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As Common Core results trickle in, initial goals unfulfilled

Overall scores are higher than expected, though below what many parents may be accustomed to seeing.

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U.S. considering sanctions over Chinese cyber theft

Suspicions that Chinese hackers were behind a series of data breaches in the United States have been an irritant in relations between the world's two largest economies.

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Better forecasts may help avert repeat of Katrina disaster

The science of predicting hurricanes has come a long way since Katrina caught New Orleans officials off guard 10 years ago.

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Iran nuclear deal now backed by 31 senators

President Barack Obama is a step closer to having sufficient backing to ensure the deal stands.

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10 FOR TODAY: Monday, Aug. 31

Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.

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Making headlines this week

A look back at some of this week's biggest newsmakers and the headlines you may have missed.

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How low will gas go?

AAA predicts gas prices could drop below $2 a gallon by the end of the year.

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Buzz Aldrin wants to colonize Mars

The second man to walk on the moon is pushing for a Mars settlement by 2040.

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U.S. vaccination rates high, but pockets of unvaccinated pose risk

The vast majority of U.S. kindergarten-age children are vaccinated against preventable diseases but sizable pockets of unprotected children still exist, posing a public health threat, according to a government study.

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Eying volatile markets, Obama urges Congress to pass budget

President Barack Obama on Thursday urged the Congress to avoid contributing to global economic uncertainty and quickly pass a budget before a deadline at the end of September to prevent a government shutdown.

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A decade after Katrina, Bourbon Street is rocking again

When the hurricane made landfall on Aug. 29, 2005, it would go on to become the costliest storm in U.S. history.

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10 FOR TODAY: Friday, Aug. 28

Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.

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Global life expectancy rises, but people live sicker for longer

General health has improved worldwide, thanks to significant progress against infectious diseases and gains in fighting maternal and child illnesses.

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When Congress returns from vacation, budget fight looms

The U.S. Congress will soon embark on a high-stakes budget negotiation with President Barack Obama that, if productive, could give Republicans the increased military spending they want and Democrats the increased domestic spending they seek.

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Christmas in August: Walmart’s holiday layaway comes early

It's the latest sign of retailers getting more aggressive about grabbing holiday shoppers early.

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Colorado movie shooter sentenced to 12 life terms

Condemning movie massacre gunman James Holmes to 12 life sentences and the maximum 3,318 years in prison for his rampage in a midnight screening of a "Batman" film.

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Obama to herald New Orleans’ progress ahead of Katrina anniversary

President Barack Obama on Thursday will highlight the "structural inequality" that hurt poor black people in New Orleans before the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, during a visit to celebrate the city's progress 10 years after the storm.

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Virginia TV journalists killed by suspect with ‘powder keg’ of anger

Social media postings by a person who appeared to be Flanagan indicated the suspect had grievances against the station, CBS affiliate WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia, which let him go two years ago.

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10 FOR TODAY: Thursday, Aug. 27

Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.

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Virginia reporter, photographer fatally shot live on air

Two journalists were fatally shot on live TV and authorities say the disgruntled former coworker who pulled the trigger has also died.

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Shrinking U.S. trade gap shows economy’s underlying strength

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The U.S. trade deficit fell in July to its lowest level in five months as exports rose broadly, signaling underlying strength in the economy amid concerns about a global growth slowdown.

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Third UMass Gang Rape Defendant Found Guilty

Courtesy of Jerrey Roberts, Daily Hampshire Gazette. Adam Liccardi

A Hampshire Superior Court jury deliberated for 12 hours before yesterday afternoon finding Adam Liccadi guilty on three of four counts of aggravated rape.

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West Springfield Police Probe Launched After Prisoner Escapes

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Jose Rubet of Springfield was arrested August 22 after allegedly leading officers on a high-speed chase into Agawam. He was arrested and taken to lockup, where he later produced a knife which he waved at officers before escaping through an emergency exit.

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Kentucky clerk jailed for denying same-sex marriage licenses

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The clerk has refused to issue licenses to any couples, gay or straight, since the U.S. Supreme Court in June ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry under the U.S. Constitution, citing her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian.

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Hotel Northampton Workers Plan To Unionize

Hotel Northampton workers march to unionize. Courtesy of Jerrey Roberts, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Around 50 Hotel Northampton workers marched through downtown Tuesday night to announce their intention to bargain collectively. The group attempted to present their union petition to hotel owner Mansour Ghalibaf, who refused to come out of his office to accept it.