Elizabeth Alvarez

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Power to the states: Education law rewrite passes Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Those federally mandated math and reading tests will continue, but a sweeping rewrite of the nation's education law will now give states — not the U.S. government — authority to decide how to use the results in evaluating teachers and schools.<p>The Senate on Wednesday voted …

House of Representatives approves bill to ban environmentally damaging microbeads

The United States is poised to ban microbeads, minuscule pieces of plastic found in personal care products like face and body washes, toothpastes, and soap, after studies showed they cause significant harm to the environment. The House of Representatives yesterday approved the Microbead Free Waters …

The Supreme Court just heard an affirmative-action case that could lead to an incredibly rare phenomenon

As she did when the court last heard the challenge, Fisher v. Texas, Justice Elena Kagan will recuse herself from the case. That's because she worked on the case as the US' solicitor general from 2009-10.<p>That leaves the Supreme Court with eight justices to hear and decide on the case this time …

The U.S. Doubles Down on Climate Financing and Ambition at Paris

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Bangladesh's high court upholds death sentences for 2 opposition leaders; protests planned

Bangladesh's Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the death sentences imposed on two opposition leaders for war crimes committed during the nation's 1971 war of independence.<p>The court rejected the appeal of Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid of the Jamaat-e-Islami party and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury of the …

John McCain wants to outlaw encryption that the US government can't crack

On Tuesday, he told reporters that "in the Senate Armed Services [Committee], we're going to have hearings on it and we're going to have legislation," according to The Hill, labeling the current state of affairs "unacceptable."<p>Encryption refers to scrambling data in such a way that it is unreadable …

Texas man accused of prostituting 4-year-old girl on Craigslist

The ad allegedly appeared in Craigslist’s “casual encounters” section.<p>Andrew Turley, the 28-year-old Houston man accused of posting the notice, was offering the chance to “play with daddy’s little girl” in return for money. Then, he allegedly exchanged more than 60 e-mails with undercover Houston …