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Education Lab is a Seattle Times project that spotlights promising approaches to some of the most persistent challenges in public education.


Advocates say they’ll sue to protect hundreds of species

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A wildlife advocacy group has filed notice that it intends to sue the U.S. government for failing to act on petitions to protect more than 400 plants and animals under the Endangered Species Act. The Center for Biological Diversity accuses the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of leaving hundreds of species...


AP EXPLAINS: Difference between shallow, deep earthquakes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A strong earthquake rocks Italy, flattening towns and killing scores of people. An even bigger quake hits Myanmar the same day, killing a few people and shattering ancient Buddhist pagodas. How can a larger jolt cause far less damage? A quake's destructive power depends not only on its strength, but also...


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