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How two words stir controversy on federal plan to rate US colleges

It’s just a two-word phrase, but it goes to the heart of what’s both controversial and promising about an Education Department proposal for rating of US colleges.

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White House releases snapshot of plan to rate U.S. colleges

A woman lies in the grass at Columbia University in New YorkBy Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Friday released a draft of its plan to rate U.S. colleges and tie federal aid to performance as a way to coax institutions to pull up their socks. The U.S. Education Department will rate institutions on their performance, intake of low-income students, completion rates, affordability, employment prospects and student loan repayment rates. ...


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Ed Dept. releases 'framework' to rate colleges

WASHINGTON (AP) — Colleges and universities have fretted over how they will be judged under a new college ratings system President Barack Obama announced last year would be developed to encourage transparency and affordability.

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Analyzing Colleges' Graduation Rates for Low-Income Students

U.S. News has used exclusive data to analyze how successful colleges and universities have been at graduating their low-income students compared with their overall student bodies.

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Race in school discipline: Study looks at silence among educators

As protests and anger continue to percolate around the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and other unarmed black men, one group is calling attention to the fact that many of the racial stereotypes that may have contributed to these events begin at much younger ages.

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Electronic cigarettes gain foothold in American middle and high schools

First, the good news: Far fewer teens are taking up cigarette smoking than ever before. However, many are instead turning to electronic cigarettes, according to a national survey of middle and high school students.

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10 Colleges With the Highest Acceptance Rates

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. Be sure to explore The Short List: College and The Short List: Grad School to find data that matter to you in your college or graduate school search.

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Top 10 ed tech trends to watch out for in 2015

Top 10 ed tech trends to watch out for in 2015From flipped classrooms to online learning, what ed tech trends should we watch out for in the next year?


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Riverbed to be bought by Thoma Bravo, Ontario Teachers

By Soham Chatterjee and Lehar Maan (Reuters) - Thoma Bravo LLC and the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan said they would buy network equipment maker Riverbed Technology Inc for $3.6 billion, just over a year after the company's biggest shareholder started agitating for a sale. Paul Singer's Elliott Management Corp had been pressing Riverbed to sell itself due to a slowdown in its main wide-area network (WAN) optimization business and its struggle to integrate Opnet, a maker of software to manage traffic on networks that it bought in 2012 for about $1 billion. ...

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Tax extenders expected to win U.S. Senate approval within days

Reid holds a news conference after party caucus luncheons at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy Kevin Drawbaugh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate was expected this week to renew dozens of temporary tax breaks, known as the "extenders," including big ones for business research, wind power and foreign profits. Ordinary Americans are also affected by extender provisions for state and local sales tax, canceled mortgage debt, college tuition, schoolteacher supplies and health insurance. Senate aides said on Sunday that Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid planned to handle some nominations first, then take up the tax bill sent over from the House of Representatives. ...


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Austria to close Saudi school for not naming teachers

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria is to close a Saudi school in Vienna for failing to provide the names of its teachers and director and is also looking into allegations that it used anti-Semitic books, Vienna's school board said on Monday. Austria's government wants to push ahead with passing a law which prohibits foreign funding for Muslim organizations and would make standardized German-language versions of the Koran mandatory. ...

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MaxPreps Top 25 national high school boys basketball rankings

MaxPreps Top 25 national high school boys basketball rankingsFile photo by Andrew Bershaw No. 1 prospect Ben Simmons notched a triple-double in top-ranked Montverde Academy's big win Friday. MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Basketball Rankings presented by the Army National Guard 1. (No. 1 preseason) Montverde Academy (Fla.), 7-0 The Eagles – winners of 41 in a row – were in attack mode and wore out then-No. 7 Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.) 78-64 in an ESPN-televised showdown Friday. Australian phenom Ben Simmons notched a triple-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. A three-peat attempt at the prestigious City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Fla., is up next. 2. (2) Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), 17-0 After a 70-54 win over then-No. 22 Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.) over the weekend at the National High School Hoops Festival in Maryland, the Warriors head to the Iolani Classic in Hawaii. Aforementioned Bishop O'Dowd and Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.) are among the contenders that will join Oak Hill Academy in the Iolani field. 3. (3) Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), 10-0 The Pilots ran away in the second half for an 82-66 win over Mike Bibby's Shadow Mountain (Phoenix) team Saturday night. Findlay will stay close to home for the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas this week. 4. (4) La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.), 9-0 Jalen Coleman pumped in 28 points as the Lakers remained unbeaten with an 83-55 win over Midwest Elite Prep Academy (Merrillville, Ind.) on Saturday. La Lumiere is headed to Fort Myers for the Signature Series portion of the City of Palms Classic. 5. (5) Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.), 1-0 After opening their season with a 94-38 win over Yeshiva University (Los Angeles) last week, the Trailblazers head to the City of Palms Classic. Sierra Canyon opens play Thursday against Trinity (Louisville, Ky.). Photo by Randy Sartin Ronshad Allen-Shabazz is one of many weapons for No. 6 Huntington St. Joseph Prep. 6. (6) Huntington St. Joseph Prep (W.Va.), 12-0 Ronshad Allen-Shabazz (22 points), Miles Bridges (18) and Thomas Bryant (15) all had big games as the Fighting Irish stayed perfect Saturday with an 84-57 win over Walnut Ridge (Columbus, Ohio). 7. (8) Stevenson (Lincolnshire, Ill.), 6-0 The Patriots will tune up for a repeat run at the storied Proviso West Holiday Tournament by hosting Warren Gurnee on Friday. 8. (7) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.), 2-1 After traveling across the country to face No. 1 Montverde Academy in Florida, O'Dowd will pile up even more airline mileage by joining No. 2 Oak Hill Academy in Hawaii for the Iolani Classic. 9. (9) Roselle Catholic (N.J.), 0-0 Opens Dec. 19 vs. Plainfield. 10. (10) Simeon (Chicago), 3-0 The Wolverines passed their toughest test of the season Sunday with a 71-66 win over Chicago Public Schools rival Morgan Park. Nebraska-bound forward Ed Morrow scored 15 points and grabbed 17 boards in the victory. Photo by Heston Quan Career victory 1,000 for Gary McKnight of Mater Dei came Friday night against Corona del Mar. 11. (11) Plano West (Texas), 8-1 After losing to No. 1 Montverde Academy at a West Virginia showcase, the Wolves bounced back last week with wins over Lancaster and Boyd (McKinney). 12. (12) Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), 6-0 Head coach Gary McKnight got the 1,000th victory of his illustrious career Friday night as the Monarchs beat Corona del Mar (Newport Beach) in the semifinals of the Beach Bash tournament. Mater Dei went on to beat Tustin in the final Saturday – the program's 45th win in a row. Up next is a trip to the City of Palms Classic. 13. (13) Cape Henry Collegiate (Virginia Beach, Va.), 5-0 The Dolphins beat Amelia Academy (Amelia Court House, Va.) 64-40 in their final tune-up before heading to the Chick-fil-A Classic in South Carolina. 14. (14) Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.), 10-0 Junior star Harry Giles put up 32 points as Wesleyan Christian got past a good High Point Christian Academy (N.C.) program 72-66 on Saturday night. 15. (16) Atascocita (Humble, Texas), 13-0 After winning its second tournament of the season last weekend, Atascocita got a much-deserved week off. The Eagles will hit the floor again Monday against Clear Brook (Friendswood). File photo by Steven Ryan Head coach Adam Ross has helped Sagemont go 50-2 since January of 2013. 16. (17) Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.), 5-0 The Wildcats are headed to the City of Palms Classic and open Friday against Malik Monk and Bentonville (Ark.). 17. (18) Muskegon (Mich.), 0-0 Michigan's defending Class A state champions beat Rockford 79-49 on Friday to open their 2014-15 campaign. All-American candidate Deyonta Davis, a 6-foot-9 Michigan State signee, led the way with 24 points. 18. (20) Sagemont (Weston, Fla.), 8-0 The Lions face three tough round robin games at the Kreul Classic against Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Mount Vernon (N.Y.) and Pembroke Pines Charter (Fla.). 19. (21) St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.), 5-0 So far, so good for the Gray Bees. St. Benedict's Prep has dispatched its first five opponents by an average margin of over 30 points per game. 20. (23) Centennial (Corona, Calif.), 3-0 The Huskies will be put to the test this week at the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas, which features host Bishop Gorman, Chino Hills (Calif.), Lone Peak (Highland, Utah), Overland (Aurora, Colo.), Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas) and West Linn (Ore.) among others. Photo by Wayne Litmer Brian Parker and Villa Angela-St. Joseph are off to a hot start. 21. (15) Our Savior New American (Centereach, N.Y.), 7-2 OSNA is getting a bit of a pass for losses each of the past two weekends at the hands of No. 2 Oak Hill Academy and Canadian powerhouse Orangeville Prep featuring Thon Maker. A third loss would create a much deeper hole to climb out of from a rankings perspective. 22. (25) Villa Angela-St. Joseph (Cleveland), 3-0 After dispatching Pennsylvania powerhouse Archbishop Carroll (Radnor) last week at the Marshall County Hoopfest, the Vikings returned home and topped the century mark twice in wins over Holy Names (Parma Heights) and Euclid. 23. (24) Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.), 3-0 Delaware's Slam Dunk to the Beach after Christmas will be huge for the Royals. Christ the King will have a tough, three-night run at the event with games against Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.), Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.) and Sanford (Hockessin, Del.). 24. (NR) Greensboro Day (N.C.), 13-0 The Bengals are a bit of a mystery but have some quality wins on the resume and will get an opportunity to prove they belong with a home-and-home against No. 14 Wesleyan Christian Academy later this season. 25. (NR) Hamilton (Memphis, Tenn.), 7-0 It's hard not to get on the Wildcat bandwagon after they drilled perennial Memphis power White Station 101-65 on Friday, then knocked off defending Missouri state champ Christian Brothers (St. Louis) the next night. Dropped out: No. 19 Southwind (Memphis, Tenn.), No. 22 Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.).


