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In Mississippi, education money gap grows to $1.5B

In Mississippi, education money gap grows to $1.5B

DURANT, Miss. (AP) — In a state with a long history of lousy education, and a bad habit of not paying for it, nowhere is the problem more profound than in this tiny town in the middle of Mississippi.
Durant Public School teachers spend their nights on the Internet, searching for math and other problems to give their studen ... (full story)


AP Interview: Chafee wraps up chapter in politics

AP Interview: Chafee wraps up chapter in politics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Outgoing Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has often confounded voters and political pundits, bucking his own party repeatedly while in the U.S. Senate, proposing more taxes during his 2010 gubernatorial campaign and refusing to call the evergreen erected in the Statehouse every December a Christmas tre ... (full story)


USAID op undermines Cuba's hip-hop protest scene

USAID op undermines Cuba's hip-hop protest scene

HAVANA (AP) — In early 2009, a U.S. government contractor sent a Serbian music promoter to Cuba with these covert marching orders: Recruit one of Havana's most notorious rappers to spark a youth movement against the government.
In communist Cuba, it was a project that could have landed Rajko Bozic in jail. So when he made ... (full story)


Crimea annexation upends lives of Tatar minority

Crimea annexation upends lives of Tatar minority

SARY-SU, Crimea (AP) — Since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine, armed men have shown up frequently and at odd hours to search the cinder-block houses, mosque and school in this settlement of Crimean Tatars, a Muslim ethnic minority that has long suffered from discrimination in the peninsula that is its historic homeland.
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Statistics lacking in debate over police behavior

Statistics lacking in debate over police behavior

Ferguson, Missouri. Cleveland, Ohio. Staten Island, New York. Eutawville, South Carolina.
In each place, individuals — all unarmed except for a child carrying a pellet gun — died at the hands of police officers. All of the dead were black. The officers involved, white.
To many Americans, it feels like a national t ... (full story)