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Official: Teacher violated policy with racially charged word

Ben Lockhart and The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 8:45pm

A white Utah teacher and school board member violated district policy by using a racially charged word in his junior high class, officials said.

Obama urges Asian-Americans to stand up to bigotry

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 8:41pm

President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders to fight bigotry and to press Congress to update U.S. immigration policy.

Judge rules in favor of state in Hawaiian immersion lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 8:40pm

The state attorney general says a judge has ruled that the Hawaii Department of Education didn't violate the state constitution by not making a Hawaiian language immersion program available for students on Lanai.

Bill requiring schools to adopt consent policies passes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 8:30pm

Connecticut lawmakers have decided to require public and private colleges and universities to adopt clear policies regarding student consent to sexual activity.

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett, of Utah, one of the first Republican incumbents ousted in a national wave of tea-party-led anger i

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 8:00pm

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett, of Utah, one of the first Republican incumbents ousted in a national wave of tea-party-led anger in 2010, has died, according to his assistant.

Assistant: Former Republican Utah Sen. Bob Bennett, who was ousted in a wave of tea party-led anger in 2010, has died

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 8:00pm

Assistant: Former Republican Utah Sen. Bob Bennett, who was ousted in a wave of tea party-led anger in 2010, has died.

McCauley among finalists for education commissioner

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 7:41pm

Interim state education commissioner Susan McCauley is among the finalists for the commissioner's post.

Chicago Teachers Union decides against taking strike vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 7:30pm

The Chicago Teachers Union has decided against striking over the lack of a contract, for now.

After Hastert, Illinois weighs change to child sex abuse law

Ashley Lisenby, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 7:30pm

A state lawmaker and former prosecutor wants to eliminate the statute of limitations on child sex crimes in Illinois, a response to the hush-money case against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert.

Judge: Plan for restoring Northwest salmon runs not enough

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 7:21pm

A massive habitat restoration effort by the U.S. government doesn't do nearly enough to improve Northwest salmon runs, a federal judge ruled Thursday, handing a major victory to conservationists, anglers and others who hope to someday see four dams on the Snake River breached to make way for the fish.

Highlights of what passed, failed in legislative session

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 7:10pm

Despite Wednesday's adjournment deadline, Connecticut legislators planned to return, possibly early next week, to vote on a new budget for fiscal year 2017, budget-related bills and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's criminal justice bill.

7 taken to hospital for evaluation after chemical exposure

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 7:10pm

Fire officials say seven people were taken to the hospital for evaluation after they were exposed to a dental chemical at a health center in San Jose.

Judge blocks child-care license for family detention center

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 7:10pm

A judge has blocked a temporary residential child-care license for one of the nation's largest detention centers for families caught crossing the southern U.S. border illegally.

Deputies couldn't detain suspect in girl's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:50pm

Sheriff's deputies in northwestern New Mexico had stopped a man charged in the kidnapping and death of a Navajo girl hours before he was arrested Tuesday.

US government: North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rights

Emery P. Dalesio and Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:50pm

A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws and can't be enforced, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday, putting the state on notice that it is in danger of being sued and losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding.

Utah governor drops Common Core support, calls for repeal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:41pm

Republican Gov. Gary Herbert is asking the state school board to repeal Utah's adoption of the Common Core education standards after his re-election challenger made it a key campaign issue.

Prosecutors charge man in Wisconsin interstate shooting

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:40pm

Wisconsin prosecutors filed charges Wednesday against a 20-year-old man accused of killing a woman in a random drive-by shooting along an interstate while she was driving home to Illinois with her husband and two children.

California governor approves bill increasing age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:30pm

California governor approves bill increasing age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21.

Air bag recall doubles in size, taxes overloaded industry

Tom Krisher and Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:30pm

Prodded by the U.S. government, Takata agreed Wednesday to add up to 40 million air bag inflators to an already massive recall, raising questions about the auto industry's ability to produce and distribute the necessary replacement parts.