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Atlanta District Helps Students

Atlanta Public Schools officials say they plan to offer extra help to struggling students in the wake of a cheating scandal that has rocked the district. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that current intervention programs designed to help students during the school day will be increased from 12 weeks to 25 weeks and expanded from 58 to all 100 schools.

Top Stories: Attack In Kabul, Jobs Plan Debate, Poverty Figures

The Census Bureau is expected to report today that the nation's poverty rate edged up again in 2010.

'Sparks Flew' At Republican Debate; Perry Took Most Of The Fire

The other contenders spent much of the evening going after Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Some Tea Party supporters who were in the audience didn't like what they heard about him.

American Hikers Held By Iran To Be Freed 'In Two Days,' Ahmadinejad Says

Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and a third American Bauer's finance, Sarah Shourd were hiking in Iraq in July 2009 when they crossed the border into Iran. She was released on bail last year. All three have since been convicted of spying.

RPGs, Gunfire 'Raining Down' On Diplomatic District In Kabul

The U.S. embassy is among the buildings under attack this morning. An embassy spokesman says the staff has taken shelter.

Whatever Happened to Sportsmanship?

Serena Williams' recent outburst against an umpire at the U.S. Open represented poor sportsmanship, some say, and could have excluded her from a Grand Slam tournament. Professors and referees point to high salaries and contract pressures as the likely cause of the increase of angry athletes.

Rockets Fired Toward U.S. Embassy In Afghanistan

Gunfire and explosions rock the heart of the Afghan capital, Kabul, as insurgents fired in the direction of the U.S. Embassy, NATO headquarters and other official buildings. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

In Northern Japan, Residents Face A New Reality

Six months after the accident at the Fukushima nuclear plant, the Japanese government has declared eight areas near the reactors as potential no-go zones for the next two decades. Many residents remain homeless. Beyond the hot zone, many people have decided to stay, but are worried about elevated radiation levels.

Calif. Medicaid Expansion: A Lifeline For Ex-Convicts

At least half a million people are expected to get health care benefits in an expansion of California's Medicaid program, including many former prison inmates. Many ex-offenders will now be covered for care including mental health and substance abuse problems that, when left untreated, can lead them right back behind bars.

Rick Perry Takes Tea Party Debate Licking, Keeps Ticking; Race Seems Stable

At the end of the two-hour debate in Tampa, Fla., his rivals may not have knocked him out of the lead but they gave any Republican voters who might have doubts about Perry plenty more fuel for their concerns.

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