Education

Midshipman faces discipline for scaling chapel in tradition |Dec 12, 2017

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) A midshipman who successfully completed a tradition at the U.S. Naval Academy that, as legend has it, carries a reward, will instead face discipline.The Capital reports academy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. David McKinney said Monday...

Clemson University sophomore found dead at off-campus home |Dec 12, 2017

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) A Clemson University student has been found dead in his off-campus residence.News outlets report the university said in a news release that 19-year-old Bowen Paul Ellis, of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, was found dead...

Oklahoma college board member chided for anti-gay comments |Dec 11, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A former Oklahoma City mayor and member of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents is being criticized for comparing gay people to pedophiles.Kirk Humphreys made the comments over the weekend on KFOR-TV's public affairs...

Rutgers professor accused of anti-Semitism removed from role |Dec 11, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) Rutgers University removed a professor accused of posting anti-Semitic statements on Facebook from his position as a director at the New Jersey school.Michael Chikindas will no longer serve as director of the Center for...

SMU hires Texan and former Cal coach Dykes to replace Morris |Dec 11, 2017

SMU hired former California and Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes on Monday as its new coach, replacing one Texan with a reputation for directing potent offenses for another.Dykes will replace Chad Morris, who left SMU last week to become...

CBS' O'Donnell reports on sexual misconduct at Air Force |Dec 11, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) One reason for the steeliness in Norah O'Donnell's demeanor the morning after the sexual misconduct accusations against former "CBS This Morning" co-anchor Charlie Rose were revealed became apparent on Monday.She and her...

Sandy Hook's legacy: More security in elementary schools |Dec 10, 2017

NEW CANAAN, Conn. (AP) The setting could not be more different, but David Wannagot says he applies some of the same skills from his 30-year police career to his new role as a school sentry.As he greeted children getting off the bus at West...

More private university chiefs top $2M as pay keeps climbing |Dec 10, 2017

BOSTON (AP) Presidents at America's private universities saw their pay increase by 9 percent in 2015, according to a new report , with several of them topping $2 million in total earnings.The average chief received total compensation of nearly...

Police link 4th freeway shooting to same suspects in Detroit |Dec 10, 2017

DETROIT (AP) Michigan State Police officials say they now believe four shootings on Detroit's freeway system are linked to the same suspect or suspects.The agency's Metro Detroit post says a woman recently reported that her car was hit by...

Athletes, entertainers rush to support bullied Tennessee boy |Dec 10, 2017

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A Tennessee woman's video of her tearful son recounting being bullied at middle school has prompted a wave of support from athletes and entertainers.Kimberly Jones said in a Facebook post Friday she had just picked up her...

Study: 10 private university chiefs topped $2M in 2015 |Dec 10, 2017

BOSTON (AP) A study by The Chronicle of Higher Education found that average pay for private university presidents increased 9 percent in 2015, to nearly $570,000. Ten presidents received more than $2 million in total earnings, up from eight in...

FBI says it investigated New Mexico school shooter last year about online comments; he said he had no plans for attack |Dec 8, 2017

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) FBI says it investigated New Mexico school shooter last year about online comments; he said he had no plans for attack.

About 60 NC State students showing symptoms of norovirus |Dec 8, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Officials at North Carolina State University say about 60 students have shown symptoms of norovirus.A statement from the school on Friday said a number of students have reported experiencing gastrointestinal illness since...

Sex-ed group disinvited from NY district after gum analogy |Dec 8, 2017

BALDWINSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) A New York school district will no longer invite an outside group to give sex education talks after a presenter from the group compared a girl's virginity to chewing gum.The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that a...

Former Amazon analyst gets 6 months for insider trading |Dec 8, 2017

SEATTLE (AP) A former Amazon financial analyst has been sentenced to six months in prison and a $2,500 fine after admitting he tipped off a college friend to details about the company's upcoming first-quarter earnings report in spring...

Accused shooter of Chinese student pleads for wife's release |Dec 8, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A man accused of killing a University of Utah student from China with a weapon stolen from a slain Colorado man wants a judge to let his wife go.The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Austin Boutain asked for permission to speak...

St. Norbert women's basketball team benched for 10 games |Dec 8, 2017

DE PERE, Wis. (AP) St. Norbert College says its women's basketball team won't play the next 10 games because of an alcohol-related incident involving some players.School leaders say the college began an investigation after learning about the...

