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New 'serious' game challenges players to keep national debt in check

usatoday.com — When you get sick of crushing candy and flinging angry birds, maybe you can take on a more significant goal: reducing the national debt. A new, free-to-play "serious" game sponsored by a pair of Washington, D.C., think tanks invites players to roll up their sleeves and keep the USA's national debt in check while choosing policies that "fulfill your vision of what America should be."

Sesame Workshop, IBM partner to use Watson for preschoolers

usatoday.com — You've heard of Tickle-Me Elmo. How about Super-Intelligent Auto-Tutor Elmo? A new, three-year research partnership between Sesame Workshop and IBM's Watson division holds the tantalizing possibility of such jaw-dropping educational tools as early-childhood educators get their hands on what's arguably the world's most advanced supercomputer.

A year after Freddie Gray, activists transition from 'our protest to our plan'

usatoday.com — BALTIMORE - Nearly a year after the unrest that followed the death of Freddie Gray, dozens of activists gathered outside City Hall and, one-by-one, urged voters to transform the protests into more permanent political change. The rally, sponsored by the Coalition for the Transformation and Betterment of Baltimore, took place a day before voters in this heavily Democratic all but select a new mayor.

White House, educators push for pre-school STEM

usatoday.com — A massive collection of public- and private-sector groups on Thursday will call for a national push to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to children as young as 3 or 4 years old. Leading the effort on so-called "early active STEM learning" is the White House, which is bringing hundreds of educators and policymakers to Washington, D.C., for a symposium on the topic.

White House, educators push for pre-school STEM

caller.com — By Greg Toppo, USATODAY A massive collection of public- and private-sector groups on Thursday will call for a national push to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to children as young as 3 or 4 years old.

Police: NC teacher traveled to Va. for sex with former student

wcnc.com — Police in Virginia said they have arrested a 24-year-old North Carolina teacher after she allegedly traveled to a suburb of Washington, D.C., last weekend to have sex with a 13-year-old former student. Fairfax County, Va., Police said Kathleen Capitano of Shallotte, N.C., was charged with four felony counts of using communication systems to facilitate an offense against a child.

Police: N.C. teacher traveled to Va. for sex with former students, 13

13newsnow.com — Police in Virginia said they have arrested a 24-year-old North Carolina teacher after she allegedly traveled to a suburb of Washington, D.C., last weekend to have sex with a 13-year-old former student. Fairfax County, Va., Police said Kathleen Capitano of Shallotte, N.C., was charged with four felony counts of using communication systems to facilitate an offense against a child.

Police: N.C. teacher traveled to Va. for sex with former student, 13

usatoday.com — Police in Virginia said they have arrested a 24-year-old North Carolina teacher after she allegedly traveled to a suburb of Washington, D.C., last weekend to have sex with a 13-year-old former student. Fairfax County, Va., Police said Kathleen Capitano of Shallotte, N.C., was charged with four felony counts of using communication systems to facilitate an offense against a child.

Plane landing at Heathrow strikes possible drone

usatoday.com — Police in London were investigating after a British Airways flight approaching Heathrow Airport on Sunday afternoon struck an object believed to be a drone. The airline said the Airbus A320 landed safely and was cleared for its next flight.

'Tiger whisperer' mauled to death in tiger's sleeping area at Palm Beach Zoo

wtsp.com — Police in West Palm Beach, Fla., said a longtime zookeeper died Friday afternoon after being mauled by a Malayan tiger, local media reported. Palm Beach Zoo spokesperson Naki Carter said the tiger was not on exhibit at the time of the attack and did not escape its enclosure.
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Apr 28, 2016

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