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WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Americans, especially public-school parents, give low marks to rating a teacher based partly on how students perform on standardized tests, according to a survey. The Gallup Poll released Sunday found 55 percent opposed linking teacher evaluations to their...
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana state trooper was shot in the head and critically injured Sunday when he tried to stop a driver suspected of being drunk or drugged in southwest Louisiana, Louisiana State Police said. Other drivers stopped the alleged gunman and helped the...
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The prosecutor who gained national attention as a key player in the unsuccessful murder prosecution of Casey Anthony said Sunday that he committed no crime and never followed through with an affair on the cheating website, Ashley Madison. Jeff Ashton, the...
OKANOGAN, Wash. (AP) — The massive cloud of smoke is expected to lift over Washington wildfires on Sunday. But as air quality improves, the fire's behavior could become more erratic and intense, fire officials said. "It's like a flue opening in a fireplace," said Suzanne Flory,...
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — The prosecutor is drawn time and again to the parking lot where flowers and candles now mark where he tried to save a social worker's life. Going back, he says, helps him cope with the guilt he feels because he lived and she didn't. Scott Williams, who grabbed...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Scientists and volunteers who have spent the last month gathering data on how much plastic garbage is floating in the Pacific Ocean returned to San Francisco on Sunday and said most of the trash they found is medium to large-sized pieces, as opposed to tiny...
NEW YORK (AP) — There was no science, no geography and no math past multiplication at the ultra-Orthodox Jewish school Chaim Weber attended. And the only reason he ever heard of the American Revolution was when a seventh-grade teacher introduced it as "story time." Naftuli...
PLAINS, Ga. (AP) — The Sunday school lesson was familiar: When your burden grows heavy, ask God for strength. But the message carried a more powerful and personal meaning than usual because of who delivered it: Jimmy Carter. The 90-year-old former president taught Sunday school...
TWISP, Wash. (AP) — The massive cloud of smoke is expected to lift over Washington wildfires on Sunday, but as air quality improves fire behavior could become more erratic and intense, fire officials said. "It's like a flue opening in a fireplace," explained Suzanne Flory,...