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First lady launches 2 graduation video contests

  WASHINGTON (AP) — High school and college students are competing for Michelle Obama to come to their schools to share her wisdom about moving on to higher education and adulthood. The first lady announced on Thursday two video contests as part of her Reach Higherinitiative, which encourages students to take their studies and training past secondary school. To [...]

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Man guilty of murder in attack on Chinese students

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who was recorded confessing to the killings of two Chinese graduate students near the University of Southern California was convicted Monday of first-degree murder. Javier Bolden, 22, was found guilty of shooting Ming Qu and Ying Wu as they sat in a double-parked car about a mile from [...]

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Probe: UNC academic fraud was ‘shadow curriculum’

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — A scandal involving bogus classes and inflated grades at the University of North Carolina was bigger than previously reported, encompassing about1,500 athletes who got easy A’s and B’s over a span of nearly two decades, according to an investigation released Wednesday. At least nine university employees were fired [...]

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For-profit programs face ‘gainful employment’ rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — For-profit colleges with graduates unable to pay back their student loans could soon face scrutiny by the federal government. Schools with career-oriented programs that fail to comply with the new rule announced Thursday by the Obama administration stand to lose access to federal student-aid programs. To meet these “gainful employment” standards, a [...]

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Tiny Virginia college preps for big-stage debate

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Tiny Randolph-Macon College is set for its star turn Tuesday as it hosts a congressional debate between two faculty members. Republican Dave Brat, who rode a tea party-backed wave to national prominence by defeating former U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a summer primary, will debate Tuesday night [...]

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Teachers for Tomorrow trains future educators

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — William Fleming High School junior Quasmirah Allen, 17, wasn’t sitting behind a desk in a classroom listening to a teacher. Instead she was at the front of the room as a group of curious kindergartners gazed up at her. For a few minutes she was the teacher, not the [...]

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Teachers for Tomorrow trains future educators

  ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — William Fleming High School junior Quasmirah Allen, 17, wasn’t sitting behind a desk in a classroom listening to a teacher. Instead she was at the front of the room as a group of curious kindergartners gazed up at her. For a few minutes she was the teacher, not the student. [...]

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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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