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University of Missouri president resigns over racial turmoil

November 9, 2015


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By Matt Pearce and Lauren Raab Los Angeles Times (TNS) COLUMBIA, Mo. — University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe resigned Monday following protests over his handling of racial issues. The school’s football team had gone on strike, and some professors were staging a walkout from their cl...

China ends one-child policy, but it may be too late

November 4, 2015


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By Stuart Leavenworth McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS) BEIJING — China’s Communist Party on Thursday officially ended its policy that limited most families to a single child, an acknowledgment that the 1970s population-control measure was outdated, was holding back economic growth and had distorted...

Texas colleges could land in court over designated ‘gun-free’ classes

Texas colleges could land in court over designated ‘gun-free’ classes

November 4, 2015


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By Tom Benning The Dallas Morning News (TNS) AUSTIN, Texas — Religious Studies 375. “What Is Religion?” Three credit hours. No firearms allowed. That kind of course catalog listing might not be so farfetched for Texas’ public colleges and universities, as school leaders move closer to impleme...

New proposal by Obama calls for scaling back of standardized-testing prep

October 26, 2015


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By Richard A. Serrano Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS) WASHINGTON — The Obama administration executed a significant about-face in its education policy Saturday, calling for a cap on the amount of time students spend taking standardized tests. The move comes amid growing opposition from teachers an...

Hurricane Patricia peters out over Mexico; no deaths reported

Hurricane Patricia peters out over Mexico; no deaths reported

October 26, 2015


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By Tim Johnson McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS) MEXICO CITY — In just 40 hours, the weather system that became known as Hurricane Patricia grew into the fiercest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere, threatening calamity on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, only to fizzle into a weak tropical...

US cancels plans for oil leases in the Arctic Ocean

October 20, 2015


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By Sean Cockerham McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS) WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is abandoning plans to open the Arctic Ocean to more oil drilling in the face of dwindling industry interest and environmental objections. The Interior Department said Friday that it is canceling two schedu...

Rising violence challenges ideal of united Jerusalem

Rising violence challenges ideal of united Jerusalem

October 20, 2015


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By Joel Greenberg McClatchy Foreign Staff (TNS) JERUSALEM — Abed Ghazali, a Palestinian restaurant owner, was driving back from work on Wednesday when he was stopped by a crane placing large concrete blocks across a road at the entrance to his neighborhood, Jabal Mukaber, in East Jerusalem. Isra...

New credit card fraud protection creates confusion — even for FBI

New credit card fraud protection creates confusion — even for FBI

October 20, 2015


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By Iana Kozelsky McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS) WASHINGTON — The FBI took a step backward over the past week in the effort to combat credit card fraud. First, the agency told consumers a week ago that new microchip-installed credit and debit cards designed to better thwart fraud might still be ...

UCLA students protest after partygoers wear blackface at Kanye West-themed frat party

UCLA students protest after partygoers wear blackface at Kanye West-themed frat party

October 12, 2015


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By Veronica Rocha Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES—Chanting “Black Bruins Matter,” UCLA students crammed into Chancellor Gene Block’s office Thursday, demanding a response for a party described as racist after some students wore blackface to a Kanye West-themed fraternity party. Holding ...

Missouri to require all freshmen to undergo diversity training

Missouri to require all freshmen to undergo diversity training

October 12, 2015


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By Eric Adler The Kansas City Star (TNS) KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The University of Missouri, which this week removed a student from its Columbia campus for shouting “the ‘N’ word” and other racial slurs at members of a black student group practicing for homecoming, announced Thursday that, as o...

India’s energy plan includes using solar and wind — and a lot more coal

India’s energy plan includes using solar and wind — and a lot more coal

October 6, 2015


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By Shashank Bengali Los Angeles Times (TNS) MUMBAI, India — India, the world’s third-leading carbon polluter, has pledged to aggressively expand its use of solar and wind power as part of a global agreement for battling climate change to be hammered out by December. But the long-range energy...

Deadly airstrike on hospital in Afghanistan draws US back into conflict

Deadly airstrike on hospital in Afghanistan draws US back into conflict

October 6, 2015


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By Shashank Bengali and Ali M. Latifi Los Angeles Times (TNS) KABUL — The war, at least for the United States, was supposed to be winding down. But an apparently errant bombing Saturday morning has thrust the U.S. military back to the forefront of a conflict in Afghanistan that shows no signs...

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