Clearwater Mills LLC

It looks like a cross between an old grain mill, a covered wagon and a spaceship: a giant, solar-powered wheel that sucks in bags, bottles and other detritus from Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

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The smiling spouse, kids and a dog once made for a perfect campaign ad. But politicians are increasingly turning to their parents to help them make the pitch to voters.

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Education Secretary Arne Duncan announces new measures for ensuring that students with disabilities are making progress.

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Stephanie Joyce for NPR

The United States has lots of coal, but most of it is buried far underground. A new method can extract it, but the environmental costs might prove too high for nearby landowners.

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The House Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing Tuesday to address the influx of unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America.

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