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Last year, frustrated parents spurred a movement by pulling their kids out of the annual standardized tests.
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As national security has come to dominate the 2016 presidential race, the GOP contenders in particular are being pushed to define where they stand on a contentious matter: how suspected terrorists should be interrogated. Specifically, they've been asked about the currently banned use of waterboarding — a simulated drowning technique the CIA used on at least three alleged terrorists.

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If you work in a restaurant, marriage proposals are good for business. Happy couples lift the mood in the entire dining room and often turn into lifelong customers. That once-in-a-lifetime experience for them is pretty routine for restaurateurs.

It's been a year since I began serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in northern Ghana — but some of the local lingo still eludes me. I speak a good amount of Dagbani nowadays, but I still can't figure out why everyone's been telling me recently: "You used to be the tall visitor and now you're the small villager." Is that good or bad? I mean, I haven't shrunk as far as I can tell.

The crisis of contaminated water in Flint, Mich., is making a public health message like this one harder to get across: In most communities, the tap water is perfectly safe. And it is much healthier than sugary drinks.

That's a message that Dr. Patty Braun, a pediatrician and oral health specialist at Denver Health, spends a lot of time talking to her patients about.

Chipotle Mexican Grill certainly is not the first company to face lawsuits and subpoenas because its food made people sick. Other companies, in fact, have faced far worse: Companies like Blue Bell, Dole and Earthbound Farms have been linked to disease outbreaks that actually killed people.

But it's difficult to think of another case in which a company's food-safety troubles provoked such schadenfreude in the food industry. The company, it seems, made a lot of enemies while marketing its "food with integrity."

The U.S. and Cuba will sign a civil aviation agreement in Havana on Tuesday, re-establishing air service between the two countries for the first time in more than 50 years, the U.S. Department of Transportation said.

The signing formalizes the arrangement that was reached Dec. 16, stating that a certain number of flights would be allowed to fly from the U.S. to Cuba every day. As the Two-Way previously reported:

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The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled the sale of the Lake Erie Correctional Institution in Conneaut to Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America in 2011 did not violate the state constitution.  

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Authorities have identified the man they say attacked people with a machete during dinnertime at a central Ohio restaurant and was shot by a policeman after fleeing the scene.  

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WCBE Presents The Travelin' McCourys Live From Studio A Thurs. Feb. 11, 2016 @ 2PM!

The Travelin' McCourys will play a few songs during the Global Village in advance of their show that night at the Park Street Saloon with Billy Strings! Tune in for live music, conversation and chances to win tickets to the show!It's all waiting for you on 90.5FM Columbus, 106.3FM Newark and on line at www.wcbe.org!www.wcbe.org/listen - LISTEN LIVE!BIO:No other band today has the same credentials for playing traditional and progressive music. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronni...
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In Milestone, Scientists Detect Gravitational Waves As Black Holes Collide

Far from our galaxy, in the vast darkness of space, two massive black holes merged into a single, larger hole.And now researchers say they have detected rumblings from that cataclysmic collision as ripples in the very fabric of space-time itself. The discovery comes a century after Albert Einstein first predicted such ripples should exist."It's a really big event," says Saul Teukolsky, a theoretical astrophysicist at Cornell University. "This is probably the most exciting episode of my profes...
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Love Stories In Union Square

Every Valentine's Day, we do the same thing: We talk about how much we hate Valentine's Day. This year, we're doing something different.Alt.Latino co-host Jasmine Garsd and award-winning sex educator Francisco Ramirez recently sat down at Union Square Park and asked people to stop by and tell their love stories.You'd think people would be shy and private, but the love was overwhelming. One after another, New Yorkers took a seat and told us about what made them fall in love, the love they los...
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