Tapes released today in response to legal challenge.
Better pay for U.S. teachers might help improve student scores
America’s lackluster performance on international math, reading and science tests released Tuesday has rekindled the debate over the status and pay of U.S. teachers.
Dozens of whales beached in Everglades National Park in Florida
By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - Dozens of whales were beached in the Everglades National Park in southwest Florida, and rangers and wildlife workers were trying to keep the animals stable until the tide rose enough to allow them to return to sea, a park spokeswoman said on Wednesday. About 30 whales were stranded in shallow water, and 10 more were on the shore, in a remote park of the Everglades near the Gulf of Mexico when the pod was first sighted Tuesday, park spokeswoman Linda Friar said. The animals were believed to be short-finned pilot whales, typically found in deep water in tropical and temperate areas. "Pilot whales are common stranders.
Woman drives 'Liberty Van' 5,000 miles to fight ticket, wins
A 56-year-old grandmother drove from Kentucky to New Jersey several times in order to fight a $56 traffic ticket over her so-called "Liberty Van." Good news for the woman: She won.
Truck with dangerous radioactive waste stolen in Mexico
The vehicle was transporting a "teletherapy source" containing cobalt-60 from a hospital.
Christie's values Detroit-owned art at $452 million to $866 million
By Joseph Lichterman DETROIT (Reuters) - The auction house Christie's put a price tag on one of Detroit's highest-profile city assets, its share of the Detroit Institute of Arts collection, stating that nearly 3,000 works controlled by the city are worth between $452 million and $866 million. The finding by Christie's, hired to place a value on art treasures that could become a contested element of the Detroit bankruptcy, puts a range of value on 2,781 works owned or partially owned by the city. The holdings represent only about 5 percent of the DIA's full collection, but with the finding Tuesday that Detroit is bankrupt under Chapter 9 of the federal bankruptcy code, it is possible the city may seek to monetize some of the artwork. Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr retained Christie's in August to appraise city-owned works as part of Detroit's bankruptcy case.