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Education Dept. Issues Framework For New College Rating System 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:57:00 -0500 
    The draft plan indicates that such factors as access, affordability and student outcomes will be key to the system first announced by President Obama in 2013.

Some Early Childhood Experiences Shape Adult Life, But Which? 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:47:42 -0500 
    Nature and nurture both matter, and having love and support from parents early on makes make academic and social success as an adult more likely, a study finds. But a child's temperament matters too.

Thailand Says It Was Unaware Of CIA 'Black Site' On Its Soil 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:54:00 -0500 
    Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha says the U.S. never told Thai officials of the existence of a safe house where top al-Qaida operatives were allegedly subjected to torture.

3 Business Best-Sellers Show Inequality Is Now The Hot Topic 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:03:13 -0500 
    Many business books try to help you get rich quick. But three of 2014's biggest sellers focused on unfairness and inequality. Economists say expect more: Books on inequality are riding a huge wave.

Details On The Administration's New College Ratings System 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:03:00 -0500 
    A framework for measuring opportunity --and outcomes.

Exchange Of Spies Was Critical To U.S.-Cuba Deal 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:02:00 -0500 
    Part of the deal for the return of American Alan Gross from Cuba involved the release of a Cuban man who had served as a spy for the U.S. He's said to have provided info about Cuban spies in the U.S.

U.S. Authorities Investigate, Sony Reels From Computer Hack 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:02:00 -0500 
    The White House has stopped short of naming North Korea as the aggressor in the cyberattack against Sony Pictures. That hack resulted in the cancellation of the film The Interview.

State Department To Begin Steps To Restore Ties With Cuba 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:02:00 -0500 
    A top state department official plans to go to Cuba next month. This week's announcement that the two countries would restore diplomatic ties comes a half a century after relations were severed.

When Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Their Poorest Patients 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:02:00 -0500 
    In exchange for tax breaks, nonprofit hospitals provide assistance to poor patients. But some hospitals seize wages from poor patients with unpaid bills — even those who qualify for reduced-cost care.

7 Miles Beneath The Sea's Surface: Who Goes There? 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:02:00 -0500 
    Marine scientists plumbing the deepest part of the ocean sent microphones and collection probes baited with chicken to the bottom of a trench near Guam. Now they watch, wait ... and listen.

NORAD's Santa Tracker Began With A Typo And A Good Sport 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:02:00 -0500 
    It all started in 1955 with a misprint in a Colorado newspaper and a call to Col. Harry Shoup's secret military hotline. Shoup played along with the tiny voice who called, and a tradition was born.

The Administration's College Ratings: How It Looks On Campus 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:59:00 -0500 
    The Education Department's unveiling today of a controversial ratings system has fueled a debate over what this kind of system can — or should — measure.

Two Of Colorado's Neighbors Sue State Over Marijuana Law 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:23:00 -0500 
    Nebraska and Oklahoma have filed a lawsuit against Colorado with the U.S. Supreme Court, saying that its law legalizing marijuana isn't constitutional.

Opportunity, Caution Seen For U.S. Banks As Cuba Rules Ease 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:08:59 -0500 
    President Obama eased restrictions on Cuba this week, including a relaxation of rules barring U.S. banks from doing business there. But banks are awaiting details and are likely to proceed cautiously.

No Fracking In New York? That's OK With Pennsylvania 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:43:00 -0500 
    Environmental groups cheered New York's decision to ban the practice, and some in the industry say when it comes to good-paying jobs, New York's loss is Pennsylvania's gain.
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