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Former President Trump's legal team attempted to get the federal indictment related to his alleged mishandling of classified documents dismissed in a flurry of late-night court filings. CBS
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Intuitive Machines' Odysseus lander touched down on the moon Thursday becoming the first U.S.-built spacecraft to stick a moon landing in more than 50 years, and the first ever by a private company. CBS
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The Biden administration recently issued direct warnings to the Russian government against deploying a nuclear-capable anti-satellite weapon. CBS
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Breakthrough sickle cell treatments are available in the U.S. CNBC
President Joe Biden's fundraising operation is being helmed by a "dream team" that has helped create a massive war chest set to take Donald Trump. CNBC
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The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced a final rule allowing drivers in eight Midwestern states to use a higher blend of ethanol year-round. FOX News
As conflicts rage in Gaza and Ukraine and terrorists continue to attack U.S. forces, new battlefield tactics will continue to stress the preparation of the military. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Biden is a loser.
The number of Chinses citizens deported in the 2023 fiscal year was far shy of the more than 24,000 encountered by border authorities in the same year. FOX News
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Federal regulators have shifted power dynamics for hydropower projects on Native American lands, granting tribes more authority to block the developments. FOX News

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The FCC has added a new provision to existing rules that allows for users to revoke consent for automated marketing material, robocalls or robotexts, some of which companies have used AI to generate. FOX News
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Benjamin Netanyahu presented a post-Gaza War plan on Thursday night that allows the Stripe to be run by "local officials" and leaves the Israeli Defense Force in place to prevent the resurgence of Hamas. UPI
VOA VIEW: Gaza will remain under control of Israel.
The U.S. Justice Department has appointed its first chief artificial intelligence officer amid rising concerns about the ethics of AI. UPI
Ahead of the grim two-year anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the United States on Thursday unfurled sweeping civil and criminal actions, including indictments filed against sanctioned oligarchs. UPI
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AT&;T said an internal issue and not a cyberattack was the blame for a massive outage on Thursday that had a ripple effect through other cellular companies around the country. UPI
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Friday he is leading a delegation to Ukraine to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky as House Republicans block aid to Ukraine as it battles the ongoing Russian invasion. UPI
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February 25, 2024

        On a breezy morning in South Seattle, a dozen elementary-aged students ran math relays behind an elementary school.  It is hard for students to catch up after incompetent teachers and internet teaching.  

       One by one, they raced to a table, where they scribbled answers to multiplication questions before sprinting back to high-five their teammate. These students are part of a summer program run by the nonprofit School Connect WA, designed to help them catch up on math and literacy skills lost during the pandemic. There are 25 students in the program, and all of them are one to three grades behind.

     One 11-year-old boy couldn’t do two-digit subtraction. Thanks to the program and his mother, who has helped him each night, he’s caught up. Now, he says math is challenging, but he likes it.  Other kids haven't fared so well.

     Across the country, schools are scrambling to catch up students in math as post-pandemic test scores reveal the depth of missing skills. On average, students’ math knowledge is about half a school year behind where it should be, according to education analysts.

     Children lost ground on reading tests, too, but the math declines were particularly striking. Experts say virtual learning complicated math instruction, making it tricky for teachers to guide students over a screen or spot weaknesses in problem-solving skills. Plus, parents were more likely to read with their children at home than practice math.

     The result: Students’ math skills plummeted across the board, exacerbating racial and socioeconomic inequities in math performance. And students aren’t bouncing back as quickly as educators hoped, supercharging worries about how they will fare in high school and whether science, tech and medical fields will be available to them.

     The Education Reporting Collaborative, a coalition of eight newsrooms, is documenting the math crisis facing schools and highlighting progress. Members of the Collaborative are AL.com, The Associated Press, The Christian Science Monitor, The Dallas Morning News, The Hechinger Report, Idaho Education News, The Post and Courier in South Carolina, and The Seattle Times.