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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 2016 presidential election. Concerns ranging from 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 has investigated the source of the chant. The national SAE did not immediately respond to … 0

Governor signs law making Utah only state with firing squad

Monday, March 23, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah became the only state to allow firing squads for executions Monday when Gov. Gary Herbert signed a law approving the method’s use when no lethal injection drugs are available. Herbert has said he … 0

US oil drillers scrambling to thwart OPEC threat

Monday, March 23, 2015

NEW YORK — OPEC and lower global oil prices delivered a one-two punch to the drillers in North Dakota and Texas who brought the U.S. one of the biggest booms in the history of the global oil industry. … 0

Nation/World Briefs

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Wis. voter-ID law stands as U.S. high court rejects appeal WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for Wisconsin to implement a voter-identification law that opponents say is one of the strictest in the nation. Rejecting … 0

U.S. raises doubts about Netanyahu

Sunday, March 22, 2015

JERUSALEM — The U.S. ambassador to Israel said on Israeli radio Sunday that if it’s impossible to reach a negotiated peace deal with the Palestinians as long as Benjamin Netanyahu is prime minister, a question arises: “If negotiations are impossible, what other steps can be taken? Netanyahu said … 0

For many, fat stigma makes obesity smell foul

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Experimental subjects who were tricked into thinking they should smell something reported they smelled less pleasant odors when they viewed pictures of overweight and obese people than when they looked at trim people individuals, new research has found. … 0

Aden: Refuge, target

Sunday, March 22, 2015

ADEN, Yemen — This port city, perched on an extinct volcano protruding into the Arabian Sea on Yemen’s far southern edge, has become perhaps the last refuge of the country’s embattled president, and it feels like now all … 0

‘Completely innocent’

Sunday, March 22, 2015

KABUL, Afghanistan — As thousands of people gathered Sunday to bury a woman who was beaten and burned by an angry mob, Afghan officials said they found no proof that she had burned pages of the Koran as … 0

Going viral

Sunday, March 22, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The man wasn’t any sicker at first than many of the other patients who arrive at University of Kansas Hospital, infectious disease specialist Dana Hawkinson recalls. But he went downhill fast. Fever spiking, kidneys … 0

Confederate flag license plate at center of free speech case

Sunday, March 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — Texas commemorates the Confederacy in many ways, from an annual celebration of Confederate Heroes Day each January to monuments on the grounds of the state Capitol in Austin. Among the memorials is one that has stood … 0

More cash-strapped Americans are turning to tax refund advances

Sunday, March 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — Cash-strapped Americans anxious for tax refunds are increasingly turning to payment advances, prepaid cards or other costly services when getting tax preparation help, according to new federal data raising concerns among regulators about whether consumers are … 0