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Prison time for some Atlanta school educators in cheating scandal

<b>(CNN) —</b> There was nothing routine about a sentencing hearing Tuesday in Atlanta that wrote the final legal chapter of one of the most massive school cheating scandals in the country.<p>Educators were convicted April 1 of racketeering and other lesser crimes related to inflating test scores of children …

Education

13,988 Miles! Gray Whale Breaks Mammal Migration Record

The western gray whale now holds the record as the mammal with the longest known migration, researchers say.<p>A female western gray whale swam from Russia to Mexico and back again — a total of 13,988 miles (22,511 kilometers) — in 172 days, according to a new report.<p>Until now, the title of the …

Research

Obama's Move to Drop Cuba From Terror List Sets Up Showdown With Congress

President Obama formally moved on Tuesday to remove Cuba from the short, brutish list of states supporting terrorism. The technical finding — that …

Snow-Starved Sierra Spell Trouble for Drought-Stricken California

Ten thousand feet in the air, in the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains, California's huge drought crisis can be measured in inches with a hollow tube.<p>Frank Gehrke, chief of snow surveys for the California Department of Resources, drives the pole into the snow and retrieves a sample that is used to …

Snorkeling

Amanda Knox Case: Italy's Highest Court Examines Conviction

ROME — Italy’s highest court was reviewing the murder conviction of Amanda Knox on Wednesday, a process which could set up an extradition battle between Italy and the United States. Here's a look at the long-running case's various twists and turns — and what to expect.<p>WHAT IS THE COURT LOOKING …

Crime

Robert Durst: the Millionaire Drifter Who Can't Run From His Past

The arrest of millionaire developer Robert Durst on murder charges in the 2000 execution-style slaying of a mobster's daughter-turned-journalist in Los Angeles isn't the most bizarre twist in Durst's life. Not by a long shot.<p>Durst, 71, was arrested Saturday in New Orleans at a hotel where he'd …

Crime

South Korea legalises adultery

Constitutional Court says state should not intervene in people’s private lives<p>South Korea’s Constitutional Court has struck down a 60-year-old statute outlawing adultery under which violators faced up to two years in prison.<p>The nine-member bench ruled by seven to two that the 1953 law was …

Ashley Madison

Radioactive Fukushima Water Leak Was Unreported for Months: Official

TOKYO — The operator of Japan's tsunami-stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant admitted it failed to report a radioactive rainwater leak from the facility for about 10 months.<p>The company noticed a spike in radiation levels in the plant's drainage system, particularly after rainfall, in April, …

Fukushima

Meet The 13 Youngest Legislators In America (That We Could Find)

The average age of a state legislator nationwide is 56, but that didn't stop these folks from running for office. With differing political ideologies and representing a range of states, they share one uncommon characteristic: their youth. The youngest one was elected at 18, and even the oldest is …

Fishing vessel trapped in Antarctic ice; U.S. Coast Guard on rescue mission

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Polar Star was heading home to Seattle from a monthlong Antarctic mission when the call for help came in.<p>An Australian fishing vessel was trapped in Antarctic ice up to 9 feet deep, with three of the four blades in its propeller damaged. The 26-member crew of the …

Coast Guard