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British Opera Honours 9/11 Victims

A new small British opera, Between Worlds, is attempting to dramatize what it was like for victims in the World Trade Center on 9/11. Composer Tansy Davies and librettist Nick Drake have collaborated on a work Drake calls “a requiem
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Bomb Threat Interrupts Hernandez Trial

The murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was interrupted for two hours on Thursday when the Fall River Justice Center received a phone call warning of a bomb threat.
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Oklahoma Tornado Leaves Cross in Its Wake

After Wednesday’s assault on areas in Oklahoma and Arkansas by tornadoes and storms, a high school student in Moore, Oklahoma, snapped a picture that quickly went viral: a broken power pole suspended on power lines that formed a cross.
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Teachers Support Crackdown on Charter Schools Through Legislation

Democrats in the California State Assembly, prodded along by their financial backers at the California Teachers Association, California Federation of Teachers, and California Labor Federation, announced their goal on Wednesday of gutting the state’s charter school system. Their strategy: force charter schools to operate as non-profit organizations.
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Prank Call Derails ESPN Radio Show

ESPN 980 (WTEM-AM) in Washington, D.C. had planned to install a new radio show on March 16 featuring two personalities, one of whom had a history of criticizing Washington Redskins management, when the show’s debut was derailed by a few prank calls purporting to come from ESPN management.
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LAUSD Teacher Sued for Using ‘N-Word’ in Class in Historic Context

Parents and students from Revere Charter Middle School and Magnet Center in Los Angeles have launched a petition to restore a teacher to his job after the 29-year-veteran was suspended by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) for allegedly using racial terms in class. The petition had neared 800 signatures by Monday morning.In addition, the students held a rally on Monday at the school.
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WHO and African Governments Blasted for Spread of Ebola

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), the medical charity that first alerted the world of the spread of Ebola, has now faulted some national governments as well as the World Health organization for ignoring the warning and throwing roadblocks in the way of eradicating the disease before it grew.
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Nuclear Deal with Iran Could Lower Gas Prices

Iran, which has had its oil exports restricted between 2012 and 2014 by economic sanctions so its exports were virtually cut in half, would likely increase its imports if the U.S. and the other P5+1 nations make a deal regarding Iran’s nuclear program. Their increased exports might cause American gas prices to dip, leaving consumers happier until the Iranian nuclear program becomes operational.

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