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Top Asian News at 10:00 a.m. GMT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A multi-story ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by ships and helicopters. At least three people were confirmed dead and 55 injured. The high number of people unaccounted for — likely trapped in the ship or floating in the ocean — raised fears that the death toll could rise drastically, making it one of South Korea's biggest ferry disasters since 1993 when 292 people died.

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292 missing, 3 dead in South Korea ferry disaster

South Korean rescue helicopters fly over a South Korean passenger ship, trying to rescue passengers from the ship in water off the southern coast in South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The South Korean passenger ship carrying more than 470 people, including many high school students, is sinking off the country's southern coast Wednesday after sending a distress call, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A multi-story ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by ships and helicopters. At least three people were confirmed dead and 55 injured.


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South Korea says 293 missing in ferry disaster

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 459, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring seven, officials said.

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Top Asian News at 9:30 a.m. GMT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 459, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring seven, officials said. There were fears, however, of a big jump in the death toll, as dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled to rescue passengers who had been on the ferry traveling to the southern tourist island of Jeju. One passenger said he believed that many people were trapped inside the ferry when it sank.

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Top Asian News at 9:00 a.m. GMT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 459, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring seven, officials said. There were fears, however, of a big jump in the death toll, as dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled to rescue passengers who had been on the ferry traveling to the southern tourist island of Jeju. One passenger said he believed that many people were trapped inside the ferry when it sank.

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Top Asian News at 8:30 a.m. GMT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 459, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring seven, officials said. There were fears, however, of a big jump in the death toll, as dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled to rescue passengers who had been on the ferry traveling to the southern tourist island of Jeju. One passenger said he believed that many people were trapped inside the ferry when it sank.

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Top Asian News at 8:00 a.m. GMT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 459, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring seven, officials said. There were fears, however, of a big jump in the death toll, as dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled to rescue passengers who had been on the ferry traveling to the southern tourist island of Jeju. One passenger said he believed that many people were trapped inside the ferry when it sank.

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Two dead, 293 missing in S. Korea ferry capsize

The South Korean Coast Guard rescue some of the passengers and crew aboard a ferry sinking some 20 kilometres off the island of Byungpoong in Jindo on April 16, 2014, in this South Korea Coast Guard imageSouth Korean rescue teams, including elite navy SEAL divers, raced Wednesday to find up to 293 people missing from a capsized ferry carrying 459 passengers and crew -- mostly high school students bound for a holiday island. "The remaining 293 are unaccounted for," Lee Gyeong-Og, the vice minister of security and public administration, told a press briefing in Seoul. Some could be seen sliding down the steeply inclined side of the ferry and into the water, as rescuers, including the crew of what appeared to be a small fishing boat, struggled to pull them to safety. Of the 429 passengers on board the ferry which had been bound for the popular southern resort island of Jeju, more than 300 were students travelling with 14 teachers from a high school in Ansan just south of Seoul.


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Top Asian News at 7:30 a.m. GMT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 477, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring seven, officials said. A government official earlier said that more than 100 people were still unaccounted for, but officials later changed the number to 295.

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South Korea says 295 missing in ferry disaster

South Korean rescue helicopters fly over a South Korean passenger ship, trying to rescue passengers from the ship in water off the southern coast in South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The South Korean passenger ship carrying more than 470 people, including many high school students, is sinking off the country's southern coast Wednesday after sending a distress call, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 477, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring seven, officials said.


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Top Asian News at 7:00 a.m. GMT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The government says 295 people are still missing several hours after a ferry carrying 477, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast. Officials say at least two died and seven were injured. A government official earlier said that more than 100 people were still unaccounted for Wednesday, but officials later changed the number to 295.

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2 dead after ferry sinks off South Korean coast

South Korean rescue helicopters fly over a South Korean passenger ship, trying to rescue passengers from the ship in water off the southern coast in South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The South Korean passenger ship carrying more than 470 people, including many high school students, is sinking off the country's southern coast Wednesday after sending a distress call, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The government says 295 people are still missing several hours after a ferry carrying 477, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast. Officials say at least two died and seven were injured.


