California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (left) inspects Japan's high-speed-train operations in Saitama, as his home state looks to modernize its rail system. California is among the states that received $8 billion in stimulus money for high-speed rail.
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TJ Foster is one of 200 students in the Elk Grove Unified School District's Virtual Academy. Each day, at his home in the rural farmland south of Sacramento, Calif., he signs into a website and takes the same subjects he'd take in a traditional brick-and-mortar school.
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An election supervisor hands out absentee ballots during early voting in Savannah, Ga., in 2008. Federal officials dropped opposition to a Georgia law requiring that voters prove they are U.S. citizens.
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