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Indiana governor directs lowering flags for Florida victims

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s governor is directing that flags be lowered to half-staff across the state in honor of the Florida school shooting victims. Gov. Eric Holcomb’s office says his order calls for flags to remain lowered until sunset Monday and asked for businesses and residents to do the same. ...

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Teenagers’ spending habits revealed – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images Girls start spending more than boys as they enter their teens and discover more expensive shampoo and make-up. At the ages of seven to nine, weekly spending is higher among boys (£8.50) than girls (£7.50), the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. Girls’ spending then overtakes ...

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Florida House moves ahead with $350 million tax package

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republicans in the Florida House are pushing for a nearly $350 million tax package that includes a new source of money for one of the nation’s largest private school voucher programs. A House panel on Wednesday approved the bill along party lines. Democrats said they could ...

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16-year-old faces charges for racist message on school wall

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A 16-year-old girl is facing criminal charges after she confessed to scrawling a threatening racial message on a school bathroom wall. AL.com reports the incident happened Tuesday afternoon at Oxford High School in northeast Alabama. Oxford Police Capt. L.G. Owens says the message was racial in ...

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Florida House moves ahead with $350 million tax package

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republicans in the Florida House are pushing for a nearly $350 million tax package that includes a new source of money for one of the nation’s largest private school voucher programs. A House panel on Wednesday approved the bill along party lines. Democrats said they could ...

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Is loneliness affecting your health?

Loneliness, or feeling that you have no one you can really talk to, affects most people at some point and is associated with poorer physical and mental well-being. Now BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind have launched the BBC Loneliness Experiment, an online survey to increase understanding of a ...

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Times table check trialled ahead of rollout

Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of eight and nine-year-olds in England’s primary schools will take a new times tables check this spring. Some 7,250 pupils in 290 primaries, are expected to take part in the trials of the new multiplication check. The five-minute test, taken by children in Year 4, ...

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Bill Gates announces UK teacher in global top 10

Image copyright Getty Images A teacher from north London, named as a top-10 finalist in a global teaching award, has warned of the poor living conditions of her pupils. Andria Zafirakou says some pupils at her Brent secondary school have to do their homework in the bathroom, because their housing ...

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