Crews remove statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee from Dallas park
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Crews remove statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee from Dallas park

DALLAS (AP) — Crews have removed a statue of Robert E. Lee from a pedestal and carted it away from a Dallas park named for the Confederate general. In an unannounced but expected move, a large crane was brought through the city by a police escort to Lee Park, where it lifted the large statue … Continue reading

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The Latest: 800 flights canceled at Atlanta airport
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The Latest: 800 flights canceled at Atlanta airport

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Irma (all times local): 9:05 a.m. An Atlanta airport official says there’ve been around 800 cancellations due to the threat of Irma, which weakened to a tropical storm Monday morning. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport spokesman Andrew Gobeil says the airport will still be operational Monday and will … Continue reading

Missouri student president: School has racism, also unity
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Missouri student president: School has racism, also unity

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — When Payton Head ran as a gay, black man for student president at the University of Missouri — a school now known for one student’s hunger strike and other protests against the administration’s handling of racial bias and hostility on campus — he promised to “ignite Mizzou.” “We’ve definitely done that,” … Continue reading

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Virginia higher ed retirement plan to get new management

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An optional retirement plan for about 5,000 Virginia highereducation employees is getting new management. The Virginia Retirement System plans to switch the plan’s management from TIAA-CREF and Fidelity to International City Management Association — Retirement Corp. The change will be effective in fall 2016. Retirement system spokeswoman Jeanna Chenault told the … Continue reading

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Virginia high school focus of football hazing investigation

SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. (AP) — An investigation into a suspected hazing incident has resulted in the arrest of a Spotsylvania High School football player, and the sheriff’s department says other players are under investigation. The 15-year-old player was arrested Friday in connection with the reported hazing of two players on Oct. 23 in the school locker … Continue reading

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Biden tells college students to intervene to prevent assault

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden brought a White House initiative to prevent campus sexual violence to his alma mater Thursday, urging the Syracuse University audience to take a pledge to intervene if they see the potential for assault. “She’s nearly passing out and you see your roommate or fraternity brother walking her … Continue reading

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Big decrease in number of ‘dropout factory’ high schools

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation has far fewer so-called “dropout factory” high schools these days, down sharply from 2008 as more students leave high school with a diploma, according to a new report. The number of dropout factories — where less than 60 percent of students who started as freshmen remain enrolled four years later … Continue reading

1 dead, 1 hurt in Winston-Salem State University shooting
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1 dead, 1 hurt in Winston-Salem State University shooting

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — One student was shot dead and another wounded after gunfire erupted Sunday near dormitories on the Winston-Salem State University campus. Authorities were searching for a suspected gunman, but police and university spokesman Aaron Singleton would provide no identifying details. The historically black school urged visitors to the campus to stay away, … Continue reading

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School system to review safety protocols after class fire

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — The Fairfax County school system announced it will suspend all open-flame experiments in science classrooms until further notice. Superintendent Karen K. Garza announced Monday the school system will thoroughly review its science curriculum and update safety protocols following a fire that broke out during a classroom demonstration on Friday at W.T. … Continue reading

US Supreme Court to hear law student’s redistricting case
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US Supreme Court to hear law student’s redistricting case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two things set first-year law student Stephen Shapiro apart from his classmates at American University in Washington. At 55, he’s old enough to be a father to most of his classmates. And on Wednesday a lawsuit he filed will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. Shapiro’s case began with his frustration … Continue reading

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Trial in entombed body case postponed indefinitely

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — A woman charged with killing a man whose body was found entombed in concrete has been declared incompetent to stand trial. The Roanoke Times reports (http://bit.ly/1LZkRZF ) that 52-year-old Janice Burney Widenor’s scheduled Dec. 7 trial has been postponed indefinitely. Widenor is charged with killing 70-year-old James Austin and concealing his … Continue reading

Top South African university to re-open after protests
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Top South African university to re-open after protests

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — One of South Africa’s top universities will re-open Wednesday after reaching agreements with students whose protests against tuition hikes spread to other campuses, forcing the closure of universities around the country. The academic program and other activities will resume at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and students will be informed … Continue reading

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Teacher strike gives 6K Illinois kids month off from school

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — Self-described computer geek Edgar Williams has a clear vision of his future: study electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or perhaps Caltech. But at a time when the soft-spoken sophomore should be engrossed in his studies at East St. Louis High School, he has to be content … Continue reading