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Rocky first year for the new GED and other equivalency tests

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 23:26

Larry Gorski, 58, of Cheektowaga works to prepare to take the TASC test toward his high school equivalency diploma during an adult education class at the Maryvale Community Education Building in Cheektowaga, N.Y. on March 23, 2015. The GED was overhauled last year to reflect the Common Core standards that have been adopted by most states and emphasize critical thinking. Two new high school equivalency exams that also incorporate some of those standards were also introduced last year. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) — The number of people taking high school equivalency exams in the U.S. plummeted — and the percentage who passed fell, too — in the year after a revamped, Common Core-inspired GED was introduced along with two new competing tests.


White Pass - 4/1/2015 6:23:15 AM

White Pass Report - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 23:24
White Pass US12
4/1/2015 6:23:15 AM

Temperature: 29 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Snow showers

Satus Pass - 4/1/2015 6:35:07 AM

Satus Pass Report - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 23:24
Satus Pass US97
4/1/2015 6:35:07 AM

Temperature: 31 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and dry

Weather:
Overcast

Stevens Pass - 4/1/2015 6:27:45 AM

Stevens Pass Report - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 23:24
Stevens Pass US2
4/1/2015 6:27:45 AM

Temperature: 29 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Restrictions Westbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Conditions:
Snow and ice on the roadway

Weather:
Snowing

Blewett Pass - 4/1/2015 6:34:35 AM

Blewett Pass Report - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 23:24
Blewett Pass US97
4/1/2015 6:34:35 AM

Temperature: 31 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and dry

Weather:
Overcast skies

Snoqualmie Pass - 4/1/2015 6:38:47 AM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 23:24
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
4/1/2015 6:38:47 AM

Temperature: 36 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
Chains required on all vehicles except all wheel drive, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Restrictions Westbound:
Chains required on all vehicles except all wheel drive, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Conditions:
Snow on the roadway.

Weather:
Snowing hard with areas of poor visibility

Colorado Lawmakers Scramble to Keep Millions in Marijuana Taxes

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 23:23
A strict anti-spending provision in the state Constitution may force Colorado to refund nearly $60 million intended for school construction and other needs.

Serial robber targets bank in Overbrook Park multiple times

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 23:22

Serial robber targets bank in Overbrook Park multiple timesThe FBI's Violent Crimes Task Force and the Philadelphia Police Department are seeking information leading to the identification of a serial bank robber.


Retired NYC detective drowns while saving boy in Puerto Rico

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 23:22
WASHINGTONVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A retired detective with the New York Police Department has drowned after saving a 12-year-old boy struggling in the surf off a beach in Puerto Rico.

David Duchovny joins pantheon of actor-turned-musicians

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 23:03

David Duchovny's "Hell or Highwater" is out in May.David Duchovny, best known for his starring roles in "The X-Files" and "Californication," has announced he's got a debut album on the way, the latest in a long line of actors to take the leap into music. Duchovny is something of a Renaissance man already, having published his debut novel, "Holy Cow: A Modern-Day Dairy Tale," last month. With time between the end of his run on "Californication" and the upcoming series "Atlantis" (plus a recently announced "X-Files" revival), he's now turned his attention to music, with the album "Hell or Highwater" due out May 12 from ThinkSay Records and a lead single now out on iTunes. Johansson released her debut album, "Anywhere I Lay My Head," in 2008, offering up a collection of Tom Waits covers plus one original song.


Categories: Yahoo! Music News

Tidal streaming service seeks more artists to join as owners

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 23:03

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2015 file photo, Jay-Z arrives at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. Tidal, the streaming service co-owned by Jay Z, Rihanna, Madonna and other artists, is inviting more performers to join the company and earn equity.Senior executive Vania Schlogel said late Tuesday, March 31, that Tidal welcomes more acts to join and said the current owners “have equal ownership and majority ownership in the company.” (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Tidal, the music and video streaming service co-owned by Jay Z, Rihanna, Madonna and other artists, is inviting more performers to join the company and earn equity.


Prosecutor: Clemson fraternity death declared unsolved case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 22:58
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — The local prosecutor says the September death of a Clemson University fraternity pledge is now classified as unsolved and has been turned over to the sheriff's office unsolved-cases unit.

Obama creates cyber sanctions

BBC World News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 22:48
President Barack Obama has ordered the creation of a programme that would allow the US government to sanction foreign hackers.
Categories: BBC World News

Protesters again disrupt U.S. Supreme Court proceedings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 22:41

Visitors line up in front of the Supreme Court to await rulings in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Protesters disrupted U.S. Supreme Court proceedings for the third time in just over a year on Wednesday, with several people shouting out before the nine justices heard oral arguments in a bankruptcy case. The protesters criticized two court rulings that pared back campaign finance restrictions. Activist group 99Rise, which was responsible for the previous disruptions in February 2014 and this January, issued a statement saying it was behind the protest.


ArtsBeat: Joni Mitchell Hospitalized After Being Found Unconscious at Home

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 22:35
The singer and songwriter has said that the past eight years have been a “survival blur” of health issues.






Nigeria victor issues Boko Haram vow

BBC World News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 22:35
The winner of Nigeria's presidential election Muhammadu Buhari vows that militants Boko Haram will "soon know the strength of our collective will".
Categories: BBC World News

White Pass - 4/1/2015 5:28:32 AM

White Pass Report - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 22:24
White Pass US12
4/1/2015 5:28:32 AM

Temperature: 29 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Snow showers

Satus Pass - 4/1/2015 5:26:10 AM

Satus Pass Report - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 22:24
Satus Pass US97
4/1/2015 5:26:10 AM

Temperature: 31 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and dry

Weather:
Overcast

Stevens Pass - 4/1/2015 5:25:18 AM

Stevens Pass Report - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 22:24
Stevens Pass US2
4/1/2015 5:25:18 AM

Temperature: 29 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Restrictions Westbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Conditions:
Snow and ice on the roadway

Weather:
Snowing

Blewett Pass - 4/1/2015 5:24:09 AM

Blewett Pass Report - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 22:24
Blewett Pass US97
4/1/2015 5:24:09 AM

Temperature: 31 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and dry

Weather:
Overcast skies