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High school graduation rate hits record high of 83.2 percent High school graduation rate hits record high of 83.2 percent
- October 18, 2016

Nationwide, the high school graduation rate rose to 83 percent. Texas boasted an 89 percent graduation rate overall - higher than the national average, and up three percent from the 2010 - 2011 school year. Students with disabilities and English language learners graduated at rates of 64.6 percent and and 65.1 percent, respectively. We didn't promise everybody that they'd get rich. (more...)
Quick Hit: Today Is Decision Day For Big 12
- October 18, 2016

Months of expansion speculation climaxed on Monday as presidents of the Big 12 schools met in Dallas . The teams come from all over the country and include Houston, Cincinnati , BYU , Central Florida, South Florida, Rice, SMU , Colorado State, UConn, Tulane and Air Force. (more...)
Hillary Clinton's campaign chair's Twitter account hacked, tweets support for Trump Hillary Clinton's campaign chair's Twitter account hacked, tweets support for Trump
- October 18, 2016

Clinton advisor Cheryl Mills was equally secretive, telling Plouffe, "I have shared that we met with ( Hillary Clinton ) and ( John Podesta); and with no others". "They mock Catholic converts", the organization said on its website in reference to the emails. John Halpin, a former colleague of Palmieri's at the Center for American Progress, commented to her about the decision of News Corp. (more...)
Report cites bias by San Francisco police
- October 16, 2016

In May, the city's then-police chief resigned under pressure from the previously supportive Mayor Ed Lee. "The report makes clear the significant challenges that lie ahead for the police department and The City", COPS Director Ronald Davis said, noting that the assessment found deficiencies in every area assessed. (more...)
Newtown families to appeal gun suit's dismissal Newtown families to appeal gun suit's dismissal
- October 15, 2016

In a 54-page decision filed Friday afternoon, Judge Barbara Bellis granted a motion to strike the entire lawsuit brought against the gun maker, Remington Outdoor Company, the dealer, Camfour Inc. "These families deserve to have their case heard in court and decided by a jury and we will do everything we can to make that happen", Koskoff said. (more...)
New Jersey Lawmakers Could Hike Gas Tax by 23 Cents
- October 15, 2016

How will the gas tax increase fund infrastructure projects? The gas tax hike plan had its share of opponents who saw it as a drag on the New Jersey economy. "While I have not authorized any other tax increase during my time as Governor, I'm authorizing this one because the importance of the Transportation Trust Fund, the tax fairness that we've accomplished together and the compromise that we've reached and because we need to responsibly finance this type of activity", said Gov. (more...)
'Debris flying everywhere' as tornado, rain wallop Northwest
- October 15, 2016

There were no immediate reports of damage. Debbie Harmon, owner of the Amanita Galley in Manzanita, said most of the damage is near the beach and downtown. Portland, meanwhile, had the rainiest October 13 in its history. "We could see on radar that it looked like probably a waterspout over the ocean, and that continued as it came on shore", Andy Bryant of the National Weather Service said. (more...)
Suspect in Boston police shootings said he was bounty hunter Suspect in Boston police shootings said he was bounty hunter
- October 14, 2016

Police said they could not yet comment or speculate on a motive for why Figueroa would open fire on the officers. According to City Council minutes, Figueroa was approved to be a constable by the council in April 13 following a background investigation by the Boston police's department's Licensing Unit. (more...)
Fire Prevention Week puts focus on smoke detector expiry dates Fire Prevention Week puts focus on smoke detector expiry dates
- October 14, 2016

A national survey conducted by the National Fire Protection Association shows that nine out of 10 Americans don't know how often smoke alarms need to be replaced. Montone, who spoke Tuesday at the launch for the week outside an apartment building on Glengarry Avenue, said the theme concludes a three-year series in promoting fire safety. (more...)
Bomb Suspect Accused Of Trying To Kill Cops To Be Arraigned
- October 14, 2016

The bombings injured dozens of people, before Ahmad Khan Rahami engaged in a shootout with police last month. Rahimi was shown lying in his hospital bed, where he is being treated after being critically wounded in a shootout with police on September 19 that led to his capture. (more...)
Deported: Joshua Wong Flies Back to Hong Kong
- October 13, 2016

