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Obama touts tech plan for schools

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Obama touts tech plan for schools

Visiting an innovative Maryland middle school where each child has a tablet computer, President Barack Obama spoke Tuesday about his plan to give 20 million more students access to high-speed Internet connections at the nation's schools and libraries.

Obama announced that the Federal Communications Commission will dedicate $2 billion and that several private companies — including Apple, Verizon, Sprint and Microsoft — have committed $750 million to help bring some of the technological opportunities provided at Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, Md., to schools across the country.

Obama said he hopes that 99 percent of U.S. students will have high-speed access to the Internet within five years, something his administration has called a "foundation for a transformation in the classroom."

"In a country where we expect free Wi-Fi with our coffee, we should demand it in our schools," Obama told a cheering crowd after he toured a seventh-grade math class where students were using desktop computers and iPads to study the Mars rover.

Anchorage, Alaska

Voters to decide on legalization of pot

Enough petition signatures have been verified to place an initiative seeking to legalize marijuana on the ballot this summer in Alaska, election officials said Tuesday.

Voters in Colorado and Washington state legalized marijuana last year, and the language of the Alaska initiative is similar to the Colorado measure.

Elsewhere

Russia: U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul, the architect of President Barack Obama's effort to reset American relations with Russia, said Tuesday he will leave his post at the conclusion of the Olympics to return to Stanford University as a professor. He has been ambassador for two years.

Ukraine: Ukrainian opposition leaders warned Tuesday that tempers are heating up and the president must take action to resolve the country's protracted political crisis.

Pakistan: Government representatives failed to appear Tuesday for the scheduled start of peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban, forcing a postponement.

Times wires

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