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National Education Poll Shows Opposition To Standards, Support For Charters

National Education Poll Shows Opposition To Standards, Support For Charters

(MCT) — Results of a national poll released Wednesday show that many Americans are opposed to the newly implemented Common Core standards. Similarly, the 46th Annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll gauging public attitudes toward public schools and other education issues, showed strong support for charter schools, even though many people surveyed had misconceptions about how […]

Fired Nuclear Whistleblower Wins Reinstatement Order

(MCT) — The U.S. Labor Department ordered the reinstatement of an environmental specialist at the former nuclear weapons complex at Hanford, Wash., saying she had been wrongfully fired. Shelly Doss, an employee of Washington River Protection Solutions, was fired in October 2011 after she had reported federal and state environmental violations at a cleanup site […]

Wasserman Schultz Visits Hobby Lobby Store — To Urge A Boycott

Wasserman Schultz Visits Hobby Lobby Store — To Urge A Boycott

DAVIE, Fla. (MCT) — Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, stopped at a Hobby Lobby store in her district on Wednesday — not to pick up some craft supplies for one of her kids’ school projects, but to alert people to the store’s existence and urge people not […]

Mexico Calls 2012 Attack On U.S. Embassy Vehicle A ‘Crass Error’

MEXICO CITY (MCT) — A 2012 incident in which Mexican federal police raked an armored U.S. Embassy vehicle with gunfire was the result of a “crass error” in judgment by the officers but was not an ambush ordered by organized crime, the nation’s top security czar said Wednesday. In the Aug. 24, 2012, incident, federal […]

CHP Officer Videotaped Punching Woman Could Face ‘Serious Charges’

CHP Officer Videotaped Punching Woman Could Face ‘Serious Charges’

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — The California Highway Patrol announced Wednesday that one of its officers faces “potentially serious charges” for repeatedly punching a woman in the head along the 10 Freeway in July, an incident that was caught on video and posted to YouTube, causing widespread outrage. In addition to turning its internal investigation over […]

Establishment GOP Candidate Defeats Tea Party Opponent In Alaska Race

Establishment GOP Candidate Defeats Tea Party Opponent In Alaska Race

(MCT) — In one of the final primary-season fights between battling Republicans, former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan defeated Tea Party favorite Joe Miller to seize the party’s nomination for a much-desired U.S. Senate seat. Sullivan will take on Democrat Mark Begich, a first-term incumbent who glided to his party’s nomination. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, […]

Supreme Court Blocks Ruling That Would Have Allowed Gay Marriages In Virginia

Supreme Court Blocks Ruling That Would Have Allowed Gay Marriages In Virginia

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked a court order that would have allowed gay marriages in Virginia to begin Thursday, adding to the likelihood the justices will decide the issue themselves in the coming term. The brief order by the court contained no explanation for its rationale, but it was not […]

Can Technology Help Military Veterans Readjust To Civilian Life?

Can Technology Help Military Veterans Readjust To Civilian Life?

With military and veterans’ suicides near record levels in recent years, a free iPhone app is designed to help vets find each other, as well as nearby health centers, emergency care and other critical services. Still in the testing mode, it chiefly focuses on Los Angeles for now.

Lawmakers May Close Loophole That Encourages Businesses To Flee U.S.

Lawmakers May Close Loophole That Encourages Businesses To Flee U.S.

Lawmakers are expected to return from their August recess with proposals to close a loophole that allows companies like Pennsylvania’s Mylan Pharmaceuticals to avoid paying Uncle Sam by acquiring foreign competitors and reincorporating in countries with low or no corporate tax obligations.

Islamic State Posts Video Of Beheading Of U.S. Journalist, Warns Obama To Halt Strikes

Islamic State Posts Video Of Beheading Of U.S. Journalist, Warns Obama To Halt Strikes

WASHINGTON (MCT) — In a savage response to U.S. strikes on its fighters in northern Iraq, the Islamic State posted a video Wednesday showing the beheading of an American photojournalist, and it threatened to execute a second U.S. captive if President Barack Obama didn’t halt the attacks. The slaying of James Foley, 40, and the […]

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