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Kentucky's Unprecedented Success In School Funding Is On The Line

In 1990, Kentucky did something no other state had ever done: It completely changed the way its public schools were governed and funded. Despite big gains, poor districts still struggle to catch up.

Sauropods were one of the most successful groups of dinosaurs to ever walk the Earth. New research helps explain why. Stocktrek Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Superhearing And Fast Growth ... Scientists Learn Why Sauropods Ruled

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Queen Bee Medeski, Martin & Wood
Sven's New Identity Krom

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'James Brown: Live At The Apollo Vol. 4' Is A Marvelous And Mysterious Time Capsule

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Honky Tonk James Brown
Sapphire Bonobo

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The Improvisational Surgeon: Cardboard Casts, No Power, Patients Galore

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An independent paper owned by billionaire Russian businessman and Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov — shown here Jan. 11 in New York — is under fire, but the Kremlin says it's not applying pressure on media. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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For Journalists In Russia, 'No One Really Knows What Is Allowed'

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Bend The Black Seeds
Wata Wasuri Tito Puente

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Can Pop Musicals Bring New Audiences To Broadway?

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Bring Back Pluto Aesop Rock

Jeffrey Heffernan, a 20-year veteran of the Paterson, N.J., police force, was demoted after picking up a campaign sign for the city mayor's opponent. Dale Wetzel/AP hide caption

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Supreme Court Sides With Police Officer In Yard Sign Case

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Confessions BadBadNotGood feat. Leland Whitty
No Vacancy Bostich + Fussible
Halcyon Days Mokhov
King Kong Titan

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Kentucky's Unprecedented Success In School Funding Is On The Line

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Sabali [Vitalic Remix Radio Edit] [Edit] Amadou & Mariam
Nica's Dream Wes Montgomery
Pa' Ti Mami

Prince performs at the Grand Palais in Paris on Oct. 11, 2009. Whoever ends up running his estate will face some tough decisions about how to handle his musical legacy. Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Beyond Streaming: How Will Future Fans Discover Prince's Music?

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1999 [Full Length Version] Prince
Center's Groove DJ Center