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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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Ugandans drum alarms to rescue abducted children

  BUIKWE, Uganda (AP) — When a child goes missing in this central Ugandan district, villagers beat drums into a pulsing rhythm that sends rescuers scampering through bushes. Others, riding motorcycles, try to block exit routes. In response to the kidnappings and ritual killings of children here, the traumatized community has created a rudimentary but [...]

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Mauritanian president easily wins re-election

  NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — Mauritania’s president easily won re-election after the major opposition parties boycotted the vote, the electoral commission announced Sunday, June 22. President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz won with nearly 82 percent of the vote, according to the commission. The next closest candidate took only about 8 percent. The Constitutional Council, the West [...]

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Great white shark numbers are surging, study says

  PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A report that scientists are calling one of the most comprehensive studies of great white sharks finds their numbers are surging in the ocean off the Eastern U.S. and Canada after decades of decline — bad news if you’re a seal, but something experts say shouldn’t instill fear in beachgoers [...]

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Ivory for sale in Angola; big tuskers die in Kenya

  NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The craft market just north of Angola’s capital sells paintings, hand-carved wooden animals and newly woven baskets. It is also sells more than 10,000 pieces of ivory, making it the largest market in southern Africa to openly sell elephant tusks, an illegal trade. Across the African continent, in Kenya, two [...]

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New civil rights museum also explores human rights

  ATLANTA (AP) — A new museum about the history of civil rights opens next week in Atlanta, the city where Martin Luther King Jr. was based. But the National Center for Civil and Human Rights also explores other human rights struggles, from women’s rights and LGBT issues to immigration and child labor. The museum [...]

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Madonna attends preview of Tupac B’way musical

  NEW YORK (AP) — One of Tupac Shakur’s old friends celebrated his birthday by seeing a new play inspired by his music. Madonna attended a preview of “Holler If Ya Hear Me” in New York City on Monday, June 15, which would have been the rapper’s 43rd birthday. Shakur died in 1996 at age [...]

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College Presidents Express Support for Common Core

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Higher education leaders in 33 states on Tuesday, June 10, announced the formation of a coalition in support of Common Core education standards rolling out in most states. The more than 200 college presidents and state higher education leaders say the K-12 standards represent a significant improvement over most states’ standards. They [...]

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White House threatens veto of GOP school meal bill

  WASHINGTON (AP) — A House bill that would allow some schools to opt out of healthier meal standards drew a veto threat Tuesday, June 10 from the White House. The GOP spending bill would allow schools to waive the school lunch and breakfast standards championed by first lady Michelle Obama for the next school [...]

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Cuba: 8 arrested in school exam cheating scandal

  HAVANA (AP) — Eight people are under arrest in connection with a scandal involving the illicit sale of university entrance exams, Cuban authorities said Monday, June 9th after thousands of high school students were forced to retake the test. The unnamed suspects include five teachers, a methodologist, an employee at the Ministry of Higher Education’s [...]

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