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Senator Warner discusses college affordability, easing student debt burden

  An editorial by Sen. Mark Warner My story may be much like yours: I was the first in my family to graduate from college. I was able to pay for my degree by working part time and taking on student debt. And after finishing my education, I tried to start a business but failed [...]

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Massive cheating scandal at UNC involved athletes

  CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Bogus classes and automatic A’s and B’s are at the heart of a cheating scandal at the University of North Carolina that lasted nearly two decades, encompassing about 3,100 students — nearly half of them athletes. At least nine university employees were fired or under disciplinary review, and the [...]

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Jerusalem stone may answer Jewish revolt questions

  JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli archaeologists said Tuesday they have discovered a large stone with Latin engravings that lends credence to the theory that the reason Jews revolted against Roman rule nearly 2,000 ago was because of their harsh treatment. Israel’s Antiquities Authority said the stone bears the name of the Roman emperor Hadrian and the year [...]

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3 Va. colleges’ support staff pay exceed average

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Support staff at Virginia’s public four-year institutions earn salaries that are comparable to similar schools nationally, with three exceptions, according to a report by Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission. The report examined the cost of support functions, which include libraries, police departments, student services, academic administration, public relations and [...]

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NASA-WILDFIRE DRONE

NORFOLK — NASA is partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to test the use of drones to spot wildfires in the Great Dismal Swamp in southeastern Va. and northeast N.C. In 2011, a wildifre in the swamp burned for nearly four months and caused poor air quality in the heavily-populated Hampton Roads region on some days [...]

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Quiet ‘whiz kid’ now public face of Ebola fight

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Last May, as Ebola crept across West Africa, America’s top infectious disease expert told a group of Harvard students in a commencement speech to always second-guess their assumptions because “overconfidence can kill.” Five months later in a hearing room on Capitol Hill, Tom Frieden was accused of not following his own [...]

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Feminist speaker questions Utah’s campus gun laws

  SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s campus gun laws are in the spotlight after a feminist speaker canceled a speech at Utah State University once she learned the school would allow concealed firearms despite an anonymous threat to kill her and others in a mass shooting. University officials were set to go ahead with the event [...]

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Los Angeles schools superintendent resigns

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy resigned as head of the nation’s second-largest school system after failing to overcome technological problems, clashing with the teachers union and losing allies on the school board. The resignation was announced Thursday in a joint statement by Deasy and the board. A separate statement [...]

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Harvard junior who took mom to Mexico can return

  LOS REYES LA PAZ, Mexico (AP) — A Harvard University student stuck in Mexico for months after breaking an immigration rule was told Tuesday that he will be allowed to return home to the United States. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service had declared that Dario Guerrero Meneses, an illegal immigrant, effectively deported himself [...]

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Mary Baldwin students give back on Apple Day

STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — It was an overcast morning with a slight breeze, and as you walked around the corner toward Hunt Dining Hall on Mary Baldwin College’s campus, the first thing that hit you was the fragrance of rosemary and sage. There was also basil, lemon balm, echinacea and epazote — but it was [...]

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Legion of Christ’s US women’s college to close

  VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Legion of Christ religious order has suffered another blow with the announcement Thursday that its training center for consecrated women in the U.S. is closing because of poor enrollment. The Mater Ecclesiae College in Greenville, Rhode Island, had catered to women who were deciding whether they wanted to live [...]

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