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Judge strikes down California teacher tenure

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge struck down tenure and other job protections for California's public school teachers Tuesday, saying such laws harm students — especially poor and minority ones — by saddling them with bad teachers who are almost impossible to fire.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014

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GOP jockeying in the House after Cantor's defeat

WASHINGTON (AP) — Anticipating a swift shake-up in their leadership, House Republicans jockeyed for position on Wednesday after Majority Leader Eric Cantor's stunning primary defeat to an underfunded and unknown political newcomer.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014

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Senate Republicans block student loan bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked legislation aimed at letting people refinance their student loans at lower rates, a pre-ordained outcome that gave Democrats a fresh election-year talking point against the GOP.

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Insurers propose changes to Obama health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Insurers want to change President Barack Obama's health care law to provide financial assistance for people buying bare-bones coverage. That would entice the healthy and the young, the industry says, holding down premiums.

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Congress, FBI moving on VA health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is moving with what one senator called "lightning speed" to help thousands of military veterans enduring long wait times for VA medical care.

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Hagel says time was running out to save Bergdahl

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told lawmakers Wednesday that last month's prisoner swap with the Taliban may have been the "last, best" chance to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only U.S. soldier held captive in Afghanistan. He said mediators indicated time was slipping away to get Bergdahl out safely.

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Many seek new homes near cities but are priced out

WASHINGTON (AP) — City living has been a blessing for Tim Nelson.

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Syrian woman survives 700 days of blockade

HOMS, Syria (AP) — Over the course of the 700-day blockade, her world shrunk to her living room and her kitchen. She survived by eating plants and reading books. She refused to look in the mirror, because seeing her withered state might break her spirit.

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