The president spoke at the memorial for the 12 victims of Monday's shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. While acknowledging the unique grief of the families present, he also called for change to prevent future mass shootings.
The Common Core initiative would standardize academic goals nationwide. Forty-five states have signed on, but lawmakers in some states are rethinking their support. While both sides are stepping up their messaging, a poll out this month shows 62 percent of Americans have never heard of the Common Core.
An al-Qaida offshoot has taken Azaz from Western-backed Free Syrian Army fighters, demonstrating the growing power of jihadists. Azaz, an economic gateway between Syria and Turkey, is now cut off.
Cyclist Jacob Landis, who rode more than 10,000 miles to raise money for cochlear implants, will miss out on the final miles of his ride after being hit by a truck Saturday. Landis' goal was to ride to every Major League Baseball stadium; he says he'll still go to the final game on his schedule.
Democrats in coal-producing states will likely use every chance they get to separate themselves from President Obama in voters' minds. The EPA's new power plant rules are just such an opportunity. After all, Obama is about as unpopular in those states as coal is popular.
A U.S. Navy helicopter has crashed in the Red Sea, carrying a crew of five, the military service says. The status of the crew is not yet known; a search and rescue effort was begun after the crash. "The crash was not due to any sort of hostile activity," the Navy says.
Survivors' accounts and photographs provide new detail to the chaos that erupted Saturday. Attackers used grenades and guns to begin a standoff in a Nairobi mall that lasted into Sunday.