Classes canceled as Indiana teachers rally for higher pay

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Indianapolis Thousands of teachers in Indiana are planning to pack the state Capitol on Tuesday to voice their frustration over low salaries and evaluation policies, forcing half the state’s school districts to cancel classes for the day. The Indiana State Teachers Association said it

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Hong Kong protesters, police standoff on university campus

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Hong Kong As night fell in Hong Kong, police tightened a siege Monday at a university campus as hundreds of anti-government protesters trapped inside sought to escape. Huge crowds of supporters advanced on foot toward the police from outside the cordon to try to disrupt the police operation,

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California offers a glimpse 20 years into the future

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As this week’s cover story writer, Francine Kiefer, will tell you, there was one source about the history and future of California who was always atop the must-call list. When I was our Northern California correspondent in the 2000s, Kevin Starr was that rarest of interviews: someone who could

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Mini but mighty: How microbes make the world

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In the 1954 microbiology textbook, “Horton Hears a Who!” the title character, an elephant, must convince his friends not just that the Whos living on a speck of dust are important, but that they exist at all. The same was true nearly three centuries earlier for Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, the

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Readers write: “Mars or bust” comic

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Mars and childhood memory I found that reading “Mars or bust: A comic” in the Oct. 14 Monitor Weekly was far more interesting than reading an article about colonizing the planet for two simple reasons.  First, it brought me back to my childhood in Colombia. I used to sit down next to my

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How rugby became a marker for inclusion in South Africa

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When Siya Kolisi hoisted the trophy from the Rugby World Cup over his head to thunderous applause, the symbolism was hard to miss. For black rugby players and fans here, the Springboks’ World Cup win confirmed something they’d spent years trying to convince their families and neighbors. Rugby

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AP Sources: Jeff Sessions to Announce Alabama Senate Bid

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions will announce that he is entering the race for his old U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, two Republicans with direct knowledge of his plans said Wednesday. Sessions, 72, will be making a return to the political stage a year after stepping down

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The epic struggle behind Iraq’s protests

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Over the past five weeks, as more Iraqis have taken to the streets in mass protests, the slogans of the demonstrators have pleasantly evolved. At first their placards revealed what they were against: lack of basic services and jobs, corruption among ruling parties, and the powerful influence of

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Sea level rising? Make some new land

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The Dutch are the acknowledged masters at living under the sea. About a third of the Netherlands lies below sea level. An elaborate set of dikes and pumps keeps the North Sea from rushing in. But they’re not alone. A more accurate measurement of sea levels worldwide now shows some 110 million

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