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MIT Professor Richard Larson, a pioneer in education technology, got an idea for how to make math and science come alive for high school students when he watched a teacher at work in a chilly classroom in northern China.Renee Schoof
By now, the billions of dollars spent by the United States on flawed reconstruction projects in Afghanistan have become part of the war's history.Matthew Rosenberg
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has told the Senate Armed Services Committee that establishing a no-fly zone over Syria would cost the U.S. $500 million to $1 billion a month and that it might not quell the conflict there because President Bashar Assad’s military primarily relies on artillery, not air power, for most of its offensives.William Douglas
If she doesn't run, her big advantage goes to Vice President Joe Biden.
New research from Quinnipiac University and EMILY's List.David Lightman
David Lightman
As Pope Francis visits Brazil this week, he’s being praised as a humble pontiff for the poor, just the person, the Vatican hopes, who can reinvigorate a Roman Catholic Church beset by scandals and secrecy in a land where the number of practicing Catholics has plummeted in recent years. But next door in his native Argentina, not all are impressed with the stories of his rejecting the stately Vatican quarters the pope traditionally has occupied, or the plush papal finery and luxury cars. “He is a good actor,” said Estela de la Cuadra, who’s 77.Vinod Sreeharsha
Stung by Americans’ persistent worries about the economy and a capital gripped by controversy and gridlock, President Barack Obama is suffering his lowest job approval numbers in nearly two years, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.David Lightman
Financial regulators on Monday took their first-ever action against a cheating “cheetah,” accusing a high-speed trader in oil and other commodities of deceiving the market and disrupting normal trading activity.Kevin G. Hall
U.S. sugarcane and sugar beet farmers are bracing for a flood – but not one caused by the weather. Rather, it’s a flood of imported sugar from Mexico. Record production and imports are poised to sweeten the U.S. market a bit too much.Trevor Graff
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