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Top Asian News at 6:30 a.m. GMT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — More than 100 people were still unaccounted Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 476, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring 14, officials said. There were fears of a big jump in the number of deaths, as dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled to rescue passengers who had been on the ferry travelling to the southern island of Jeju. One rescued passenger said he believed that many people had been trapped inside the ferry when it sank.

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Top Asian News at 6:00 a.m. GMT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — More than 100 people were still unaccounted Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 476, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring 14, officials said. There were fears of a big jump in the number of deaths, as dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled to rescue passengers who had been on the ferry travelling to the southern island of Jeju. One rescued passenger said he believed that many people had been trapped inside the ferry when it sank.

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Top Asian News at 5:30 a.m. GMT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled Wednesday to rescue more than 470 people, including 325 high school students on a school trip, after a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring 14, officials said. The ferry with 476 people aboard was sailing to the southern island of Jeju when it sent a distress call Wednesday morning after it began leaning to one side, according to the Ministry of Security and Public Administration. The government said about 95 percent of the ship was submerged.

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Ferry Carrying More Than 470 Passengers Sinks Off South Korean Coast

Ferry Carrying More Than 470 Passengers Sinks Off South Korean CoastAt least two people are dead as a rescue effort remains underway after a South Korean passenger ferry began sinking on Wednesday morning. The ship was carrying more than 470 passengers—many of them high school students—when it began to list badly and capsized. At least two passengers are confirmed dead and more than 290 are still missing. Hypothermia is a main concern for passengers who had to jump into the water.


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Top Asian News at 5:00 a.m. GMT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled Wednesday to rescue more than 470 people, including 325 high school students on a school trip, after a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring 14, officials said. The ferry with 476 people aboard was sailing to the southern island of Jeju when it sent a distress call Wednesday morning after it began leaning to one side, according to the Ministry of Security and Public Administration. The government said about 95 percent of the ship was submerged.

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Top Asian News at 4:30 a.m. GMT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled Wednesday to rescue more than 470 people, including 325 high school students on a school trip, after a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring 14, officials said. The ferry with 476 people aboard was sailing to the southern island of Jeju when it sent a distress call Wednesday morning after it began leaning to one side, according to the Ministry of Security and Public Administration. The government said about 95 percent of the ship was submerged.

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Top Asian News at 4:00 a.m. GMT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of military boats and helicopters scrambled Wednesday to rescue more than 470 people, including 325 high school students on a school trip, after a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast, officials said. At least one person died and 14 were said to have been injured. The ferry with 476 people was sailing to the southern island of Jeju when it sent a distress call Wednesday morning after it began leaning to one side, according to Ministry of Security and Public Administration. The government said about 95 percent of the ship was submerged.

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1 dead, after ferry sinks off South Korean coast

South Korean rescue helicopters fly over a South Korean passenger ship, trying to rescue passengers from the ship in water off the southern coast in South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The South Korean passenger ship carrying more than 470 people, including many high school students, is sinking off the country's southern coast Wednesday after sending a distress call, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of military boats and helicopters scrambled Wednesday to rescue more than 470 people, including 325 high school students on a school trip, after a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast, officials said. At least one person died and 14 were said to have been injured.


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Top Asian News at 3:30 a.m. GMT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of rescue boats and helicopters are scrambling to save more than 470 people, including many high school students, caught on a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. The ferry with 476 people including 325 high school students was sailing to the southern island of Jeju when it sent a distress call Wednesday morning as it began leaning to one side, according to Ministry of Security and Public Administration.

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One dead as S. Korea ferry with 476 passengers sinks

A Mokpo Coast Guard Station file photo of the 6,825-ton ferry Sewol, which has sunk off the coast of South Korea while the coastguard sought to rescue about 476 passengers on boardSouth Korea's coastguard said Wednesday one person had been killed as it struggled to rescue 476 people -- mostly high school students -- aboard a ferry that ran aground and sank off the southern coast. Lee Gyeong-Og, the vice minister of security and public administration, told a press briefing in Seoul that he could only confirm the rescue of 161 people so far. "The ferry is almost completely submerged," Lee said, adding that a detachment of South Korean Navy SEALS were taking part in the rescue. Of the 450 passengers on board the ferry bound for the southern resort island of Jeju, 325 were students from a high school in Ansan, south of Seoul.


