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No. 23 Tar Heels host Flames in season opener

  CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The week started at North Carolina with the focus on who would start at quarterback for the No. 23 Tar Heels in Saturday night’s opener against Liberty. By midweek, however, the attention had shifted to the suspension of four defensive players — a moment that overshadowed the preseason optimism [...]

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FSU-Oklahoma State headlines ACC opening weekend

  A look at things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference during Week 1 of the season: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 1 Florida State vs. Oklahoma State. The reigning national champion Seminoles and Heisman winner Jameis Winston face the Cowboys in the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night. The Seminoles [...]

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No. 7 UCLA comes east to face Virginia

  CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia has a new quarterback and all sorts of optimism heading into its opener. The Cavaliers also have one of the most formidable opponents in the country in No. 7 UCLA. The Bruins have two players — dual-threat quarterback Brett Hundley and linebacker and running back Myles Jack — expected [...]

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Va. gets grant for education, workforce trainin

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia has been selected to receive a $170,000 grant to help better align education and workforce training with economic development priorities. In addition to the grant from the National Governor’s Association, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Friday that Virginia also has been selected to participate in an 18 month national policy academy [...]

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University bets $10 million on poor city’s kids

  READING, Pa. (AP) — On the second day of class at Reading Senior High School, teacher Eric Knorr directs his students’ attention to the banners hanging on the wall. Syracuse. Temple. Brown. Penn State. All of them brought back by former students who bucked the odds and went to college. “You need to make [...]

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USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS

  Best-Selling Books Week Ended August 23, 2014. FICTION 1. “Four: A Divergent Collection” by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books) 2. “Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods” by Rick Riordan (Disney Press) 3. “Mean Steak” by Sandra Brown (Grand Central) 4. “Insurgent” by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books) 5. “Allegiant” by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books) 6. “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio (Alfred [...]

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McAuliffe orders cuts to Virginia state agencies

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is ordering state agency heads to come up with across-the-board budget cuts for the next two years in order to cope with a more than $880 million budget shortfall. McAuliffe’s chief of staff, Paul Reagan, sent a memo to agency chiefs on Friday ordering them to come [...]

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Virginia students make gains on revised math SOLs

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Student performance improved on Virginia’s more rigorous mathematics tests last school year and pass rates were relatively flat on revised English, history and science tests, state education officials said Wednesday. Over the past few years, officials have revised the Standards of Learning tests aimed at better preparing students for college [...]

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Father of student: fatal flight was to see sights

  CLEVELAND (AP) — A small rented airplane crashed and burned shortly after takeoff Monday, killing four college students who were taking a sightseeing flight around Cleveland after their first day of classes. The four men were students at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Three were members of the varsity wrestling team. The wrestlers were [...]

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QB Brown experiences the college life at Maryland

  COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — As a sixth-year senior, Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown has accumulated invaluable experience on the football field and a wealth of knowledge in the classroom. The tradeoff is that the 23-year-old feels his age when surrounded by dozens of teammates not far removed from high school. “Every day I come [...]

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JERUSALEM POLICE SEARCH FOR MISSING US STUDENT

  JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police said Tuesday they are searching for a U.S. religious student who disappeared while on a hike in a forest outside Jerusalem last week. Twenty-three-year-old Aharon Sofer of Lakewood, New Jersey, was last seen Friday, said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld. He said the police were pursuing all avenues in their [...]

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