By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Philadelphia's financially distressed school district, one of the country's biggest battlegrounds over the expansion of charter schools, will learn on Wednesday whether new charter schools will be approved for the first time in seven years. The Philadelphia School Reform Commission, formed in 2001 as part of a state takeover of the city's education system due to financial problems and low test scores, is slated to vote on applications for 39 charter schools. The district already has 86 charter institutions, public schools that operate independently and offer an alternative to schools run by the local school district. Proponents say charters can help get students out of low-performing schools, while critics blame them for worsening the district's finances. The American Federation of Teachers has fought against the nation's expansion of mostly non-unionized charter schools, including in Philadelphia.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran is concerned by a Russian cybersecurity firm's report suggesting a new family of malicious programs and worms is infecting computers there and elsewhere in the world, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Police said on Tuesday they were searching for at least one suspect in the fatal shooting of a woman in Las Vegas in an apparent road rage incident. Tammy Meyers was shot in the head by the occupant of another vehicle after a near-collision that caused an argument on Thursday night, Las Vegas Police Lieutenant Ray Steiber said at a press conference. Meyers was driving home from her daughter's school where she had been giving the girl a driving lesson in the parking lot, when she was almost involved in a traffic accident with another car, police say. She and her daughter then drove to their home a few miles from the famed Las Vegas Strip, and Meyers summoned her 22-year-old son, who was armed with a gun, to go out with her in search of the other car's occupant, Steiber said.
The oil train that exploded in West Virginia met the industry's voluntary 2011 safety standards, but a growing number of accidents has the Obama administration considering tougher rules for tank cars. A look at what's rolling on U.S. rails:
TOKYO (AP) — Money-losing Sony will spin off its video-and-sound business into a separate company and shrink its headquarters as part of a three-year turnaround plan to speed up decision-making and become profitable again.