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  • Strike Over, Chicago Students Go Back To Classes
    About 350,000 students had attended classes for less than a week before the strike began last Monday. Members of the union's House of Delegates voted Tuesday to suspend the strike after learning details of a tentative contract agreement.
  • Do Scores Go Up When Teachers Return Bonuses?
    How do you turn average teachers into great teachers? One unusual field experiment suggests the answer may lie in giving bonuses to teachers upfront — with a catch: They have to give back the money if student performance doesn't improve.
  • Scientists See Upside And Downside Of Sequencing Their Own Genes
    Prominent geneticists are getting their own genomes decoded, revealing the benefits and risks.
  • ACLU Pushes For Answers On Drone Strikes
    Drone strikes ordered by the Obama administration have killed more than a dozen al-Qaida leaders around the world. But when the ACLU asked for more information about the targeted killing, the CIA said it's a secret. Now the case is headed to federal appeals court.
  • Ebola's Other Victims: Health Care Workers
    The World Health Organization has confirmed 72 cases of the dreaded virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo since May; 23 of them are health care workers. Despite elaborate protective garb and other precautions, it's hard for doctors, nurses and health aides to avoid virus-laden bodily fluids of Ebola patients.
  • Text Reignites Debate: Did Jesus Have A Wife?
    A Harvard researcher says a "new gospel" written on a fragment of papyrus shows some early Christians believed Jesus had a wife. The fragment — which scholars believe was written in the fourth century — is creating a sensation among New Testament experts.
  • Saudi Arabia Offers More Oil To Its Major Customers
    The Financial Times reports the Saudis may be responding to a request by G7 finance ministers. The move would likely push gas prices down and help stimulate economic growth. The average gas price at U.S. pumps rose to $3.88 last week — the highest ever for the month of September.
  • Alpha Closing 8 Coal Mines, Eliminating 1,200 Jobs
    Facing competition from cheap natural gas, coal producer Alpha Natural Resources said it's cutting production by 16 million tons and eliminating 1,200 jobs companywide. The cuts include 400 jobs with the immediate closing of eight mines in Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
  • So What Happens If The Farm Bill Expires? Not Much, Right Away
    The farm bill is likely to be left on the table when Congress leaves for recess, but don't panic. The nutrition and commodity programs will likely be extended after Election Day at current funding levels for a while, if the last session is any guide.
  • MOMA To Display Munch's 'The Scream'
    The most expensive work of art ever sold at auction is going on public display at New York's Museum of Modern Art. For six months starting in late October, museum-goers can stare into the abyss suggested by Munch's iconic image of a screaming man beneath a swirling orange sky.

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