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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

Cruz to launch White House bid today

Sunday, March 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, will announce his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination today, starting an uphill quest for a young newcomer to elective politics with a knack for picking high-profile battles but a short … 0

Starbucks nixes ‘Race Together’ idea

Sunday, March 22, 2015

SEATTLE — The cup-writing phase of the Starbucks “Race Together” campaign ended Sunday, but the coffee giant said it will continue with other aspects of its widely criticized bid to heal race relations in the U.S. In a … 0

Drone on

Sunday, March 22, 2015

FARGO, N.D. — The roar of mammoth Air Force bombers and tanker planes has long been silenced at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, but backers of the nation’s first unmanned aircraft business park say the drones are … 0

Nation/World Briefs

Monday, March 23, 2015

Singapore founder dies at 91 SINGAPORE — Lee Kuan Yew, who founded modern Singapore and was both feared for his authoritarian tactics and admired for turning the city-state into one of the world’s richest nations, died today, the … 0

Bombings in Yemeni mosques kill more than 130

Friday, March 20, 2015

ADEN, Yemen — Suicide bombers attacked a pair of mosques Friday in the Yemeni capital, unleashing monstrous blasts that ripped through worshippers and killed 137 people in the deadliest assault yet targeting Shiite rebels who have taken over … 0

Ring of light: Total eclipse over Svalbard islands in Arctic

Friday, March 20, 2015

LONGYEARBYEN, Norway — Sky-gazers looked up in awe Friday as the moon blocked the sun in a total solar eclipse that momentarily darkened a slice of northern Europe. The most spectacular viewing came on Norway’s Svalbard islands near … 0

Wild life

Monday, March 23, 2015

By STEVE JOHNSON Chicago Tribune CHICAGO — When red pandas go on exhibit for the first time at Brookfield Zoo in July, they’ll be housed around a broad tree that looks like a giant bonsai and has magical … 0

Operation to retake Tikrit from Islamic State stalls

Monday, March 23, 2015

ISTANBUL — The much ballyhooed Iraqi government operation to capture the central city of Tikrit from the Islamic State has stalled three weeks after it began, amid widespread reports that Shiite Muslim militias and the government are badly … 0

Herring rules could change as feds look to protect key fish

Monday, March 23, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — The health of the Atlantic herring — a little forage fish that lives in massive schools that can number in the billions — is critical to the future of the New England fishing industry, and … 0

FDA OKs genetically engineered potatoes, apples as safe

Monday, March 23, 2015

BOISE, Idaho — Potatoes that won’t bruise and apples that won’t brown are a step closer to grocery store aisles, but some food suppliers say they don’t want any part of it and others are staying silent. The … 0