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Nevada high court blocks funding for school choice program

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:43pm

The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that the state's voucher-style Education Savings Accounts program — seen as the broadest school choice initiative in the country — has an unconstitutional funding mechanism that should remain blocked.

Pennsylvania mayor asked to resign for racist Facebook posts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:42pm

The mayor of a small central Pennsylvania town is being asked to resign over racist posts on his Facebook page, including two depicting apes with captions referring to President Barack Obama and his family, and one referring to lynching.

7 Afghan military students AWOL from US posts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:42pm

Seven Afghan military students in four states have been absent without leave since earlier this month, military officials said.

District asks to seal documents in school sex assault case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:41pm

An attorney for a southern Idaho school district wants court documents to be sealed in a lawsuit from the family of a black football player who says he was sexually assaulted by three teammates last year.

Islamic school, township settle lawsuit over zoning denial

Corey Williams, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:34pm

An Islamic academy will get $1.7 million and be allowed to build a new school after it settled a federal lawsuit against a Michigan township that initially denied its zoning request.

Ex-student gets year in prison for on-campus drug overdoses

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:32pm

A former student at Wesleyan University in Connecticut who sold drugs involved in a series of on-campus overdoses has been ordered to serve a year and a day in prison.

Audit: Take back $3.4M in FEMA grants to church school

Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:31pm

Auditors say the Federal Emergency Management Agency should take back nearly all of $3.5 million in grants approved for a church-run school in coastal Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, though a school official says it actually received $2.8 million.

Virginia man convicted in Vermont same-sex kidnap case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:31pm

A Virginia businessman has been found guilty of international parental kidnapping after getting involved in a Vermont same-sex couple's child custody fight.

Kerry: US on verge of ending Syria talks with Russia

Bradley Klapper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:31pm

The United States is "on the verge" of ending Syria talks with Russia in response to days of deadly attacks on Aleppo, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.

US twice tried to deport man killed by police in California

Elliot Spagat and Amy Taxin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:31pm

U.S. authorities twice tried to deport a black man who was fatally shot by police in a San Diego suburb this week but his native Uganda refused to take him.

White House lashes out at Congress after 9/11 bill vote

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:31pm

The White House lashed out at Congress on Thursday, a day after Republicans and Democrats overwhelmingly overrode President Barack Obama's veto of a bill to allow families of the 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia. The White House turned to mockery as top GOP leaders expressed buyer's remorse and vowed to fix the bill.

Sheriff: School counselor convinces student to hand over gun

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:24pm

A middle-school counselor in Tennessee is being called a hero after talking a teenager into handing over a loaded handgun.

Ex-student gets probation in Iowa State sex assault case

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:24pm

A student who was sexually assaulted after an Iowa State University party confronted her assailant at his sentencing hearing Thursday, telling him the attack had scarred her forever.

The Latest: Hearing set for teen accused in school shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:23pm

The Latest on a teenager who is accused of killing his father before shooting three people at a school in South Carolina (all times local):

Obama flies to Israel for Shimon Peres memorial service

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:22pm

Both were Nobel Prize laureates who labored for peace in the Middle East but failed to achieve it. Now, their joint efforts are at an end as President Barack Obama prepares to pay a final tribute to Shimon Peres in Jerusalem.

Sherriff: 3 arrested in quadruple slaying in South Carolina

Bruce Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:21pm

After more than a year and thousands of hours of investigation, three men have been charged with murder and other crimes in a July 2015 quadruple homicide at a home in rural South Carolina, a sheriff said Thursday.

Rescue at sea turns new attention on unsolved 2013 killing

Dave Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:12pm

It was a crime that stunned a quiet suburb and stumped investigators: an 87-year-old real estate developer killed in his home, shot three times with a rifle.

Ohio man charged with killing adult daughter has $4.5M bond

Mark Gillispie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:11pm

A man charged with murder in the fatal shooting of his adult daughter at their suburban Cleveland home had his bond increased Thursday to $4.5 million by a judge after a prosecutor said the man was a flight risk.

Disbarred lawyer pleads guilty in kidnap once called a hoax

Don Thompson and Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:04pm

A disbarred Harvard University-trained attorney pleaded guilty Thursday to kidnapping in a bizarre case that police in California initially dismissed as a hoax.