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Bacteria in Wisconsin’s drinking water is ‘public health crisis’
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Bacteria in Wisconsin’s drinking water is ‘public health crisis’

Hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin residents are at risk of illness from waterborne pathogens in private and public drinking water supplies. 

How typography can save your life
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How typography can save your life

What words look like matters — in some cases, a whole lot.

Should we hit the pause button for online and blended learning?
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Should we hit the pause button for online and blended learning?

Too many students in virtual and blended learning schools are performing poorly, according to a new National Education Policy Center report.

Federal agency that protects whistleblowers is accused of retaliating against on
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Federal agency that protects whistleblowers is accused of retaliating against one of its own

Darrell Whitman was a federal investigator who probed whistleblowers’ complaints. Now he has filed his own whistleblower claim against OSHA, where he used to do the investigating.

This new perk is helping millennials pay off college loans
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Move over 401(k)s — this new perk is helping millennials pay off college loans

Employers seeking talent offer to help workers free themselves from all that debt.   

X-Rays help deliver drugs with pinpoint accuracy
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X-Rays help deliver drugs with pinpoint accuracy

Microscopic drug-filled "balloons" can be ruptured precisely where needed.

Kayla Davidson and her son, Maxx
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Regulators, automakers urged to warn parents about flawed seats

Federal safety officials "know the seatbacks have been collapsing for years. They know that if you put a kid behind an occupied seat, you’ve got a problem," said Clarence Ditlow of the Center for Auto Safety.

Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz
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Super PACs and Trump's wife: How a photo dispute highlights weakness in campaign finance rules

Trump accused the Cruz campaign of providing a revealing GQ photo of Melania to a PAC for an ad against her. The Cruz camp said it had no involvement in the ad.

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Long-term-care insurance: less bang, more buck

Many insurers have left the business. Those that remain are charging far more for new policies, and sharply raising the premiums of old ones.

Researchers are developing shape-shifting fluid robots
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Researchers are developing shape-shifting fluid robots

Strange properties could make the devices ideal for chaotic, hostile environments.

FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler
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Verizon to pay $1.35 million to settle zombie cookie privacy charges

The new settlement is the latest sign that the FCC is stepping up privacy enforcement actions.

Researchers train dog detectives so their results are admissible in courts
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Sniffing out criminals: Researchers train dog detectives so their evidence is admissible in courts

"They smell in colors," said Cindy Otto, director of the Pennvet Working Dog Center in Philadelphia, and a member of search and rescue teams. "They use their nose as we use our eyes," she said.

Thousands of drones fill the skies, raising fears of midair collisions
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Thousands of drones fill the skies, raising fears of midair collisions

Drones' popularity is booming in the U.S., with sales of drones weighing more than a half-pound expected to reach 1 million this year.

Private groups step in to show teachers how to use technology in the classroom
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Private groups step in to show teachers how to use technology in the classroom

Educators across the country say they need additional – and better – training. One-time, workshop-style sessions just haven’t inspired the bulk of teachers to adopt technology.

The tech behind smart guns
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The tech behind smart guns

Some companies have turned to radio-frequency-identification devices. Other research efforts are focusing on biometrics — using qualities of a gun owner's body to verify identity.

Why Oklahoma’s public preschools are some of the best in the country
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Why Oklahoma’s public preschools are some of the best in the country

Oklahoma has fully funded 4-year-old preschool for every child, regardless of family income, since 1998.

When companies hire temp workers by race, black applicants lose out
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When companies hire temp workers by race, black applicants lose out

At one company's branch in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a request for white men was known as an order for “country boys,” according to three former employees.

Ivory from long-dead mammoths might slow elephant poaching
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Ivory from long-dead mammoths might slow elephant poaching

There were 26 million elephants in Africa in 1800, according to the National Geographic Society. That number was cut in half by 1900. By 1989, it had plummeted to around 600,000.

2016: a showdown year for reproductive rights
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2016: a showdown year for reproductive rights

For advocates of women's reproductive rights, 2015 was the definition of "annus horribilis." Now 2016 is shaping up to be even more turbulent.

Snow blows in fits and starts, only partly because of the wind
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Snow blows in fits and starts, only partly because of the wind

With a wind tunnel, scientists probe the physics of airflow and snow.