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College Board Breaks Out Red Pen For SAT Corrections

Decades-Old Case Looms Large In Defeated Civil Rights Nomination

Kerry And Russian Diplomat Talk Crimea In Paris

Kremlin Tells Reporters Not To Believe Their Eyes In Crimea

Splinters From Syria Reach Iraqi Kurds

They'll need new prep books.

Optional Essay, And Other Changes Coming To The SAT

The essay is optional. Scores will return to 1,600. And there'll be no penalties if you answer something incorrectly: Those are the big takeaways from the changes announced today to the SAT.

The College Board said Wednesday that the revisions, the first updates to the college entrance exam since 2005, will take effect in 2016.

Other changes announced: Certain vocabulary words will be dropped in favor of those more commonly used in school and at work, and test-takers will have the option to take the SAT on a computer.

Rebecca Gonzalez searches for a location for an election sign at an early voting polling site Feb. 18 in San Antonio, Texas.

How To Pick A Candidate In Texas: Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe

Jim Hogan thanks God for his victory in a statewide Texas primary election on Tuesday. His campaign clearly had little to do with it.

Hogan paid his filing fee and then did essentially nothing else.

"Not being a politician, I didn't want to spend money," he says. "I didn't buy any mailers or yard signs. I think it's a waste to spend a lot of money on these politics."

Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) say the video shows an Iranian shipment bound for Gaza.

Israel Says It's Seized Iranian Arms Shipment Bound For Gaza

The Israeli military claims to have seized a ship carrying advanced Iranian-made weaponry bound for Gaza.

The Israel Defense Forces "intercepted an attempt to smuggle an Iranian shipment of advanced weaponry intended for terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip. The operation took place in the early hours of Wednesday morning," the IDF said in a statement on its website.

Debo Adegbile, shown at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2009 when he was an attorney with the Legal Defense and Educational Fund of the NAACP.

Senate Blocks Obama's Nominee For Civil Rights Job

Eight Senate Democrats, including Majority Leader Harry Reid, joined Republicans in a vote to block President Obama's nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.

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The i8, which has the optional laser headlights, will be on sale in Europe this summer. BMW is working with the U.S. Department of Transportation to get it approved for a U.S. release.

Automakers Eye Laser Lights To Let Drivers See Farther At Night

In our Weekly Innovation series, we pick an interesting idea, design or product that you may not know about yet. Do you have an innovation to share? Use our form.

If you thought LED headlights were bright enough, automakers are looking ahead to even more powerful beams using lasers.

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