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From left, U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz wait to start a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and others at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland Sunday, March 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

Deadline for Iran nuke talks looms

Sunday, March 29, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Iran is considering demands for further cuts to its uranium enrichment program but is pushing back on how long it must limit technology it could use to make atomic arms, Western officials involved in the nuclear talks said Sunday. Iran’s potential movement on enrichment reflected the intense pressure to close a deal. But substantial differences between the … 0

Common Core: Q&A

Friday, March 27, 2015

By ERIC PFAHLER Scripps News Common Core State Standards began as a state-initiated effort to build consistent K-12 standards throughout the country. Though Common Core started as a bipartisan effort, the standards have evolved into a battleground issue for a sizable portion of the country and could even become an issue in the … 0

Preserving Cherokee

Friday, March 27, 2015

CHEROKEE, N.C. — Kevin Tafoya grew up hearing Cherokee all around him — his mother, a grandmother and grandfather, aunts and an uncle all spoke the language that now is teetering on the edge of extinction. Yet his mother purposely didn’t teach him. “She told us she had a hard time in school … 0

Racist chant taught on fraternity leadership cruise, university says

Friday, March 27, 2015

An investigation by the University of Oklahoma has found that the racist chant by university members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon was learned during a leadership cruise sponsored by the fraternity’s national headquarters. University President David Boren released the school’s findings Friday and asked the national fraternity if it … 0

Yemen’s Aden a key battleground in conflict

Friday, March 27, 2015

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — Yemen’s city of Aden, a vital Arabian Sea port for centuries, is emerging as a key battleground in the fight between a Saudi-led Arab coalition backing the country’s president and Shiite rebels and their … 0

Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned by Italy high court

Friday, March 27, 2015

ROME — Italy’s highest court on Friday overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend in the 2007 slaying of Knox’s roommate, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case that captivated trial-watchers on both sides … 0

Sierra Leoneans to stay home in final push to stop Ebola

Friday, March 27, 2015

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Sierra Leone’s 6 million people were told to stay home for three days beginning Friday, except for religious services, as the West African nation attempted a final push to rid itself of Ebola. Thousands … 0

Clinton tells House panel she wiped her email server clean

Friday, March 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton advised a House Select Committee on Friday that she permanently deleted all emails from the private server she used to conduct official business, apparently after she was first asked by the State Department to turn them over, the panel’s chairman … 0

State and Nation Briefs

Friday, March 27, 2015

Mass. gov. asks for snow disaster declaration BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker formally asked the federal government on Friday to declare a disaster in 10 Massachusetts counties after a relentless series of winter storms brought record snowfall and … 0

Co-pilot deliberately slams plane in Alps; families ask why

Thursday, March 26, 2015

PARIS — Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside. … 0

Crisis in Yemen

Thursday, March 26, 2015

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The collapse of Yemen’s government in the face of a rebel offensive leaves Saudi Arabia with no easy way of fulfilling a pledge to stand by its ally. Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab … 0

Indiana HIV outbreak

Thursday, March 26, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence authorized a short-term needle-exchange program and other steps Thursday to help contain the spread of HIV in a county tied to 79 new infections since January, all of them linked to intravenous … 0

US engagement in Mideast conflicts may complicate Iran nuclear talks

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The U.S. air assault in Iraq and American support for the Gulf Arab states’ attacks in Yemen are threatening to upend Washington’s difficult relationship with Iran at an especially difficult moment. With a deal to limit Iran’s controversial nuclear program possibly in view, Tehran’s cooperation is essential to … 0