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10/20/2017

Michigan is recruiting high-school students to start on the path to a career in the skilled trades through Michigan Advanced Technician Training, an outreach campaign. Students who join the apprenticeship program receive free tuition and earn a salary.

10/20/2017

High-school culinary students in Connecticut are planning to prepare and serve a meal to military veterans. The Feeding the Need program is being held in conjunction with Veterans Day.

10/20/2017

High-school students in Massachusetts are working with an area firm on a large-scale engineering project. Engineering design teacher Christine Tewksbury says the real-world learning experience is invaluable to students.

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10/20/2017

The University of Houston College of Nursing is teaching students about palliative and end-of-life care using a high-fidelity mannequin to facilitate patient discussions. With help from a faculty member playing the part of the patient, the mannequin can take students through scenarios such as coming to terms with a diagnosis, advance care planning and deteriorating health.

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10/20/2017

Initial claims for jobless benefits fell to 222,000 last week, with the number of Americans collecting unemployment checks falling to 1.89 million, the lowest mark since December 1973. While claims in Texas and Florida have dropped as people return to their jobs, hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands may have kept many people from filing claims yet, the Labor Department said.

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10/20/2017

The Pennsylvania township of Lower Swatara approved zoning for a UPS hub at Harrisburg International Airport. The facility is expected to bring 1,200 jobs to the area.

10/20/2017

Archaeologists have located almost 400 stone structures in Saudi Arabia using Google Earth, according to findings scheduled to be published in Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy next month. Researchers say the so-called gates, scattered across the Arabian desert, were likely built thousands of years ago by migrating tribes.

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10/20/2017

DNA analysis of a feline jawbone has revealed that a type of saber-toothed cat lived 28,000 years ago, around the same time as modern humans and much later than previously thought, according to a recent study. The findings are helping researchers learn even more about Homotherium latidens, aka the scimitar cat, including clues about how and when it went extinct.

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10/20/2017

Shell middens containing artifacts over 5,000 years old found along the Maine coast are giving researchers clues about Native American life over the last 4,000 years. "To the Passamaquoddy, the shell middens are a link to the past and give us an idea of how life was at a certain time and what people consumed," said Donald Soctomah, a historic preservation officer for the Passamaquoddy tribe.

10/20/2017

Mosquitoes that have just feasted on blood adjust their takeoff techniques so they can flee their victims before being swatted, according to a study published online in the Journal of Experimental Biology. Researchers used 3D-motion analysis and various cameras to chart the mosquitoes' flight process after a heavy meal.

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