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Obama administration mobilizes to save faltering spending bill

Boehner departs following a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration made a last-ditch attempt on Thursday to drum up Democratic support to salvage a faltering $1.1 trillion spending bill, just hours ahead of a midnight U.S. government shutdown deadline. Administration officials from President Barack Obama down to staff at the Department of Education were phoning Democrats in the House of Representatives to ask them to set aside objections to a financial provision and pass the measure to fund most of the government through September. ...


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'1 in 5': how a study of 2 colleges became the most cited campus sexual assault statistic

'1 in 5': how a study of 2 colleges became the most cited campus sexual assault statisticWhen people talk about sexual assault on college campuses, there's one statistic that comes up again and again: one woman in five is sexually assaulted between the beginning of freshman year and graduation. It comes from a survey conducted at just two universities, and the researcher who led it says it was never intended to be generalized to the national level. This hints at a disturbing truth on the issue of sexual assault: we don't really know how common it is on college campuses.


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Light the Way With College Scholarships for Jewish Students

For generations of American Jewish families, getting a college education has been a major priority. In fact, the Pew Research Center found that 58 percent of U.S. Jews identify as college graduates, compared with just 29 percent of total American adults.

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Oregon, needing funds for education, offers to sell forest

By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Want to buy a forest? Oregon is preparing to sell off 92,000 acres (37,200 hectares) of coastal woodlands, in a move to distance itself from environmentally questionable timber sales that have long provided revenue to the state's public schools. Officials expect a sale price between $300 million and $700 million – a big range that reflects uncertainty about the extent of logging restrictions in the Elliott State Forest, an Oregon Department of State Lands spokeswoman said on Wednesday. ...

