Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

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Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- In a move certain to bolster his national standing with conservatives, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal sued the Obama administration Wednesday, hoping to strike a blow against the controversial Common Core education standards and raising his profile as he builds a likely presidential campaign.

Jindal's lawsuit accuses the Department of Education of illegally manipulating federal money and regulations to force states to adopt Common Core by dangling $4.3 billion in grants and policy waivers that encouraged them to adopt uniform standards and testing.

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MOTHER OF U.S. REPORTER IN SYRIA BEGS FOR HIS LIFE: The mother of a hostage American journalist pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new images emerged of mass killings, including masked militants shooting kneeling men after the capture of a strategic air base in Syria.

Shirley Sotloff's plea came as a U.N. commission accused the group, which dominates a broad swath of territory spanning the Syria- Iraq border, of committing crimes against humanity and President Barack Obama weighs options for targeting the extremists' stronghold in Syria.

The Islamic State militants have threatened to kill 31-year-old Steven Sotloff unless the U.S. halts its airstrikes against it.

DAD ACQUITTED IN SLAYING OF DRIVER WHO KILLED SONS: A southeast Texas man says that despite his acquittal Wednesday for the shooting death of the drunken driver who caused a crash that killed his two sons, there are no winners.

"This was a loss for everybody," said a visibly relieved David Barajas, who cried and hugged his wife, Cindy, after the verdict was read.

Prosecutors had alleged that Barajas killed Jose Banda, 20, in a fit of rage after Banda plowed into Barajas and his sons while they were pushing a truck on a rural road near their home because it had run out of gas. David Jr., 12, and Caleb, 11, were killed.

REPORT: FBI PROBES JPMORGAN HACK: The FBI is investigating a hacking attack on JPMorgan Chase and at least one other bank, according to reports citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter. …

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