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Buyer's remorse on Common Core for policymakers?
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Millions of students will sit down at computers this year to take new tests rooted in the Common Core standards for math and reading, but policymakers in many states are having buyer's remorse.... 8/30/2014 8:41 AM

50-state look at how Common Core playing out in US
A state-by-state look at the Common Core standards:... 8/30/2014 8:46 AM

Few women in construction; recruiting efforts rise
NEW YORK (AP) -- Janice Moreno graduated from college with a degree in English literature, but never landed a job paying more than $12 an hour. Now, at 36, she's back in the classroom - in safety glasses and a T-shirt - learning how to be a carpenter.... 8/30/2014 12:49 PM

Judge finds Texas abortion rules unconstitutional
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a federal judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional in a ruling that spares more than a dozen clinics from imminent closure.... 8/30/2014 1:02 AM

Atlantic City losing 2 casinos, 5K jobs in 3 days
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- A time few could imagine during the not-too-distant glory days of casino gambling has arrived in Atlantic City, where two casinos will close this weekend and a third will shut down in two weeks.... 8/30/2014 8:54 AM

California appeals teacher tenure ruling
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown appealed a court ruling that struck down tenure and other job protections for California's teachers, setting himself apart from leaders in some other states who have fought to end such protections or raise the standards for obtaining them.... 8/30/2014 1:48 PM

Ferguson slowly starting to make comeback
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- The unmistakable signs of healing are beginning to dot Ferguson, even the small area of this St. Louis-area suburb that was the center of attention for three weeks. But those in the community know they've got a long way to go.... 8/30/2014 11:34 AM

In Sandy turnaround test, NYC says it'll meet goal
NEW YORK (AP) -- A city home-repair program has been sprinting to meet a self-imposed deadline to signal a turnaround in Superstorm Sandy recovery, and officials say they're positioned to pass their test of rebuilding both houses and confidence.... 8/30/2014 12:18 PM

In quake, barrels became quarter-ton projectiles
NAPA, Calif. (AP) -- Napa Valley's seismically reinforced winery buildings generally held up to the largest earthquake to hit Northern California in a quarter-century, but the precious wine piled inside often did not.... 8/30/2014 10:35 AM

Sesame catching on in southeast US
LAKE CITY, Ark. (AP) -- Sesame is gaining a foothold in parts of the southeast United States, where cotton has long been king, as farmers take advantage of its drought tolerance and a recently developed trait that lets them bring it in with typical ag equipment.... 8/30/2014 10:31 AM