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  • House To Vote On GOP's 'Cut, Cap, Balance' Plan
    The Republican-backed legislation bars any increase in the debt ceiling unless Congress first passes a balanced budget amendment. It has little chance in the Senate, but it could clear the way for a bipartisan fallback plan to avoid default.
  • Must All Colleges Show Their Graduates Found Work?
    Now that the Education Department has released "Gainful Employment" rules for for-profit schools, some would like to see similar standards for non-profit colleges and universities. With student debt increasing, they say it would be useful for students to know what their job chances are.
  • Imam Arrests Show Shift In Muslim Outreach Effort
    The arrests of two imams in Florida by the FBI didn't spark outrage or demonstrations from the local Muslim community. Instead, the way the arrests were handled is being lauded as a model for how law enforcement and communities should work together.
  • N.J. Adopts Curriculum Dealing With Terrorism
    In New Jersey, a new curriculum has been designed to help teachers talk about terrorism in class. Relatives of Sept. 11 victims helped write the lessons.
  • Texas Schools Study: Most Kids Have Been Suspended
    One million seventh-graders were tracked for six years for the study, titled Breaking Schools' Rules. A finding that surprised even veteran educators: 60 percent of those students were suspended or expelled at least once between their seventh- and 12th-grade years.
  • Ready For Retirement, Shuttles Get A Deep Clean
    At the facility where the retired space shuttles are being dismantled and prepared for museum displays, some technicians say even though much of the work is routine, it feels different knowing the spaceships are now permanently Earthbound.
  • Washed Out: Intimate Electronica
    Ernest Greene, aka Washed Out, is a rising star in the world of electronic music. After releasing two well-received EPs, he is out with his first full-length album, Within and Without. Greene says he is still writing songs in a small room in rural Georgia.
  • China's Baidu Reaches A Deal, Cisco Confirms Layoffs
    China's top Internet search engine Baidu has reached an agreement with Sony, Universal and Warner to distribute music through a site called One Stop China. And to Silicon Valley, where the Internet equipment giant Cisco has confirmed it's laying off staff. The company is trying to boost profits, so it's cutting 6,500 jobs.
  • CalPERS Investments Up 20 Percent For Fiscal Year
    The California Public Employees' Retirement System, known as CalPERS, has reported its best earnings in 14 years. CalPERS is the nation's largest public pension system and provides benefits to about 1.6 million state and local employees, retirees and their families.
  • Borders Closing Its Bookstores After 40 Years
    Borders is closing after failing to find a buyer that wants to run the bookstore chain. The bankrupt firm will be liquidated. Some stores will close as soon as Friday.

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