New statewide, end-of-course, assessment exams begin this coming school year for Kentucky high school students. The tests were authorized in education reforms approved by Kentucky lawmakers in 2009. The statewide tests measure student achievement in graduation-required courses of English, Algebra, Biology and U.S. History.
Robert Sayegh, a 37-year-old Brooklyn man, was kicked off a plane for using the f-word two times. The Detroit Free Press reports that Sayegh was on a Delta Connect flight after his cousin's wedding in Kansas City on Sunday. The flight was 45 minutes delayed, when Sayegh complained to a fellow passenger using the expletive:
One of the country's most sensitive federal criminal investigations has reached a critical stage, NPR's Carrie Johnson tells us.
She reports that a grand jury in Virginia is hearing secret testimony in the two-year-old inquiry into the alleged mistreatment of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that federal prosecutor John Durham has begun issuing subpoenas for witnesses to appear.
The coal industry and politicians have done a good job labeling Kentucky as a coal state. But not all coal is equal. Not chemically, not geologically and not financially. As Kentucky Public Radio's Erica Peterson reports, some types of coal are much more valuable than others.
GPS devices have become ubiquitous: Millions of drivers rely on them for directions.
The government hopes to construct a new air traffic control system based on GPS navigation rather than use radar.
They've also become an important tool in agriculture.
But a multibillion-dollar proposal to provide broadband Internet access using satellites and a network of 40,000 antennas could interfere with their devices. This could potentially make it harder for first responders to find emergencies, aviators to fly and drivers to navigate.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday urged African countries to break with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and pressure him to stop attacking civilians. During a trip to Ethiopia, she also called on the north and south of Sudan to quickly resolve their differences – as Southern Sudan prepares to become the world's newest country.
Clinton, the first secretary of state to visit the African Union's headquarters, came with a message that regional leaders should learn something from the Arab uprisings.
The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously upheld a broad state ethics law, ruling that legislators have no personal, First Amendment right to vote on a measure. The decision reverses a Nevada state court ruling that would have undermined conflict-of-interest laws across the country.