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Mormon school removes gay-marriage cards at store

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Greeting cards celebrating same-sex marriages turned up at the Brigham Young University bookstore Tuesday. Placed by Hallmark, the cards reading “Mr. and Mr.” and “Mrs. and Mrs.” were quickly removed when bookstore staff discovered them after photos surfaced online. The outside vendor stocked the shelves without realizing the [...]

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Public transit in Hampton Roads eyes major changes

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A light-rail train known as The Tide departs downtown Norfolk during the afternoon rush hour. It carries scores of passengers who want to avoid driving on the region’s notoriously congested roadways on their way back to VirginiaBeach, the state’s largest city. As the train zips alongside a gridlocked Interstate 264, it [...]

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Student loan interest rates to increase

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Interest rates go up Tuesday, July 1, for students taking out new federal loans. This hike is relatively minimal but could foreshadow more increases to come. The change stems from a high-profile, bipartisan deal brokered last year by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama that ties the rates to the [...]

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2 universities in DC make deal to buy solar power

 WASHINGTON (AP) — Two universities in the nation’s capital have agreed to a major energy deal to buy more than half their power from three new solar power farms that will be built in North Carolina, the schools announced Monday night, June 23. . George Washington University, American University and the George Washington University Hospital [...]

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Starbucks clears college degree path for workers

    NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks is giving its baristas a shot at an online college degree, an unusual benefit in an industry where higher education is often out of reach for workers. The coffee chain is partnering with Arizona State University to make an online undergraduate degree available at a steep discount to [...]

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Plan to house immigrant children in Va. on hold

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — U.S. officials are looking into temporarily housing hundreds of Central American immigrant children and teenagers on the campus of a closed college in rural Virginia. Administration for Children and Families spokesman Kenneth J. Wolfe told The Associated Press in an email Monday that the idea is on hold to allow the [...]

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Virginia passes budget with Medicaid restriction

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The General Assembly passed a new state budget late Thursday, June 12, night after adopting a Republican-backed amendment to ensure that Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe cannot expand Medicaid without legislative approval. The action just before midnight closed a tumultuous day of internal GOP wrangling over the last-minute amendment and ended [...]

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Sex crimes were up at US colleges

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of sex offenses reported at American colleges and universities went up in the last decade even as overall campus crime decreased, according to an Education Department survey that also suggests high schools are safer than they used to be. The report released Tuesday, June 10 said 3,330 forcible sex [...]

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Spartan Echo wins top honors

  News, sports and online journalism take first place at 2013 awards ceremony (HOUSTON) — The Spartan Echo, the student newspaper of Norfolk State University, won 10 “Excellence in Journalism” awards for 2013 at the Black College Communication Association’s annual National HBCU Student News Media Conference in Houston on Saturday, Feb. 8. This is the highest award-winning year [...]

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