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A teaching assistant pushes a cart of books as he prepares for the first day of school at Caprock Elementary School in the Keller Independent School District in Fort Worth, Texas, in August. State lawmakers slashed more than $4 billion from education this school year — one of the largest cuts in state history — and over 12,000 teachers and support staff have been laid off. LM Otero/AP hide caption

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Education

Texas Schools Grapple With Big Budget Cuts

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Texas Schools Grapple With Big Budget Cuts

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Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis, left) and Tintin (Jamie Bell) chase fortune and treasure in The Adventures of Tintin. WETA Digital Ltd. hide caption

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Movies

Tintin's 'Adventures' Take Him To Hollywood

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Tintin's 'Adventures' Take Him To Hollywood

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Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich, with his wife, Callista, by his side, campaigns in Iowa on Tuesday. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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Newt Gingrich

Gingrich's Catholic Journey Began With Third Wife

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Gingrich's Catholic Journey Began With Third Wife

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Hundreds of North Koreans queue up to mourn the death of Kim Jong Il in front of a portrait of him in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square on Wednesday. With preparations for next week's state funeral still under way, attention is turning to Kim's son and heir apparent, Kim Jong Un. AP hide caption

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North Korea In Transition

North Korea Awaits Kim Jong Un's Opening Moves

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North Korea Awaits Kim Jong Un's Opening Moves

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Relations between the U.S. military and the Pakistan military have become even more strained since American forces were involved in a shooting last month that left 24 Pakistani soldiers dead. Here, Pakistani soldiers march during a ceremony in September. Arif Ali hide caption

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Asia

U.S. And Pakistan Relations: From Bad To Worse

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U.S. And Pakistan Relations: From Bad To Worse

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The interior of the renowned Marienkirche church, where Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas Oratorio is traditionally performed. General Photographic Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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Music News

A Church, An Oratorio And An Enduring Tradition

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A Church, An Oratorio And An Enduring Tradition

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Michael Sims, editor of The Dead Witness, resurrects long-forgotten Victorian crime writing. Dennis Wile hide caption

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Dennis Wile

Author Interviews

'The Dead Witness': Classic Victorian Crime Fiction

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'The Dead Witness': Classic Victorian Crime Fiction

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