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Florida governor unveils new education initiatives

Monday, 25 August 2014 15:05
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Florida's Republican governor, Rick Scott, unveiled two new education initiatives on Monday aimed at calming critics of "common core" national curriculum standards and countering his main Democratic rival's attacks on his record. "We want to make sure that our students have every opportunity to succeed in the classroom and in their careers, and we want to make sure our teachers have every tool they need to make that…
Weapons convoys seen rolling into Ukraine from direction of Russia
Monday, 25 August 2014 15:04
AP reporters say convoys of military weaponry and supplies have been coming from the direction of Russia into rebel-held Ukraine. Rebel fighters also described how Russian border guards did nothing to stop them. Associated Press reporters in the eastern Ukrainian town of Krasnodon observed three such convoys last week. NATO and Ukraine have accused Moscow outright of covertly shuttling heavy artillery and other weapons to the separatists. Russia routinely denies the allegations.
15 killed, 21 injured in Baghdad blasts
Monday, 25 August 2014 15:04
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a wave of attacks targeting commercial areas in and outside Baghdad has killed a total of 43 people. They say the deadliest of Monday's bombings was carried out by a suicide bomber who blew up himself among Shiite worshippers who were leaving a mosque after noon prayers in the capital's eastern New Baghdad area, killing at least 15 people and wounding 32 others. That was followed by back-to-back car…
Superman comic fetches sky-high $3.2M
Monday, 25 August 2014 14:04
If you thought $35 million for a Ferrari was outrageous, get ready for this. A rare copy of Action Comics #1 - which features the first appearance of Superman - in near perfect condition, sold for a jaw-dropping $3.2 million on eBay (EBAY) Sunday, making it the most expensive comic in the world. The previous record was set in 2011 when another copy of Action Comics #1 sold for nearly $2.2 million.
At least 400 Florida beachgoers stung by jellyfish
Monday, 25 August 2014 14:04
Jellyfish stung at least 400 Florida beachgoers over the weekend, prompting lifeguards to raise purple flags warning of hazardous marine life off the state's east coast, authorities said on Monday. Authorities said the jellyfish swarm arrived on Friday and has remained concentrated around New Smyrna Beach, on the Atlantic coast in the north-central part of the state. "It could be thousands. It's hard to see them in the water right now.
Former GOP Gov. Charlie Crist courts Florida Democrats in primary
Monday, 25 August 2014 13:44
Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist faces the first big test Tuesday in his quest to reclaim his old job, when Democratic primary voters decide whether they're satisfied with the former Republican as their nominee. If Crist secures the nod, he'll face incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott in what promises to be one of the year's most expensive races. Before he can formally pivot to the general election, though, Crist needs to dispatch former Democratic state…
Trial opens for ex-day care worker in child kidnap-assault case
Monday, 25 August 2014 13:03
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A child who authorities say was abducted from her kindergarten classroom and sexually assaulted during a 19-hour ordeal believes her attacker was a man, but prosecutors call the young woman who went on trial Monday the lone attacker. They believe they have enough corroborating evidence to convict former day care worker Christina Regusters, 21, in the brazen crime, even if the motive remains unclear. The abductor donned Muslim garb to pose as…
Few Americans identify as libertarian, survey finds
Monday, 25 August 2014 11:43
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., appears to be a competitive contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, but few Americans identify with his political ideology, according to a new survey. Only 14 percent of Americans identify as libertarian, according to new Pew Research Center data. Fewer, just 11 percent, identify as libertarian and also correctly define the term as "someone whose political views emphasize individual freedom by limiting the role of government." Additionally, Pew found that…
Opponent of scandal-plagued Rep. Scott DesJarlais concedes primary
Monday, 25 August 2014 11:07
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Republican state senator who challenged scandal-plagued U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais conceded his 38-vote primary loss to the incumbent on Monday, saying he decided not to challenge the results. Tracy said in a news release that he had decided against putting the GOP, state officials, his family and others through "additional weeks of litigation, with uncertainty as to who the nominee will be." Tracy had faced a Tuesday deadline to decide whether…
Rick Perry tries cashing in on mug shot
Monday, 25 August 2014 11:07
RickPAC, the Super PAC devoted to supporting Rick Perry, has come up with a creative way to make a few extra bucks: Offer t-shirts showcasing the Texas governor's grinning mug shot. PlayVideoPolitics Gov. Rick Perry turns himself in for mug shot The Texas Republican spoke to hoards of supporters at the Travis County Justice Center, where he was booked after being indicted on two felony co.
 

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