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  • New SAT Security Changes After NY Cheating Ring

    New SAT Security Changes After NY Cheating Ring

    (NEW YORK) — After last year’s scandal on New York’s Long Island that involved high school students paying others to take the SAT for them, the College Board announced security changes Tuesday. “We are confident that the security enhancements announced today will help maintain an honest and fair testing environment for the millions of students who take the SAT each year as part of the college admission process,” said Kathryn Juric, vice president of the College Board for the SAT Program. “These reforms close a gaping hole in standardized test security that allowed students to cheat and steal admissions offers […]

  • JetBlue Flight Captain Suffers ‘Medical Situation’; Flight Diverted

    JetBlue Flight Captain Suffers ‘Medical Situation’; Flight Diverted

    (NEW YORK) — A JetBlue flight from New York to Las Vegas was diverted to Amarillo, Texas, on Tuesday after the plane’s captain suffered from what the airline is calling a “medical situation.” Flight 191, carrying approximately 140 passengers and crew members, took off Tuesday morning from John F. Kennedy International Airport headed to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. Less than three hours into the flight, the plane’s first officer declared an emergency involving the captain. “Another Captain, traveling off duty, entered the flight deck prior to landing at Amarillo, and took over the duties of the ill Crewmember […]

  • Trayvon Martin Dogged by School Suspensions

    Trayvon Martin Dogged by School Suspensions

    (SANFORD, Fla.) — Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager who was shot dead during a scuffle with a neighborhood watchman, was suspended from his Miami school three times over the past year, according to his family’s attorney. The revelation that Martin, 17, was dogged by disciplinary problems at school was the latest salvo in a war of leaks meant to bolster each side amid rising tension over the Feb. 26 shooting. Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, will appear before a House panel on Tuesday, and rallies continue around the country demanding that George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old watchman who shot […]

  • Supreme Court Hears ‘Obamacare’ Challenge on Individual Mandate

    Supreme Court Hears ‘Obamacare’ Challenge on Individual Mandate

    (WASHINGTON) — In the second day of arguments regarding health care, Supreme Court justices are considering the key constitutional issue, whether the government can compel Americans to buy health insurance or pay a fine or tax. That provision kicks in 2014. The government argues that Congress had the authority to pass the law under the Commerce Clause, the Necessary and Proper Clause and its taxing power. But opponents of the law – 26 states, four individuals and a small-business group – say Congress has no authority to force someone into the marketplace. They argue that if Congress has the power […]

  • Colorado Wildfire Kills One, Forces Hundreds to Evacuate

    Colorado Wildfire Kills One, Forces Hundreds to Evacuate

    (DENVER) — One person was killed and hundreds more evacuated from their homes in Colorado on Monday as a fast-moving wildfire burned through more than four-and-a-half square miles, authorities said. The death was confirmed overnight by the sheriff’s office in Jefferson County, a largely rural area 25 miles southwest of Denver where the wildfire was first reported midday Monday. Authorities said the fire, which officials suspect flared up from a controlled burn in the area last week, spread quickly because of dry and windy conditions in the area. More than 900 homes were evacuated Monday, and authorities overnight told homeowners […]

  • Missing Vermont Teacher: Police Warn Town as Body Possibly Found

    Missing Vermont Teacher: Police Warn Town as Body Possibly Found

    (ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt.) — The discovery of a body believed to be that of teacher Melissa Jenkins, whose SUV was found earlier this week still running with her 2-year-old son inside, has left police alarmed that whoever might have harmed her will strike again. The body of Jenkins, 33, from St. Johnsbury, Vt., is believed to have been found 16 hours after she vanished on a dark Vermont road Sunday night.  Residents of the town of fewer than 8,000 people, which sits roughly 40 miles from the Canadian border, were stunned after her disappearance and the discovery of the body.  […]

  • Colorado Wildfires Spread; Hundreds of Homes Evacuated

    Colorado Wildfires Spread; Hundreds of Homes Evacuated

    (DENVER) — At least 374 homes were evacuated Monday after intense wildfires stretching up to 3,000 acres erupted Monday in the Front Range Foothills about 25 miles west of Denver, according to the Jefferson County sheriff’s office. The fires are likely spreading due to the dry, windy weather in Colorado. The first evacuation was ordered Monday afternoon in the Pleasant Park area, where local schools have set up shelter for evacuated residents.   The “Lower North Fork Fire,” as it is being called, is among the worst of the fires and is burning in steep mountain canyon areas. Firefighters responding […]