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Q&A: Why Colorado, Arizona teachers are walking off the job

DENVER (AP) — Tens of thousands of schoolteachers plan to walk off the job in Arizona and Colorado on Thursday, shuttering classrooms in pursuit of better pay and school funding.<p>But there are key differences between the protests in the two states, which share below-average spending on public …

Education

France's Macron takes aim at Trump agenda in pointed speech to Congress

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Emmanuel Macron may be known in the US for his close relationship to President Donald Trump, but in his address to Congress on Wednesday, the French President took aim at several key points of Trump's agenda.<p>Speaking before US lawmakers from both the Senate and the House, Macron …

North Africa

Anxiety Relief Without The High? New Studies On CBD, A Cannabis Extract

As more states legalize marijuana, there's growing interest in a cannabis extract — cannabidiol, also known as CBD.<p>It's marketed as a compound that can help relieve anxiety — and, perhaps, help ease aches and pains, too.<p>Part of the appeal, at least for people who don't want to get high, is that CBD …

Cannabis

Trump challenges Native Americans’ historical standing

Tribes say they should be exempt from Medicaid work requirements.<p>The Trump administration says Native Americans might need to get a job if they want to keep their health care — a policy that tribal leaders say will threaten access to care and reverse centuries-old protections.<p>Tribal leaders want an …

Health Care

Indonesia's Aceh Lashes Unwed Couples and Prostitutes In What Could be the Province's Last Public Caning

(BANDA ACEH, Indonesia) — Indonesia’s deeply conservative Aceh province on Friday caned several unmarried couples for showing affection in public and …

Asia

These 'Sea Nomads' Are The First Known Humans to Have a Genetic Adaptation to Diving

They are evolving to fit their underwater life.<p>The deepest dive recorded by the free-diving Bajau Laut people of Southeast Asia was to an impressive …

Biology

Bajau people 'evolved bigger spleens' for free-diving

<b>In a striking example of natural selection, the Bajau people of South-East Asia have developed bigger spleens for diving, a study shows.</b><p>The Bajau are traditionally nomadic and seafaring, and survive by collecting shellfish from the sea floor.<p>Scientists studying the effect of this lifestyle on their …

Anthropology

Mount Kisco, N.Y.: Affordable, Walkable and Multicultural

Good schools, check. Train station no more than an hour’s commute from Manhattan, check. Proximity to parks and forests, check.<p>Crystal and Brian Pickard identified a number of towns that met these criteria in their search for a home in the tristate suburbs. What convinced them to settle in Mount …

Real Estate

Watch: Chaos in Nigerian Senate as 'hoodlums' steal mace in packed chamber

Three men have been filmed bursting into a packed Senate in Nigeria and stealing a symbolic mace.<p>Officials tackled the group of men as they entered the chamber on Wednesday morning, but one of them managed to evade capture and snatch the staff as confused lawmakers looked on. The thief then …

Africa

Manhattan turf war: 'Billionaires Row' vs. homeless shelter

NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the world's wealthiest people have apartments in the half-dozen new skyscrapers built along a stretch of Manhattan's 57th Street known as "Billionaires Row." And soon they may have an unwanted new neighbor: a homeless shelter.<p>The city has approved a plan to house 140 single …

Skyscrapers

Tennessee Strips $250,000 From Memphis As Payback For Removing Confederate Statues

The city of Memphis could lose a quarter-million dollars as punishment for removing statues of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest and Confederate President Jefferson Davis last year.<p>The Tennessee House of Representatives voted Tuesday to strip the money from next year's state budget. The sum …

Rights & Freedoms

Want to Raise Creative Kids? Science Says Do This With Their Toys (but Most Parents Are Afraid to)

No, it's not just "throw the toys out," like my dad once pretended to do<p>When I was little, my dad once got annoyed at my brother for not cleaning his room. So he took all the toys, announced he was donating them to the Salvation Army--and drove around with them in the trunk of his car for a few …

Kids

Correction: Malaysia-Mahathir Interview story

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — In a story April 18 based on an interview with former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, The Associated Press reported erroneously that he was Asia's longest-serving political leader when he retired. He was one of the region's longest-serving leaders, but not the …

Economic Development

Iran says will make or buy any weapons it needs, lambasts 'invading powers'

LONDON (Reuters) - President Hassan Rouhani said Iran would make or buy any weapons it needed to defend itself in a region beset by "invading powers", as the military paraded missiles and soldiers in front of him on National Army Day.<p>Fighter jets and bombers flew overhead as Rouhani told the Tehran …

South Asia

Senators leave classified briefing on Trump's Syria policy 'very unnerved'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Lawmakers emerged from a classified administration briefing on Tuesday expressing concern about administration policy on Syria and the legal justification for last week's military strikes against the regime of Bashar al-Assad.<p>"I am very unnerved by what I'm hearing and seeing," …

Middle East

GOP maneuver could roll back decades of regulation

Republicans are preparing to open a new front in their push to roll back regulations across the government, using a maneuver that could enable them to strike down decisions by federal agencies that reach back decades.<p>As soon as Tuesday, GOP senators, backed by President Donald Trump, will use the …

Regulation

Revisiting Sam Brownback’s tax cut disaster: How does Kansas feel about his “experiment”?

