News from the Associated Press - August 11, 2014

Associated Press
August 11, 2014

New York teachers to shred tests in protest

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York teachers say they plan to protest against the privatization of public education by shredding standardized tests.

Leaders of the New York State United Teachers union say the protest will take place Monday evening on the steps of the state Education Department in Albany.

Representatives from the New York AFL-CIO and United University Professions are expected to join in.

NYSUT President Karen Magee says the protest is meant to call attention to corporations the unions say stand to profit from New York students while diminishing the rights of teachers.

 

European firm signs Shale ethane gas deal

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A European firm has signed a deal to buy a type of Marcellus Shale natural gas liquid from Antero Resources Corp.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1oyWuoU ) reports that the Austrian petrochemical company Borealis has signed a 10-year contract to buy ethane coming from the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations in Pennsylvania and Ohio. The liquid, a raw material in plastics production, would be piped to the Sunoco Logistics Partners terminal in Marcus Hook and loaded onto ships. Antero is based in Denver, Colorado.

The new agreement would start in 2016, when Sunoco expects its second Mariner East pipeline will begin service. The first Mariner East project is scheduled to begin transporting gas liquids this year.

Gov. Tom Corbett's administration and gas-industry leaders support the pipelines, but some nearby residents oppose them.

 

New York governor, other officials head to Israel

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and top state legislators are heading to Israel this week for a two-day visit to show "solidarity" during that country's conflict in Gaza.

Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate co-leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein will travel to Israel on Tuesday. Cuomo announced the trip Sunday, saying the delegation would meet with Israeli leaders and visit residents affected by the fighting.

Cuomo says New York has a "special relationship" with Israel and he's proud to be leading the bipartisan visit to "reaffirm our friendship and support."

Cuomo, Silver and Klein are Democrats. Skelos is a Republican.

Others joining them include Cuomo's brother-in-law, designer Kenneth Cole, and publisher Mort Zuckerman.

 

National Scrabble Championships start in New York

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Scrabble fanatics from around the globe have come to Buffalo, New York, to compete for the $10,000 top prize at the 25th National Scrabble Championships.

The Buffalo News reports that the event has attracted 525 players from 11 countries. It started Saturday.

Contenders will each play 31 games over five days, with winners based on number of victories and point totals.

One returning competitor is Nigel Richards, a 47-year-old Australian and resident of Malaysia who has won the past four championships.

Participants say the event is competitive but social, providing opportunities for players to bond over their shared love of the popular board game.

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