Charlotte Metcalf 8 September 2018 9:00 AM 8 September 2018 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Every year, thousands of parents face the situation I did in 2014 when I realised that I could no longer afford to educate my ten-year-old daughter privately. At first, I didn’t panic. After all, I lived near some excellent state schools. After queuing for two hours one cold winter Saturday morning for Open Day, we learned that to gain a place at Holland Park you had to live within yards of it, or win a heavily oversubscribed art scholarship, which my daughter attempted — and failed. I still didn’t worry. Why should I have, when 93 per cent of children under 16 in England are educated in state schools? We queued for one Open Day after another. We tried a couple of church schools, but as non-churchgoers our chances were slim. I visited Hammersmith Academy, Burlington Danes — the list went on. We loved the West London Free … [Read more...] about Will sending my daughter to a state school ruin her prospects?
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Republican legislators sent Iowa's governor a bill early Wednesday that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually around six weeks of pregnancy, propelling the state overnight to the front of a push among conservative statehouses jockeying to enact the nation's most restrictive regulations on the procedure. Critics say the so-called "heartbeat" bill, which now awaits the signature of anti-abortion GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds, would ban abortions before some women even know they're pregnant. That could set up the state for a legal challenge over its constitutionality, including from the same federal appeals court that three years ago struck down similar legislation approved in Arkansas and North Dakota. Backers of the legislation, which failed to get a single Democratic vote in either Iowa chamber, expressed hope it could challenge Roe vs. Wade, the landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that established women have a right to terminate pregnancies until a fetus is … [Read more...] about Iowa lawmakers pass US’ most strict abortion law
Pop-ups appearing in Facebook Messenger are asking European users to review their privacy settings to continue using the app. The notification has been prompted by the strict new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ahead of laws taking force on 25 May. GDPR is designed to bring tech firms like Google and Facebook into line amid mounting concerns over the way they collect and share private user data. It comes as Mark Zuckerberg sat down before Congress to address issues surrounding the Cambridge Analytica scandal this week. Latest estimates suggest more than 87 million users may have had their data mined by the firm through the'This Is Your Digital Life' quiz. In recent days, it also emerged that private conversations on Messenger may have fallen into the hands of the British consultancy firm - a claim the company denies. Scroll down for video Pop-ups appearing in Facebook Messenger (pictured) are asking people to review their privacy settings to … [Read more...] about Messenger asks users to confirm privacy options ahead of new EU laws
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Federal judge upholds Massachusetts ban on AR-15, large capacity magazines U.S. District Judge William Young, a Reagan appointee, says the issue is up to each state to decide politically. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 34 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY Published 11:22 p.m. ChT April 7, 2018 | Updated 12:47 a.m. ChT April 8, 2018 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 34 COMMENT EMAIL MORE A federal district court judge in Boston has upheld the state's ban on assault weapons – AR-15 semi-automatic rifles and large-capacity magazines – finding that the issue is not a … [Read more...] about Federal judge upholds Massachusetts ban on AR-15, large capacity magazines
To report corrections & clarifications, contact: Please indicate whether you're responding to content online or in the newspaper. The following corrections & clarifications have been published on stories produced by USA TODAY's newsroom: April 2018 News: A previous version of this story misstated Elliot Rodger's weapons. He used both a knife and a gun. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/03/31/masculinity-traditional-toxic-trump-mens-rights/99830694/ Video: A previous version of this video misstated the number of Americans living with unhealthful levels of pollution. https://www.usatoday.com/media/cinematic/video/33952141/8-of-americas-10-most-ozone-polluted-cities-are-in-this-state/ Opinion: Because of an editing error, a headline in an earlier version of this column incorrectly described Amy Wax's job status. https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/04/20/black-students-law-school-amy-wax-column/510510002/ … [Read more...] about Corrections & Clarifications