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Top Stories: U.S. Test Scores Dip; Bolshoi Acid Attack

Good morning, here are our early stories:

-- U.S. High School Students Slide In Math, Reading, Science.

-- Six-Year Jail Term For Dancer In Bolshoi Acid Attack.

And here are other early headlines:

New York Commuter Train Was Speeding When It Derailed. ( New York Times)

Biden In Japan, Concerned Over China's New Air Defense Zone. ( BBC)

Federal Judge To Rule On Detroit Bankruptcy Proceedings. ( Detroit Free Press)

Illinois Lawmakers To Vote On Controversial Pension Changes. ( WLS-TV)

Huge Blackout Darkens Much Of Venezuela, Including The Capital. ( Reuters)

Thai Police Pull Back, Protesters Enter Government Buildings. ( VOA)

Unclaimed Million Dollar Florida Lotto Ticket About To Expire. ( AP)

Alleged Joyrider Wanted To Steal Seattle Ferry For His Birthday. ( Post-Intelligencer)

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Korva Coleman is a newscaster for NPR.