Teachers head: Don’t link tests to evaluations yet

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the American Federation of Teachers says governments should hold off on plans to link standardized test results with schools’ evaluations. In a speech prepared for delivery Tuesday in New York, AFT President…

Ohio archbishop offers support over class shooting

CINCINNATI (AP) — Students will return for a prayer service before classes at an all-male Catholic high school in Ohio the day after police said a student shot himself in a classroom. A hospital spokeswoman says the unidentified…

Mass. voters to decide US Senate primary winners

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts voters on Tuesday will decide Tuesday which Republican and Democratic candidates will win their party primaries and head to the state’s second special U.S. Senate election in four years. The race to fill Secretary…

Benedict XVI returns to Vatican Thursday

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Retired Pope Benedict XVI is coming home. The Vatican says the 86-year-old emeritus pontiff will move into his new retirement home in the Vatican gardens Thursday. Benedict has been living at the papal residence…

Oil price falls slightly to near $94 a barrel

The price of crude fell slightly to near $94 per barrel Tuesday after Japan released lukewarm manufacturing data and on expectations that U.S. crude supplies were set to rise. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark crude for June…

‘House of Cards,’ Frank Ocean top Webby Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix’s groundbreaking “House of Cards” may go to be the first digital series nominated for a best drama Emmy. But it will start with a Webby. The Webby Awards are honoring “House of Cards”…

Arab League sweetens Israel-Palestinian peace plan

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s chief peace negotiator is welcoming the Arab League’s decision to sweeten a decade-old initiative offering comprehensive peace with Israel. The Arab League’s original 2002 peace initiative offered regionwide peace with Israel in exchange for…

Jurors deliberate Texas courthouse shooting case

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A jury in Galveston is to hear closing arguments in the capital murder trial of a Houston man charged with fatally shooting a 79-year-old bystander outside a Southeast Texas courthouse. Bartholomew Granger is accused…

Congo’s M23 rebels threaten new UN brigade

GOMA , Congo (AP) — Rebels in eastern Congo warn they’re getting ready to fight against a new United Nations brigade due to arrive in the coming months. Stanislas Baleke, an official with the M23 rebels, said Tuesday…

NJ teacher to appeal firing for urinating in class

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey second-grade teacher will appeal his firing for insubordination and inappropriate behavior, including urinating in class, his lawyer says. The Record newspaper (http://bit.ly/Yj144i ) reports Ron Tuitt released a statement in which…