March 4, 2015

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Ohio won’t withhold school funding for those skipping tests

Practice test books sit on a table in the Sixth grade English Language Arts and Social Studies classroom at Morgan Elementary School South in Stockport, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ty Wright)

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio’s superintendent says the state won’t withhold funding to penalize schools for students opting out of standardized tests this year. A growing number of parents are letting kids skip mandated exams amid complaints that new testing linked to the Common Core standards is too time-consuming and that the preparation distracts from deeper Read More…

10 Things to Know, Wednesday, March 4

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Boston Marathon bombing trial begins Lawyers of accused suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will seek to portray him as the impressionable younger brother of the attack’s mastermind, Tamerlan, while prosecutors will say he was an active and willing participant. Read More…

Officials: US report finds racial bias in Ferguson police

In this Nov. 26, 2014, file photo, members of Missouri National Guard stand outside of the Ferguson Police Department and the Municipal Court in Ferguson, Mo. A Justice Department investigation has found patterns of racial bias in the Ferguson police department and at the municipal jail and court. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department investigation found sweeping patterns of racial bias within the Ferguson, Missouri, police department, with officers routinely discriminating against blacks by using excessive force, issuing petty citations and making baseless traffic stops, according to law enforcement officials familiar with its findings. The report, which Ferguson city officials said would be Read More…

Opening statements due in Boston Marathon bombing trial

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BOSTON (AP) — Two dramatically different portraits of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are expected to emerge when prosecutors and Tsarnaev’s lawyers give their opening statements at his federal death penalty trial. Was he a submissive, adoring younger brother who only followed directions given by his older, radicalized brother? Or was he a willing, Read More…

Coal mine blast in eastern Ukraine kills 1, traps dozens

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DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — An explosion ripped through a coal mine before dawn Wednesday in war-torn eastern Ukraine, killing at least one miner and trapping more than 30 others underground, rebel and government officials said. One injured miner reported seeing five bodies. The explosion at the Zasyadko mine in Donetsk, an eastern city under separatist Read More…

AP Analysis: Speech fallout could determine Netanyahu’s fate

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday. In a speech that stirred political intrigue in two countries, Netanyahu told Congress that negotiations underway between Iran and the U.S. would "all but guarantee" that Tehran will get nuclear weapons, a step that the world must avoid at all costs. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

JERUSALEM (AP) — With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing a tough re-election fight in two weeks, the U.S. Congress has handed him an unprecedented boost with its effusive welcome to a message that resonates at home: Iran cannot be trusted as a threshold nuclear state. Which way it goes for Netanyahu may hinge on whether Read More…

Clinton ran homebrew computer system for official emails

In this Sept. 12, 2012 file photo, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the State Department in Washington. Clinton used a personal email account during her time as secretary of state, rather than a government-issued email address. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The computer server that transmitted and received Hillary Clinton’s emails — on a private account she used exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state — traced back to an Internet service registered to her family’s home in Chappaqua, New York, according to Internet records reviewed by The Associated Press. Read More…

Alabama probate judges ordered to halt gay wedding licenses

Shanté Wolfe, left, and Tori Sisson, right, wait for their marriage license to be processed before becoming the first couple to file their marriage license in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, file)

Probate judges must again decide whether to issue wedding licenses to gay couples after the Alabama Supreme Court ruled the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is legal, despite a federal court’s decision to the contrary. The all-Republican court sided with a pair of conservative groups Tuesday night and ordered Alabama’s 68 probate judges to stop Read More…

Boehner escapes jam on DHS vote, but more GOP battles loom

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio returns to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday as the House votes on funding for the Homeland Security Department without provisions attached to counter President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner’s job is safe despite passing yet another big bill that most of his Republican colleagues oppose, as he did Tuesday to avert defunding the Department of Homeland Security. But Boehner and his leadership team appear destined to confront fratricidal fights for months to come. The friction exposes deep Read More…

New Malaysia Airlines CEO a “battle hardened” veteran

In this April 10, 2014, file photo, a Malaysia Airlines crew walks into a check in area at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia. New Malaysia Airlines CEO, Christoph Mueller, 52, comes to the post fresh from a stint reviving Ireland’s Aer Lingus. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul, File)

HONG KONG (AP) — When the owners of embattled Malaysia Airlines went looking for a new CEO to lead its restructuring, they chose a German turnaround specialist known as “The Terminator” to take on what’s been dubbed the toughest job in aviation. Christoph Mueller, 52, comes to the post fresh from a stint reviving Ireland’s Read More…