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Senate Republicans Advance Bill to Give State Grants to Private School Students

Iowa Senate Republicans have reignited the “school choice” debate with a new proposal to use some public money for private school education. The bill would give about $4,000 of state money for each student enrolling in a private school, which is 60 percent of the per-pupil funding for public school students. Current private and homeschool students would not be eligible for the “education savings grants." Republicans on a Senate panel advanced the bill Thursday to the full Appropriations...

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Updated at 11:05 a.m. EDT

President Trump threatened to veto a massive spending bill on Friday morning, hours before the government could shut down if it doesn't get the funding it approves.

The $1.3 trillion omnibus legislation passed both chambers of Congress after lengthy negotiations between leaders of both parties. The Senate passed it late Thursday and most lawmakers had left Washington by Friday morning.

Updated 11:09 a.m. ET

A man killed three people and wounded at least three others in a supermarket in the town of Trebes in southern France, according to the French interior minister.

A police union official told The Associated Press that the suspect was shot to death when police raided the market.

Reuters reports that Mayor Eric Menassi told LCI TV that the man had entered the grocery yelling, "Allahu Akbar, I'll kill you all."

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Last week, we posed this question to our audience: When do charitable partnerships cross the line?

The question came in light of a recent alliance between the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and Heineken. The beer giant is offering its communications and logistics expertise to help with the delivery of health-care supplies in markets where Heineken already has an extensive distribution system.

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On August 12, 1945, days after atomic bombs were dropped on Japan, the Donnors received an official telegram at their home in Big Rapids, Michigan. Their son, U.S. Navy Radio Technician Second Class Clarence W. Donnor was missing in action, it said.

Although they did not know it at the time, Clarence Donnor had been listed as a passenger on the USS Indianapolis, which had been sunk by a Japanese submarine in the Philippine Sea on July 30, resulting in the largest loss of life at sea in U.S. Navy history.


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