College cancels speech by advocate for guns on campuses |Dec 7, 2017

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) A Massachusetts college has apologized for canceling a speech by a woman who advocates for allowing guns on college campuses.Antonia Okafor says Hampshire College in Amherst canceled her speech two hours before its scheduled...

Deputies seek man in attack on North Carolina teacher |Dec 7, 2017

RAEFORD, N.C. (AP) Sheriff's deputies in North Carolina have obtained warrants for the arrest of a man charged with attacking a teacher at an elementary school in what authorities said was an act of random violence.Hoke County Sheriff Hubert...

Schools violate safety rules enacted after Newtown massacre |Dec 7, 2017

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) Nearly half of Connecticut's school districts are violating state safety requirements enacted after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre.The Hartford Courant reports many districts are not complying with...

6 students at NY state college arrested in hazing probe |Dec 7, 2017

BROCKPORT, N.Y. (AP) Members of an unrecognized fraternity at a New York state college tortured a rat as part of illegal hazing that occurred inside the group's house, according to police who announced charges against nine men on Thursday.The...

3 school buses crash in Kentucky injuring 41 students |Dec 7, 2017

LOUISIVLLE, Ky. (AP) Officials say 41 students in Kentucky have been injured in a crash involving three school buses.Jefferson County Public Schools spokesman Daniel Kemp told news outlets the crash happened Thursday morning on a highway in...

Police: Shooting reported at New Mexico high school |Dec 7, 2017

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) Authorities are responding to a shooting at a high school in northwest New Mexico.Deputies with the San Juan County Sheriff's Office told reporters that a suspect was in custody but they did not release any other...

College professor beaten by group of teens in Staten Island |Dec 7, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Authorities say a City University of New York college professor was beaten by a group of teenagers when he tried to stop them from starting a fire.WABC-TV reports the attack happened in Staten Island's St. George neighborhood...

Teacher fired for confining 2 students in bathroom |Dec 7, 2017

WAYNE, N.J. (AP) A state arbitrator has fired a tenured teacher in New Jersey for confining two students in a bathroom.The arbitrator found Donna DeMarco was guilty of conduct unbecoming for using the confinement as a means of punishment or...

Oklahoma school: 'Hazing' report led to sex assault case |Dec 7, 2017

BIXBY, Okla. (AP) Officials at an Oklahoma high school accused of failing to promptly report the sexual assault of a 16-year-old football player by several teammates started their investigation after hearing of "an alleged hazing incident," and...

Stench of bat feces forces school to close classrooms |Dec 7, 2017

MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) The stench of bat feces has forced a New Hampshire elementary school to close eight classrooms and work on repairs.Nashua's The Telegraph newspaper reports a teacher first noticed the odor around Nov. 21 at the James...

Rice hires Stanford assistant Bloomgren as head coach |Dec 6, 2017

HOUSTON (AP) Mike Bloomgren has been hired as the coach at Rice.Rice announced Wednesday that Bloomgren agreed to a five-year contract with the Owls after spending last season as the associate head coach and offensive coordinator at Stanford....

7th-grader arrested after bringing loaded gun into school |Dec 6, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (AP) A seventh-grader at a Philadelphia public school is under arrest for bringing a loaded gun onto campus.The 13-year-old at Gen. George A. McCall Elementary School was taken into custody Wednesday morning after another student...

USC football player gets year in jail for Utah sex assault |Dec 6, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A suspended University of Southern California football player who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual assault has been sentenced to one year in a Utah jail.The Deseret News reports that 20-year-old Osa Masina, a Utah...

White supremacist materials found at Texas State University |Dec 6, 2017

SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) Texas State University officials say five non-students were kicked off campus for trespassing after posting white supremacist flyers and banners.A TSU police statement says the five men were stopped Sunday night in a...

Oscars org adopts code of conduct after Weinstein expulsion |Dec 6, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science has announced its first code of conduct for its more than 8,400 members.Film academy chief executive Dawn Hudson introduced the new rules to members in an email Wednesday. In...

Maine high school band surprises bus driver battling cancer |Dec 6, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) A beloved Maine school bus driver battling cancer received a heartwarming surprise this week.The Portland Press Herald reports the South Portland High School marching band performed outside Mercy Hospital's Fore River...

