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Kansas man faces sentencing for role in foiled bomb plot

Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:51am

Alexander Blair has admitted his role in a foiled terrorist attack: aiding a wannabe Islamic State jihadist's plan to detonate what they thought was a bomb at a Kansas military post to kill or maim as many U.S. service members as possible. Blair says "nobody is perfect" and blames a genetic disorder for allowing others to take advantage of him.

Eastern Kentucky University considers cutting programs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:50am

Eastern Kentucky University is deciding if it will cut academic majors and minors with low enrollment.

Anti-marijuana initiative sponsor won't appeal judge's order

Matt Volz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:50am

The sponsor of a proposed initiative to repeal Montana's medical marijuana law says he won't appeal a Flathead County judge's order denying his request to place the measure on November's ballot.

Newspaper: Doctors in sex abuse cases often not disciplined

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:50am

Doctors who engage in sexual misconduct with patients are routinely treated as having "impairment" issues and may not be reported to law enforcement, according to new findings in an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

German diplomat's son petitioning Va. governor for pardon

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:41am

A German diplomat's son convicted of murder is petitioning Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe for an "absolute pardon" and parole based largely on blood analysis.

East St. Louis closes jail after sanitation complaint

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:40am

Officials in East St. Louis say they've closed the city's jail and moved prisoners to a southern Illinois county jail because of possible unsanitary conditions.

Ukraine man, 23, who faked age for high school pleads guilty

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:33am

A 23-year-old Ukrainian man who faked his name and age to attend a Pennsylvania high school has pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges.

Mississippi ACT scores dip as all high school seniors tested

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:30am

Mississippi's ACT scores fell sharply in the first year that all public school seniors in the Magnolia State took the test.

Charter school CEO out after flier on drugs at public school

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:30am

The CEO of a Pennsylvania charter school is resigning after a mailer promoting the school mentioned a 2015 drug arrest at a nearby public high school.

Connecticut sued over restrictions on public school options

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:20am

A group of parents has filed a lawsuit alleging that Connecticut's restrictions on magnet schools, charter schools and school choice programs are unconstitutional and have forced thousands of low-income and minority students to attend low-performing schools.

Missionary treated for Ebola to speak with nursing students

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:20am

An American woman treated for the Ebola virus at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta plans to speak to new nursing students there this week.

Average ACT score dips among Nebraska high school graduates

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:10am

This year's Nebraska high school graduates scored slightly lower on the ACT exam than those who graduated in 2015, but the drop is nowhere close to the plunge the state could see in the future.

Audit reveals Army's trillion-dollar accounting gaffes

Jamie Crawford, CNN  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:06am

The US Army made trillions of dollars of accounting mistakes and often did not have the receipts or invoices needed to support figures in its budget, according to a scathing Pentagon report.

Auburn recreates landmark ice cream shop

Jim Little-Auburn News, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:00am

Auburn alumni tailgaters will get a chance to relive a memory of an old Auburn icon - Sani-Freeze ice cream.

Summit focuses on coordinating efforts to fight drug abuse

Dan Sewell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:00am

State Supreme Court justices and other high-ranking officials huddled Wednesday to discuss ways to coordinate efforts to battle the drug abuse epidemic in a judicial summit involving some of the hardest-hit states.

No West Nile found in latest mosquito tests in Rhode Island

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 7:50am

State environmental officials have not found West Nile virus in the latest round of mosquito tests in Rhode Island.

Settlement being worked out in police legal fee dispute

Bruce Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 7:50am

A dispute over legal fees for a white former South Carolina police officer charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist is being settled out of court.

Multimillion-dollar cancer center planned for Pierre

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 7:50am

Avera Health plans to build a cancer center in Pierre, funded largely by a multimillion-dollar grant from a charitable trust established by the late hotel and real estate baroness Leona Helmsley.

Wisconsin superintendent says ACT scores starting point

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 7:50am

Wisconsin's state superintendent describes a drop in ACT college preparatory test results as a "solid starting place," given that they represent the first year that all high school seniors took the exam.