He was later put on a plane back to Hong Kong. Foreign Ministry spokesman Sek Wannamethee said the Thai government did not forbid freedom of speech, adding that denial of entry could result from many factors and was mainly the responsibility of the Immigration Bureau. (more...)
Ban Ki-moon out as Guterres resumes as new United Nations chief
- October 13, 2016

He stressed that his name has only been recommended to the General Assembly and that he is not yet Secretary General . Educated in engineering at the Instituto Superior Technico in Portugal, Guterres left a career path in academia to join Portugal's Socialist Party in 1974. (more...)
Trump's vulgar remarks put Pence in awkward position Trump's vulgar remarks put Pence in awkward position
- October 13, 2016

Over the course of a single weekend, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has watched supporters and surrogates from his side of the aisle broadening their distances from the Donald after the Washington Post revealed on Friday a recording of the candidate making vulgar remarks about women in 2005. (more...)
Trump targets Ryan in another tweet
- October 12, 2016

Declaring himself unshackled, the billionaire businessman went after House Speaker Paul Ryan after the congressional leader effectively abandoned Trump in a private call with fellow Republicans. Donald Trump has posted a defiant tweet hinting at a fresh onslaught in the wake of a row over his comments about groping women. He vowed to go after Ryan and GOP leaders with the same passion he's attacking his Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton, who is now beating him by double digits in some ... (more...)
Purdue's Swanigan named to Preseason All-Big Ten team Purdue's Swanigan named to Preseason All-Big Ten team
- October 12, 2016

This evening, the Big Ten's preseason all-conference teams and the preseason player of the year were released. UW returns 99.8 percent of its minutes played and 99.7 percent of its scoring from a team that went 22-13 overall and 12-6 in Big Ten play last season. (more...)
Voters stand by Ayotte because of and despite Trump decision
- October 12, 2016

This despite the governor's statement that "I do not condone his remarks and can not defend them". Trump said at the beginning of the 90-minute showdown with Clinton: "I apologize to my family". Pence, who also spoke to Fox News, went on to mirror Trump's attacks on Bill Clinton's sexual past - a line of attack many Republican strategists worry will backfire and turn off voters. (more...)
Philippines ends South China Sea patrols with US
- October 11, 2016

Additionally, President Rodrigo Duterte wants to halt the 28 Philippine military exercises carried out with USA forces each year, Lorenzana said. "We will not beg for it", President Duterte said in his speech. China and the Philippines also have a tense relationship due to disagreements on sovereignty over parts of the South China Sea. His aim, he said, is to loosen ties with the us and give his Southeast Asian country a more "independent" foreign policy, with "new alliances" with China and ... (more...)
Rescues and worry after Hurricane Matthew inundates North Carolina
- October 11, 2016

A tally of death reported by mayors from 15 of 18 municipalities in Sud Department on the south side of the peninsula showed 386 people there. Some towns and villages were wiped off the map and tensions were already mounting as people awaited help, Mr Ban said. (more...)
Weakening But Still Powerful Matthew Plows Up Atlantic Coast Weakening But Still Powerful Matthew Plows Up Atlantic Coast
- October 10, 2016

At least 470 people were reported dead in one hard-hit district alone, with other devastated areas still unreachable four days later. The state-by-state death toll so far is: North Carolina , 5 deaths; Georgia , 4 deaths; and Florida, 6 deaths. (more...)
Hurricane Matthew dumps tremendous amount of rain on Jacksonville Hurricane Matthew dumps tremendous amount of rain on Jacksonville
- October 08, 2016

Friday. ABC News reports Jacksonville hasn't been hit with a major hurricane in more than 100 years, with the National Weather Service adding, "it will be unlike any hurricane in the modern era". "If people fail to leave and need help during the storm, there will be no one to help", Jacksonville Beach Mayor Charlie Latham said. "So if evacuations are issued, I really wholeheartedly recommend citizens take them seriously". (more...)
Coaches reflect on shutout losses to Archbishop Murphy Coaches reflect on shutout losses to Archbishop Murphy
- October 08, 2016

