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New Mexico faces teacher shortage two days before school begins

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 00:39
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Just two days before classes resume, New Mexico's biggest school district faces a shortage of almost 200 teachers, officials say, with the majority of the unfilled positions in special education and elementary grades. With some 87,000 students due to return to Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) on Wednesday, the district is still looking for 392 staff, including 198 teachers. APS spokeswoman Johanna King said the shortages represented just a small fraction of the district's total teacher roster of around 6,300. APS will likely need short- and long-term substitutes, and it would also ask teachers to sacrifice some of their preparatory time in order to take on more classes and to have bigger class sizes.

EU to pay struggling peach growers

BBC World News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 00:31
The EU moves to prop up peach and nectarine growers who are in financial trouble because of bad weather and Russian sanctions.
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Kasparov check-mated by Putin ally

BBC World News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 00:31
Former champion Garry Kasparov fails to win the top job in world chess, losing to a Russian multi-millionaire who says he was once abducted by aliens.
Categories: BBC World News

Scientists make cheap, fast self-assembling robots

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 00:31
In what may be the birth of cheap, easy-to-make robots, researchers have created complex machines that transform themselves from little more than a sheet of paper and plastic into walking automatons.

Ten injured as storm hits dinghies

BBC World News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 00:26
Ten people are injured after a squall hit an international boating event on Strangford Lough in County Down.
Categories: BBC World News

Obama spends morning on foreign policy crisis

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 00:25
CHILMARK, Massachusetts (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama is being briefed by his national security team on the latest military and political developments in Iraq and the situations in Ukraine and Gaza.

Deal inked for World Trade Center Wi-Fi

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 00:25
NEW YORK (AP) — Officials say commuters and visitors at the World Trade Center will be able to take advantage of free WiFi.

Few leads after man killed in Vineland hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 00:21

Few leads after man killed in Vineland hit-and-runPolice are continuing their search for a driver in a deadly hit-and-run incident in Cumberland County.

U.S. top court's Roberts asks lawyers to 'rise above' political bickering

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 00:21

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts speaks at the American Bar Association's annual meeting in BostonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts on Monday called on members of the nation's largest group of attorneys to "rise above" the political disputes that have left Washington increasingly gridlocked in recent years. Roberts, a conservative justice who was the swing vote on a 2012 Supreme Court decision that upheld President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, told members of the American Bar Association that they have a role to play in maintaining the public's faith in the U.S. political system. "We live in an era in which sharp partisan divides within our political branches have shaken public faith in government across the board," Roberts told a crowd of several hundred ABA members in Boston. "We in the judiciary must also look to the bar for broader assistance in maintaining the public's confidence in the integrity of our legal system." With polling showing Americans holding a low opinion of both President Barack Obama and Congress, Roberts, who was appointed chief justice in 2005 by then-President George W. Bush, said courts and lawyers must try to lift themselves above partisan passions.

Film, TV and music stars among Emmy presenters

Yahoo! Music News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 00:19

FILE - This May 12, 2014 file photo shows actress Julia Roberts at the premiere of HBO Films' "The Normal Heart" at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. Roberts, Bryan Cranston, and Gwen Stefani are among a group of presenters announced for the Emmy Awards on Aug. 25. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Film stars Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey and Halle Berry are among the first presenters announced for this month's Emmy Awards ceremony.

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Ivory Coast travel ban over Ebola

BBC World News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 00:17
Ivory Coast bans all passenger flights from three countries hit by Ebola in an attempt to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
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Universal pre-K: Good preschool is an ‘academic rocket boost’

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 00:16
The Seattle Times is right to recognize the value of high-quality preschool instruction based on models tested elsewhere in the nation [“In November, make the right choice for universal pre-K in Seattle,” Opinion, July 30].

Federal judge extends execution moratorium in Ohio

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 00:15
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A federal judge has added five months to a moratorium on executions in Ohio amid scrutiny of a double-drug cocktail the state wants to use. U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Frost, in a one-page ruling issued on Friday, said more time is required “in light of the continuing need for discovery and necessary preparations related to the adoption and implementation of the new execution protocol.” Ohio Governor John Kasich, who since 2011 has commuted death sentences for four men on death row, had no comment about the judge's decision, a spokesman for his office said. Frost initially ordered a halt to executions in May, barring state officials from carrying out executions until Aug. 15.

Barneys New York to pay $525,000 in racial profiling settlement

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 00:14

The sign on an awning of a Barneys New York retail store is seen in New YorkBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Barneys New York [DBWLDB.UL] has agreed to pay $525,000 to settle a lawsuit over claims that it targeted black and Latino customers for credit-card fraud checks and surveillance while they shopped in its luxury clothing stores, city officials said on Monday. The lawsuit followed claims last fall that the store falsely accused two African-American customers of credit card fraud at the Barneys store in Manhattan, sparking protests and calls to boycott the chain. "Profiling and racial discrimination remain a problem in our state, but not one we are willing to accept," New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement. "This agreement will correct a number of wrongs, both by fixing past policies and by monitoring the actions of Barneys and its employees to make sure that past mistakes are not repeated," he said.

Philly has early edge in Democratic convention bid

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 00:13
WASHINGTON (AP) — One of five cities bidding for the Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia appears to hold an early edge with a track record of hosting the major gathering — not to mention that Hillary Rodham Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden have family ties to the state.

Ex-Virginia governor's onetime top aide testifies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 00:13

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, center, is surrounded by media as he walks to the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va. on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, as his corruption trial enters its third week. McDonnell and his wife are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from the former CEO of a nutritional supplements company in exchange for promoting his products. They could face decades in prison if convicted. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The onetime chief of staff to former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says he had no idea at the time that his boss had received thousands of dollars in gifts and loans from a wealthy businessman.

VIDEO: What Erdogan wants - in 60 seconds

BBC World News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 00:12
What Turkey's president-elect wants
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Ex-Market Basket CEO decries 'onerous' terms

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 00:08
BOSTON (AP) — The former CEO of the Market Basket supermarket chain says "onerous" terms are preventing him from regain control of the company from relatives amid a bitter feud that has prompted employee walkouts and customer boycotts in three New England states.