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Senator-elect Cory Gardner of Colorado delivers his victory speech to supporters during a GOP election night gathering. Gardner appealed to moderates and unaffiliated voters.

The GOP Takes Heart From Colorado, But Still Faces 2016 Hurdles

Colorado is one of the battleground states where Republicans made big gains this week. Republicans in the state believe they now have momentum going into the 2016 presidential election.

But the GOP has suffered some punishing losses there lately, owing in part to the state's changing demographics. That trend may still be a big factor in 2016.

The last time Republicans won a U.S. Senate seat here was when Wayne Allard was re-elected in 2002. Back then, Congressman and now Senator-elect Cory Gardner was a young staffer working behind the scenes for Allard.

Kenneth Bae, an American tour guide and missionary detained in North Korea, was serving a 15-year sentence. Bae was released on Saturday, nearly two years after his arrest.

Two Americans Held In North Korea Are Released

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Americans Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, held for months in North Korea, have been freed, U.S. officials say.

Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi meet on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Beijing on Friday. Beijing and Washington backed an anti-corruption pact.

Asia-Pacific Nations Agree To Go After Corruption

Nations attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing have agreed to cooperate on the extradition of corrupt officials, a move backed by the U.S. and pushed by China, which has been on a drive to clean up bribery and money laundering in its Communist Party.

Secretary of State John Kerry, who is attending the 21-member APEC meeting, described the agreement as "a major step forward."

Five Great Teachers On What Makes A Great Teacher

When we began our 50 Great Teachers series, we set out to find great teachers and tell their stories. But we'll also be exploring over the coming year questions about what it means for a teacher to be great, and how they get that way.

To get us started, we gathered an expert roundtable of educators who've also done a lot of thinking about teaching. Combined, these teachers are drawing on over 150 years of classroom experience:

Mexico's Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam addresses a news conference in Mexico City on Friday. He announced the arrest of three suspects in the brutal slaying of 43 students in the country's south.

Mexican Authorities: Drug Traffickers Confess To Killing 43 Students

Mexican authorities says drug gang members have confessed to killing 43 students from a teachers college in the country's south and described a grisly disposal of the bodies — burning them on a pyre and then pulverizing teeth and bones to prevent the remains from being identified.

Rice Case Could Force Changes In NFL Discipline

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Still Unknown In Virgin Space Crash: How Pilot Got Out

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Catalonia Readies For Sunday's Independence Vote

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Rudin: Tuesday's GOP Win Feels Like Its Biggest Ever

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<em>Radio Glasnost</em> host Ilona Marenbach in West Berlin 1987. In the final years of the Cold War, the program received cassette recordings from dissidents in East Berlin and broadcast them back to the eastern part of the city.

The Cold War Broadcast That Gave East German Dissidents A Voice

When Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev called for glasnost and perestroika (openness and restructuring) in the communist world in the 1980s, East German leaders resisted. But grass-roots opposition groups in East Germany saw an opening.

There was a forum for critical, public debate in the Protestant church, which had a degree of independence from the officially atheist East German state.

Dissident voices also spread via samizdat – the process of making copies of censored or subversive written material however possible, often by hand.