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After years of cuts, school districts face teacher shortages

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a new school year began at the Sierra Sands Unified District 150 miles north of Los Angeles in August, students in four classes were greeted by a substitute.

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Syrian refugees' misery fuels desperation to reach Europe

DEIR ZANOUN, Lebanon (AP) — Both women fled Syria after their normal lives were destroyed in the country's civil war. Both are desperate to start a new life and see Europe as their best hope. But their fortunes are a world apart.

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White House rolling out red carpet for Pope Francis

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Pope Francis arrives on his first-ever visit to the United States, he will be welcomed in a way that few world leaders have: with President Barack Obama waiting at the bottom of the airplane stairs to greet him.

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GOP tax plans benefit rich despite populist campaign talk

DENVER (AP) — Jeb Bush went to Detroit and talked about leveling the playing field. Marco Rubio wrote a book about helping the working class. Rand Paul is promising to expand the Republican Party beyond its traditional base.

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GOP leaders face difficult battle to avert federal shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — No government shutdown this year, Republican congressional leaders say. But with Congress, it's never easy.

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Government says students can apply earlier for college aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Aspiring college students will be able to apply for federal financial aid three months earlier than now and submit a previous year's tax return, changes aimed at helping more people pay for school, the White House said Sunday.

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German border checks add urgency to EU refugee debate

BRUSSELS (AP) — Germany announced Monday it expects to handle one million people fleeing their homelands this year and Slovakia joined Berlin in reintroducing border checks with Austria, underscoring the need for European Union nations to quickly forge a common strategy to deal with Europe's immigration crisis.

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Northern California wildfire kills 1, destroys 400 homes

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. (AP) — Some 400 homes were among the hundreds of structures destroyed as fast-moving wildfires raged through communities in Northern California, leaving at least one person dead and sending residents fleeing along roads where some buildings and vehicles were still in flames.

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