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WSUV grad student receives Fulbright to study in Switzerland

Growing up in Florida, Eric Dexter was the only kid in his class who didn’t want to become a marine biologist. He barely graduated from high school. No one in his family had ever gone to college or traveled outside the country.

Obama in Washington to see mudslide damage

OSO — Swooping over a landscape of unspeakable sadness and death, President Barack Obama took an aerial tour Tuesday of the place where more than three dozen people perished in a mudslide last month. He pledged a nation’s solidarity with those who are enduring “unimaginable pain and difficulty” in the aftermath of the destruction.

Obama facing Asian allies growing uncertain of U.S. commitment

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s trip to Asia brings him face-to-face with allies who have grown uncertain about his commitment to the region.

WSUV grad student receives Fulbright to study in Switzerland

Growing up in Florida, Eric Dexter was the only kid in his class who didn’t want to become a marine biologist. He barely graduated from high school. No one in his family had ever gone to college or traveled outside the country.

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Acts of bravery emerge from sunken ferry crew

MOKPO, South Korea — As the ferry sank, some crew members gave their lifejackets to passengers. One refused to leave until she shepherded students off the ship, and was later found dead. Others worked from rescue boats to break windows with hammers and pull people trapped in cabins to safety.

Storm topples RVs near Mississippi's Gulf coast

GAUTIER, Miss. — A storm barreled through Mississippi Gulf Coast communities, leaving about a dozen damaged or destroyed RV trailers at one campground Tuesday amid downed trees and power lines.

Report : Salmonella cases down in 2011

NEW YORK — The government’s latest report card on food poisoning in 2011 shows a dip in salmonella cases but an increase in illnesses from bacteria in raw shellfish. The report counts cases in only 10 states for some of the most common causes of foodborne illness, but is believed to be a good indicator of national food poisoning trends. Highlights from Thursday’s report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include:

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