Education

Witnesses: No reason for Texas police to fire into car |Aug 17, 2018

DALLAS (AP) Teenagers who witnessed a police shooting that killed a high school freshman in Texas testified on Friday that there was no reason for the ex-officer to fire into the car carrying the victim and four other black teenagers.The...

Videos show workers on Florida bridge before collapse |Aug 16, 2018

MIAMI (AP) New videos show construction workers laboring on a pedestrian bridge in Florida shortly before it collapses, killing six people.The time-lapse video released Wednesday by Florida International University shows the four construction...

Trial witnesses back off statements to investigators |Aug 16, 2018

CHICAGO (AP) Prosecutors called as witnesses friends of two men charged in the shooting death of a 15-year-old Chicago high school student, and all backed away from statements made to investigators.One even denied Wednesday what transcripts...

18-year-old teenager dies from injuries in library crash |Aug 16, 2018

DEWITT, N.Y. (AP) A teenager who was getting ready for his first day of college is dead after he crashed his car into a community library in upstate New York.State police on Thursday identified the driver as 18-year-old Blake Lucas. Troopers...

Oklahoma School for the Deaf closed after threat called in |Aug 16, 2018

SULPHUR, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma officials have closed a school for deaf students after the facility received a threatening phone call.A spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services says officials believe Thursday's threat to...

105-year-old man receives San Diego State diploma |Aug 16, 2018

SAN DIEGO (AP) A 105-year-old man has received his diploma from San Diego State University, more than eight decades after graduating.KFMB-TV reports that Bill Vogt received the diploma on Thursday during a ceremony at the campus alumni center....

Student sues professor he says sexually harassed him |Aug 16, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) A former New York University graduate student has sued a prominent professor, alleging she turned his dream of working with a world-class scholar "into more than three years of continuous and unabated sexual harassment, sexual...

Professors challenge to Texas 'Campus Carry' law rejected |Aug 16, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Three University of Texas professors have lost another legal round in their challenge to a Texas law allowing people with concealed-handgun licenses to carry weapons on public university campuses.The New Orleans-based 5th U.S....

Feds to review Ohio State response to claims of abuse by doc |Aug 16, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Federal officials are investigating Ohio State University's response to allegations against a team doctor now accused of sexual misconduct against scores of athletes and other male students in the 1980s and 1990s.The U.S....

Parents of LSU fraternity pledge sue after son's death |Aug 16, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The parents of a Louisiana State University freshman who died of alcohol intoxication after an alleged fraternity hazing ritual have filed a $25 million federal lawsuit against the university board, the fraternity and several...

Jordan McNair's dad: Maryland should fire suspended coach |Aug 16, 2018

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) The parents of offensive lineman Jordan McNair say suspended University of Maryland coach DJ Durkin should be fired.McNair collapsed during a preseason conditioning drill May 29 and died two weeks later. Durkin was placed...

2nd Florida university cuts ties with Confucius Institute |Aug 15, 2018

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Another Florida school is cutting ties with a language and culture institute that's supported by the Chinese government but criticized by some U.S. lawmakers and security officials.In a statement Tuesday, the University...

Ohio State wants claims nixed in diving coach sex abuse suit |Aug 15, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Ohio State University Diving Club is asking a federal court to dismiss the claims against it in a lawsuit over allegations that a former coach sexually abused young divers years ago.Lawyers for the club argued in a...

Medical device maker settles suit over psychologist's death |Aug 14, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A medical device maker has settled a lawsuit over the death of a prominent Yale University psychologist who died in 2013 when a machine part detached and caused her blood to be pumped onto a hospital room...

Sheriff: Schools closed after transgender student threatened |Aug 14, 2018

ACHILLE, Okla. (AP) Officials closed a rural Oklahoma school system this week after the sheriff began investigating what he determined were online threats against a transgender student.Bryan County Sheriff Johnny Christian said Tuesday his...

Murrieta district pays $11M over boy's school pool death |Aug 14, 2018

MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) A Southern California school district will pay $11 million to the parents of a 13-year-old boy who died after being pulled unresponsive from a high school pool.A lawsuit settlement between the family of Alex Pierce and the...

Florida candidate accused of faking diploma drops out |Aug 14, 2018

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) A Republican candidate for the Florida Legislature who falsely claimed she had a college degree and posted a purported copy of her diploma online dropped out of her race on Tuesday.Melissa Howard told the Sarasota...