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Top Asian News at 3:00 a.m. GMT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of rescue boats and helicopters are scrambling to save more than 470 people, including many high school students, caught on a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. The ferry with 476 people including 325 high school students was sailing to the southern island of Jeju when it sent a distress call Wednesday morning as it began leaning to one side, according to Ministry of Security and Public Administration.

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Hundreds rescued after ferry sinks off South Korea

South Korean rescue helicopters fly over a South Korean passenger ship, trying to rescue passengers from the ship in water off the southern coast in South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. A government office said the passenger ship carrying about 470 people have sent a distress call off the southern coast after it began tittering to one side. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of rescue boats and helicopters are scrambling to save more than 470 people, including many high school students, caught on a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities.


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Ferry with 476 people sinking off SKorea

South Korean rescue helicopters fly over a South Korean passenger ship, trying to rescue passengers from the ship in water off the southern coast in South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. A government office said the passenger ship carrying about 470 people have sent a distress call off the southern coast after it began tittering to one side. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean passenger ship carrying more than 470 people, including many high school students, is sinking off the country's southern coast Wednesday after sending a distress call, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities.


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Ferry with 350 passengers sinking off South Korea: Yonhap

Seoul (AFP) - South Korean coastguard vessels were despatched Wednesday to rescue around 350 passengers -- mostly high school students -- on a ferry sinking off the southeastern coast, Yonhap news agency said.


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10 Tools for Chipping Away at the Cost of College

Learn Where to Find College Scholarship Money The cost of a college education continues to grow, leaving students and families turning to scholarships to reduce higher education expenses and lower student loan debt. Scholarships are available in many amounts and span many disciplines, from journalism to fashion design. The following tools and resources can help you find scholarships and reduce the cost of your college degree.

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American Samoa schools reopen after pink eye woes

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — Public schools in American Samoa fully reopened Monday after some 3,000 students and teachers contracted pink eye, an outbreak that prompted tourism officials to warn cruise passengers heading to the group of islands in the South Pacific.

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10 Historically Black Colleges Where Freshmen Return

The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. At historically black colleges and universities, many students struggle to make it past freshman year. Some HBCUs -- as they're often called -- excel at getting students to enroll again in the fall after their first year. At Spelman College in Atlanta, for example, the average freshman retention rate for first-year students starting in fall 2008 through 2011 was 88 percent.

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Aiming High

There's an MRCTV video circulating on the Internet that features a man with a microphone asking college students in Washington, D.C., to name just one member of the United States Senate. Survey data confirm that large numbers of Americans lack even rudimentary knowledge of what used to be called "eighth-grade civics." A survey by Common Core found that 25 percent of American high school students thought Christopher Columbus sailed after the year 1750, and about a third of them did not know the Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of speech and religion. In McLean, Va., a suburb of the District of Columbia, Langley High School has for the past 22 years conducted a program called "Case Day." The brainchild of teacher Steven Catlett and former clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court General William Suter, Case Day involves the entire school (but most intensively the seniors in government class) in studying a pending Supreme Court case. Government teachers Allison Cohen and Micah Herzig, both former lawyers, try to choose cases that will engage teenagers.

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Engaged pair, teen athlete among dead in bus crash

This undated image provided by the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. shows Michael Myvett. Myvett and his fiancee, Mattison Haywood, who were recently engaged in Paris, were killed on the bus carrying high school students to Humboldt State University when it was hit by a FedEx tractor trailer Thursday night. Myvett and Haywood were chaperones on the bus. (AP Photo/Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five high school students and three chaperones have been confirmed dead after a charter bus heading to Humboldt State University was struck by a FedEx tractor-trailer in Northern California. The bus and big rig drivers were also killed.


