By PHILIP ELLIOTTAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - States can ask for another year before being required to use student test results to decide whether to keep or fire teachers, Education Secretary Arne Duncan told school chiefs on Tuesday.
Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia have
By The Associated Press
Word that the Taliban and U.S. will hold formal talks to find a political solution to end nearly 12 years of war in Afghanistan comes after years of failed efforts at peace talks. A look at the evolution of U.S. relations with the Taliban:
-The Taliban, an Islamic
By HAMZA HENDAWIAssociated Press
CAIRO (AP) - Massive nationwide protests that Egypt's opposition plans for June 30 are taking on a dangerous edge.
Opponents of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi are convinced that this is the best and perhaps the last opportunity to drive him from power. They
By LAURAN NEERGAARDAP Medical Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Medicare begins a major change next month that could save older diabetics money and time when they buy crucial supplies to test their blood sugar - but it also may cause some confusion as patients figure out the new system.
On July 1, Medicare
By CARLA K. JOHNSONAP Medical Writer
CHICAGO (AP) - A nonprofit group helping to spread the word about President Barack Obama's health care overhaul launched a campaign Tuesday that will target states with high numbers of uninsured Americans and tackle their skepticism with straightforward
By JULIE PACEAP White House Correspondent
BERLIN (AP) - President Barack Obama is opening a 24-hour visit to Germany, the culmination of which will be a speech Wednesday at Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate.
Obama will also hold meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other government
By ADAM GOLDMAN, EILEEN SULLIVAN and TOM HAYSAssociated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Police Department's widespread spying programs directed at Muslims have undermined free worship by innocent people and should be declared unconstitutional, religious leaders and civil rights advocates
By DEB RIECHMANNAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Tuesday that he has chosen former Sen. Russ Feingold as the new U.S. special representative for the Great Lakes region of Africa and the ongoing crisis in the Congo.
Congo's government and rebels,
By KEN THOMASAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says she is supporting a super political action committee encouraging Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president in 2016.
McCaskill is the first sitting member of Congress to endorse the group, called Ready for Hillary
By MICHAEL TARMAssociated Press
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's next U.S. attorney faces a dilemma sprung from the twin evils bedeviling America's third-largest city.
Should he zero in on Illinois' deep pool of political corruption with the resolve of his predecessor, who sent two governors to
By MARCIA DUNNAP Aerospace Writer
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA has eight new astronauts - its first new batch in four years.
Among the lucky candidates: the first female fighter pilot to become an astronaut in nearly two decades. A female helicopter pilot also is in the group. In fact, four of
UPDATE: The female driver has been identified as Jennifer A. Schmidt of Spokane Valley. The male driver has been identified as Sean D. Moss. Both Schmidt and Moss were life-flighted by Medstar to Sacred Heart. The State Patrol says both vehicles were totaled and both drivers were wearing seatbelts
PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE VALLEY POLICE DEPT: On Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at 9:15 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies responded to a person with a weapon call near the area of 13600 E. 20th Ave. Deputies arrived on scene and found the victim homeowner detaining the suspect, later