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Americans save record $248 billion for college

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More Americans are saving money for college using 529 accounts.

They amount of money in the savings plans grew to a record $248 billion in 2014, about 9% more than the previous year.

People are starting to save for their children earlier than ever. Ab...

Savings plans may soon cover more college expenses

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The rules governing 529 college savings plans may soon become more flexible.

Last week, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would expand the benefits offered by the college savings plans to include coverage of expenses like computers and I...

Olbermann suspended over Penn State tweets

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ESPN has suspended anchor Keith Olbermann for the remainder of the week over a Twitter spat that the anchor had with fans of Penn State University.

Early Monday, a Penn State supporter tweeted at Olbermann with the university's trademark slogan: "We A...

Arrests made in Wesleyan overdose cases

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Police have arrested four students from Wesleyan University in connection with a drug overdose over the weekend. They are to appear in court next week.

Ten students and two visitors were hospitalized Sunday from complications arising from the use of t...

Teacher of year fired over dirty diaper

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A teacher of the year award winner in St. Louis, Missouri, is being fired over a dirty diaper, Fox News reports, to the chagrin of parents of children in her classroom.

Historic U.S. battle brewing over AP standards

Conservatives challenge AP U.S. history standards

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This year, high school students taking Advanced Placement U.S. history in some parts of the country are getting a lesson in current affairs. And in partisanship.

College lifts ban on Iranian science students

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The University of Massachusetts Amherst has lifted a controversial ban barring Iranian students from graduate science and engineering programs.

The university faced heavy backlash after it announced February 12 that students from Iran couldn't enroll...

Carnegie Mellon accepts, rejects 800 students

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Carnegie Mellon University has one of the top computer science schools in the country.

State bill would make AP U.S. History history

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Some lawmakers in Oklahoma want to make Advanced Placement U.S. History history.

What's their beef? The course, which was redesigned by the College Board and implemented in high school classrooms last year, isn't quite pro-America enough.

"In essence...

Police: Elementary teacher was drunk in classroom

Jennifer Rich

Police said they were called to East Elementary School after receiving a report that a teacher was observed with a can of beer in her classroom.

Princeton receives record $300 million donation in rare books

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Princeton University just received the largest gift in its 269-year history: $300 million worth of rare books and manuscripts, including the first printed editions of the Bible and the Declaration of Independence.

Harvard bans professor-undergrad sex

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If that car parked in Harvard Yard is a rockin', school officials may soon come a knockin', because hanky-panky between students and faculty at the elite university has officially been banned.

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Drivers in Kentucky on move again after hours stuck

Drivers stuck in snow Kentucky

Mandi Witek

Patrick and Sue Ellen Kilgallon knew the storm was coming. They tried to get out of northern Kentucky on Wednesday night. Instead, they got stuck in the snow on Interstate 65.

Firefighters soap up dog to escape tight spot

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A California pooch got caught in a tight spot, but some nimble thinking by firefighters saved him.

Suspect in Korea attack had troubled history

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The suspect behind the knife attack on the American ambassador to South Korea had a long, troubled history and often blamed the U.S. for tensions in the Korean Peninsula.

Ben Carson sorry for comments on gay people

Ben Carson 2014

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Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson apologized for commenting Wednesday that prisoners' changes after they leave jail proves being gay is a choice, but said that the science is still murky on the issue.

Pass the bowl ... of ice cream?

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Don't bogart that spoon, man. Lemme get a hit off that cone, dude. Pass the bowl ... of ice cream?

Ringling Bros. to phase out elephants from circus shows

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The Greatest Show on Earth will soon be without elephants.

Ringling Bros. announced Thursday it will gradually reduce the use of elephants in its shows, and all will be retired by 2018.

It's the end of an era for the animal that Ringling calls "a lif...

It's time to put a woman on the $20 bill

Women on the $20 bill

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Forget about Andrew Jackson and his big hair. It's time we put a woman on the $20 bill.

Peeps-flavored milk hits food stores

Peeps milk

Prairie Farms

Prairie Farms is releasing Peeps-flavored milk just in time for Easter.

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