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Registered nurse Marion Smith fills out paperwork at the Washington Hospital Center. Ms. Smith is a clinical specialist in the Medical Oncology Unit. The No. 1 reason why qualified students are turned away from nursing programs in the U.S. is a lack of college faculty to teach them, researchers say.

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY PRATIK SHAH/THE WASHINGTON TIMES Registered nurse Kudi Asafa checks a patient Monday at the Washington Hospital Center in Northwest. Ms. Asafa, a clinical specialist living in the District, works in the Cardiac Services Unit. The economic downturn of the past few years has only temporarily eased the nation's shortage of nurses.

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Yemeni Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi said Monday that President Saleh, in Saudi Arabia for medical treatment, would return soon. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Soldiers chant slogans and wave their national flag in Sanaa, Yemen, on Sunday as they celebrate with demonstrators the departure of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Thousands of celebrants jammed the capital after the country's authoritarian leader flew to Saudi Arabia to receive medical treatment for wounds he suffered in a rocket attack.

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Yemeni anti-government protesters spray foam and wave their national flags in Sanaa, Yemen, on Sunday, June 5, 2011, as they celebrate President Ali Abdullah Saleh's departure to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

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Washington Nationals' Brian Bixler (43) high fives teammate Ian Desmond (6) after scoring on an RBI triple by Roger Bernadina during the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Nationals won 6-1 behind seven strong innings from Jordan Zimmermann. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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Laura Newcombe, 12, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada makes a face while spelling a word at the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee semifinals on Thursday, June 2, 2011 at the Gaylord National in Oxon Hill, Md. She is one of 13 spellers who advanced to tonight's final round. The winner will receive $30,000. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Laura Newcombe, 12, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada makes a face while spelling a word at the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee semifinals on Thursday, June 2, 2011 at the Gaylord National in Oxon Hill, Md. She is one of 13 spellers who advanced to tonight's final round. The winner will receive $30,000. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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A spring vegetable salad and a grilled steak are ready for eating. Portions of the salad can be placed on the grill. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS John Shafer (right), a World War II Air Force pilot and founder of Shafer Vineyards, visits with Harry Chiarello, a resident of the Veterans Home of California, Yountville, and father of celebrity chef Michael Chiarello, as the vintner serves his 2008 merlot to residents.

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A World War II portrait of Mr. Shafer is displayed next to bottles of his vineyard's merlot, which he donated and poured as part of the Vintners for Veterans program.

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People walk past storm damage a day after a tornado struck in Springfield, Mass., on June 2, 2011. (Associated Press)

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This undated handout image provided by the Agriculture Department shows the department's new healthy eating symbol: My Plate. The Agriculture Department says its new healthy eating symbol — called "My Plate" — will show Americans that nutrition doesn't have to be complicated. (AP Photo/Agriculture Department)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Nationals left-hander John Lannan allowed no earned runs over 5 1/3 innings in Wednesday's 2-1 win.

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COURTESY OF R.U. SIRIUS "There's a certain alertness to the science fictional nature of current reality," says R.U. Sirius.COURTESY OF R.U. SIRIUS "There's a certain alertness to the science fictional nature of current reality," says R.U. Sirius.ASSOCIATED PRESS "X-Men: First Class" opens in theaters this weekend with Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto.

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COURTESY OF R.U. SIRIUS "There's a certain alertness to the science fictional nature of current reality," says R.U. Sirius.

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The press seems relish the idea of a cat fight between tea party "darlings" Sarah Palin (left) and Rep. Michele Bachmann for the Republican nomination. Or how about a ticket with the two of them? (Associated Press)

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Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, captured in 2003, is one of five terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba facing military trials related to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. (Associated Press)

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Blood "traders" - often from Bulgaria's Gypsy minority who offer a paid blood donor service, wait near the National Center for Hematology and Transfusion in Sofia. (Associated Press)

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Blood units are prepared for storage at the National Center for Hematology and Transfusion in Sofia, Bulgaria. It's a grim reality for patients and families the struggling EU nation where donors are troublingly scarce, hospitals are strapped for funds and blood traders are thriving. (Associated Press)