WASHINGTON- Open your notebooks and sharpen your pencils. School for thousands of public school students is about to get quite a bit longer. Five states were to announce Monday that they will add at least 300 hours of learning time to the calendar in some schools starting in 2013. Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Tennessee will take part in the initiative, which is intended to boost student achievement and make U.S. schools more competitive on a global level. The three-year pilot program will affect almost 20,000 students in 40 schools, with long-term hopes of expanding the program
U.S. Rep. Allen West came to Washington as part of the 2010 wave of Tea Party-backed candidates. He became known as aggressive and outspoken, but his tenure in Congress was short-lived. He recently conceded a close race for Florida´s 18th District. West sits down with host Michel Martin to reflect on his term and his outlook for the future. MARTIN: So what´s next for you? WEST: Look, you know, God closes a door so that he can open up greater doors. I will continue to, you know, stand up and fight for this country. That´s my goal.
How is it that the GOP is so feckless and ineffective that it can´t even convince the 48% who voted for Romney that raising taxes on those making over $250,000 is both pointless and bad policy: Sixty percent of all Americans back higher taxes on higher incomes in the new Post-ABC data. Earlier this month, an identical 60 percent of voters in the presidential election said income taxes should be raised on income over $250,000, according to the national exit poll.
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – Thousands attended an anti-Nazi rally Sunday in Hungary organized by Jewish and civic groups to protest a far-right lawmaker´s call to screen Jews for national security risks. The rally was unusual because politicians from both the government and opposition parties shared a stage outside parliament. Marton Gyongyosi of the far-right Jobbik party said Monday in the legislature it was time "to assess ... how many people of Jewish origin there are here, and especially in the Hungarian parliament and the Hungarian government, who represent a certain national security risk."
The San Francisco Housing Authority, which runs more than 6,000 units of public housing for the city´s poor, is headed by an executive director who discriminates against white employees in favor of African Americans and regularly employs offensive, outlandish language and behavior in the workplace, according to a lawsuit filed by the agency´s own lawyer.
Feeding the dolphins at Sea World was a dream come true for 8-year-old Jillian Thomas, until one of the marine mammals bit into her arm, nearly dragging her into the water. Jillian´s mother took video of her daughter, who says dolphins are her favorite animal, feeding them at the theme park´s Dolphin Cove. Jillian was in the middle of her second visit of the day to the friendly looking animals when she made a crucial mistake, lifting a small plate of dolphin food in the air out of excitement, something the park warns people not to do. The dolphin
The toll hikes taking effect Sunday on the Port Authority’s Hudson River crossings are unlikely to be embraced by many motorists, but they are especially unwelcome by truckers, who will see the most dramatic increases. “It’s out of control. I’ll never cross the George Washington Bridge again in my entire life,” said David Irwin, a Michigan-based driver who must now pay $75, up from $65, to drive his five-axle truck across the one-mile span. Only five years ago, the cash toll for his truck was $30. Further increases already approved will push it to $105 by late 2015.
CHINO HILLS, Calif. – Residents of a Southern California suburb are protesting against a hilltop home that they say serves as a maternity center for Chinese mothers paying thousands of dollars to give birth to so-called "anchor babies." Dozens picketed a Chino Hills intersection on Saturday, holding signs that read "No Birth Tourism" and "Not Here! Not in USA!" The city´s mayor tells the San Bernardino Sun that rooms in the house have been rented out to pregnant Chinese women until they give birth. Protesters say they don´t want to see a business in a residential area.
President Obama loves to insert himself in other people’s biographies. He also loves to honor people, most recently Neil Armstrong and Vice President Biden, with pictures of himself. All. About. Him. His laser-like focus never wavers from his own image. And the narcissism continues: To honor the 57th anniversary of the day Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus, President Obama paid homage with a picture of himself.
Football is embarrassingly tone deaf. Jovan Belcher, a starting linebacker for the Chiefs, murdered the mother of his child shortly before 8 a.m. Saturday. He hopped in his car, drove to the Kansas City Chiefs practice facility, thanked Romeo Crennel and Scott Pioli — and shot himself in the head in front of his coach and general manager around 8:10 a.m.
MEXICO CITY - The presidents of Colombia and Nicaragua on Saturday both said they hoped to avoid war and use dialogue instead to solve a dispute over a recent U.N. court ruling that shifted some of Colombia´s resource-rich water to the Central America country. The Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) earlier this month shocked Colombia by giving a large expanse of its fishing and potentially oil rich maritime territory to Nicaragua while handing some disputed islands to Colombia in a binding ruling. Nicaragua´s economic exclusion zone in the Caribbean was expanded by the ruling,
BEREA, Ohio- A member of the Cleveland Browns´ grounds crew killed himself at their practice facility, a team spokesman said Sunday. The man´s body was found Saturday morning at the facility in suburban Cleveland, the same day Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager after earlier killing his girlfriend. Browns spokesman Neal Gulkis confirmed to The Associated Press that a team employee died of a suicide, but provided no other details.