Superintendent accused in feces on track to receive $100,000 |Aug 14, 2018

KENILWORTH, N.J. (AP) A New Jersey school superintendent who resigned after he was accused of repeatedly defecating on another high school's track is receiving more than $100,000 from his school district.A separation agreement between...

Students sent back to middle school over missing grades |Aug 13, 2018

BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) A dozen students in Alabama expecting to start high school last week are heading back to the eighth grade because the school system can't seem to find their grades.Superintendent Dr. Keith A. Stewart said in a letter that...

Under new law, military kids get sex assault protections |Aug 13, 2018

The Defense Department must improve the way it responds to child-on-child sexual assault at military bases in the U.S. and abroad as part of a sweeping new law President Donald Trump signed Monday.While the Pentagon began addressing sexual...

US parents of missing man back from Slovenia with no clues |Aug 13, 2018

MADISON, Wis. (AP) A Wisconsin father says he cannot give up hope that his missing son will be found alive after disappearing seven weeks ago while vacationing in Slovenia.But Allan Luskin of Madison says no trace of his 25-year-old son,...

Newspaper's a 'constant' for Pearl scholarship recipient |Aug 13, 2018

LENOX, Mass. (AP) The latest recipient of a college scholarship named for a slain Wall Street Journal reporter says newspapers have been "a constant" in his life.Noah Hochfelder, a recent graduate of Lenox Memorial Middle and High School, has...

Police request funds for AR-15s in North Dakota city schools |Aug 13, 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) Police in Bismarck, North Dakota, requested funding in the city's 2019 budget for equipment that includes AR-15 rifles for school resource officers.Bismarck Public Schools and the Bismarck Police Department plan to share the...

NY street honors teacher killed in Florida school massacre |Aug 12, 2018

DIX HILLS, N.Y. (AP) A street in New York's Long Island has been named for a teacher killed after helping shield students from the gunman in last winter's school shooting in Parkland, Florida.The street where Scott Beigel grew up in Dix Hills,...

Candidate accused of lying about graduating, faking diploma |Aug 12, 2018

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) A candidate for the Florida Legislature is being accused of lying about graduating from college and then producing a fake diploma after a website questioned her about it.Miami University in Ohio told the Sarasota...

Police ID suspect in shooting outside Georgia State dorm |Aug 12, 2018

ATLANTA (AP) Police at Georgia State have identified two men involved in a shooting outside of one of the university's dorms.GSU police Chief Joseph Spillane tells news outlets former student Nikari Elder was wounded in the early Saturday...

Students from Newtown, Parkland march together |Aug 12, 2018

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) Students from Parkland, Florida, and Newtown, Connecticut, teamed up for the final leg of a nationwide bus tour to protest gun violence and the policies of the National Rifle Association.Supporters gathered Sunday afternoon...

Lawsuit: Deputy used stun gun on non-verbal autistic boy |Aug 11, 2018

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) A federal lawsuit alleges that a Louisiana sheriff's deputy on school duty shocked a non-verbal, autistic 10th-grader with a stun gun, then left him lying in his own urine until an emergency crew arrived 13 minutes...

Speech group: @realDonaldTrump still blocking Twitter foes |Aug 10, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) A free speech group says President Donald Trump is still blocking dozens of people from his Twitter account despite a court's ruling that doing so violates the First Amendment.Columbia University's Knight First Amendment Institute...

DeVos proposes another rollback on for-profit college rules |Aug 10, 2018

The Trump administration plans to roll back another major Obama-era rule that was created to police the for-profit college industry, according to a proposal issued by the Education Department on Friday.Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in her...

Paper: Judge must reject contempt effort over Parkland story |Aug 10, 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) A Florida newspaper is urging a judge to reject a school board's effort to have it and two reporters held in contempt for publishing a story on the educational background of Parkland school shooting suspect Nikolas...

Trial begins for 2 men accused in death of Chicago student |Aug 10, 2018

CHICAGO (AP) Jury selection is starting in the trial of two men charged in the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old Chicago student just days after she performed with her high school band at then-President Barack Obama's inaugural festivities.Honor...

School suspends football coach after locker room assault |Aug 9, 2018

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) An Alabama school system has placed a prep football coach on leave after players were videotaped beating a teammate in a locker room.The action announced Wednesday against Davidson High School coach Fred Riley was effective...

