Obama: Too much testing makes education boring

Obama: Too much testing makes education boring

President Barack Obama said Monday that students should take fewer standardized tests and school performance should be measured in other ways than just exam results. Too much testing makes education boring for kids, he said. “Too often what we have been doing is using these tests to punish students or to, in some cases, punish […]

Va. Tech fined $55,000 for delayed response to shooting

Va. Tech fined $55,000 for delayed response to shooting

Virginia Tech will have to pay the maximum $55,000 fine for violating federal law by waiting too long to notify students during the 2007 shooting rampage but will not lose any federal student aid, the U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday. Department officials wrote in a letter to the school that the sanction should have […]

Why didn’t Obama mention Libyan rebels?

Why didn’t Obama mention Libyan rebels?

President Barack Obama wanted to tell a hesitant America why he launched a military assault in Libya, and he wanted to describe it on his terms — limited, sensible, moral and backed by international partners with the shared goal of protecting Libyans from a ruthless despot. Trouble is, the war he described Monday doesn’t quite […]

Supremes unimpressed with Arizona campaign finance law

Supremes unimpressed with Arizona campaign finance law

The Supreme Court appeared poised Monday to strike down a provision of a campaign financing system in Arizona that gives extra cash to publicly funded candidates who face privately funded rivals and independent groups. Such a decision would be another blow to public campaign financing, once thought of as an antidote to the corrupting influence […]

Rob Lowe dishes dirt on pal Charlie Sheen

Rob Lowe dishes dirt on pal Charlie Sheen

Rob Lowe gives fellow Brat Packer Charlie Sheen a slight edge when it comes to partying. Lowe tells Vanity Fair that in past days, he and Sheen “competed to see who could play harder, then show up for work.” Lowe recently finished his autobiography and shared excerpts with the magazine. He calls Sheen “a wonderful […]

Republicans shift gears on housing market ‘reform’

Republicans shift gears on housing market ‘reform’

House Republicans plan to introduce eight bills on Tuesday that would each take a small step toward pushing taxpayer-backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac out of business, according to congressional aides and lobbyists. The GOP strategy of using a bite-sized approach to ease the government out of the mortgage system seems to be […]

Obama’s speech fails the smell test

Obama’s speech fails the smell test

There may be less than meets the eye to President Barack Obama’s statements Monday night that NATO is taking over from the U.S. in Libya and that U.S. action is limited to defending people under attack there by Moammar Gadhafi’s forces. In transferring command and control to NATO, the U.S. is turning the reins over […]

Obama defends his Libyan war

Obama defends his Libyan war

Vigorously defending the first war launched on his watch, President Barack Obama declared Monday night that the United States intervened in Libya to prevent a slaughter of civilians that would have stained the world’s conscience and “been a betrayal of who we are” as Americans. Yet he ruled out targeting Moammar Gadhafi, warning that trying […]

Newest teen trauma: Facebook depression

Newest teen trauma: Facebook depression

Add “Facebook depression” to potential harms linked with social media, an influential doctors’ group warns, referring to a condition it says may affect troubled teens who obsess over the online site. Researchers disagree on whether it’s simply an extension of depression some kids feel in other circumstances, or a distinct condition linked with using the […]

Courts will have to settle mess in Wisconsin

Courts will have to settle mess in Wisconsin

With Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s administration insisting a new law eliminating most of state workers’ collective bargaining rights had gone into effect and other state and municipal leaders disputing that, many were looking to a Tuesday court hearing for some kind of clarity. The latest over the collective bargaining law began Friday when the […]