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.
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.
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 (AP) — Many Roman Catholics in San Francisco are sparring over Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.
A lottery ticket bought in Berks County is now worth more than $900,000.
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.
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.
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 (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.
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.
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.
The woman who allegedly abandoned her quadriplegic son in the woods, to visit her boyfriend in Maryland, has been arraigned in Philadelphia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A 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.
(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)
Sweeten'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 (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.