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Senate defeats bill on student digital privacy rights

Bob Moen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:30pm

The state Senate rejected a bill that would have prohibited teachers and school officials from prying into students' private personal social media accounts after opponents voiced concern it would jeopardize school safety.

Huge New Jersey fire that burned for 20 hours is contained

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:30pm

Firefighters on Friday contained a massive warehouse fire that burned out of control for nearly 20 hours and generated so much smoke that it was detected by weather radar and forced some school closures.

Where did El Nino go? Heat, dry spell stoke drought worry

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:30pm

Where did El Nino go?

Hospital where woman in custody died cited for deficiencies

Joe Reedy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:30pm

The hospital where a black woman died after she was forcibly removed from the emergency room by a white police officer was cited for 10 "deficiencies," including failing to properly examine the woman when she complained of difficulty breathing, state health officials said.

Edwards: Possible TOPS cut won't hit students this semester

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:20pm

Gov. John Bel Edwards tried Friday to reduce fears about the threat of cuts to the TOPS free college tuition program, saying Louisiana students who receive the aid won't see increased tuition bills this semester even if financing is reduced.

Columbine shooter's mother says she thinks of victims daily

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:20pm

The mother of Columbine High School shooter Dylan Klebold says she didn't know anything was wrong with her son before the 1999 attack, and that she thinks about the victims and their families every day.

The Latest: Art teacher killed in manhole cover accident

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:20pm

The Latest on the death of a woman whose vehicle was struck by a manhole cover on a Boston highway (all times local):

Ferguson mayor: City told DOJ agreement no sure thing

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:10pm

Ferguson leaders warned U.S. Department of Justice negotiators last month that they couldn't guarantee approval of a plan to address the agency's scathing review of the city's police and courts, including allegations that the civil rights of black residents were routinely violated, Ferguson's mayor said Friday.

The Latest: Email says shift to Flint River made too quickly

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:10pm

The latest on efforts being made amid the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint, Michigan (all times local):

The Latest: Final 4 Oregon occupiers plead not guilty

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:01pm

The Latest on the standoff at a national wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local):


Two 15-year-old girls fatally shot at Phoenix-area school

Jacques Billeaud and Paul Davenport, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:00pm

Two 15-year-old girls died Friday in a shooting at a suburban Phoenix high school that initially caused panic among parents who could not reach their children but later emerged as a possible murder-suicide or double-suicide.

Court gunman's widow sentenced to life in prison

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:50pm

The ailing widow of a man who killed his former daughter-in-law at a Delaware courthouse was sentenced Friday to life in prison on federal cyberstalking charges.

Legislature could take $200 million from school districts

Ryan Van Velzer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:41pm

Arizona school districts could lose more than $200 million a year if the Legislature passes a measure to phase out funding used to provide an equal opportunity education to minority students.

Texas OKs licensing path for immigrant detention centers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:31pm

Two of the nation's largest federal immigrant family detention centers can soon apply for residential child care licenses in Texas.

GOP's Cotton holds up juvenile justice reforms in Senate

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:21pm

A Senate effort to overhaul the treatment of juveniles in the justice system to avoid unnecessary detentions and keep them out of adult jails has hit a snag in the form of freshman Republican Tom Cotton.

Texas A&M president decries reports of racial harassment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:21pm

Texas A&M University is still trying to determine which students may have shouted a racial slur and referenced the Confederate flag to a group of black and Latino high school students touring the campus.

House panel calls governor, EPA chief to testify on Flint

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:12pm

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Friday he has agreed to testify to Congress about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, bowing to demands by Democrats that the Republican governor explain his role in a cost-cutting move that resulted in a public health emergency caused by lead-contaminated water.

Prison fires teacher accused of sexually assaulting inmate

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:11pm

A prison teacher accused of sexually assaulting an inmate more than 20 times and becoming pregnant twice has been fired.

Obama has thought about leaving White House in disguise

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:04pm

President Barack Obama says he's considered going out in disguise, but hasn't acted on the impulse.

Veto override drawing vitriol from constituents in Maryland

Brian Witte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:02pm

Maryland's Senate president is calling for civility after Democrats received what he called "the most vicious hate mail you can possibly imagine" in the aftermath of overriding the Republican governor's veto.