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Bill seeks to repeal Common Core, set up panel

NASHVILLE (AP) – Two Republican state senators have filed legislation to repeal the state's Common Core standards.

The measure would set up a so-called Tennessee Standards Commission that would recommend to the State Board of Education standards to be used in the state's K-12 public schools.

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Tigers ride Tulane’s Green Wave to seventh victory


A workman attitude served the University of Memphis Tigers well Saturday night as they dominated the Tulane Green Wave en route to a 38-7 victory at Yulman Stadium in New Orleans.

Riding the energy associated with clinching their first winning season since 2007, the Tigers (7-3) spoiled Homecoming Day for the Green Wave, with the defense forcing five turnovers

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‘Despite our best efforts, we weren't able to save him’


(The Root) – Dr. Martin Salia, the Maryland physician who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone and was brought to Nebraska for emergency treatment on Saturday, died Monday. He was the second person to die from the disease in the United States; Thomas Eric Duncan died from the disease after traveling to Dallas from Liberia earlier this year.

Washington, D.C., CBS affiliate WNEW reports that Salia “was diagnosed with Ebola on Monday, arrived in Omaha on Saturday” and was treated at the Nebraska Medical Center’s “biocontainment unit that ha[d] successfully treated two other Ebola patients this fall.”

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The day after Cosby goes radio silent, a new rape allegation surfaces


Sexual assault accusations against beloved actor and comedian Bill Cosby aren’t new. However, until recently, the star had largely escaped public scrutiny.

But in recent weeks, Cosby has been dealing with fallout from a series of allegations as, on Sunday, a new alleged victim came forward with a story of abuse, sharing her story in Hollywood Elsewhere.

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Loretta Lynch deserves swift confirmation


African-American women were excited about President Obama’s nomination of Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General of the United States.  Since she has sailed through two Senate confirmations, her current confirmation ought to move quickly and without controversy.  But Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky..) and his crowd seem to want to drag the process along, insisting on their “right” to question Loretta Lynch, and to make a spectacle of this confirmation.

There are dozens of vacancies in the ambassadorial ranks, among others, because Republicans have blocked Senate consideration of these appointments. Many Republican Senators keep saying they want to work with the administration.  One way to show it is to move some of the appointments out of gridlock.

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