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Oklahoma judge grills district over bringing football dispute to court

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma district judge quizzed school district lawyers on Wednesday over why they asked the court to decide the outcome of a disputed high school football playoff game, saying he will soon decide if a judicial remedy is in order. Oklahoma District Judge Bernard Jones said he would postpone making any decision until Thursday, after he questioned the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association and Oklahoma City Public Schools for hours on Wednesday. ...

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Sad Pro Tip for Female Teachers: You’ll Win Over Students by Changing Your Name

It’s nearly the end of the fall semester on America’s college campuses, which means students are preparing to be graded on their final papers and exams. It’s a stressful time, but at the end of it all, students get to turn the tables and give feedback about whether a professor lectured too much or was available to answer questions.

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Uruguay high schoolers smoke more pot than tobacco

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguayan high school students are smoking more marijuana than tobacco.

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Financial Times, IE Business School launch learning venture

By Jennifer Saba (Reuters) - The Financial Times and Madrid's IE Business School launched a joint venture on Wednesday aimed at corporate executives looking to expand their education. The program includes offline and online learning classes and courses that draw upon FT news and analysis. Several business schools across the world including the Yale School of Management and Antai Business School in China are taking part in the corporate learning program. ...

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4 North Dakota colleges to get $10M training grant

The federal Labor Department is giving nearly $10 million to four North Dakota colleges to support technical programs tied to the energy, transportation and construction fields. The money going to Bismarck ...

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Colleges struggle to investigate sexual assaults. But why are they involved at all?

Colleges struggle to investigate sexual assaults. But why are they involved at all?The more horrific stories you hear of college sexual assault going unpunished — or wrongly punished — the easier it is to wonder: why are colleges handling this issue in the first place? There are two reasons why colleges are involved with campus rape and sexual assault, and why they're likely to stay that way. The first is that it's the law: Title IX, passed in 1972, requires colleges to protect students from sexual assault.


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Oklahoma City high school drops the name 'Redskins' for its team

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The Oklahoma City Public Schools Board has voted unanimously to remove "Redskins" as the nickname for a high school after hearing pleas from students and teachers who found the term offensive, school officials said on Tuesday. After 88 years, Capitol Hill High School will begin implementing its ban on the use of "Redskins" effective immediately. ...

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'Merry Christmas' returns: How conservatives are winning the Christmas war

Wishing students "Merry Christmas" is now protected in Texas public schools thanks to a recently minted Merry Christmas law, which allows students, teachers, and administrators to say traditional holiday greetings on campus.

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10 Colleges Where Applicants Are Least Likely to Get In

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. Be sure to explore The Short List: College and The Short List: Grad School to find data that matter to you in your college or grad school search.

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College students stage 'die-in' in Bryn Mawr

'Die-in' protest reaches the Main LineCollege students in Montgomery County are staging a 'die-in' protest in response to grand jury decisions in Missouri and New York.


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Connect on Social Media to Show Colleges Interest

Imagine for a moment the plight of the beleaguered college admissions officer. He or she faces endless ranks of students with competitive test scores, excellent grades, thoughtful essays and a wealth of extracurricular activities.

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Top earning private college presidents in 2012

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, the top 10 earners among private college presidents in 2012 were: 1) Shirley Ann Jackson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, $7.1 million(asterisk) ...

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Report: Many presidents earn more than $1 million

FILE - In this May 21, 2005 file photo, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson is shown during commencement excercises in Troy, N.Y. Three dozen college presidents at private colleges and universities made more than a $1 million dollars in 2012, with the highest earner bringing home $7.1 million in compensation, according to a survey of the 500 private schools with the largest endowments. The highest earner was Shirley Ann Jackson at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her compensation included a pay out of nearly $5.9 million that had been set aside over a decade as a retention incentive, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s report released Sunday. (AP Photo/Tim Roske)WASHINGTON (AP) — Three dozen college presidents at private colleges and universities made more than $1 million in 2012, with the highest earner bringing home $7.1 million in compensation, according to a survey of the 500 private schools with the largest endowments.


