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First Lady Christens U.S.S. Illinois In Groton

Michelle Obama was in Groton, Connecticut this weekend. She christened a nuclear-powered submarine built at the General Dynamics Electric Boat factory. The submarine’s called the U.S.S. Illinois. It shares a name with Obama’s home state.
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In The Classroom, Common Ground Can Transform GPAs

Many people have experienced the magic of a wonderful teacher, and we all know anecdotally that these instructors can change our lives. But what if a teacher and a student don't connect? How does that affect the education that child receives?Is there a way to create a connection where there isn't one? And how might that change things, for teachers and students alike?These are the sorts of questions that fascinated Hunter Gehlbach and his colleagues at the Harvard Graduate School of Education...
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Suspended, Eligible, Benched: Dodgers' Utley Sits Out Game 3, Mets Win 13-7

Updated 12:59 a.m. ETThe New York Mets rout the Los Angeles Dodgers 13-7, and now lead the series 2-1.Updated 7:22 p.m. ETFrom suspended, to eligible, to benched, Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley is not in the starting lineup for tonight's game against the New York Mets.Utley is available to play tonight in Game 3 of the National League Division Series while his appeal of a two-game suspension for a reckless slide is pending. But Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has opted to start...
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The Nobel Prize Committee has awarded the 2015 Nobel in Economic Sciences to Angus Deaton of Princeton University, "for his analysis of consumption, poverty, and welfare."

Deaton, 69, was born in 1945 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He holds both U.S. and British citizenship.

I'm a member of Generation Y, or the millennial generation. People like me were born in the '80s and early '90s. But I don't like to broadcast that fact. Millennials tend to get a bad rap.

Journalists and commentators love ragging on us. They say we're ill-prepared to deal with life's challenges. And that, as a result, we have higher rates of mental health issues like depression and anxiety.

When Vanessa talks about home, she doesn't mean San Miguel.

Vanessa isn't from here. The town, just a few hours from El Salvador's capital, is only the latest stop on the 17-year-old's desperate flight from criminal gangs, known as maras.

"They would often come to our home looking for us," says Vanessa, who, like all the people in this story, is referred to here by her middle name for safety reasons.

She says that a few years back, maras targeted her 15-year-old cousin the same way.

Ever since the Obama administration announced last week it had agreed to a massive trade deal, called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, lawmakers have been saying they must review the agreement's specific language before passing judgment.

"Without having read it ... I'm going to reserve my time to read it," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, told NPR when asked whether TPP would win support in Congress.

In a move lawmakers hope will drive more Californians to the polls, Gov. Jerry Brown approved legislation that automatically registers citizens to vote when they obtain or renew driver's licenses or state identification cards.

Iran showed off a new, precision-guided ballistic missile on state television Sunday.

The fate of House Republicans has been in the hands of about 40 out of 246 members. They are the Freedom Caucus — some of the most conservative members of the House, who largely align with the Tea Party movement.

They've been causing outgoing House Speaker John Boehner headaches since he was elected to that position. The irony being that he became speaker when Republicans took over the House with the Tea Party wave in 2010.

And they are not too keen on Boehner's number two — Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who pulled out of the race for speaker this week.

There's a fresh look at how transparent major companies are when it comes to their political activity.

More than two dozen companies on the Standard & Poor's 500 Index scored 90 percent or better, out of 100, in the new rankings.

Thousands of demonstrators marched on the National Mall on Saturday in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March.

The theme of the march this time around was "Justice or Else," and it featured a diverse line-up of speakers who touched on a wide array of issues — from immigration to the string of black men who have been killed by police.

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who called the original Million Man March, delivered a long and impassioned speech, saying that African-Americans are "still singing, 'We Shall Overcome.'"


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