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In Victory for Public Ed, Colorado Boots Koch-Backed School Board

Colorado school board members oustedIn a resounding blow to the national education "reform" movement, voters in Jefferson County, Colorado on Tuesday overwhelmingly chose to recall three Koch-backed conservative school board members who, among other transgressions, last year suggested censoring U.S. history curriculum to promote patriotism.

Ousted JeffCo board members Julie Williams, Ken Witt, and John Newkirk have been in office for two years. They won seats in 2013 on the five-member board and, as the Washington Post reports, "moved quickly to institute controversial school reforms, including a merit pay system for teachers and an educator evaluation system that used student test scores." They also championed charter schools and voucher programs.


Snowden surveillance revelations drive UK and US policy in opposite directions

SnowdenWhile in the US modest attempts have been made to curb the NSA’s powers in the wake of the Edward Snowden surveillance revelations, the UK is going the other way.

The British government on Wednesday published draft legislation on surveillance, its response to the documents disclosed by Snowden to the Guardian two and a half years ago revealing the scale of snooping by the NSA and its British sister agency, GCHQ.


Bernie Sanders launches new climate plan to curb US fossil fuel extraction

Bernie SandersBernie Sanders launched a new climate campaign on Wednesday, aimed at fighting global warming by banning new coal, oil and gas mining on public land.

The Keep it in the Ground Act co-sponsored by the senator and Democratic presidential candidate aims at plugging one of the big gaps in Barack Obama’s climate change plan: his administration’s continued sanction of fossil fuel extraction on the government’s lands and waters.


Five wounded in stabbing rampage at California college

Stabbings at U of CFive students were stabbed Wednesday at the University of California, Merced, and the suspect was fatally shot by police, the school said.

"Update: 5 students stabbed; 2 sent out via medical helicopter; 3 treated on campus. All conscious." the school tweeted.

The school later tweeted that the suspect had been killed by officers at the scene. The campus, located in the San Joaquin Valley, was closed and classes were canceled for the day.


Justin Trudeau sworn in as new Canada prime minister

Trudeau sworn inCanada's new leader, Justin Trudeau, has been sworn in as prime minister, ending 10 years of Conservative rule.
His ascension marks a new era of Liberal politics after an election that saw Stephen Harper's party ousted.

Mr Trudeau, 43, follows in the footsteps of his father who held the office for nearly two decades. The move could see an increase in public spending, better relations with the US and an increase in the number of Syrian refugees being taken in.


Why is death rate rising for white, middle-aged Americans?

Why death rate high among white middle class americansMiddle-aged white Americans are seeing rising death rates that have shocked researchers. Why is this happening?

While non-whites, younger people and people in other countries are seeing falling death rates, a new study shows the reverse is happening for white men and women in the US aged 45-54.


Ohio Rejects 'Deeply Flawed, Monopolistic' Legal Weed Measure

pot law fails in OhioOhio voted Tuesday against legalizing recreational and medical marijuana via an amendment to the state's constitution, shooting down a proposal to grant a small number of wealthy investors sole permission to operate commercial marijuana farms.

"The people of Ohio have understandably rejected a deeply flawed, monopolistic approach to marijuana reform that failed to garner broad support from advocates or industry leaders," National Cannabis Industry Association executive director Aaron Smith said in a statement after Tuesday's vote. "This debate has shown that there is a strong base of support for legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana. Now the foundation has been laid for a potential 2016 effort that would put forward a more common-sense initiative and have a major impact on the presidential conversation in the process."


Cop ‘GI Joe’ Gliniewicz Stole From Police Then Faked His Own Murder

Hero cop faked suicideInvestigators never found the men suspected of killing Lieutenant “GI Joe” Gliniewicz. Not for lack of effort, not for lack of evidence, and not for too few tips.

The men didn’t exist.

The three vaguely described suspects, “Two male white, one male black,” were apparently a product of Gliniewicz’s imagination, ginned up to make himself go out like a hero.


Cargo plane crashes in South Sudan killing dozens on board, ground

cargo plane crahes south sudanA cargo plane carrying passengers crashed shortly after taking off from an airport in South Sudan's capital of Juba, killing at least 41 people both on board the plane and on the ground, airport officials have told Al Jazeera.

Police on Wednesday were pulling the bodies of men, women and children out of the wreckage of the Russian-built Antonov cargo plane, which smashed into a farming community on an island on the White Nile River.


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