Stellar spellers get stumped by written test

Two South Florida eighth graders — Jack Benveniste-Plitt, 14, from Surfside, and Trishala Kumar, 13, from Miramar —survived the first three rounds of the national spelling bee, only to get stymied by a difficult written test.


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Washington farmers are dumping unprofitable apples

Nearly $100 million worth of apples that cannot be sold have been dumped into fields across central Washington, the nation’s most productive apple region. The apples are being left to rot and compost in the hot sun, an unusual occurrence for an industry that has found ways to market ever-growing crops.