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No Child Left Behind gets renewed focus

No Child Left Behind gets renewed focus

December 1st, 2014 7:39 pm by KIMBERLY HEFLING, AP Education Writer

WASHINGTON — The No Child Left Behind education law could be making a political comeback.

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Obama: Don't want 'militarized' police culture

Obama: Don't want 'militarized' police culture

December 1st, 2014 7:07 pm by NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Monday he wants to ensure the U.S. isn't building a "militarized culture" within police departments.

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Stocks slip after retail sales weaken, China slows

Stocks slip after retail sales weaken, China slows

December 1st, 2014 5:13 pm by Associated Press

Earlier sales, a shift to online shopping and stagnant wages meant fewer Americans showed up to stores over the Thanksgiving weekend, the National Retail Federation said Sunday.

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Ready-to-eat popcorn sales popping

Ready-to-eat popcorn sales popping

December 1st, 2014 9:14 am by By Cheryl V. Jackson, Chicago Tribune (TNS)

A boom in gourmet flavors coupled with a reputation for being a healthier snack food are boosting the ready-to-eat popcorn business, with sales growing faster than those of microwave brands.

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Supreme Court to debate whether Facebook threats are free speech

Supreme Court to debate whether Facebook threats are free speech

December 1st, 2014 8:56 am by By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

The case of a fired amusement park worker from Bethelem, Pa., could determine whether angry rants on the Internet can be punished. Federal law makes it a crime to transmit via the phone or Internet "any threat to injure" another person.

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High-deductible insurance plans put pressure on independent physicians to collect bills

High-deductible insurance plans put pressure on independent physicians to collect bills

December 1st, 2014 8:55 am by By Steve Twedt, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

High-deductible plans are proliferating as employer-based plans look to lower or contain their annual health-care costs.

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Advocates seek to preserve Low Income Housing Tax Credit program in Tennessee

December 1st, 2014 8:41 am by Hank Hayes

The LIHTC program, according to a state of Tennessee document, is described as "the single most important form of federal assistance to preserve and expand the supply of affordable rental housing for low-income households."

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Haslam to hold 4 days of budget hearings this week

Haslam to hold 4 days of budget hearings this week

December 1st, 2014 8:25 am by Associated Press

The Republican governor kicks off the hearings Tuesday with presentations from the state agencies responsible for human resources, safety, intellectual and developmental disabilities and commerce.

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Numbers say Black Friday weekend losing allure

Numbers say Black Friday weekend losing allure

November 30th, 2014 4:21 pm by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer

Early discounting, more online shopping and a mixed economy meant fewer people shopped over Thanksgiving weekend, according to a survey of shoppers released Sunday by the National Retail Federation.

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Pricey, possibly bomb-laden property no easy sell

Pricey, possibly bomb-laden property no easy sell

November 30th, 2014 4:00 pm by LYNNE TUOHY, Associated Press

The sale of the compound owned by a now-jailed pair of tax evaders who held off police during a nine-month armed standoff is beset by problems both procedural and perilous

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