NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Reviled by staunch conservatives, the common education standards designed to improve schools and student competitiveness are being modified by some Republican governors, who are pushing back against what they call the federal government's intrusion into the classroom.
Although its diplomatic clout is compromised on several fronts, the United States still dictates its economic law around the globe and has even expanded its reach, at the risk of raising hackles. The case of BNP Paribas is the most spectacular evidence of the trend. After lengthy negotiations, France's largest bank agreed to pay $8.9 billion and pleaded guilty to moving billions of dollars through the US financial system on behalf of Cuba, Iran, Myanmar and Sudan, all blacklisted by US economic sanctions.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Tens of thousands of fans flocked to Rio de Janeiro for the World Cup final match between Germany and Argentina on Sunday, joining hundreds of millions around the globe who celebrated the last game of the monthlong football festival.