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The family of a Jordanian fighter pilot held by the Islamic State group said Saturday it has received no word on his fate since the militants threatened to kill him earlier this week.
The Islamic State group purportedly threatened to kill Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh by Thursday unless Jordan released a female al-Qaida prisoner, Sajida al-Rishawi, from death row.
Japan's deputy foreign minister, Yasuhide Nakayama, said late Friday that efforts to free Goto are "in a state of deadlock."
The militants later demanded the release of al-Rishawi, 44, who faces death by hanging for her role in a 2005 al-Qaida attack on hotels in Amman that killed 60 people.
Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers are making third-graders' ability to read a significant focus this year, emphasizing still-evolving plans to improve kids' literacy long before they're 8 or 9 years old.
Under the Republican governor, for example, the state has set aside $130 million more a year to help more low-income kids attend preschool — a bid to improve their school readiness.
 grade is considered a key benchmark because it's the last year students learn to read before transitioning to reading to learn.
Students actually have been taking the third-grade reading test at the start of fourth grade, which will change to spring of third grade this May when the state replaces the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) with the new Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP).
Instead of roughly 31,000, or 30 percent, being held back, it likely would be around 2,600, or 2.5 percent, of third-graders, said Gary Naeyaert, executive director of the Great Lakes Education Project, a school-choice advocacy group.
Another 2.5 percent would still move to fourth grade by qualifying for various "good cause" exemptions — showing reading proficiency through an alternative test, for instance, or having a learning disability or limited English skills.
A Virginia man faces felony charges in Louisiana for allegedly stealing thousands in illegally obtained state income tax refunds.
Charles Lawrence Fisher, of Palmyra, Virginia, is accused of submitting Louisiana individual income tax returns in the names of two unsuspecting Louisiana residents and directing the refunds to a bank account in his name.
Chief Economist Peter Praet defended the central bank’s bond-buying program in the eurozone during an interview with a German newspaper, warning that the danger of deflation outstripped other concerns.