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Exercise linked to good grades

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Schools around the country have been finding that active kids make smarter kids and higher test scores, according to the Star Tribune and ABC News.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a statement in 2010 that said that more physical activity for students is beneficial not only for health reasons, but also for academic benefits, according to the Star Tribune.

"There is substantial evidence that physical activity can help improve academic achievement, including grades and standardized test scores," the CDC report said, according to the Star Tribune.

For one Minnesota student, physical exercise with academics has made a world of difference in the last year. Alex Sellner, a student at a Farmington elementary school was once in a special reading program, and now is ready for placement in a gifted reading program, according to the Star Tribune.

"It's shocking to me. His test scores went up dramatically. His reading has never been this good. Whatever [Alex's teacher] doing, it's working," said Bob Sellner, Alex's father, according to the Star Tribune.

This theory is being tested by many in the medical and education communities.
A group of educators at the Medical University of South Carolina recently incorporated 40 minutes of physical education everyday while also including a learning component. After participating in the study, more students were able to score higher than before the exercise program was implemented, according to ABC News.

Deadline for filing taxes later this year

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Procrastinators this year have a couple extra days this year to file their taxes. The deadline is April 17, instead of the normal April 15 deadline, according to NPR and the Imperial Valley Press.

The reason for the delay this year is due to how the weekend and holidays fall. This year, April 15 falls on a Sunday. In addition, Monday is the District of Columbia's Emancipation Day -- a local holiday unfamiliar to most Americans. Thus, the deadline has been extended until Tuesday, April 17, according to NPR.

The IRS said it expects to receive more than 144 million individual tax returns this year, with the majority projected to be submitted by the new April 17 deadline. As of the first week of April, the IRS had already received 99 million returns, according to Imperial Valley Press.

More good news for procrastinators is that if no taxes are owed, there will be no penalties even if the paperwork is filed late, according to Imperial Valley Press.

Current TV filed a countersuit Friday against Keith Olbermann, just one day after their former employee filed his suit against the company, according to CNN and the Associated Press.

"In particular, Current seeks a determination that it is no longer obligated to pay a dime to Mr. Olbermann who, having already been paid handsomely for showing up sporadically and utterly failing to keep his end of the bargain, now seeks to be paid tens of millions more for not working at all," says the cross-complaint, which was signed by Laura W. Brill, a lawyer for Current TV, according to CNN.

Olbermann filed a suit again Current TV and its co-founders, former Vice President Al Gore and businessman Joel Hyatt, after he was ousted from the network last week.

Olbermann says he is owed $50 million to $70 million in compensation, according to his suit. The lawsuit also seeks a judgment for other unspecified monetary damages, with interest, according to CNN.

"Olbermann deeply regrets his decision to put his trust in Hyatt and Gore. Current had neither the desire nor the ability to produce a first rate news commentary show. Olbermann did not join Current to ruin his hard-won reputation and appear on a show that was an embarrassment," the lawsuit claims, according to the Associated Press.

The United States Postal Service has launched an advertising campaign to promote their new "Every Door Direct Mail," service, which is a shipping service for small business with low postage rates, according to CNN and USA Today.

The Every Door Direct Mail service is an online tool that would offer small to medium sized businesses rates as low as 14.5 cents per piece to mail advertising mail to people in a specific area, according to CNN.

"The Web tool is free and easy to use, enabling restaurants, doctors' offices and other small businesses to map their coverage areas online, so they can really zero in on the streets and neighborhoods they want to reach, said Paul Vogel, the agency's president and chief marketing and sales officer, according to USA Today.

The online service raised $153 million for the Postal Service in 2011, according to CNN.

The postal Service, which continues to lose billions of dollars each year due to the increasing popularity of internet bill-pay and email, has announced plans to close or consolidate 223 mail processing centers and eliminate up to 35,000 jobs in an effort to cut costs by $20 billion annually by 2015, according to USA Today.

"We want small businesses to make the U.S. Postal Service their shipper of choice. We are doing that by developing smart tools and product offerings that help businesses grow, both theirs and ours," said Vogel, according to USA Today.

"Home Alone" house sold for $1.6 million

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The house many have come to know as the "Home alone" house sold for almost $1.6 million Thursday, though the asking price was $2.4 million, according to CBS Chicago and Reuters.
Coldwell Banker real estate brokers said they will not identify to buyer of the Winnetka, Illinois home, according to CBS.
The previous owners, John and Cynthia Abendshien moved into the house in 1988 and were the residents of the house when the movie "Home Alone" was filmed and then released just after Thanksgiving 1990, according to CBS.
The 14-room home was placed on the market approximately 10 months ago, according to Reuters.

Hundreds of teachers to receive layoff notices

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Approximately 600 teachers in Woonsocket, Rhode Island will receive a layoff slip in the near future, according to Fox News and WPRI News.

The Woonsocket School Committee voted Wednesday to send the notices to teachers 3-2, saying the move would give the district more flexibility to handle anticipated budget cuts, according to WPRI News.

The Woonsocket Teachers Guild is asking residents of the city to stand up for the teachers.

"While not all educators receiving notices would actually be let go, giving termination notices to all teachers and paraprofessionals sends the wrong message to the community about the city's commitment to public education, Teachers Guild President Jeffrey Partington said.

Spear gun found in carry-on in New York-area airport

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A spear gun and utility knife was found in a passenger's carry-on bag at a New York-area airport, according to CNN and the TSA.

The passenger told TSA he was unaware that the weapons were prohibited in his carry-on bag after the weapons were detected and he was questioned.

The TSA released a statement saying they recognize most passengers who carry prohibited items do not have ill intent, however their officers are responsible for preventing weapons from getting through checkpoints.

"That's why our officers are trained to look beyond the ordinary to ensure that dangerous items and people are not able to board aircraft," the TSA statement said.

In the list of prohibited sports goods for carry-on bags, baseball bats, ski poles and bows and arrows are included on the list along with spear guns, according to CNN.

Eight arrested in bribery investigation

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Authorities in London arrested five employees of Britain's bestselling Sun newspaper and three civil servants Saturday on investigation of alleged bribery charges, according to CNN and The Star Tribune.

A total of 21 people have been arrested in connection with the bribery accusation, though the individuals who were arrested Saturday have not been identified by police or News Corp, according to CNN.

"I'm as shocked as anyone by today's arrests," said Dominic Mohan, Sun editor, "but am determined to lead The Sun through these difficult times," according to CNN.

The names of the people arrested Saturday were provided to the police by a management standards committee set up by Rupert Murdoch, owner of News Corp, according to the Star Tribune.

A statement made by News Corp said, "News Corporation maintains its total support to the ongoing work of the management standards committee and is committed to making certain that legitimate journalism is vigorously pursued in both the public interest and in the full compliance wit the law," according to the Star Tribune.

Britain's National Union of Journalists claimed some News International staff felt let down by managers over their cooperation with the police and stated they felt the investigation to be a witch hunt.

A North Carolina woman was tased in front of her 3-year-old daughter Saturday when she cut in line at a McDonald's drive-thru and refused to wait in line, according to ABC News and the New York Times.

Evangeline Lucca, 37, skipped the order screen at a McDonald's in Hope Mills, N.C. and went directly to the pick-up window, where she was told she should go to the end of the line by McDonald's employees, according to ABC.

Lucca refused to move from the drive-thru, holding up the line for 20 minutes before police arrived on the scene, according the New York Times.

According to the Cumberland County Sherrif's Office, Lucca was confrontational when deputies arrived, and police were forced to use a stun gun, ABC News reported.

Lucca was charged with second-degree trespassing and her daughter was taken into protective custody, according to the New York Times.

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