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    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is calling for an investment to move away from one-size-fits-all-medicine, toward an approach that tailors treatment to your genes. The White House said Friday that Obama will ask Congress for $215 million for what he’s calling a precision medicine initiative. The ambitious goal: Scientists will assemble databases [...]

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Illinois professor who lost job offer after tweets sues

  CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A professor who lost a University of Illinois job offer over his profane, anti-Israel Twitter messages sued several university officials on Thursday, saying they denied his right to free speech and that the school should rehire him. Steven Salaita argues in the suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, [...]

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US colleges seek economic diversity in students from China

  NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Widely regarded overseas as places only for children of the rich and powerful, top American universities like Yale and Harvard are increasing efforts to attract the best international students, regardless of their financial backgrounds. With more undergraduates coming from abroad than ever, the Ivy League universities that have worked [...]

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Norfolk State leader says school addressing problems

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Norfolk State University interim President Eddie Moore Jr. says the school is addressing problems that led to it being put on probation. Media outlets report that Moore met with the campus community on Tuesday to discuss a report from the school’s accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. [...]

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Va. middle school students participating in NASA challenge

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Students at nine Virginia middle schools are participating in a NASA program to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Virginia Department of Education says the state is one of ten chosen by NASA and the U.S. Department of Education to participate in the 2014-2015 Engineering Design Challenge. Officials say [...]

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Most of Hawaii’s coral recover from mass bleaching

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s corals are recovering after being stressed by warmer-than-normal ocean temperatures last year. But scientists warn the strain of being in warmer water weakened them. This makes the coral more susceptible to disease. The coral are also now more likely to die the next time the waters around them heat up. The [...]

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Further reduction in school tests advances in Va. Senate

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A further reduction in high-stakes standardized tests taken by Virginia schoolchildren is advancing in the Virginia Senate. On a 3-2 vote Monday, a subcommittee approved a bill from Sen. John Miller that would reduce the number of Standards of Learning tests to the minimum required by federal law within [...]

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Va. Senate votes to rein in seclusion, restraint in schools

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Senate wants to rein in seclusion and restraint used as disciplinary measures in public schools. The 35-4 vote Tuesday follows accounts of children as young as kindergarten being restrained by several adults, locked away in segregation, and emerging with bruises and broken bones, all in response to [...]

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VCU president calls SATs ‘flawed,’ stressing GPA instead

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Commonwealth University is stressing grades over SAT scores. President Michael Rao announced Tuesday that the Richmond school no longer will require applicants with a high school grade point average of 3.3 or higher to submit SAT scores. He made the announcement during his annual state of the university. [...]

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Major storm threatens Northeast with up to 2 feet of snow

  NEW YORK (AP) — Cities across the Northeast mobilized snowplows and airlines canceled thousands of flights Monday as a potentially historic storm pushed its way up the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor with what forecasters said could be up to 2 feet of snow.More than 4,000 flights were canceled or delayed, schools planned to close early and [...]

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Va. Senate panel OKs mandatory campus sex assault reporting

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Legislation to mandate reporting of alleged campus sexual assaults to police is advancing in the General Assembly. A state Senate subcommittee approved a bill Monday submitted by Republican Sen. Richard Black of Loudoun County that would require any employee of a state college or university who learns of such an [...]

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