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Obama encouraging limits on standardized student tests

Posted 10/26/2015 in National

Addressing one of education's most divisive issues, President Barack Obama on Saturday called for capping standardized testing at 2 percent of classroom time and said the government shares responsibility for turning tests into the be-all and end-all of American schools.

 

For sluggish Bush, some backers fret it may soon be too late

Posted 10/26/2015 in National

For months, Jeb Bush's campaign insisted it was too early.

 

Carson: Can a man of great surgical skill lead a nation?

Posted 10/26/2015 in National

Ben Carson is the only 2016 candidate for president who has never led a state or company or run for political office. No matter, he says. Surely someone who can perform life-or-death surgeries can run the country.

 

AP-GfK Poll: Republicans say Trump tops list of electable

Posted 10/26/2015 in National

A majority of Republican voters view only four of their party's presidential contenders as potential general election winners, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that reflects the sustained strength of the GOP's outsider candidates.

 

Trail hiker pleads guilty to wire fraud in embezzling case

Posted 10/25/2015 in National

A Kentucky accountant who spent much of six years as a fugitive hiking the Appalachian Trail pleaded guilty Friday to a wire fraud count and agreed to pay back money embezzled in an $8.7 million case.

Carter: Soldier heroically entered Kurdish-IS firefight

Posted 10/25/2015 in National

The U.S. soldier fatally wounded in a hostage rescue mission in Iraq heroically inserted himself into a firefight to defend Kurdish soldiers, even though the plan called for the Kurds to do the fighting, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday.

 

Ryan prepares to ascend to speaker

Posted 10/25/2015 in National

The honeymoon might be over before it even begins for House Speaker-in-waiting Paul Ryan when he is elevated to the top job this coming week.

 

 

Democrats to stay on Benghazi panel -- for now

Posted 10/25/2015 in National

Democrats on the House Benghazi committee said Friday they are staying -- for now -- on the Republican-led panel, despite calling it a "fishing expedition to derail" Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential bid.

 

 

Colorado theater shooter James Holmes assaulted in prison

Posted 10/25/2015 in National

Officials say an inmate assaulted theater shooter James Holmes and a security officer at the Colorado State Penitentiary.

 

 

Pentagon: American killed in raid to free Iraqis held by IS

Posted 10/23/2015 in National

Acting on word of an "imminent mass execution" by Islamic State militants, dozens of U.S. special operations troops and Iraqi forces raided a northern Iraqi compound Thursday, freeing approximately 70 Iraqi prisoners in an operation that saw the first American killed in combat in the country since the U.S. campaign against IS began in 2014, officials said.

 

Police officer's slaying puts 'drug courts' under scrutiny

Posted 10/23/2015 in National

Arrested in a 19-person drug sweep, Tyrone Howard was one of only three who got sent to drug court, which offered him treatment instead of prison.

 

Chafee ends his presidential campaign

Posted 10/23/2015 in National

Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced Friday he would end his quixotic Democratic presidential campaign after failing to gain traction against Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

 

Clinton done, Democrats hint they may quit Benghazi panel

Posted 10/23/2015 in National

House Democrats are signaling they may quit a Republican-led committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks after Hillary Rodham Clinton endured a grueling interrogation by GOP lawmakers at a marathon congressional hearing.

 

As incentive to vote, 1 Philadelphia resident will win $10K

Posted 10/23/2015 in National

Philadelphia voters now have extra incentive to go to the polls: They could win $10,000.

 

 

Ryan pledges 'clean slate' as he seeks job of House Speaker

Posted 10/23/2015 in National

Rep. Paul Ryan, on his way to becoming speaker of the House and second in line to the presidency, says Congress must change its ways.

 

 

Mexico's Pacific Coast braces for monster Hurricane Patricia

Posted 10/23/2015 in National

Residents of a stretch of Mexico's Pacific Coast dotted with resorts and fishing villages boarded up homes and bought supplies ahead of Friday's arrival of Hurricane Patricia, a monster Category 5 storm that forecasters warned could be catastrophic.

 

 

Despite US-led campaign, Islamic State rakes in oil earnings

Posted 10/23/2015 in National

The Islamic State rakes in up to $50 million a month from selling crude from oilfields under its control in Iraq and Syria.

 

 

Authorities: 1 killed, 3 wounded in Tennessee State shooting

Posted 10/23/2015 in National

One man was killed and three women were wounded in an on-campus shooting stemming from a fight over a dice game on the campus of Tennessee State University, police said today.

 

 

Obama defends Black Lives Matter movement

Posted 10/23/2015 in National

Defending the Black Lives Matter movement, President Barack Obama said Thursday the protests are giving voice to a problem happening only in African-American communities, adding, "We, as a society, particularly given our history, have to take this seriously."

 

 

Donald Trump moving in on Bush, Rubio turf in Florida

Posted 10/23/2015 in National

Floridians know two of the Republicans presidential candidates very well: Jeb Bush led the state as a two-term governor and Marco Rubio has been a senator since 2011.

 

 

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