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Students Protest Against Standardized Testing in Colorado
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Skipping Standardized Tests

Thousands of students across the country are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance. At some schools, up to 70 percent of kids are refusing to take the exams


ISIS Bomb Kills 33

At least 33 people died in a suicide bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday morning, with ISIS claiming responsibility

Vanessa Klein, 15, shops with her parents at Backtrack Records on Saturday, April 4, 2015 in Lincoln, Neb. Recycled Sounds will be one of three independent record stores in Lincoln participating in Record Store Day.  (Allison Hess/The Journal-Star via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; KOLN-TV OUT; KGIN-TV OUT; KLKN-TV OUT

Celebrate Record Store Day With Exclusive Vinyl Releases

The annual event promotes independent record stores and features a limited supply of records released just for the day. This year's selection of 400 exclusive releases include David Bowie's "Changes" and Bob Dylan's "The Night We Called It a Day"


Kansas Tattoo Parlors Say No Ink on Welfare

Owners and operators of a half-dozen Kansas psychics, lingerie stores and tattoo parlors, in which poor families are now restricted from spending cash assistance from the state, all say patrons aren't spending benefits dollars in there anyway

Cardinal Francis George sits for an interview on Oct. 20, 2014 at the Cardinal's Residence in Chicago.

Chicago Cardinal George Dies at 78

Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who played a key role in the church's response to the clergy sex abuse scandal, has died. Appointed to lead the archdiocese in 1997, George became a leading figure of his era in the American church

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel watches from the sidelines in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cleveland on Dec. 14, 2014.

Johnny Manziel Apologizes to Browns Fans

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has apologized to his team and his fans, saying he let them down in his difficult rookie season. In a statement released Friday, he said he planned to work hard to regain everyone’s trust and respect

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Recovering From Surgery

The NBA’s all-time leading scorer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar underwent what his doctors are calling a successful quadruple coronary bypass survey on Thursday. Abdul-Jabbar, a TIME columnist, was admitted to the hospital this week with cardiovascular disease

An Oakley police car on March 14, 2014 in Oakley, Mich.

This Michigan Town Has 1 Cop for Every 2 Residents

A town in Michigan with a population of just 300 has roughly 150 police officers in an alleged “pay-to-play” scheme that allows reserve officers to get around the state's gun restrictions. The town of Oakley, Mich., has dozens of people apply to become cops


Oregon Plans to Make Beer Out of Sewage Water

The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission recently approved the use of recycled sewage water to brew beer, the Oregon Public Broadcasting’s environmental news organization EarthFix reports. The beer would not be available for commercial or retail use