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Seattle high school junior class skips standardized test in protest

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 03:06
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - All 11th grade students at one Seattle public high school skipped a standardized test tethered to federal education requirements, a protest that has spread to other secondary schools, an official said on Friday. Some Nathan Hale High School students submitted parent-signed refusal forms, while others merely skipped the Smarter Balanced Assessment tests this week, Seattle schools spokeswoman Stacy Howard said. The boycott follows a resolution by Nathan Hale teachers earlier this year against the test, aligned to the Common Core multi-state education standards in English and math. We support the family's choice." The local revolt comes amid an ongoing debate over how best to reinvigorate the nation's estimated $600 billion public school system.

Man killed in accident at Manhattan building site

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 03:01
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - A man was killed by a mechanical crane in an accident at a midtown Manhattan construction site on Friday and inspectors from the city's building department are investigating, city officials said. The accident involved construction equipment including a crane attached to a flatbed truck that the victim, in his 40s, used to deliver building material to the site, said City Councilman Dan Garodnick.

Canadian court to extradite 2 to New Hampshire in '88 deaths

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 02:54

This photo released by the Nashua, N.H. Police shows Anthony Barnaby. On Thursday April 23, 2015 the Supreme Court of Canada ordered the extradition of Barnaby to New Hampshire to face charges in the deaths of two women in New Hampshire nearly 27 years ago. (Nashua New Hampshire Police Department via AP, File)NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — The Supreme Court of Canada has ordered the extradition of two men to New Hampshire to face murder charges in the deaths of two women nearly 27 years ago.

San Francisco Catholics deeply divided over archbishop

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 02:49
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Many Roman Catholics in San Francisco are sparring over Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.

Match 6 lottery ticket bought in Berks County hits jackpot

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 02:48

Match 6 lottery ticket bought in Berks County hits jackpotA lottery ticket bought in Berks County is now worth more than $900,000.

Abortion waiting period bill goes to Florida governor

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 02:46
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Legislature passed a bill Friday that will require a 24-hour waiting period for abortions — a reflective period Republicans said they hope will change some women's minds before undergoing the procedure.

Wisconsin judge denies request to move girl in Slenderman case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 02:44
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - One of two Wisconsin girls accused of repeatedly stabbing their classmate to please a fictional Internet character known as Slenderman will remain in jail rather than be moved to a psychiatric treatment center, a judge ruled on Friday, court records showed. Morgan Geyser, along with her friend, Anissa Weier, are charged as adults with attempted first-degree homicide in the May 2014 attack on a 12-year-old classmate in Waukesha, Wisconsin, a Milwaukee suburb. Geyser's attorney, Anthony Cotton, requested that his client be moved from a juvenile jail to a psychiatric treatment center where she could be treated for schizophrenia.

Photographer settles lawsuit against Justin Bieber

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 02:44
MIAMI (AP) — Pop star Justin Bieber has reached a settlement with a photographer who claimed he was assaulted by the singer's bodyguard outside a South Florida recording studio.

New York to get nearly $1B loan to make commuter rail safer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 02:44

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his remarks at the Association for a Better New York breakfast, in New York, Friday, April 24, 2015. Cuomo discussed the recently-passed New York State budget and outlined his priorities for the coming year. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the nation's largest commuter rail network, is on track to receive a nearly $1 billion federal loan for safety improvements meant to avoid a repeat of a 2013 derailment that killed four people, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.

Transit agency moves to ban all political ads on NYC buses

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 02:43
NEW YORK (AP) — All advertisements of a political nature will be banned on New York City buses under a plan to be voted on next week, a lawyer for a public transportation authority told a federal judge Friday after he ordered the agency to display a pro-Israel advocacy group's political ad.

State agrees to let couple give child chosen surname

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 02:29
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Department of Health has agreed to let a Tennessee couple give their child the surname of their choice, bringing to an end a contentious legal battle that began last year.

Mom who allegedly abandoned quadriplegic son arraigned in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 02:25

Mom who allegedly abandoned quadriplegic son arraigned in PhiladelphiaThe woman who allegedly abandoned her quadriplegic son in the woods, to visit her boyfriend in Maryland, has been arraigned in Philadelphia.

Huge magma chamber spied under Yellowstone supervolcano

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 02:24
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists have spied a vast reservoir of hot, partly molten rock beneath the supervolcano at Yellowstone National Park that's big enough to fill the Grand Canyon 11 times over.

2 Dallas police officers won't be indicted in fatal shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 02:21
DALLAS (AP) — A grand jury has declined to indict two Dallas police officers who fatally shot a mentally ill man armed with a screwdriver in an incident last year that was recorded by a police body camera.

Obama uses hospital funds to push Medicaid expansion

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 02:08
MIAMI (AP) — The Obama administration is dialing up the pressure on a handful of states that have resisted expanding Medicaid coverage for their low-income residents under the federal health care overhaul.

WWII-era bomb found on college campus, detonated by military

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 02:05
WRIGHTSTOWN, N.J. (AP) — The ground shook near a New Jersey military base as an explosives team detonated a 500-pound World War II-era bomb that had been found on the campus of a community college.

Officer released from hospital, suspect critical after West Phila. gunfire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 02:01

Officer released from hospital after West Phila. gunfireA Philadelphia officer has been released from the hospital, while a drug suspect is listed in critical condition after an exchange of gunfire in West Philadelphia.

NYPD bomb squad helping in security sweep of Statue of Liberty

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 02:00

New York City Prepares For Direct Hit By Hurricane Irene(Reuters) - A New York Police Department bomb squad was assisting the National Park Service on Friday in a security sweep of the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island, authorities said. The location was evacuated as a precaution due to safety concerns, local media said. (Reporting by Ellen Wulfhorst; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

Child star Sawyer Sweeten of 'Everybody Loves Raymond' dead at 19

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 01:54

Child star Sawyer Sweeten of 'Everybody Loves Raymond' dead at 19Sweeten's sister Madylin, who was also on the show, released a statement to say that one of her twin brothers had committed suicide.

Louisiana State University hit by state budget shortfall

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 01:53
Louisiana State University (LSU) is exploring contingency plans in light of the state's $1.6 billion budget shortfall which has resulted in proposed spending cuts, but has not declared "financial exigency", the institution said in a statement on Friday. LSU said that contrary to some media reports, it had not begun the process of filing for financial exigency, defined by the American Association of University Professors as a severe financial crisis that results in terminating tenured faculty appointments. LSU's president F. King Alexander "has not formally requested, nor has the LSU Board of Supervisors voted, to declare financial exigency," Duplessis said.