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Under an increasingly popular system called competency-based learning, students are promoted after they master material—not just because they have spent a year in a class.
Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden urged technology companies to adopt better methods of encryption to protect users from government surveillance.
Malaysian authorities said Monday that no debris from a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner had been recovered despite a massive air and sea search under way for passengers and remains of the plane.
The investigation into passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines flight who were traveling with stolen passports has drawn attention to a thriving market for illicit documents and the disparity in aviation security across the globe.
A Japanese research institute said it was weighing whether to retract studies that described a surprisingly easy way to make stem cells in the lab, a day after one of the co-authors said the research contained "crucial mistakes."
The Supreme Court ruled Monday the federal government has no claim to rights of way that railroads abandon after receiving them from Congress—a victory for property owners that could undermine plans for recreational trails.
The Senate passed legislation to bolster protections for sexual-assault victims in the military, ending a long-fought battle over how such crimes should be prosecuted.
Western officials are scrambling to loosen Russia's energy stranglehold on Ukraine, the latest sign of growing pressure on Moscow to end the crisis.
The Obama administration said it would scrap much of a proposed plan to limit the types of antidepressants and other drugs to seniors through Medicare after a backlash.
A Senate hearing on alleged retaliation against whistleblowers at the giant Hanford nuclear-weapons cleanup project will go forward despite the absence of potential key witnesses: the workers who were let go.
The Smithsonian Institution named cardiologist David J. Skorton to be its next chief at a busy time for the nation's largest museum and research complex.
Senators close to package of aid and sanctions aimed at helping Ukraine's new government and pressuring Russia to de-escalate the crisis in Eastern Europe.
An Environmental Protection Agency review board was pressured by officials at the agency to soften its challenges to an EPA plan for dealing with a radioactive waste site.
The share of new homes being built as rental apartments is at the highest level in at least four decades, as an improving jobs picture spurs younger Americans to form their own households but tighter lending standards make it more difficult to buy.
Chiquita of the U.S. and Fyffes of Ireland are merging to create the world's largest banana company, in an all-stock deal valued at about $1.07 billion.
Like baseball scouts trying to pick tomorrow's stars, drug-company scientists like J&J's have become drug hunters who search outside their labs for new medicines for their lineups.
The Outlook: For the past few years, policy makers have focused on breaking a vicious downdraft in home prices. Now, it wouldn't hurt housing to see price gains flatten out. If not, the housing market's roller-coaster ride will continue.
Iran and the six major powers it is negotiating with can still reach a full nuclear deal by July's target date, but only if Western countries show a "desire" to pursue a deal, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said.
Air-safety and antiterror authorities on two continents appeared equally stumped about what direction the probe should take.
Five top candidates in Georgia's Republican Senate primary are each battling to prove they are the most conservative, which has some in the party anxious about electability in the fall general election.