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For the last two years, Chicago college and career coach Alana Mbanza has raffled off tickets to prom for students who've submitted their FAFSA.

The School Where Everyone Fills Out The FAFSA

All this week we've been talking about the importance of applying for financial aid, the difficulty of doing so and what can be done to make it simpler.

Apple To Replace AT&T In Dow Jones Industrial Average

Updated at 9:49 a.m. ET

Apple is in. AT&T is out. That's the word from the Dow Jones industrial average this morning.

The tech giant will replace the telecom giant after the close of trading on March 18, the S&P Dow Jones Indices said in a statement. The change is effective March 19.

Job applicant Rafael Ferrer, 49, (left) greets a representative of the Hilton Bentley Miami Beach hotel during a job fair at the Hospitality Institute in January.

Nearly 300K New Jobs In February; Unemployment Dips To 5.5 Percent

The U.S. economy added 295,000 jobs last month, according to the Labor Department's monthly survey, and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent. The latest strong data beat expectations and follow a robust jump the previous month — a sign that the nation's economy is finally picking up steam.

Astronomers have known about Ceres for centuries, but they don't really know what to make of it.

NASA Probe Reaches Orbit Around Dwarf Planet

Updated at 9:45 a.m. ET.

This morning, a plucky NASA spacecraft has entered the orbit of one of the oddest little worlds in our solar system.

Ceres is round like a planet, but really small. Its total surface would cover just a third of the United States.

In Boston, more than nearly 9 feet of snow this winter has kept shoppers out of stores, putting a strain on the local economy.

Boston Economy Will Escape Big Freeze Of Historic Snowstorms

Nearly 9 feet of snow has fallen on Boston this winter — most of it in February — closing workplaces for days and leaving commuters stranded.

"I've been working from home for the past couple of days because I can't get to work," says Christopher Clickner, an insurance agent. "It's been taking me an hour-and-a-half sitting here to try to catch a bus, and it just hasn't worked at all."

Spider Martin's most well-known photograph, <em>Two Minute Warning,</em> shows marchers facing a line of state troopers in Selma moments before police beat the protestors on March 7, 1965. The day became known as Bloody Sunday.

Photographer Helped Expose Brutality Of Selma's 'Bloody Sunday'

Note to our readers: This report contains some strong racial language.

This month Selma, Ala., will mark the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday." That's the day police beat demonstrators attempting to march to Montgomery in support of voting rights. Some of the most iconic images of that day were captured by a white photographer — the late Spider Martin.

U.S. taxpayers have poured $30 billion into funding electronic records systems in hospitals and doctors' offices since 2009. But most of those systems still can't talk to each other, which makes transfer of medical information tough.

Sharing Patient Records Is Still A Digital Dilemma For Doctors

Technology entrepreneur Jonathan Bush says he was recently watching a patient move from a hospital to a nursing home. The patient's information was in an electronic medical record, or EMR. And getting the patient's records from the hospital to the nursing home, Bush says, wasn't exactly drag and drop.

"These two guys then type — I kid you not — the printout from the brand new EMR into their EMR, so that their fax server can fax it to the bloody nursing home," Bush says.

One possible result in the Mighty Mini Mammals division of 2015's Mammal March Madness tournament. If the species that's seeded highest always wins its bracket, the fennec fox will leave the division and advance to the final four.

Could A Quokka Beat A Numbat? Oddsmakers Say Yes

It's March, and that means college basketball fans are gearing up for the NCAA tournament. But there's another tournament taking place this month — and animals aren't the mascots, they're the competitors.

"Mammal March Madness" is organized by a team of evolutionary biologists. They choose 65 animal competitors and then imagine the outcome of a series of simulated inter-species battles. Who would win if a kangaroo took on a warthog? Or if an orca fought a polar bear?

This 2000 photo provided by the Ventura County Sheriff's Office shows a man identified as Charley Saturmin Robinet after his arrest for robbery. Robinet was a stolen identity. The man was identified this week as Charley Leundeu Keunang.

Coroner Identifies Homeless Man On Skid Row Killed By LAPD

A homeless man shot and killed in a confrontation with police has been identified by the Los Angeles County coroner's office as 43-year-old Charley Leundeu Keunang. Relatives confirmed his identity. He is believed to originally be from Cameroon.

Keunang was shot and killed by LAPD officers Sunday on skid row, which is home to thousands of people with mental illness and substance abuse problems.

Actor Harrison Ford attends the 12th Annual "Living Legends of Aviation" at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on in January.

Actor Harrison Ford Injured In Plane Crash; Son Says He's OK

The actor Harrison Ford crash-landed a small vintage plane on a golf course in the Los Angeles area on Thursday, TMZ, the Los Angeles Times and Variety are reporting.

The Times reports that Ford was taken from the scene by ambulance.

During a televised press briefing, Asst. Chief Patrick Butler, of the Los Angeles Fire Department, said the man on the plane suffered "moderate trauma" but was "alert and conscious."

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