• Mississippi Oct 31, 2019

    American Students' Performance Lags on Nation's Report Card

    The latest Nation’s Report Card is painting a dismal picture of math and reading achievement among American fourth and eighth graders despite a few bright spots. Students in the nation’s capital, which faced multiple scandals in its public school system last year, made significant gains in both reading and math this year, according to the National Assessment of Education Progress....

  • Donald Trump Apr 16, 2019

    Poll: Most Believe Schools Have Become Less Safe

    Twenty years after the Columbine High School shooting made practicing for armed intruders as routine as fire drills, many parents have only tepid confidence in the ability of schools to stop a gunman, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. And while most Americans consider schools less safe than they were 20 years...

  • New York Nov 9, 2018

    Magic 8 Ball, Uno, Pinball Inducted Into Toy Hall of Fame

    The National Toy Hall of Fame’s class of 2018 includes Magic 8 Ball, Uno and pinball.

  • Connecticut Jul 13, 2018

    Secret Service Guides Schools on Assessing Student Threat

    The U.S. Secret Service offered help Thursday to school districts struggling with how to recognize students at risk of becoming the next school shooter. Five months after an expelled student was charged with opening fire at his former Parkland, Florida, high school, killing 17 people, guidance being distributed nationwide focuses not just on identifying troubled students, but assessing their risk...

  • New Jersey Mar 8, 2018

    Teacher Unions See Momentum Build With West Virginia Strike

    As teachers in West Virginia noisily celebrated a 5 percent raise that ended their nine-day walkout, momentum was building elsewhere for similar protests over pay and benefits for the nation’s public school teachers.

  • New York Nov 9, 2017

    Clue, Wiffle Ball, Paper Airplane Enter Toy Hall of Fame

    The board game Clue. In the National Toy Hall of Fame. With the Wiffle Ball and paper airplane. The mystery of which toys earned the status of toy superstardom was solved Thursday with the announcement of the hall of fame’s Class of 2017. The whodunit game Clue, where players also must name the crime scene and murder weapon, continues to...

  • law enforcement Nov 8, 2017

    ‘It's Raining Needles': Drug Crisis Creates Syringe Pollution Threat

    They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass. They wash into rivers and float downstream to land on beaches. They pepper baseball dugouts, sidewalks and streets. Syringes left by drug users amid the heroin crisis are turning up everywhere. In Portland, Maine, officials have collected more than 700 needles so far this year, putting them on track...

  • New Jersey Nov 8, 2017

    Goal of Nation's First Opioid Court: Keep Users Alive

    After three defendants fatally overdosed in a single week last year, it became clear that Buffalo’s ordinary drug treatment court was no match for the heroin and painkiller crisis. Now the city is experimenting with the nation’s first opioid crisis intervention court, which can get users into treatment within hours of their arrest instead of days, requires them to check...

  • Donald Trump Nov 6, 2017

    Was Trump Behind a 2014 Effort to Foil Bon Jovi's NFL Bid?

    Was Donald Trump the secret force behind the seemingly grassroots 2014 campaign to block Jon Bon Jovi from buying the NFL’s Buffalo Bills? That’s what those involved are saying now, three years after the billionaire and the rocker were competing to buy the Bills.

  • New York Oct 13, 2017

    In NY Town, Parents Can Do Time If Their Child Does Crime

    North Tonawanda, a city just north of Buffalo, is getting attention for a new law that lets authorities send parents of bullies to jail for up to 15 days and fine them up to $250. The City Council voted unanimously Oct. 3 to amend an existing law to add bullying, harassment and underage drinking to the existing curfew violations parents...

  • Donald Trump May 15, 2017

    School Districts Brace for Changes in Medicaid Distributions

    For school districts still getting their financial footing after the Great Recession, the Medicaid changes being advanced as part of the health care overhaul are sounding familiar alarms. Administrators say programming and services even beyond those that receive funding from the state-federal health care program could be at risk should Congress follow through with plans to change the way Medicaid...

  • Carolyn Thompson Feb 16, 2017

    Judge Orders Drug-Addicted Mother of 4 to Not Get Pregnant

    A New York judge has ordered a drug-addicted mother of four who has worked as a prostitute not to get pregnant again until she has gained custody of her infant son. Family Court Judge Patricia Gallaher wrote that the order is meant to improve the woman’s chances of being rehabilitated and reunited with the boy “without a newer baby making...

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