Ohio awards $10M to boost opioid, addiction breakthroughs |Dec 6, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio awarded $10 million in grants Thursday to six companies and a university that have come up with innovative scientific ideas to address the national opioid epidemic.The Ohio Third Frontier Commission awarded the grants...

Florida teacher's anti-Trump shirts displayed in art exhibit |Dec 6, 2017

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) An art teacher at a Florida collage is putting his homemade, airbrushed anti-Donald Trump T-shirts on display in advance of the president's upcoming rally.The Pensacola News Journal reports Douglas Reiser has worn the...

Brown probing alleged hazing in men's swim and dive team |Dec 6, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Brown University is investigating alleged hazing by the men's varsity swimming and diving team.An investigation by The Brown Daily Herald student newspaper found team members engaged in a night of drinking on Oct. 7. The...

Lawyers sue California because too many children can't read |Dec 5, 2017

SAN DIEGO (AP) A group of prominent lawyers representing teachers and students from poor performing schools filed a lawsuit against the state of California on Tuesday, arguing that the state has done nothing about a high number of school...

University police use stun gun on escaped hospital patient |Dec 5, 2017

PITTSBURGH (AP) University of Pittsburgh police used a stun gun to incapacitate a patient who escaped from an area hospital.WTAE-TV reports a video shows university police using a stun gun on a woman who escaped from UPMC Presbyterian hospital...

Assault charge against former Kansas football player dropped |Dec 5, 2017

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Prosecutors have dropped an assault charge against a former University of Kansas football player accused of threatening his girlfriend with a gun.The charge against 20-year-old Maciah Long was dropped Tuesday after he agreed...

2 students shot, wounded near Washington state high school |Dec 5, 2017

GRAHAM, Wash. (AP) Washington state authorities say two male students have been shot near a high school in the small city of Graham near Tacoma.The Pierce County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday both victims were hospitalized but that their...

Judge: Reinstate college frat house revoked over co-ed rule |Dec 5, 2017

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut private liberal arts college has been ordered to reinstate a fraternity house next fall after the school revoked its status over a requirement that residential fraternities accept women.The Hartford Courant...

Families sue school district over use of isolation booth |Dec 5, 2017

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) Lawyers have presented opening statements in a lawsuit by five families claiming students were placed inside an isolation booth at an elementary school in Washington state.Roger Davidheiser, a lawyer for the families, told...

The Latest: Murder trial in death of teen who shielded girls |Dec 5, 2017

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Latest on the murder trial of three young men in the death of Tennessee high school student Zaevion Dobson (all times local):2 p.m.A prosecutor at the murder trial of three young men say at least 34 shots were fired in...

Harvard upholds 2016 rule against single-gender social clubs |Dec 5, 2017

BOSTON (AP) Harvard University is upholding a policy that pressures secretive all-male social clubs to accept students of any gender, its top leadership announced on Tuesday.In a private meeting on Monday, the university's governing board voted...

Harvard upholds policy that bans students who join single-gender social clubs from taking leadership roles on campus |Dec 5, 2017

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) Harvard upholds policy that bans students who join single-gender social clubs from taking leadership roles on campus.

Living in a van, saving on rent, before law school |Dec 4, 2017

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) A man who's been accepted to one of the country's most prestigious law schools is living in a van in Virginia to save money on rent. The Daily Progress in Charlottesville reported Sunday that Jeremy...

Bernie Sanders' stepdaughter runs for his old mayor's job |Dec 4, 2017

FAIRFAX, Vt. (AP) U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders' stepdaughter announced Monday that she is running for mayor of Burlington, Vermont, following in the footsteps of the independent senator and former presidential candidate who launched his political...

The Latest: Colorado school board ending voucher program |Dec 4, 2017

DENVER (AP) The Latest on a Colorado school board voting to end its voucher program (all times local):7:20 p.m.A new anti-voucher majority on a suburban Denver school board has ended a long-running battle over whether the district could use...

President: Racist flyers contradict Texas school's values |Dec 4, 2017

DALLAS (AP) The president of a Methodist university in Dallas says racist banners and flyers posted around campus don't reflect the school's values.One flyer found at Southern Methodist University reads: "Reclaim America. No more tolerance, no...

Iowa radio workers fired for racial remarks about athletes |Dec 4, 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A northern Iowa radio station has fired a sports announcer and an elementary teacher who worked as a board operator for the station for racial comments about high school basketball players during an online game broadcast. ...