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Teachers, staff return to Pittsburgh-area school where 22 stabbed

Four critically injured boys remained hospitalized following the attack last Wednesday at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville. A 16-year-old student at the school, Alex Hribal, has been charged as an adult with attempted homicide and aggravated assault. "As we begin our recovery phase, it is imperative that the district begins to create a normal and calm educational environment for our students who are currently on campus and for those who will be returning to Franklin Regional Senior High School," read a statement on the website. Hribal is scheduled to appear in Westmoreland County Magisterial Court on April 30 before Judge Charles Conway.

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Teachers return to school where 22 were stabbed

A bouquet of flowers is taped to a stairway rail near the closed entrance to Franklin Regional High School near Pittsburgh, on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Murrysville, Pa. A knife wielding student injured over 20 people in a stabbing attack there on April 9. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Teachers on Monday attended a counseling session at a church and then returned to a high school where a student stabbed 21 others and a security guard last week, but they scuttled plans to march the half block between the two to avoid the media.


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Colleges seek to improve remedial programs

This photo taken March 12, 2014, shows student Rahman Hassan holding a pencil as he works on an exercise in a remedial English course at Baltimore City Community College in Baltimore. Only about a quarter of students nationally who take developmental _ or remedial _ classes ever graduate. The problem is so profound that the advocacy group Complete College America dubs remedial classes the “bridge to nowhere.” The challenge, educators say, is that even as billions is spent annually on remedial classes, many of these students run out of financial aid before they can complete their credit requirements, get discouraged by non-credit classes or find themselves unable to complete them. The Baltimore school is one of several places around the country looking to improve the odds for these students. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)BALTIMORE (AP) — The odds have long been stacked against students like those in Edward Ennels' remedial math classes at Baltimore City Community College.


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Feds revisit safety rules after Calif. bus crash

RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) — Federal transportation authorities are investigating ways to minimize death and injuries in bus crashes following the fiery wreck that left 10 dead when a FedEx truck slammed into a tour bus carrying high school students in Northern California.

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Some High School Students Skip Lunch for More Class Time

Some high school students are skipping lunch period to pack in something else -- another academic class. "Most often these students want to take an additional honors or AP course, or an elective like a foreign language, band or choir," Jim Szczepaniak, a community relations director at Niles Township High Schools District 219 in Skokie, Ill., said in an email. District 219 allows high school students, with parental consent, to forgo lunch to take another class. Only about 300 of 4,800 high school students in District 219 don't take a lunch, Szczepaniak says.

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Teachers returning to school where 22 were stabbed

A bouquet of flowers is taped to a stairway rail near the closed entrance to Franklin Regional High School near Pittsburgh, on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Murrysville, Pa. A knife wielding student injured over 20 people in a stabbing attack there on April 9. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — The doors are reopening at the Pittsburgh-area high school where 21 students and a security guard were injured in a stabbing rampage five days ago.


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Pace of presidential prep picks up

FILE - This Oct. 18, 2013, file photo, shows the White House in Washington. Getting ready to run for president means working through a hefty checklist of activities long before most people are paying attention to the contest ahead. Prep work, positioning and auditioning don't wait for the primary season. Just about everyone thinking about running for president is kicking it into gear now, slowpokes included. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Just about everyone thinking about running for president is kicking it into gear now, slowpokes included.


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NTSB: No evidence of pre-impact fire in bus crash

The demolished remains of a FedEx truckRED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) — Federal investigators said Sunday that they haven't found physical evidence confirming a witness' claim that a FedEx truck was on fire before it slammed into a bus carrying high school students, killing 10 people in Northern California.


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California fatal bus crash: Was FedEx truck cargo involved?

Last week’s fatal crash involving a bus full of California high school students wasn’t the first instance of a FedEx truck bursting into flames. In Corte Madera, Calif., Friday – the day after the head-on crash along the I-5 interstate highway that killed 10 people – the driver of a smaller FedEx truck saw smoke coming out of the cargo area. Fire investigators suspect either an electrical malfunction or a chemical reaction caused the fire. There have been other recent FedEx truck fires as well.





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