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The Lumina Foundation says nearly 40 percent of adults held college degrees in 2012 — the biggest one-year jump since 2008. And it says that 60 percent college attainment is "within reach" by 2025.
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The California teen "ran for the nearest plane," according to the FBI. He ended up riding for 5 1/2 hours to Hawaii, and luckily survived the thin air and freezing temperatures.
A California teen, the FBI says, flew from San Jose to Maui inside the landing gear bay of a Boeing 767. He is said to be OK. He's also very lucky. Nearly everyone else who's tried has died.
In the men's field, Keflezighi ended a 31-year drought for U.S. runners after pulling away from Wilson Chebet of Kenya late in the race.
The twin bombings of 2013 cast a long shadow on Monday's race. But the crowds basked in the sunshine today, as American Meb Keflezighi ended a 31-year drought for U.S. men in the Boston Marathon.
"Kid's lucky to be alive," an FBI spokesman says of a 16-year-old boy who authorities think stowed away Sunday in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose, Calif., to Maui. The odds were against him.
President Park Geun-hye says the captain did little to help the hundreds on board escape. More than 60 bodies have been recovered. More than 230 people, most of them high school students, are missing.
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