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Texas 2nd-grade teacher says no homework this school year

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 6:40am

A second-grade teacher in North Texas has adopted a no-homework lesson plan for this school year.

The Latest: Miss. counties not eligible for FEMA funds

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 6:30am

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Ex-Connecticut teacher pleads guilty to having sex with boy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 6:20am

A former Connecticut elementary school teacher has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a boy over a two-year period starting when he was 12.

Families scrambling as Detroit charter high school closes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 6:20am

Families are looking for a new school after a charter high school in Detroit says it won't reopen, just days before the new year.

Pennsylvania teen charged as adult in grandmother's slaying

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 6:20am

A 14-year-old boy Pennsylvania has been charged with fatally shooting his grandmother during an argument over school.

Louisiana signs emergency order to speed up debris pickup

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 6:20am

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has issued an emergency order to speed up the removal of flood debris.

Portion of Ellicott City's Main Street reopening

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 6:10am

A portion of picturesque Main Street in Ellicott City, Maryland, is reopening after flooding last month.

Arkansas couple accused of zip-tying child plead not guilty

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 6:00am

An Arkansas couple has pleaded not guilty to battery and abuse charges after they were accused of zip-tying the woman's 4-year-old daughter to her bed as punishment.

Settlement being worked out in police legal fee dispute

Bruce Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 5:40am

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

Children found in home with feet 'caked' in dog feces

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 5:30am

A Florida woman has been charged after authorities say she kept her two children and 24 Chihuahuas in a home filled with dog feces, trash and bugs.

State trooper, 2 men pull crash victim from burning car

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 5:30am

With the help of two bystanders, a Connecticut State Police trooper successfully freed a man trapped inside a burning car in Plainville.

Newspaper: Doctors in sex abuse cases often not disciplined

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 5:23am

A newspaper investigation shows doctors who engage in sexual misconduct with patients are routinely treated as having "impairment" issues and may not be reported to law enforcement.

Illinois graduating seniors have slight ACT score increase

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 5:20am

New statistics show the Illinois' graduating seniors this year had a slight increase in their ACT scores.

Woman: Boyfriend wasn't speeding before crash that killed 6

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 5:20am

The girlfriend of the SUV driver who authorities say caused a fatal crash that left him and five others dead says her boyfriend wasn't speeding.

Suspect in Alabama massacre to make his 1st court appearance

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 5:00am

Authorities say the man accused of using an ax and gunshots to slaughter three men and two women at a south Alabama house is set to make his first court appearance on six counts of capital murder and two counts of kidnapping.

Minnesota ACT scores slip after test required for juniors

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 4:50am

Minnesota scores on the ACT college entrance exam slipped after the state required juniors to take the test as part of statewide testing.

Deaf driver's shooting death by trooper under investigation

Jeffrey Collins and Martha Waggoner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 4:50am

The North Carolina Highway Patrol is urging people not to jump to conclusions as state agents investigate how a deaf driver with a history of minor offenses ended up dead after leading a trooper on a 10-mile chase.

Wisconsin ACT scores drop below national average

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 4:40am

Wisconsin's average score on the ACT college entrance exam dropped below the national average in the first year that all graduating seniors took the test.

Mississippi ACT scores dip as all high school seniors tested

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 4:30am

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

Rhode Island zoo announces birth of endangered kangaroo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 4:30am

Officials have announced the birth of an endangered kangaroo native to Papua New Guinea at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence earlier this year.