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School spending by affluent is widening wealth gap

WASHINGTON (AP) — Education is supposed to help bridge the gap between the wealthiest people and everyone else. Ask the experts, and they'll count the ways:

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Colorado high court considers pot firing case

DENVER (AP) — Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it.

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California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, driven to action by a buildup of litter and damage to aquatic ecosystems.

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Hong Kong leader rejects protesters' demands

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader refused to meet with pro-democracy demonstrators by their midnight deadline Tuesday, despite their threats to expand the protests that have clogged the streets with tens of thousands of people in the stiffest challenge to Beijing's authority since China took control of the former British colony in 1997.

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Secret Service head takes heat for WH breach

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing blistering criticism from Congress, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson acknowledged on Tuesday that her agency failed in executing its plan to protect the White House when a man with a knife entered the mansion and ran through half the ground floor before being subdued.

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Oil, rail industries want 7 years to fix tank cars

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The oil and railroad industries are urging federal regulators to allow them as long as seven years to retrofit existing tank cars that transport highly volatile crude oil, a top oil industry official said Tuesday. The cars have ruptured and spilled oil during collisions, leading to intense fires.

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Secret Service head faces questions on WH breach

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Washington scandals that end up on Capitol Hill tend to end the same way: with an apology.

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Afghanistan, US sign long-awaited security pact

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan and the United States signed a security pact on Tuesday to allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of year, ending a year of uncertainty over the fate of foreign troops supporting Afghanis as they take over responsibility for the country's security.

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