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Trump Praises Erdogan Despite Incidents of Violence Against Protesters

U.S. President Donald Trump praised Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a friend who gets “high marks” for “running a very difficult part of the world.” Trump’s effusive praise for the Turkish leader came on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday despite tensions between the two countries over the conduct of Turkish security officials toward American protesters. Hours before Trump met Erdogan for talks, Erdogan supporters punched and kicked three protesters who interrupted his speech at a New York hotel. Erdogan was addressing several hundred people…

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Common Core used widely, despite continuing debate

AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta WASHINGTON (AP) — Most of the states that first endorsed the Common Core academic standards are still using them in some form, despite continued debate over whether they are improving student performance in reading and math. Of the states that opted in after the standards were introduced in 2010 – 45 plus the District of Columbia – only eight have moved to repeal the standards, largely due to political pressure from those who saw Common Core as infringing on local … Read the referenced┬ástory here: Common…

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Florida’s Irma Outages Continue Despite Power Grid Upgrades

Hundreds of thousands of customers in Florida are still without power nine days after Hurricane Irma hit. Electric companies in the state are coming under fire from residents, legislators and local officials about how long it is taking to get power back on. Eight people in a south Florida in a nursing home died last week amid sweltering heat.   Despite the frustrations, experts in the electric industry and utility officials point out that improvements made since Hurricane Wilma hit 12 years ago have meant people waiting less time for…

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Construction resumes on Dakota pipeline despite tribe's challenge

Top Stories CANNON BALL, N.D./HOUSTON (Reuters) – The company building an oil pipeline that has fueled sustained public protests said on Thursday it has started drilling under a North Dakota lake despite a last-ditch legal challenge from a Native American tribe leading the opposition. Construction resumes on Dakota pipeline despite tribe's challenge

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