisms

Tue, 2015-05-12 10:16

American English has a rich history of regionalisms — which sometimes tell us a lot about where we come from.

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Malaysia Says It Will Turn Back Migrant Boats

Tue, 2015-05-12 10:00

It comes a day after more than 1,000 Rohingya and Bangladeshis landed in the waters of Malaysia's Langkawi island, and after Indonesia said it would also turn back the migrants.

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