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Dress codes: Where should schools set limits?

Dress codes: Where should schools set limits?

Kate McClintock, 12, left, Kate Green, 13, and Lilly Bond, 13, look at their smartphones at Lilly's home in Evanston, Ill. on Thursday, April 3, 2014. The friends are seventh-graders at Haven Middle School in Evanston, which has been at the center of a controversy over its dress code. Parent…

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Dress codes: Where should schools set limits?

Dress codes: Where should schools set limits?

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — They're called leggings — popular tight-fitting pants that seem to be the favorite new target of the school dress code.

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Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

The lights of Williston, N.D. shine in the background of oil pumps on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. Williston is the hub of North Dakota's oil boom - a boom that some say could go on for decades, as new technology has made it possible to drill for oil that had been difficult to reach. (AP Photo/Ma…

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Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

A patron walks into a bar in Alexander, N.D. on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. The Baaken region, which includes northwest North Dakota, is known for its nightlife and drinking scene. Law enforcement officials say the region has had a growing crime problem, much of it related to drug and alcohol a…

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Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

A trailer sits in the backyard of a home in Williston, N.D., on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Federal prosecutors say the area outside the home, including this intersection and trailers in the backyard, was the site of an August 2012 drug-related assault planned by a ring known as "The Family." Dur…

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Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

An officer guides a handcuffed man into a police car in Williston, N.D. on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Officials at local law enforcement agencies throughout the region say a marked increase in population from the oil boom is stretching their resources. They also say crime, including drug traffic…

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Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

Trucks sit in a parking lot outside one of many newer multi-story hotels in Williston, N.D. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. Williston is the hub for the Bakken shale fields oil boom in North Dakota. Because of a housing shortage, the hotels often serve as temporary housing for oil workers. Big mo…

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Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

A shopper walks next to a Walmart store on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 in Williston, N.D. near a sign advertising a $17 hourly wage for new employees - a rate higher than in many cities. The Bakken shale fields oil boom has brought about a high cost of living in the area, especially for housing. (…

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Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

Patrick Johnsen stands by an oil rig outside Williston, N.D. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 similar to the one he works with. Johnsen, who came to work in the oil fields, is a recovering drug addict who co-founded a local support group for drug users in the summer of 2013. The group is so popular…

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Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

Patrick Johnsen prays with friends at a coffee shop in Williston, N.D. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. Johnsen, 29, came to the Bakken in 2010 to escape drugs. He'd been heavy into meth and crack back home in the Chicago suburbs and decided to start over, moving to North Dakota. He arrived with…

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Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

Timothy Purdon, the U.S. attorney for North Dakota, talks in his office in Bismarck, N.D. on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 about the drug cases he and his staff have handled. Purdon says the sale and use of illegal drugs, much of it tied to the latest oil boom and the money made from it, is one of t…

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Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

Timothy Purdon, the U.S. attorney for North Dakota, looks through documents related to drug cases in his office in Bismarck, N.D. on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. "Organized drug dealers are smart," he says. "They're good businessmen. They go where the demand is and that's what they're seeing there…

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Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

Williams County, N.D. Sheriff Scott Busching sits at his desk in Williston, N.D. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. Busching says the new county jail, which he oversees, is already overcrowded, with much of the crime tied to alcohol abuse and illegal drugs. He attributes the increase in crime to the…

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Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

Williams County, N.D. Sheriff Scott Busching sits at his desk in Williston, N.D. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. Years ago, homegrown meth was a scourge in North Dakota but its supply was sharply reduced by a crackdown on "mom-and-pop" meth labs and legislation that made it harder to buy ingredie…

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Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2014 AND THEREAFTER - The lights of Williston, N.D. shine in the background of oil pumps on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. Williston is the hub of North Dakota's oil boom - a boom that some say could go on for decades, as new technology has made it possible to dril…

