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Friday, May 26, 2017          

Controversial Study Suggests Earliest Humans Lived in Europe--Not Africa

From: CBS News
Readability Score: 12.7
Thursday, May 25, 2017          

Public To EPA On Cutting Regulations: ’No!’

From: NPR
Readability Score: 13.7
Wednesday, May 24, 2017          

Terrorist or Hero, Puerto Rican Nationalist Set to Be Freed

From: Los Angeles Times
Readability Score: 10.3
Tuesday, May 23, 2017          

After Uproar, Planned Restaurant Opts for New Name

From: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Readability Score: 10.0
Monday, May 22, 2017          

Is Grass-Fed Dairy Healthier for You?

From: MSN
Readability Score: 10.5
Friday, May 26, 2017

Man’s Wallet Returned After 13 Years

From: KING5
Readability Score: 8.3
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Fidget Spinners Are Driving Teachers Bananas and...Sorry, I Got Distracted

From: Wall Street Journal
Readability Score: 8.7
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Should Oregon Tax Bicycle Sales to Help Pay for Roads?

From: KVAL
Readability Score: 9.3
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sanctuary Bills in Maryland Faced a Surprise Foe: Legal Immigrants

From: New York Times
Readability Score: 8.8
Monday, May 22, 2017

Parents Donít Want to Name Their Kids Mike Anymore

From: Wall Street Journal
Readability Score: 7.3
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