• How well do you know your town? - 05/05/2015 05:15 PM EDT
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    With new standardized tests, educators worry about scores

    05/06/2015 03:15 AM EDT
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Call this the year of the test. Or, at least the year of standardized test mania. 
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    Senators seek VA probe to see if mishandled claims systemic
    05/06/2015 03:25 AM EDT - WASHINGTON (AP) — Troubled by delays in handling of veterans claims, a bipartisan group of senators is seeking a wide-scale independent review of the Department of Veterans Affairs for mismanagement and changes to improve budgeting and speed up applications. Full Story

    Energy-producing states blast Obama climate change plan
    05/05/2015 05:17 PM EDT - WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's far-reaching plan to address climate change would cause job losses and lead to higher electricity prices and even power outages, attorneys general from two energy-producing states said Tuesday. Full Story

    Ellen Albertini Dow, 'Wedding Singer' rapper, dies at 101
    05/05/2015 02:50 PM EDT - LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ellen Albertini Dow, a feisty character actress best known for her salty rendition of "Rapper's Delight" in "The Wedding Singer," has died. Full Story

    Study: Trace amount of drilling fluid found in water well
    05/04/2015 06:10 PM EDT - Toxic fluids used in drilling and hydraulic fracturing likely escaped an unlined borehole and migrated thousands of feet into a residential drinking-water supply in Pennsylvania, according to a study published Monday. Full Story

    Study: Cutting carbon dioxide saves 3,500 US lives a year
    05/04/2015 01:45 PM EDT - WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama Administration's hotly debated plan to reduce heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the nation's power plants will save about 3,500 lives a year by cutting back on other types of pollution as well, a new independent study concludes. Full Story

    Comcast now has more Internet than cable customers
    05/04/2015 09:15 AM EDT - NEW YORK (AP) — Just before its $45 billion deal with Time Warner Cable collapsed over regulators' fears about a giant cable company's control over the Web, Comcast was racking up more Internet customers. Full Story

    Survey: States spent $1B-plus to clear winter snow and ice
    05/04/2015 10:15 AM EDT - BOSTON (AP) — Winter's full fury arrived late in much of the country, but once it did it was relentless, forcing state transportation agencies to spend more than $1 billion to keep highways safe and passable, according to a first-of-its-kind survey. Full Story

    Slain trooper's parents say they forgive suspected ambusher
    05/03/2015 09:30 PM EDT - TOBYHANNA, Pa. (AP) — The parents of a slain Pennsylvania State Police trooper said Sunday they have forgiven his alleged killer and are relying on their deep faith to get them through the loss. Full Story

    Frank Olivo, Santa pelted with snow at '68 Eagles game, dies
    05/02/2015 04:25 PM EDT - PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The fill-in Santa whose downfield jaunt at a Philadelphia Eagles game in 1968 lives on in sports history for the hail of snowballs and shower of boos that rained down on him has died. Full Story