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Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2014 AND THEREAFTER - A patron walks into a bar in Alexander, N.D. on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. The Baaken region, which includes northwest North Dakota, is known for its nightlife and drinking scene. Law enforcement officials say the region has had a growing…

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Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2014 AND THEREAFTER - A trailer sits in the backyard of a home in Williston, N.D., on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Federal prosecutors say the area outside the home, including this intersection and trailers in the backyard, was the site of an August 2012 drug-rela…

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Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2014 AND THEREAFTER - An officer guides a handcuffed man into a police car in Williston, N.D. on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Officials at local law enforcement agencies throughout the region say a marked increase in population from the oil boom is stretching thei…

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Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2014 AND THEREAFTER - Trucks sit in a parking lot outside one of many newer multi-story hotels in Williston, N.D. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. Williston is the hub for the Bakken shale fields oil boom in North Dakota. Because of a housing shortage, the hotels …

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Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2014 AND THEREAFTER - A shopper walks next to a Walmart store on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 in Williston, N.D. near a sign advertising a $17 hourly wage for new employees - a rate higher than in many cities. The Bakken shale fields oil boom has brought about a hi…

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Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2014 AND THEREAFTER - Patrick Johnsen stands by an oil rig outside Williston, N.D. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 similar to the one he works with. Johnsen, who came to work in the oil fields, is a recovering drug addict who co-founded a local support group for d…

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Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2014 AND THEREAFTER - Patrick Johnsen prays with friends at a coffee shop in Williston, N.D. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. Johnsen, 29, came to the Bakken in 2010 to escape drugs. He'd been heavy into meth and crack back home in the Chicago suburbs and decide…

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Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2014 AND THEREAFTER - Timothy Purdon, the U.S. attorney for North Dakota, talks in his office in Bismarck, N.D. on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 about the drug cases he and his staff have handled. Purdon says the sale and use of illegal drugs, much of it tied to the…

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Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2014 AND THEREAFTER - Timothy Purdon, the U.S. attorney for North Dakota, looks through documents related to drug cases in his office in Bismarck, N.D. on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. "Organized drug dealers are smart," he says. "They're good businessmen. They go …

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Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2014 AND THEREAFTER - Williams County, N.D. Sheriff Scott Busching sits at his desk in Williston, N.D. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. Busching says the new county jail, which he oversees, is already overcrowded, with much of the crime tied to alcohol abuse and i…

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Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2014 AND THEREAFTER - Williams County, N.D. Sheriff Scott Busching sits at his desk in Williston, N.D. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. Years ago, homegrown meth was a scourge in North Dakota but its supply was sharply reduced by a crackdown on "mom-and-pop" meth …

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Study: Recession changed young people's values

Study: Recession changed young people's values

CHICAGO - Drew Miller clearly remembers the day his father was laid off.

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Massive indoor farming takes root

Massive indoor farming takes root

Jolanta Hardej, CEO of FarmedHere LLC, examines a young basil crop at the indoor vertical farm in Bedford Park, Ill. The farm, in an old warehouse, grows crops that are sold at grocery stores in Chicago and its suburbs.

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Massive indoor farming takes root

Massive indoor farming takes root

Maximino Gonzalez, master grower at FarmedHere LLC, plants basil seeds. Officials at FarmedHere plan to expand to 150,000 square feet.

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Massive indoor farming takes root

Massive indoor farming takes root

BEDFORD PARK, Ill. - Farming in abandoned warehouses has become a hot trend in the Midwest - with varying degrees of success - as more entrepreneurs worldwide experiment with indoor growing systems in attempts to grow more food locally.

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More youths using cellphones as main on-ramp to Internet

CHICAGO - Keep computers in a common area so you can monitor what your kids are doing.

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Abuela da a luz a su propia nieta

Abuela da a luz a su propia nieta

CHICAGO.- Emily y Mike Jordan no podían evitar ponerse nerviosos al entrar a un hospital nuevamente.