For Corey, his frustration with the situation has nothing to do with the Archbishop Murphy players themselves. However, they may not be able to take the field again. In 2010, St. George's School of Middletown, R.I., canceled a game against Lawrence Academy (Groton, Mass.) citing disparity in players' sizes . That was the concern of the parents of these kids. (more...)
Clinton reaches out to women while Trump defends taxes
- October 08, 2016

Podesta on Wednesday also commented on this week's vice-presidential debate, saying that he thought Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, GOP nominee Donald Trump's running mate, was "smooth" and "sort of likeable", but he "didn't get the job done" because he didn't promote or defend Trump. (more...)
Miami game to go on as planned, despite Matthew
- October 08, 2016

I believe the Tar Heels win a dog fight with Trubisky and wide receiver Ryan Switzer making a statement. A symbolic win in what is being a considered a big game, proof that Richt can still get the job done. Now ranked #10 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll , The U has their biggest game of the season this weekend. KH: "I've called Florida State already this year, so I've had a chance to see them". (more...)
Cops plan to charge dad in scary clown mask who followed bus Cops plan to charge dad in scary clown mask who followed bus
- October 08, 2016

Other scary and suspicious encounters with people dressed like clowns have been reported to police across the country in recent weeks - some of which have turned out to be hoaxes. The information was posted on the Auburn Police Department Facebook page. A OR grandfather who dressed up like a scary clown walked his grandchildren to Floyd Light Middle School and then shadow boxed outside the school, frightening the children inside. (more...)
Tim McGraw, Faith Hill bring Soul2Soul 2017 to San Jose, Sacramento Tim McGraw, Faith Hill bring Soul2Soul 2017 to San Jose, Sacramento
- October 06, 2016

McGraw went solo for "Something Like That" and "Shotgun Rider" and moved the audience with his performance of recent single "Humble and Kind". The married couple of almost 20 years have been on top of the charts since the early 90s. The famous couple will be celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary this year. He has won three Grammy Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 11 Country Music Association Awards and 10 American Music Awards. (more...)
How to Watch Lady Gaga's First Dive Bar Tour Stop in Nashville How to Watch Lady Gaga's First Dive Bar Tour Stop in Nashville
- October 06, 2016

Get in line! Thankfully, Gaga has found a unique and exciting way to promote her fifth album by staging a number of shows in itty bitty bars around the country. Pop superstar, Lady Gaga , said hello to fans who waited in line almost all day before playing her first show in the Bud Light X Dive Bar Tour. Million Reasons was one of those songs and she's gone right ahead and dropped the studio version as well. (more...)
New Jersey homes destroyed in blast after gas smell report New Jersey homes destroyed in blast after gas smell report
- October 05, 2016

Windows were blown out at some homes, while the roofs of other structures were pierced by flying pieces of wood. The incident happened on Goshen Street in Paterson around 9:25 a.m., and two homes were leveled while others were damaged and on fire. (more...)
SC governor orders evacuation ahead of hurricane SC governor orders evacuation ahead of hurricane
- October 05, 2016

The governor has already declared a state of emergency. Nevertheless, faced with the increasingly likely prospect of monster category four storm Hurricane Matthew striking the Palmetto State coastline within the next five days - Haley is deciding to err on the side of caution. (more...)
Hillary Clinton's remarks on young voters fuel new Donald Trump pitch Hillary Clinton's remarks on young voters fuel new Donald Trump pitch
- October 05, 2016

The Trump campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, tweeted that Clinton had been "caught again mocking Americans; she hates coal miners, baristas, Sanders idealists". "Of course it does, but we were in the middle of a campaign", the senator said. It's just that young people are less burdened by the political disappointments of the past and more imaginative about the political future. (more...)
Kim Kardashian attack: Kim Kardashian attack: "100% inside job"
- October 05, 2016

So some believe the robbery could have been an inside job , perpetrated by those who somehow knew Kim would be alone in her apartment. Kardashian was ambushed early Monday morning local time by masked bandits dressed as policemen while in a penthouse apartment. (more...)

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