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Md. County Wipes Holiday Names From School Calendar

Move follows push to recognize Muslim holidays

(Newser) - When Muslim community members sought to have their holidays recognized by a Maryland school district, board members decided instead to stop identifying any holidays at all. On next year's Montgomery County School District calendar, you won't see Christmas or Yom Kippur, the Washington Post reports. Kids will still... More »

Americans Work Hard, But Their Kids Are Lazy

(Newser) - Americans may jaw about their grueling work weeks and meager vacations, but their kids? While European and Asian children are logging in long school days and pounding out homework, US students are taking time off, the Economist reports. With one of the world's shortest school weeks and longest summers—which... More »

Just in Time for Holidays: No Job

Families struggle to save traditions on Tiny Tim budgets

(Newser) - Few things ruin the holidays like losing a job. Yet that's what's happening to thousands of Americans just as they were planning to treat friends and families to gifts and holiday gatherings. The turnaround is excruciating as families struggle to save traditions on extremely tight budgets, reports the New York ... More »

Flu Closes Hong Kong Schools

'Precautionary measure' sends half a million kids home for two weeks

(Newser) - Over half a million children in Hong Kong are starting their Easter holiday early today after a flu outbreak led the government to order schools to close, AP reports. All kindergartens and primary schools in the densely populated territory will be shut down for two full weeks. Three children have... More »

Vomiting Bug Still Has UK on Its Knees

Nasty norovirus has now hit 3M; cases could spike again

(Newser) - A vicious bug that causes days of vomiting and diarrhea continues to wreak havoc in the UK, striking down 3 million Brits so far this winter, the Telegraph reports. Experts warn that with many returning to school and work after the holidays this week, the norovirus, which is potentially deadly... More »

Market Rises on Strong Jobs Report

September stats strong, August losses revised to gains

(Newser) - Stocks surged this morning after a highly anticipated jobs report came back reassuringly strong, with 110,000 US workers gaining jobs in September. At the same time, the upsetting August jobs loss—which fueled rampant recession fears—was revised to a gain of 89,000. Growth exceeded expectations among economists... More »

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