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Grandma gives birth to her own grandchild

Grandma gives birth to her own grandchild

CHICAGO - Setting foot in a hospital again, Emily and Mike Jordan couldn't help but feel anxious.

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Grandma gives birth to her own grandchild

CHICAGO — Setting foot in a hospital again, Emily and Mike Jordan couldn’t help but feel anxious.

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Is texting ruining the art of conversation?

Is texting ruining the art of conversation?

CHICAGO - Anna Schiferl hadn't even rolled out of bed when she reached for her cellphone and typed a text to her mom one recent Saturday. Mom was right downstairs in the kitchen. The text? Anna wanted cinnamon rolls for breakfast.

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Internet piracy habits die hard; so now what?

Internet piracy habits die hard; so now what?

CHICAGO - Young people want their music, TV and movies now - even if it means they get these things illegally.

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Froufrou design catalogs easy target of parody, satire

CHICAGO- It started with figs, on a plate, stashed under a pool-side table.

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Cancer activist's bold approach seems to be working

Cancer activist's bold approach seems to be working

CHICAGO - Lindsay Avner is no shrinking violet. She's a bright pink whirlwind, with a closet full of dresses cut from that very color and a cancer-fighting organization she named for it.

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Comic book collector learns fine art of letting go

Comic book collector learns fine art of letting go

Jose Alaniz spent about a week sorting and packing each comic book - carefully, lovingly. There were 12 boxes of them, comics he'd collected since his mother bought him his first one at age 6.

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Secret Santas spread cheer anonymously

The gold coins have arrived in much the same manner every year for the past four years: An anonymous donor dropped each one into a Salvation Army kettle somewhere in Fort Myers, Fla.

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Gen Xers, feeling taken for granted, eager to change jobs, even careers

They're antsy and edgy, tired of waiting for promotion opportunities at work as their elders put off retirement. A good number of them are just waiting for the economy to pick up so they can hop to the next job, find something more fulfilling and get what they think they deserve. Oh, and the…

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Young workers pressing employers for wider Web access

Ryan Tracy thought he'd entered the Dark Ages when he graduated from college and arrived in the working world.

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More adult children support cash-strapped parents

Sue Martin does her best to be a dutiful and loving daughter.

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Survey: Nearly every kid a video gamer

CHICAGO — Katherine Graden doesn’t really like shoot-’em-up video games. She prefers games on her Wii system that test her fitness and agility — the ones her guy friends tease are her “sissy games.”

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Auto-safety group calling on states to raise age for driving

Auto-safety group calling on states to raise age for driving

CHICAGO — Taking aim at a long-standing rite of passage for 16-year-olds, an influential auto-safety group is calling on states to raise the age for getting a driver's license to 17 or even 18.

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Summer-camp reversal: Parents now the sad ones

CHICAGO — Eve Pidgeon watched the large group of kids, many of them laughing and chatting excitedly as they boarded a bus for summer sleepaway camp last summer.

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McCain hopes to attract young voters

CHICAGO — He's a Republican, for starters. He describes himself as "older than dirt." And he makes no apology for an Iraq war that is especially unpopular on college campuses.

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2,500 educators punished for sex abuse in last 5 years

A young teacher in Iowa sheepishly admits that he fondled a fifth-grader's breast. But he doesn't lose his teaching license until one persistent victim and her family go public — 40 years after the first accusation.

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Grieving turn to Internet to share tributes, memories, anger

CHICAGO — Horrible, real-world happenings are unfolding almost simultaneously in the virtual world, as Virginia Tech students and people from all over the world gather online to grieve and vent.

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'Dad, what's wrong?' This: Mommy is dying

'Dad, what's wrong?' This: Mommy is dying

GRAYSLAKE, Ill. — Seven-year-old Nicholas Chamernik had rarely seen his parents cry. So he was worried when he looked up one evening to see his father wiping away tears.

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