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DETROIT (AP) — All but three of Detroit's public schools are closed for the day amid a sick-out by teachers protesting funding issues at the financially struggling district. A district spokeswoman says 94 of the district's 97 schools have been closed for the day. About 46,000 students are enrolled in the district's schools. The Detroit Federation of Teachers yesterday urged its members to call out sick following an announcement that the district wouldn't have enough money to continue paying teachers this summer, or to fund summer school or special education programs, without further state funding.

GENEVA (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says intense work is underway to try to restore the cease-fire in Syria, especially in the northern city of Aleppo. Speaking in Geneva today after meeting with the U.N. envoy to Syria, Kerry said both the Syrian government and the opposition have "contributed to this chaos." But he blasted the Syrian government for unleashing what he called its "killing machine" on the people of Syria.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks have opened mostly higher at the start of a new trading week. Overseas, European shares rose today despite a poor start for the week in Asia. Tokyo's benchmark fell more than three percent as investors showed their disappointment over the lack of new stimulus from Japan's central bank.

WASHINGTON (AP) — CSX now says 16 cars were involved in a derailment in the nation's capital over the weekend, not the 15 it originally reported. CSX updated the number today following an assessment of the site. The railroad says that overnight, rail cars that were not involved in yesterday's derailment were moved away from the site along with several cars that had derailed. Ethanol from one derailed car and sodium hydroxide from another derailed car are being offloaded so that the cars can be removed from the site. The railroad says ongoing air monitoring shows no negative effect on air quality.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — A solar-powered airplane has taken off from California for Arizona, the latest leg of its journey around the world using only energy from the sun. The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 took off from Mountain View shortly after 5 a.m. today for an expected 16-hour flight to Phoenix. A Swiss pilot is at the helm of the plane that began circumnavigation the globe last year. After Phoenix, the plane will make two more stops in the United States before crossing the Atlantic.

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