ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — A scientist working for the government had warned 15 years ago about the potential for a catastrophic landslide in the fishing village where the collapse of a rain-soaked hillside over the weekend killed at least 14 people and left scores missing.
WASHINGTON (AP) — To assuage privacy concerns, the White House and some lawmakers are pushing forward with changes to a surveillance program that would leave the bulk storage of millions of Americans' telephone records in the hands of phone companies, even though they are convinced the information now held by the government is protected and question whether the changes would actually do more to protect privacy.
By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four years after President Barack Obama launched his "Race to the Top," education initiative, the administration said on Tuesday the program was boosting high school graduation rates and encouraging reform at U.S. schools. Since the first competitive grant was awarded in 2010, 18 states and the District of Columbia have received a total of $4.35 billion in federal grants. "The compelling need for change was as clear as it was urgent," Education Secretary Arne Duncan told reporters on a conference call following the release of a report that assesses the progress of the program. "Race to the Top reflected our deep belief that carrots, rather than sticks, lead to lasting change." The Race to the Top grant program was part of the president's 2009 economic stimulus package and was intended to encourage reforms in K-through-12 education.