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Students say they reported threats before school massacre

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Two students told investigators they reported the Florida high school shooting suspect to an administrator for making threats but felt they were not taken seriously, a commission investigating the massacre was told...

 

Missouri teacher suspended after student dresses as Klansman

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A southern Missouri teacher who oversaw a history class presentation in which a ninth-grader dressed as a member of the Ku Klux Klan has apologized for a "lapse of judgment" and is suspended indefinitely, the superintendent...

 

Lawsuit: Medical school ignored sex harassment complaints

BALTIMORE (AP) — The University of Maryland, Baltimore, and its School of Medicine is accused of ignoring complaints of sexual harassment. The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday that 31-year-old Carly Goldstein accuses the institutions in a federal...

 

New Mexico State University focuses on higher ed access

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University is among 130 schools nationwide that are working together to increase access to higher education and close the achievement gap. The university said Monday that it's participating in the program,...

 

Energy company scraps plans for some wells near ex-nuke site

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado town says an oil and gas company is withdrawing its application for some of the wells it wanted to drill near a former nuclear weapons plant south of Boulder. The Boulder Daily Camera reported Tuesday that...

 

New Zealand crews to re-enter mine 8 years after 29 killed

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Eight years after a methane explosion in an underground coal mine killed 29 workers, New Zealand's government says crews will re-enter the mine to better understand what went wrong and hopefully recover some of the...

 

EPA's Southeastern chief indicted on Alabama ethics charges

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The man appointed by President Donald Trump's administration to run the Environmental Protection Agency's Southeastern regional office has been indicted, along with a former business partner, on state ethics charges in...

 

Trump administration sides with tribes in drilling dispute

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration plans to appeal a federal court ruling that would allow oil and gas drilling on land considered sacred to Native American tribes in Montana and Canada, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday....

 

Mississippi study examines if marijuana can cut seizures

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A study of whether ingredients extracted from marijuana can reduce seizures in children is moving ahead in Mississippi. The University of Mississippi Medical Center announced last week that the six-month trial began early...

 

New Mexico election leaves few checks on Democratic power

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Democrats who won nearly unbridled power over state government in midterm elections are confronting competing interests within their own ideologically diverse party, as the governor-elect pursues major reforms in ar...

 

Republican not conceding US House race as results certified

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A key county certified results Tuesday of a closely watched U.S. House race in southern New Mexico showing Democrat Xochitl Torres Small defeating Republican Yvette Herrell. But Herrell is refusing to concede and is...

 

Trump right and wrong on 'French' wine tariffs

PARIS (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump is partly right but far from completely correct when he says that France's "big tariffs" make it hard for American vintners to sell their wines to the French. Wrong because customs duties on imported wines...

 

Energy companies lead US stocks lower after oil price plunge

The steepest drop in oil prices in more than three years put investors in a selling mood Tuesday, extending a losing streak for the S&P 500 index to a fourth day. Energy stocks led a late-afternoon sell-off on Wall Street after the price of U.S....

 

Idaho, Washington farmers see above-average year on wheat

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Farmers in Idaho and Washington saw above-average returns on wheat crop this year, but lentil prices are plunging, officials said. "Generally speaking, we had an above-average year," said Nez Perce County Extension agent...

 

Medical pot commission responds to public criticisms

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — More than two years after Arkansans voted to legalize medical marijuana, the commission created to approve licenses for cultivators and growers has had to respond to public criticisms of lack of transparency and sluggish...

 

Family of inmate accused of killing cellmate questions jail

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The brother of a Fort Worth man accused of killing an inmate in a jail cell is arguing that his brother shouldn't have been housed with a cellmate because he's diagnosed with schizophrenia and has hallucinations. Brandon...

 

CIA considered potential truth serum for terror suspects

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shortly after 9/11, the CIA considered using a drug it thought might work like a truth serum and force terror suspects to give up information about potential attacks. After months of research, the agency decided that a drug...

 

More US kids get paralyzing illness, cause is still unknown

NEW YORK (AP) — More children have been diagnosed with a mysterious paralyzing illness in recent weeks, and U.S. health officials said Tuesday that they still aren't sure what's causing it. This year's count could surpass the tallies seen in...

 

More leeway for states to expand inpatient mental health

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration Tuesday allowed states to provide more inpatient treatment for people with serious mental illness by tapping Medicaid, a potentially far-reaching move to address issues from homelessness to violence....

 

No accounting for these tastes: Artificial flavors a mystery

NEW YORK (AP) — Six artificial flavors are being ordered out of the food supply in a dispute over their safety, but good luck to anyone who wants to know which cookies, candies or drinks they're in. The dispute highlights the complex rules that...

 

Texas ed board votes to restore lessons on Clinton, Keller

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Board of Education preliminarily voted Tuesday night to restore Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller to the state's history curriculum and to slightly soften language about the Arab-Israeli conflict — surprising...

 

Identifying wildfire dead: DNA, and likely older methods too

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities doing the somber work of identifying the victims of California's deadliest wildfire are drawing on leading-edge DNA technology, but older scientific techniques and deduction could also come into play, experts say. With...

 

Families mourn as first victims of California fire are named

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Ernest Foss was a musician who gave lessons out of his home when he lived in San Francisco, where an amplifier that ran the length of a wall served as the family's living room couch. Carl Wiley refurbished tires for...

 

Amazon goes bicoastal, will open HQs in New York, DC suburb

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon has set its sights on two of the nation's largest and most powerful metro areas, announcing Tuesday it had chosen a buzzy New York neighborhood and a suburb of Washington for its new East Coast headquarters. The online...

 

Handwritten Einstein letter auctioned off for nearly $40,000

JERUSALEM (AP) — A handwritten letter written by Albert Einstein warning of the dangers of growing nationalism and anti-Semitism years before the Nazis rose to power has been sold for nearly $40,000. The Kedem Auction House says the previously...

 

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