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Cameron Smith was a fifth-grader with straight A's when her school, Fickett Elementary, was caught up in a national cheating scandal.

The story started in 2001, when scores on statewide tests across Atlanta began improving greatly. The superintendent, Beverly Hall, was hailed as a highly effective reformer, winning National Superintendent of the Year in 2009.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had one job in his third and final debate with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton: break out.

He needed to break out from the narrative that is fast enveloping his campaign — the way evening overtakes the late afternoon.

He needed a breakout performance showing himself to be disciplined and knowledgeable enough to be president.

Our cars and trucks are being made with more safety features. New technologies such as lane departure warnings, blind spot detection, vehicle stabilizers and anti-lock brakes can, and do, save lives.

Yet more people are dying on the nation's roadways — nearly 18,000 in the first six months of this year. That's a huge jump of 10.4 percent over the same time period in 2015, and it's part of a disturbing trend, according to federal officials, because traffic fatalities rose significantly last year, too.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, and his Republican challenger Bill Bryant sparred in their last scheduled debate in Pasco Wednesday night over Inslee's record at Hanford and their stances on environmental regulations.

'This Land Is Our Land' Ep. 10: Jury Deliberation

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The trial of seven Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupiers is now in the hands of the jury.

A project like the North Star Solar plot is more likely to be found in the desert.

But on the rural landscape just north of the Twin Cities, a sea of solar panels now covers and area three times the size of Minneapolis' Lake Harriet.

North Star Solar began producing electricity on Wednesday. When it's fully online later this year, it will produce enough energy to power more than 20,000 homes.

The opening marks a big sign of change in outstate Minnesota.

The final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was overall more cordial and more policy-focused than their nasty second debate faceoff. But the stunning moment that will stand out is the GOP nominee's statement that he won't necessarily accept the results of the election on Nov. 8.

"I will tell you at the time," Trump said in a shocking statement that signals a break from the traditional transfer of power. "I will keep you in suspense."

Beaverton school board members have approved new district boundaries, meaning some students will be changing high schools next fall.

Finalizing the boundary changes took over a year and more than one superintendent to accomplish. Last May, board members rejected the plan from then-superintendent Jeff Rose. Parents had argued the changes moved too many students too far to their new schools.

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Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton debated Wednesday night in Las Vegas — the final time before the November election.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors across the newsroom, live-annotated the debate. Portions of the debate transcript with added analysis are underlined in yellow, followed by context and fact checks below.

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Hanford Workers' Skin Exposed To Radioactive Waste

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At least 10 Hanford workers were exposed to radioactive waste Tuesday at the nuclear cleanup site’s tank farm in southeast Washington.

Workers were removing a connection line that’s used to transfer radioactive waste between tanks when the contamination was detected. A test found radioactive waste on the workers’ skin and clothing. The contractor, Washington River Protection Solutions, says the contamination was low.

Tom Carpenter, who heads the worker advocacy group, Hanford Challenge, disputed that characterization.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has launched an investigation into allegations that Wells Fargo & Co. engaged in criminal identity theft when the bank created millions of accounts without customer consent, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton met in Las Vegas for the final presidential debate of the election season. During the debate, NPR's team of fact-checkers vetted what the candidates said in real time. You can read the transcript here: