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No more $5 vocab words on redesigned SAT exam

No more $5 vocab words on redesigned SAT exam

(CNN) -- The days of memorizing arcane, recondite vocabulary words might be ending for high school students who will take a redesigned SAT in two years.
Artificial eyes, plastic skulls: 3-D printing the human body

Artificial eyes, plastic skulls: 3-D printing the human body

(CNN) -- The 21st century has seen the growth of 3-D printing, with well-known applications in architecture, manufacturing, engineering, and now increasingly in medicine.
Portland water supply to be flushed after teen urinates into reservoir

Portland water supply to be flushed after teen urinates into reservoir

The city of Portland, Oregon, has been forced to dump millions of gallons of drinking water. Why? Because someone urinated into a water reservoir. Surprising still, this isn't the first time this has happened.
South Korea ferry sinking: 'I am sorry,' captain says as 287 still missing

South Korea ferry sinking: 'I am sorry,' captain says as 287 still missing

There were 46 lifeboats attached to the South Korean ferry that sank in frigid waters, but only one lifeboat was deployed, CNN affiliate YTN reported Thursday.
Nigeria abduction: Fate of 8 girls still unknown

Nigeria abduction: Fate of 8 girls still unknown

Three days after heavily armed men raided a Nigerian school and seized 129 girls, the fate of 8 is still unclear.
Base attack, referendum plans overshadow Russia, Ukraine talks

Base attack, referendum plans overshadow Russia, Ukraine talks

Ukrainian, Russian and Western diplomats held emergency talks in Switzerland on Thursday, in the hope of resolving a deepening crisis that has seen armed pro-Russian protesters seize swaths of Ukraine.
Should Obama use the power of his pen to turn the tide on immigration reform?

Should Obama use the power of his pen to turn the tide on immigration reform?

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Immigration champion Rep. Luis Gutierrez feels confident that President Barack Obama will use his executive powers to push through reform.
In the Virginia woods, Mark Warner is trailed by Obamacare

In the Virginia woods, Mark Warner is trailed by Obamacare

WAKEFIELD, Virginia (CNN) -- Mark Warner was weaving his way through the crowd on a chilly Wednesday afternoon at the Shad Planking, the annual Virginia fish fry that brings beer-sipping politicos together in the tall pines of southeastern Virg
Obama, Biden announce millions for job training

Obama, Biden announce millions for job training

OAKDALE, Pennsylvania (CNN) -- Hoping to help close the gap between workers' skills and the needs of businesses, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced he's putting hundreds of millions toward job training programs that produce h
'A scammer stole my tax refund'

'A scammer stole my tax refund'

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Pamela Knighton, a 51-year-old social worker from Cuthbert, Ga. who earns less than $25,000 a year, had been really looking forward to her $4,300 tax refund last year.
Legal costs hit Bank of America's bottom line

Legal costs hit Bank of America's bottom line

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Bank of America reported a quarterly loss Wednesday as legal costs hit the bank's bottom line. It's another reminder that the tentacles of the financial crisis are still squeezing Wall Street.
Detroit reaches deal limiting pension cuts

Detroit reaches deal limiting pension cuts

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Detroit's emergency manager and pension funds for 23,000 workers and retirees hammered out tentative deals on Tuesday, marking a major step forward in the city's efforts to exit bankruptcy.
Facebook to make mobile users download Messenger

Facebook to make mobile users download Messenger

(CNN) -- Mobile users who have gotten used to chatting with their friends via Facebook will soon have to make sure they've downloaded the social-media giant's app designed specifically for that.
Obesity during pregnancy raises stillbirth risk

Obesity during pregnancy raises stillbirth risk

Pregnant women who are obese or overweight have an increased risk of delivering a stillborn baby, according to a new study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Miley Cyrus hospitalized with 'severe' reaction to antibiotics

Miley Cyrus hospitalized with 'severe' reaction to antibiotics

(CNN) -- Miley Cyrus suffered "a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics" and has been hospitalized, her rep told CNN Tuesday.