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  • Texas Schools Grapple With Big Budget Cuts
    State lawmakers slashed more than $4 billion this year from education, one of the largest cuts in the Texas history. More than 12,000 teachers and staff have been laid off. Some districts halted construction on much-needed new schools; others have parents pay for extra programs. And low-income students may fare the worst.
  • Hawaii Could Lose Federal Education Dollars
    The state of Hawaii is in danger of losing millions of dollars in Race to the Top funds due to its "unsatisfactory" performance.
  • USAID Helps To Improve Medical Care In Afghanistan
    A new survey shows stunning progress in medical care in the war-torn country. Renee Montagne speaks with Alex Thier who oversees projects in Afghanistan for the U.S. Agency for International Development. They discuss the tremendous efforts that have been made to improve medical care in that country over the last decade.
  • Tintin's 'Adventures' Take Him To Hollywood
    Seamlessly blending innocent wonder with the most worldly and sophisticated technology, Steven Spielberg's motion-capture adventure tracks the Belgian hero on a global quest.
  • Wave Of Deadly Explosions Hit Iraqi Capital
    Multiple explosions in Baghdad killed dozens of people and injured scores more throughout the city. While previous bombings targeted check points or police, Thursday's victims appear to be mostly civilians. Some worry that the violence is a way to stoke sectarian tensions, which are already high.
  • Gingrich's Catholic Journey Began With Third Wife
    Like many adult converts, Gingrich was drawn by the philosophical richness of the Roman Catholic Church. In 2010, Newt and Callista Gingrich produced a documentary about Pope John Paul II's historic trip to Poland. But for Gingrich, the turning point was Pope Benedict XVI's "joyful and radiating presence" on a visit to the US in 2008.
  • Super Pac Has Internet Fun At Gingrich's Expense
    The Democratic political action committee American Bridge 21st Century has taken over the website newtgingrich.com. Visitors to the site — which is not controlled by Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign — were re-directed to, among other things, the website Tiffany & Co., and to articles critical of the former House speaker.
  • GOP Candidates Enlist Wives For Iowa Campaign Ads
    With less than two weeks before voting begins in Iowa, three Republican candidates are pulling out the big guns. Callista Gingrich, Anita Perry and Anne Romney appeared in campaign ads for their husbands.
  • Yahoo May Sell Some Of Its Assets
    If the company's board approves, Yahoo could receive about $17 billion in a deal that would shed most of its Asian assets. That means Yahoo would dramatically decrease its valuable stake in Ali-baba — China's largest Internet company. The deal would get the company some much-needed cash.
  • Bank Of America Settles Suit Against Countrywide
    Add another costly settlement to Bank of America's multi-billion dollar tally of woes tied to the 2008 acquisition of mortgage giant Countrywide. The Justice Department announced on Wednesday that the North Carolina-based bank will pay $335 million to settle allegations of discriminatory lending.

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