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Parents Spend $400 On Extracurricular Activities, Survey Says

Parents Spend $400 On Extracurricular Activities, Survey Says

TheStreet (Aug. 14, 2014) As the back-to-school shopping season heats up, some parents overlook the unexpected expenses that arise throughout the school year. A new survey from RetailMeNot said that while the average family is expected to spend over $650 on back-to-school related costs, families will also spend almost $400 on extracurricular activities. To save money, work with your child to select a limited number of activities, to ensure they can be dedicated enough to the cause, while still having enough time for schoolwork. Your child may also be able to score a discount if they volunteer for the organization or sports league. Putting in a few extra hours here and there could result in a discounted rate. Video provided by TheStreet
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Highest Math Honor Is Awarded To A Woman For The First Time

Highest Math Honor Is Awarded To A Woman For The First Time

Newsy (Aug. 13, 2014) Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman ever to win the Fields Medal. She received this honor for her work in complex geometry. Video provided by Newsy
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California Law on Anti-Theft Switch for Smartphones Goes to Governor

California Law on Anti-Theft Switch for Smartphones Goes to Governor

TheStreet (Aug. 12, 2014) A California law which will require smartphones to have a switch allowing users to render the device inoperable when stolen is in the final approval stage. The California Senate passed the so-called kill switch measure on Monday. The bill is now being sent to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature. According to the bill's author, theft of smartphones had been growing along its popularity, and two-third of the robberies in the Bay Area involved smartphones. He said, 'Our goal is to swiftly take the wind out of the sails of thieves who have made the theft of smartphones one of the most prevalent street crimes.' If the governor signs the bill, smartphone makers like Apple and Samsung will need to notify the users when the technology becomes available. It would also require wireless carriers to check user name and passwords associated with phones that were once deactivated before the phones can be used again. Minnesota passed a similar bill earlier this year and lawmakers in New York, Illinois and Rhode Island are considering similar legislation. TheStreet's Julia Sun reports from New York. Video provided by TheStreet
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HealthMap Uses Social Media to Help Track Ebola

HealthMap Uses Social Media to Help Track Ebola

AP (Aug. 9, 2014) HealthMap.org is an infectious disease tracking system run by a group of researchers, epidemiologists and software developers at Boston Children's Hospital. The website uses information, including social media, to track how diseases spread. (Aug. 9) Video provided by AP
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