Bangalore - Driven by China and India and seemingly unaffected by an economic slowdown, global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will reach a record high in 2012, according to new figures made public on Sunday. Emissions from the burning of fossil fuels - mainly the use of coal to generate electricity - will rise to a record 35.6 billion tonnes, a 58% rise above 1990 levels, said a study released by the Global Carbon Project, a partnership of scientists established in 2001 to create a knowledge base about global warming. The latest warning - in a slew of dire reports since November
The arrow severely wounded James Krumm, 56, but he managed to wrestle with son Christopher Krumm, 25, while the handful of students in the classroom at Casper College, in Wyoming, escaped. Christopher Krumm had just stabbed to death his father´s live-in girlfriend Heidi Arnold, 42, at the couple´s home two miles away before he arrived at the classroom on Friday morning. After firing the bow and arrow, the younger Krumm stabbed his father to death before killing himself. "I can tell you the courage that was demonstrated by Mr Krumm was absolutely without equal," Casper Police Chief Chris Walsh
President Obama today is golfing at Andrews Air Force Base with Bill Clinton, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, according to the White House press office. The outing seems to be part thank you to Clinton – who campaigned heavily for the president – and part strategy session for McAuliffe, who is personally close to Clinton. This is the 107th time Obama has been golfing as president and the 15th time this year. After avoiding the fairways during a reelection campaign that portrayed him as a warrior for the middle class, Obama has returned to golf
MOSCOW - Thousands of trucks and cars have been stuck on a major highway, some for more than two days, in a traffic jam dozens of kilometers (miles) long caused by heavy snow northwest of Moscow, Russian media reported on Sunday.Police in the Tver region said field kitchens were operating on the road, but many drivers complained supplies never reached them and they were running out of gasoline to keep their engines running and heating on in subzero temperatures.
At least seven people are feared missing after parts of a major road tunnel collapsed west of Tokyo - trapping vehicles as smoke from a fire inside initially prevented rescuers from approaching. Several burned bodies have reportedly been found among the rubble at the Sasago Tunnel, around 50 miles outside the capital. Video footage from cameras inside the tunnel, after the fire was extinguished, showed firefighters picking their way through cement roof panels that collapsed onto vehicles. Scroll down for video
Why do some atheists embarrass themselves year after year trying to eradicate Christmas from American culture? Why do they make themselves societal hemorrhoids during this hallowed season? Is it because they are crusaders for equality, secularism’s saviors and humanism’s heroes? I’m sure that’s what they tell themselves when they’re pouting on their couches all alone on Christmas Eve after every single one of their friends has dumped them for being a rabid jackass.
House Majority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) sat down with Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace where he said he was “flabbergasted” by the proposal President Barack Obama offered Congressional Republicans last week to resolve the fiscal cliff. Boehner said that the proposal was so unserious that it set negotiations back and, today, he says negotiations are “nowhere.”Speaker Boehner said that he was not impressed by the White House’s first offer to resolve the fiscal cliff. “I was flabbergasted,” Boehner said. “I looked at him and said, ‘you can’t be serious.’ I’ve just never seen anything like it.”
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas Sunday promised someday the PA flag would fly over “Jerusalem, eternal capital of the state of Palestine.” Thousands of people greeted Abbas rapturously upon his return from the United Nations, where the General Assembly granted the PLO, representing the PA, upgraded status as a nonmember observer state. "Raise your heads high, because you are Palestinians!” Abbas told the joyous crowd, waving PA flags in the PA capital of Ramallah, located in Samaria. "You have proof that you are stronger than the occupation, because you are Palestinians... stronger than the settlements, because you are Palestinians.
Call it Operation Smurf.Beth Israel Medical Center honchos plotted to ply heiress Huguette Clark with Smurfs in order to get cash from their wealthiest patient, according to a new court filing obtained by The Post.One hospital official suggested sending the childlike, then-86-year-old recluse a birthday gift of Smurf or Flintstone balloons, noting that “Smurfs are her new favorite cartoon.” Hospital CEO Dr. Robert Newman enlisted his own elderly mother to befriend the aged multimillionaire and visit her hospital room on a daily basis “with the objective of obtaining even more purported gifts,” the papers allege.
Political firebrand Andrew Breitbart´s California home has been put on the market with an asking price of $1.995 million 9 months after the late pundit´s sudden death last Spring. Breitbart, who started at the Drudge Report before helping to found the Huffington Post and writing commentary for the Washington Times passed away at the age of 43 from heart failure this March. The stunning five-bedroom, four-bathroom home lies at the north tip of the L.A. National Cemetery. Breitbart passed away walking just outside the home. For parents in the real estate market, the house is in highly desirable
The panel guests on ABC News’ This Week erupted over a discussion about United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, her role in the administration’s early push to blame the September 11 attack in Benghazi on a YouTube video and Congressional Republican’s reaction to the attack in Libya. One panel guest lamented that Republicans had not rallied around President Barack Obama as Democrats did around Ronald Reagan in the wake of an attack in Lebanon. Former Mitt Romney advisor, Dan Senor, sent the panel into a frenzy when he suggested that the Reagan administration
The ever-increasing culture of entitlement was correctly identified by Mitt Romney as a leading factor in the Democrats´ victory. However, running in parallel is another culture on the rise -- one far less well-identified, which bodes ominously not only for the GOP´s future prospects, but, more importantly, for the democratic process itself.(snip)Pseudo-idealism is a term coined by the Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith to describe apparently charitable behavior that on scrutiny is revealed as selfish, because the giver is engaging in it only so that he or she can feel good about him- or herself.
Enas Khalafalla, 27, looked intently at an exercise in an English workbook, trying to understand the difference between "who" and "whose." "Look for the verb or the noun," her teacher Lindsay Crammond said. "That will help you." The Sudanese immigrant is one out of hundreds of people taking classes at the Albany Park Community Center, one of the organizations supported by Holiday Giving, a campaign of Chicago Tribune Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund. Founded in 1975, the center has been educating immigrants for about three decades. Today, the program serves about 1,400 English-as-a-second-language students each year,