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Pencils down: More U.S. colleges drop standardized tests

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 10:00
Don't worry, a growing number of U.S. schools are scrapping standardized test scores as part of admission. Washington, D.C.'s George Washington University last month joined more than 850 U.S. colleges and universities that no longer require applicants to take the SAT or ACT, tests that have been a feature of American student life for decades. Proponents of making the tests optional say the switch can help schools become more diverse and admit students who will thrive even though they may have lagged other applicants on scores.

Trump Says Illegal Immigrant Families ‘Have to Go’

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 10:00

With a new Fox News national poll showing him leading in the race for the GOP presidential nomination nationwide with 25 percent of Republican voters, billionaire Donald Trump returned to a favorite theme on Sunday – promising to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border and deporting illegal immigrant—including their children. Trump, who arrived with a flourish at the Iowa State Fair on Saturday in a black helicopter with his name emblazoned on the side, told NBC Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd that the millions of illegal immigrants in this country “have to go,” even if that means the government rounding up and deporting whole families. The real estate tycoon roiled the political and public policy waters this spring by denouncing many of the illegal immigrants as “rapists” and criminals who were encouraged to come to this country by the Mexican government.

Subject of California manhunt killed by deputies

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 09:38
Two deputy sheriffs confronted Benjamin Peter Ashley, 34, on a dirt road in the early evening on Saturday after the owner of convenience store reported that a man fitting Ashley’s description had bought some food, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said on Sunday.

Trump says would raise visa fees to pay for Mexican border wall

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 09:20

(Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump would increase fees on some Mexican visas and all border crossing cards as part of a broader plan to force Mexico to pay for a wall along the southern U.S. border. On NBC's "Meet the Press," he said he would deport all undocumented immigrants and rescind U.S. President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration. In a policy paper issued on Sunday, Trump said he would increase fees on temporary visas for Mexican chief executives, diplomats and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) workers if Mexico does not agree to pay for the wall.

Clinton emails should also be reviewed by inspector general: lawmaker

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 09:13

Hillary Clinton's private email server should be examined by the U.S. intelligence watchdog after the FBI finishes reviewing any classified information on it, a Republican lawmaker said on Sunday. The FBI recently began looking into the security of federal records and possible classified information among the Democratic presidential candidate's emails while she was secretary of state. After months of pressure, Clinton last week gave the FBI her private email server and a thumb drive of work-related emails from her tenure.

Trump wants money from Mideast countries supported by US

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 05:02

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is outlining a foreign policy in which the United States would put ground troops in the fight against Islamic State militants and demand money from Middle East countries supported by the U.S.

Pro-Bush super PAC spending $10M-plus on initial TV campaign

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 04:11

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The powerfully funded super PAC backing Republican Jeb Bush will spend at least $10 million on television time in the earliest voting presidential primary states, the first salvo in a massive TV ad campaign to support the former Florida governor's bid for the Republican nomination.

Obama can do Iran nuclear deal even if Congress disapproves

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 03:54

WASHINGTON (AP) — The September vote on the Iran nuclear deal is billed as a titanic standoff between President Barack Obama and Congress. Yet even if lawmakers reject the agreement, it's not game-over for the White House.

Indonesian plane carrying 54 people goes missing in Papua

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 03:27

The flight hit bad weather in rugged eastern Indonesia, officials said, in what could be the latest accident to hit the country's aviation sector.

Indonesian plane carrying 54 goes missing in remote area

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 02:04

A twin-turboprop aircraft lost contact with air traffic control as it flew over the remote, forested eastern Papua region.

U.S. civil rights leader Julian Bond dies at 75

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 23:24

Bond died in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, the Southern Poverty Law Center announced in a statement. Bond was the civil rights organization's first president. "Julian was a visionary and tireless champion for civil and human rights," SPLC said of its former president who held the post from 1971 to 1979.

Longtime civil rights activist Julian Bond dead at 75

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 23:00

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Julian Bond, a civil rights activist and longtime board chairman of the NAACP, died Saturday night, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

China blast zone blocked over contamination fear; 112 dead

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 19:35

TIANJIN, China (AP) — Authorities pulled more bodies from a massive blast site in the Chinese port of Tianjin, pushing the death toll to 112 on Sunday as teams scrambled to clear dangerous chemical contamination.

Trump says he'd deport undocumented immigrants as U.S. president

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 18:13

Republican presidential contender Donald Trump would deport all undocumented immigrants and rescind U.S. President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration if he is elected to the White House, he said in an interview with NBC News that will air on Sunday. "We're going to keep the families together, but they have to go," Trump told NBC's "Meet the Press," according to an excerpt released on Saturday. Asked by host Chuck Todd about illegal immigrants who might have nowhere else to go, Trump said: "We will work with them.

FAA site shows flight delays of 15 minutes or less

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 17:45

WASHINGTON (AP) — Air traffic was snarled and passengers' tempers frayed on Saturday as many flights to and from airports throughout a large swath of the Northeast stretching from New York down to the Carolinas were delayed or cancelled.

High pressure system cranks up the heat across the West

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 16:55

Much of the West was smothered in a blanket of heat Saturday with triple-digit temperatures hitting Phoenix, Los Angeles and other cities.

Front-runners Clinton, Trump descend on Iowa State Fair

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 12:49

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As Hillary Rodham Clinton walked among the booths of funnel cakes and corn dogs at the Iowa State Fair, trailed by a massive pack of media and onlookers, Donald Trump's helicopter circled the fairgrounds in the air above.

AT&T helped U.S. NSA in spying on Internet traffic: N.Y. Times

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 10:43

Telecommunications powerhouse AT&T Inc has provided extensive assistance to the U.S. National Security Agency as the spy agency conducts surveillance on huge volumes of Internet traffic passing through the United States, the New York Times reported on Saturday, citing newly disclosed NSA documents. The newspaper reported that the company gave technical assistance to the NSA in carrying out a secret court order allowing wiretapping of all Internet communications at the headquarters of the United Nations, an AT&T customer. The documents date from 2003 to 2013 and were provided by fugitive former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the Times reported.

Flights grounded along U.S. East Coast due to tracking problem: FAA

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 09:56
More than 100 flights were grounded at airports along the U.S. East Coast on Saturday due to a problem with a flight-tracking system in the Washington, D.C. area, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. There were 134 flights canceled at airports in Baltimore and Washington as of 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, according to, which monitors global air traffic. Several hundred flights had also been delayed up and down the East Coast, with some the worst waits seen at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, which saw departure delays of about 2-1/2 hours, it said.

Sheriff's deputy fatally shot in Nevada, suspect dead

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 09:14
The deputy was fatally shot when a male suspect came out of the house and opened fire on officers who were responding to the domestic violence incident that left a woman injured, the department said in a Facebook post. Three children, between the ages eight to 13, and one adult were subsequently evacuated from the residence in Carson City, Nevada, about 30 miles south of Reno.