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Tent cities are cropping up in American cities at the fastest pace in a generation, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless, which says that nearly 61 percent of local and state coalitions report a rise in homelessness since the foreclosure crisis began in 2007.

A shift away from heavy emphasis on SAT and ACT scores in the college admissions process is advocated by a special panel convened by the National Association of College Admis-sions Counseling, which is releasing its study at the group's annual meeting in Seattle this week. The panel supports more attention to high school grades in pre-

college courses as a predictor of college success.

Investigators are interviewing six minors temporarily placed in Arkansas state custody following a weekend raid of a ministry complex suspected of child pornography activities, officials said Sunday. The courts will decide how long the children, thought to be 12- to 14-year-old girls, will be held during the probe of the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries in rural Fouke, Ark. Alamo is a convicted tax evader.

Babe Ruth's daughter helped close down Yankee Stadium Sunday by handling the ceremonial first-pitch honors for the Yankees' last game in "The House That Ruth Built." The team, which averted playoff elimination at least for a night by defeating Baltimore, will move into a brand new $1.3 billion ballpark across the street in 2009, also to be called Yankee Stadium.

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