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Due to the success of the State Department's J-1 Visa program, the Kuspuk School District and other rural districts in Alaska are looking at ways to utilize other visa programs to keep foreign teachers in classrooms for longer.
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Motorists travel westbound along Interstate 40 on Thursday in Nashville, Tenn. A record number of Americans are expected to hit the pavement over the 2024 Memorial Day holiday. George Walker IV/Getty Images North America hide caption

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U.S. Airman Roger Fortson answers the door of his apartment on May 3, 2024, as captured by the body camera of the Okaloosa County sheriff's deputy responding to a report of a domestic disturbance. A split second later, the deputy fired at Fortson, killing him. Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office/Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office hide caption

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Recent deaths bring up hard questions as police encounter more people with guns

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Anti-abortion activists who describe themselves as "abolitionists" protest outside a fertility clinic in North Carolina in April 2024. Sarah McCammon/NPR hide caption

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Anti-abortion hardliners want restrictions to go farther. It could cost Republicans

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Debris from a Norfolk Southern freight train lies scattered and burning along the tracks on Feb. 4, 2023, the day after it derailed in East Palestine, Ohio. A federal judge has signed off Tuesday, May 21, 2024, on the $600 million class action settlement over last year's disastrous Norfolk Southern derailment in eastern Ohio, but many people who live near East Palestine are still wondering how much they will end up with out of the deal. Gene J. Puskar/AP/AP hide caption

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Voters filling out their ballots on Jan. 23 in Loudon, N.H. A political consultant faces charges in New Hampshire and steep fines from the Federal Communications Commission for creating a robocall ahead of that state's presidential primary featuring a cloned version of President Biden's voice, urging people not to vote in the primary. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images North America hide caption

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Austin's Ascension Seton Medical Center is among the hospitals affected by a nationwide cybersecurity breach of Ascension technology systems. Julia Reihs/KUT News hide caption

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Robert Hale gives an envelope with cash to a graduating UMass Dartmouth student at last week's commencement. Each of the 1,200 graduates received $1,000 onstage, half to keep and half to donate. Karl Christoff Dominey/University of Massachusetts Dartmouth hide caption

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The morning sun illuminates the Grand Tetons at Grand Teton National Park, north of Jackson Hole, Wyo., Aug 26, 2016. A grizzly bear that attacked a hiker in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park won't be captured or killed by wildlife authorities because it may have been trying to protect a cub, park officials said in a statement Tuesday. Brennan Linsley/AP

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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopment disorders among children. SIphotography/Getty Images hide caption

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Four customers in Florida have filed a federal lawsuit against The Hershey Company alleging that designs displayed on some Reese's Peanut Butter cups were misleading to customers. Plaintiffs v. The Hershey Company hide caption

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A child watches others swim at the Emancipation Swimming Pool in Houston on July 19, 2022. Brandon Bell/Getty Images hide caption

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After years in decline, U.S. drowning deaths are rising again

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A concentrated dose of history: The class of 2024 looks back

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Lack of staffing led to 'deeply concerning' conditions at federal prison in Oregon

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Rashaan Soto, 19, poses in front of a section of the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass, Texas on April 6,. 2024. Sergio Martínez-Beltrán hide caption

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Communities are wary as an appeals court weighs legality of Texas immigration law

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Stephen King says finishing one of his stories decades after he started it felt like "calling into a canyon of time." Francois Mori/AP hide caption

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Stephen King's new story took him 45 years to write

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6 key facts about abortion laws and the 2024 election

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