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Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., jokes during the the National Press Club’s Centennial Spelling Bee, which pitted lawmakers against journalists.

Shenanigans first got Sen. Jeff Flake in trouble, but it was malfeasance that finally got the Arizona Republican booted. Read more»

Arizona teens Christopher O’Connor and Samuel Yeager, contestants 5 and 6 of 281 students from every state and several foreign countries competing in the National Spelling Bee in the Washington suburbs.

Tucson seventh-grader Christopher O’Connor did not think he would make it past the state competition, much less hear his name called as a semifinalist in the National Spelling Bee. “It felt surreal,” Christopher, 13, said Wednesday after advancing past the preliminary rounds of the competition in the Washington suburbs. Read more»

Sumaita Mulk, 13, is comforted by her father and a family friend after she was eliminated from the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the sixth round for failing to correctly spell 'quatuor.'

Sumaita Mulk was one of 21 students left standing in the sixth round of the National Spelling Bee on Thursday when she met her match – the word “quatour,” a French word for a quartet. Read more»

Goodyear student Sumaita Mulk, 13, reacts after learing that she had advanced to the group of 50 students who will compete in the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

A Goodyear teen advanced to the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee with 50 other spellers Wednesday, outlasting 228 students in the first three rounds of competition near Washington, D.C. Read more»