Police vehicle mistaken for immigration enforcement |Aug 9, 2018

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) Princeton, New Jersey, police are trying to ease fears after some people raised concerns about a patrol vehicle that has ICE on its door.ICE is the acronym for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.Writing on...

University reschedules graduation ceremony after threat |Aug 9, 2018

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Florida Atlantic University officials say they're rescheduling a graduation ceremony that was canceled because of a threatening note left in a bathroom.A Wednesday news release from the school says out-of-state and...

No active jail time after prosecutors say girl assaulted |Aug 9, 2018

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) A Virginia judge decided not to impose any active prison time for a 19-year-old man who prosecutors say tied up a 14-year-old girl and sexually assaulted her after they attended a school play.The Richmond Times-Dispatch...

Grand jury indicts gunman in Texas school shooting |Aug 9, 2018

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) A Texas grand jury has formally indicted the 17-year-old student accused of fatally shooting 10 people at a Houston-area high school.Galveston County prosecutors say Dimitrios Pagourtzis was indicted Thursday on charges...

Candidate 'frustrated' by fundraiser after shooting insults |Aug 9, 2018

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) A Maine House candidate says she's "frustrated" by an online fundraising campaign started on her behalf after her former competitor called a Florida high school shooting survivor a "skinhead lesbian" and called another a...

Ex-student sues district over reaction to 'Netflix n' Chill' |Aug 8, 2018

ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) A high school graduate is suing a South Dakota school district and two officials, accusing them of sexual discrimination over an article she wrote for a school newspaper in which she said she likes "Netflix n'...

Second woman alleges assault by ex-president of fraternity |Aug 8, 2018

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The ex-president of a suspended Temple University fraternity has been charged with rape in connection with a second alleged sexual assault.A spokesman for Philadelphia's district attorney says 21-year-old Ari Goldstein was...

Jury awards $2.1M in San Diego teacher sex-abuse lawsuit |Aug 8, 2018

SAN DIEGO (AP) A jury says the San Diego Unified School District must pay $2.1 million to a former student who was sexually abused by a teacher.The San Diego Union-Tribune says jurors found the district negligent Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by...

Court: State can base e-school funding on participation data |Aug 8, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio had authority to calculate a giant online charter school's funding using student participation data rather than only enrollment, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in the latest blow to the now-dismantled...

The Latest: NCAA approves changes to enforcement process |Aug 8, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Latest on reforms adopted Wednesday by the NCAA (all times local):1:15 p.m.The NCAA is adopting changes it hopes will improve its enforcement process when handling cases of rules violations.The policies adopted by the...

2nd man pleads guilty to hazing in Penn St. frat death case |Aug 8, 2018

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) A former Penn State fraternity member pleaded guilty Wednesday to two misdemeanor charges filed as a result of a pledge's death after a night of drinking and hazing last year.Joseph G. Ems Jr. pleaded guilty to hazing and...

Snow day? No, Beyonce day lets S Carolina students out early |Aug 8, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Students at six schools in South Carolina will get to leave early thanks to Beyonce and Jay-Z.Officials with the Richland 1 School District said expected heavy traffic from a Columbia concert starring the two entertainers...

The Latest: ECOT to pursue other suits despite latest defeat |Aug 8, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Latest on a lawsuit involving Ohio's once-largest online charter school (all times local):12:30 p.m.The attorney for a now-shuttered Ohio online charter school says the school is disappointed with an Ohio Supreme Court...

Video interrogation of Florida school shooter released |Aug 8, 2018

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The Latest on developments in the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting (all times local):5:05 p.m.Prosecutors have released video of the police interrogation of Parkland school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz in...

UNC health textbook ditches claims about cancer, Holocaust |Aug 8, 2018

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill has revised a textbook for a required fitness course that called cancer "a disease of choice" and included a theory asserting Holocaust victims failed to tap into their inner...

No injunction against University of Michigan anti-bias team |Aug 8, 2018

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) A federal judge has denied a request by free-speech advocates to block a University of Michigan team from investigating allegations of bias, despite claims the team hinders free speech on campus.U.S. District Court Judge...

LeBron's Ohio school would welcome visit from first lady |Aug 7, 2018

AKRON, Ohio (AP) An Ohio public school that LeBron James helped create says it would welcome a visit from first lady Melania Trump, who broached the idea after her husband insulted the NBA star on Twitter. The Akron Beacon...