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Jordan a crucial stop on Pence’s itinerary

International | Vice president leaves Friday for an important trip to the Middle East
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/19/18, 01:51 pm

MIDDLE EAST: Vice President Mike Pence is set to depart Friday for a delayed and revised trip to Israel, Egypt, and Jordan that could coincide with a government shutdown on the one-year anniversary of the Trump administration’s inauguration. A White House official told Voice of America a shutdown would not change the trip because “the visit is considered integral to U.S.

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Smarter grammar?

Technology | A nonprofit hopes its algorithm-based exams can improve student writing skills
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 9/27/17, 05:17 pm

In this age of texting and social media, kids get plenty of opportunities to write. But do they write well? A 2012 Department of Education report found that only 27 percent of 8th- and 12th-grade students were “proficient” or better at writing.

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Jordan convicts soldier in murder of three American troops

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/17/17, 08:18 am

A military court in Jordan has sentenced a Jordanian soldier to life in prison with hard labor for killing three U.S. military trainers at a Jordanian air base. Gunfire killed the three U.S. Army green berets on Nov. 4 as their convoy waited at the base gate. The soldier pleaded “not guilty” to the charges, claiming he opened fire out of fear the base was under attack. The U.S. Embassy in a Monday statement said the trial verified the U.S. military trainers had “followed all established procedures when accessing the base the day of the incident, as we have noted before.”

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