100-year-old wreck of Henry B. Smith found A few months shy of the 100th anniversary of the ship's disappearance on Lake Superior, shipwreck hunters say they have identified the lost freighter S S Henry B. Smith.
Student loan rates double without Congress' action The interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans doubled from 3.4 percent Monday and could stay doubled unless Congress fulfills its pledge to restore lower rates when it returns from the Fourth of July holiday.
Ellison, Klobuchar push Voting Rights update Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Keith Ellison want Congress to make changes to the Voting Rights Act, now that the U.S. Supreme Court has invalidated a key portion of the law.
What Milwaukee Archdiocese documents reveal about priest sex abuse As more victims of clergy sex abuse came forward, then-Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan oversaw a plan to pay some abusers to leave the priesthood after writing to Vatican officials with increasing frustration and concern, warning them about the potential for scandal if they did not defrock problem priests, according to documents released Monday.
Kids unplugged: Summer camps ban electronics A decade ago, many summer camps nationwide started instituting a no-tech policy, banning cellphones, pagers and electronic games. Cut to 2013, and the Xbox, Instagram, iPhone and iPad. Technology has dramatically changed, and yet some things have stayed the same.
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