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Damon Williams to speak at NSU Sept. 23

  The Division of Student Affairs will kick-off its LEAD (Leadership, Education and Development) Speaker Series on September 23, 2014 with NSU alumnus Damon Williams. Damon is the Vice President of Programming for Music Choice, the multi-platform video and music network that reaches millions of consumers nationwide. Damon’s keynote address will be held at 7:00 [...]

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Review: Ambitious ‘Destiny’ lacks imagination

  Midway through “Destiny,” the new science fiction epic from “Halo” creators Bungie, a smug prince is musing on the hero’s desire to visit a mysterious site on Mars. “You want to turn it into a battleground,” the prince sneers. “How unimaginative.” It’s exactly the thought that nagged me when I was playing “Destiny” (Activision, [...]

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India, China vow cooperation as troops face off

  NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian and Chinese troops faced off at their countries’ unmarked border in the Himalayas on Thursday, September 18th, as their leaders were promising to boost economic cooperation and substantially increase Chinese investment in India’s infrastructure at a rare meeting. The long-festering border dispute is a stark reminder of the complicated [...]

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Married couple convicted of health care fraud

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The owner of a health care business and his wife have been convicted of health care fraud. A federal jury convicted W. Wayne Perry and Angela Perry in Norfolk on Tuesday, Sept. 16. According to court records, Wayne Perry was the owner and operator of the Norfolk-based Community Personal Care, which provided home [...]

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Emma Watson ‘touched’ by reception in Uruguay

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — British actor Emma Watson says she is “immensely touched” by the reception she received in Uruguay, where she traveled as a goodwill ambassador for the UN’s women’s agency. Hundreds of young people greeted the 24-year-old Tuesday as she delivered a 4,000-signature petition to parliament calling for greater political participation by women. [...]

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  SYDNEY (AP) — Counterterrorism raids in Sydney on Thursday, Sept 18  were sparked by security intelligence that the Islamic State movement was planning a random, violent attack in Australia as a demonstration of its reach, the prime minister said. Australian police detained 15 people and raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney in [...]

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Senate next after House backs Obama on rebel aid

  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s request for congressional backing to train and arm rebels battling Islamic State militants in Syria is halfway home after its easy approval by the GOP-controlled House sent the issue to the Senate, where leaders in both parties say approval is ensured. Obama won support from staunch Republicans who [...]

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UN’s flight marks new era on Israel-Syria front

  CAMP ZIOUANI, Golan Heights (AP) — For four decades, a multinational United Nations mission has quietly monitored the sleepy Golan Heights — providing a symbol of stability between bitter enemies as it enforced a truce between Israel and Syria. But as Syria has plunged into civil war and the peacekeepers themselves have become targets [...]

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Missing Virginia woman’s parents fear ‘foul play’

  CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The parents of a missing University of Virginia student said Wednesday, September 17, they fear she is the victim of “foul play,” and police released two new surveillance videos showing the 18-year-old walking past a pub and, minutes later, running past a service station. Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said [...]

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Researchers locate site of gas chambers in Poland

  WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish and Israeli Holocaust researchers say they have discovered the exact location of the building that housed gas chambers at Sobibor, one of the death camps operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland. Israel’s Yad Vashem and the Majdanek State Museum in Poland, which oversees Sobibor, announced the finding Wednesday, [...]

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Polish fears of Russia run high on war anniversary

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — It was an unexpected question from a woman hoping to sell me her Warsaw apartment: “Are you sure you want to buy now, when war could be coming?” Though she was half joking, her comment revealed an anxiety Poles express frequently these days — that Russian aggression in Ukraine [...]

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East Ukraine casualties rise as rebels reject deal

  DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Shelling in rebel-held parts of east Ukraine killed at least 12 civilians on Wednesday, as a top leader of pro-Russian rebels rejected Ukrainian legislation meant to end the unrest by granting self-rule to large swaths of the east. The city council of Donetsk, the largest rebel stronghold, said that shelling [...]

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Marine from Virginia killed in Afghanistan

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A 28-year-old Marine from Virginia was killed while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said Wednesday, Sept. 17. The Defense Department said Sgt. Charles C. Strong of Suffolk died Monday, Sept. 15, in Herat province. A NATO news release issued Tuesday, Sept. 16, said an International Security Assistance Force [...]

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College savings on the rise as plans average $20K

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The good news is that Americans are saving more than ever for college. The bad news is that the average amount wouldn’t come close to getting a person a degree. In a report released Tuesday, the College Savings Plans Network found that the average college savings or prepaid tuition account known [...]

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Higher education cuts likely to spare Va. students

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The $90 million in cuts the McAuliffe administration is seeking from Virginia’s public colleges and universities this fiscal year and next are likely to spare students. Instead, the savings will be achieved by keeping vacant unfilled positions, through energy conservation, deferred maintenance and other measures. While no layoffs are expected [...]

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Walk in their shoes

  An editorial by Roger Smith I’m a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it’s a tougher road today. The minimum wage buys fewer necessities now than it did when I needed it to survive. And as a successful capitalist, [...]

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NSU-Buffalo Game to be Broadcast on ESPN3

NORFOLK, Va. - Saturday’s Norfolk State-Buffalo football game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the Watch ESPN app. This makes four of NSU’s 12 football games this year that will be carried by ESPN3, ESPN’s online streaming service. The others include the Liberty game two weeks ago and upcoming MEAC games with Hampton (Oct. 18) and [...]

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NSU Takes Part in Numerous Community Service Events

NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk State athletics department compiled more than 340 community service hours at more than a handful of events during the first month of school. Spartan student-athletes lent a helping hand at the Ronald McDonald House, the Sickle Cell Walk and even adopted a street for the year that they will clean once [...]

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Alexandria schools on alert after weapon report

  ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Alexandria school officials say all schools went on lock-in after a report of a person brandishing a weapon near one school, but students are now on their way home. An Alexandria police spokeswoman says police received a report of a person with a weapon in the area of Matthew Maury [...]

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Japan seeks backing for whaling despite UN ruling

  PORTOROZ, Slovenia (AP) — Japan sought international backing Wednesday, Sept. 17, for its highly criticized plan to resume whale hunting in the Antarctic next year, despite a ruling against it by the top U.N. court. Japan negotiated at the International Whaling Commission conference in Portoroz, Slovenia, to amend a resolution about global whaling criteria [...]

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History books spark new Texas classroom battle

  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The long-running ideological dispute over what gets taught in Texas classrooms flared anew over proposed history textbooks Tuesday, with academics decrying lessons they said exaggerate the importance of Christian values on the nation’s Founding Fathers while conservatives complained of anti-American, pro-Islam biases. The Board of Education will approve new history [...]

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Barcelona, Spain, tops innovative cities contest

  NEW YORK (AP) — Barcelona, Spain, captured the grand prize in a competition that spurs cities to develop novel approaches to improve urban life, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced Wednesday, Sept. 17. Barcelona was awarded 5 million euro ($6.5 million) as top finisher. Four others were awarded 1 million euros ($1.3 million) each: the metropolitan area [...]

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