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Mexico official: At least 1 of 43 missing college students identified in charred remains

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico official: At least 1 of 43 missing college students identified in charred remains.

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Rolling Stone UVA fraternity rape story tests journalistic practices

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, file photo, University of Virginia students walk to campus past the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. Rolling Stone is casting doubt on the account it published of a young woman who says she was gang-raped at a Phi Kappa Psi fraternity party at the school, saying there now appear to be discrepancies in the student's account. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)In the wake of the Rolling Stone story about a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity, two major US institutions are going through deep self-examination: Schools of higher education and the media.


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Denver police investigate driver who hit officers at Ferguson protest

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Denver police are investigating a motorist who plowed into officers during a demonstration by high school students protesting the killing of an unarmed black teenager in Missouri, badly injuring one of the officers, authorities said on Friday. Hundreds of students from the city's East High School marched through downtown streets on Wednesday in solidarity with Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot to death by a white officer on Aug. 9 in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. ...

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Congressman seeks probe into China-US college ties

A view of the US Capitol Building, which is home to the US Congress, November 12, 2014 in Washington, DCA senior member of Congress called Thursday for an investigation into deals that US universities are striking with China, amid fears that such tie-ups are compromising academic freedom. Christopher Smith, who sits on the House of Representatives foreign affairs committee, voiced concern that Beijing-backed "Confucius Institutes" are muting criticism of China's Communist authorities. "Is American higher education for sale?" said the Republican from New Jersey who also co-chairs the Congressional-Executive Committee on China.


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Should high school students be required to pass a citizenship test?

The study of civics could get a big push in seven states where laws are being considered to require high school students to pass a basic citizenship test to get a diploma.

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Older college graduates earn just as much as their younger peers

ReadingA new survey by Gallup finds nontraditional college graduates (those who earned their degree later than age 25) actually earn just as much as traditional graduates.


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Programs Offer Student Loan Repayment Help for Teachers

Teaching is a noble profession, but not necessarily the most profitable one. You choose to enter this field because you love children, enjoy teaching or maybe because the hours and vacation time are convenient in caring for your own family. But no teacher has ever entered the field to get rich.

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Why Caring for Older Adults Is Getting Costlier

From the outside, Kathryn Robison, 29, looks like any other graduate student on campus at Youngstown State University in Ohio. But as she's finishing her master's degree in American Studies, she's also juggling another big responsibility: Caring for her grandmother. She recently took a year and a half break from school to serve as her grandmother's primary caregiver in Raleigh, North Carolina, and now serves as a backup caregiver, since her mom took over the reins full time.

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Lawmakers push for changes to higher education

Gov. Jerry Brown isn't expected to release his new budget until next month but higher education has already emerged as a contentious topic with legislators introducing competing plans to avoid tuition ...

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Newtown teachers want continued mental health funding

File-This July 11, 2014, file photo shows American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten taking questions about U.S. Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan at an ATF convention in Los Angeles. Teachers and other school employees in Newtown are meeting with local and national union leaders to discuss issues stemming from the 2012 shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Weingarten is expected to meet privately with educators Tuesday in Newtown. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Sandy Hook Elementary School teachers told top union leaders on Tuesday they are worried what will happen once various pots of funding for mental health services run out in 2016.


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Power restored after massive outage hits downtown Detroit

By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A massive outage on Tuesday cut power for as long as six hours to public buildings in Detroit ranging from city hall to a criminal courthouse, scores of public schools and more than three dozen buildings at Wayne State University, officials said. The outage in the city-run system that distributes power to the public buildings was another black eye for Detroit, which won court approval in November to exit the biggest U.S. municipal bankruptcy. ...





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