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Students at Coachella Valley Unified School District use iPads during a lesson. The district's superintendent is promoting the tablet initiative as a way to individualize learning. Coachella Valley Unified School District hide caption

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Thousands of students apply to college each year using the online Common Application. But a flawed overhaul of the system has left many students and parents frustrated. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Palo Alto middle school student Jennifer Munoz Tello (right) stands outside her family's trailer in Palo Alto with her mother, Sandra, and 2-year-old sister, Cynthia. Eric Westervelt/NPR hide caption

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A worker on a newly constructed transmission tower near Buetzow, Germany, earlier this month. The German government plans to shut down nuclear power plants and is seeking to replace that production with power from renewable energy sources, especially wind turbines and solar parks. New power transmission lines will be needed. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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One of the latest additions to Poland's growing luxury goods market, the Wolf Bracka department store, beckons shoppers in the heart of the Polish capital, Warsaw. The country's economy continues to grow, but Poles are anxiously watching the crisis in the eurozone. Czarek Sokolowski/AP hide caption

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Political Stumbles Mark Romney's Trip Abroad

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Controversy Followed Romney On Overseas Trip

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Government employees demonstrate against the Spanish government's austerity measures in Madrid, on Friday. The economic situation has forced some Spaniards to leave the country for work. Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Crime novelist Jo Nesbo says despite Oslo's well-kept streets and sharply dressed residents, the city has a dark and seedy side. Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Jo Nesbo's Fiction Explores Oslo's Jagged Edges

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Simon Fabich (center) is CEO and co-founder of the Berlin-based online shopping startup Monoqi. Artsy and relatively inexpensive, Berlin is an up-and-coming city for European tech startups. Courtesy of Monoqi hide caption

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The Next Silicon Valley? Berlin Startups Catching Up With The Hype

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with members of her delegation before the first plenary session of the G-20 Leaders' Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, on Monday. Yuri Cortez/Getty Images hide caption

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A member of the German Pirate Party, with its logo shaved in his hair, attends the party's two-day conference in Neumuenster, Germany, on April 28. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Party On The Rise, Germany's Pirates Come Ashore

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Brass bricks known as Stolperstein, or "stumbling stones," in front of a home in Raesfeld, Germany, where five members of a single family were forcibly removed by the Nazis. Across Germany, the stones commemorate the millions of victims of the Nazi regime. Jeffrey Katz/NPR hide caption

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E.U. Leaders Hold 'Mini-Summit' On Debt Crisis

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