<b>Sam Brownback (AP/Charlie Riedel)</b><p>Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback was evangelical about his radical plan to slash taxes. A new documentary looks at results<p>Stephen Talbot<p>April 17, 2018 3:54pm (UTC)<p>"It's like shooting adrenaline into the heart of growing the economy." That's how Sam Brownback, then governor …

Income Tax

Trump: ‘High Crime’ Likely in California After Gov. Brown Rejects Border Troops

Nonpartisan group rejected president’s claim about barrier being built near San Diego<p>Donald Trump slammed California’s Democratic governor Tuesday, …

Immigration

Japan is heading for a trade showdown with America

The United States and Japan trade $200 billion in goods and services each year. It's a vital relationship President Donald Trump wants to overhaul, but Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe isn't so keen.<p>The two leaders are expected to talk about trade and other top issues such as North Korea during …

Economy

Hundreds Evacuated in Hawaii After 2 Feet of Rain Triggers Flooding and Mudslides

Rescuers and volunteers used jet skis and helicopters to evacuate hundreds of people in Hawaii this week and over the weekend after heavy rain caused …

Weather

SCOTUS nixes part of law requiring deportation of immigrants convicted of some crimes

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Supreme Court on Tuesday invalidated a provision of federal law that requires the mandatory deportation of immigrants who have been convicted of some "crimes of violence," holding that the law is unconstitutionally vague.<p>The case, Sessions v. Dimaya, had originated during the Obama …

Immigration

Mud near this small Japanese island could change the global economy

<b>(CNN) —</b> A small island in the Pacific Ocean is the site of a huge discovery that could change Japan's economic future. How huge? One economist called it a "game changer." The researchers who helped find it said it had "tremendous potential."<p>It's mud. A whole bunch of mud -- an estimated 16 million …

Rare Earth

'He's a disgrace to our state.' Kentucky teachers outraged over Gov. Matt Bevin's sex abuse remarks

LOUISVILLE — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's "guarantee" that a teacher protest led to a child being sexually abused somewhere in Kentucky added to the outrage that many educators say they have been feeling for months.<p>"For the governor of the state of Kentucky to come out and basically say teachers …

Education

Russia calls for UN meeting on Syria, mulls supplies of S-300 systems

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia on Saturday called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council as Moscow said it would consider supplying S-300 missile systems to Syria following U.S.-led strikes.<p>"Russia convenes an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss aggressive …

Russia

Louisiana takes aim at Jim Crow-era jury law

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is one of only two states in the country allowing a non-unanimous jury to convict a defendant of a felony, and a Louisiana lawmaker says it is time for the practice to end.<p>Sen. J.P. Morrell says the unusual rule is a remnant of the Jim Crow era, stemming from a …

Baton Rouge

We are proud to be 'rednecks'. It's time to reclaim that term

While the term divides us now, its history dates back to a time when mineworkers battled big coal – similar to teachers standing up for funding<p>Recent waves of protests and strikes in West Virginia invoke the memory of a now notorious figure in American history: the redneck.<p>To call someone a …

Native Americans

Teachers in Kentucky claim victory as Republicans reject GOP governor's veto

As Kentucky teachers declare victory after the Republican-dominated legislature overrode vetoes from the state's GOP governor of a spending plan that included new money for education, the question going forward is whether teachers will be able to sustain their momentum into the fall elections when …

Special Education

U.S. seeks to deport thousands of Vietnamese protected by treaty: former ambassador

HO CHI MINH CITY (Reuters) - The United States is seeking to send thousands of immigrants from Vietnam back to the communist-ruled country despite a bilateral agreement that should protect most from deportation, according to Washington's former ambassador to Hanoi.<p>A "small number" of people …

Immigration

Unnamed Republican congressman goes off in profane rant: 'We might as well impeach the *******'

"I say a lot of shit on TV defending him, even over this. But honestly, I wish the motherf*cker would just go away. We're going to lose the House, …

Donald Trump