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Airliner shot down near Ukraine-Russia border

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Israeli response to missiles from Gaza spurs debate over media fairness and balance

Coverage of an ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian region next to Israel, is on newspaper front pages and in broadcasts worldwide. After escalating clashes with Hamas, which has governed the Gaza territory since 2007, Israel on Jul...

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With an album cover with her face blacked out, Australian singer-songwriter Sia Furler just nabbed her first No. 1 album in the U.S. Sia has performed on television with her back to camera and put a paper bag over her head for magazine photos. She says she doesn't want "to go out and sell my soul, my body, my peace of mind."

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GOP leaders run from Palin proposal

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This week's word in the news: HARROWING

DEFINITION:
Extremely disturbing or distressing.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
To Samuel, the journey meant trading a hopeless situation at home for potential security and prosperity in the United States — but first he needed to survive the trip north, dodging police and criminals, and a harrowing ride on top of a freight train for hundreds of miles.
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism / The Arizona Republic -- 07/21/2014

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Sea Otter - Recovery

Once hunted for their fur, Sea Otters have been saved from extinction thanks to the efforts of conservation biologists.

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Diversity, multiculturalism, worldwide events. You'll find plenty for classroom discussions in this listing of events.

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Celebrating their 75th annual National Wildlife Week the National Wildlife Federation's longest-running education program is designed to teach kids about the wonders of nature and inspire their interest in spending more time outdoors. Students and teachers will benefit from the many downloadable lesson plans, posters, and trading cards perfect for classrooms to explore "tree"-mendous wildlife species.

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