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MSU offering alternative path to teaching certification

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 3:00am

Mississippi State University is offering people interested in going into teaching an alternate route to licensure.

Ex-teacher's aide pleads not guilty to assaulting teen boys

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:50am

A former Connecticut teacher's aide accused of having a sexual relationship with two teenage boys has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault charges.

Obama adviser Axelrod to deliver Eureka commencement

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:50am

A top adviser to President Barack Obama's election victories will deliver the commencement address at Eureka College May 14.

Museum offers free admission for Abraham Lincoln's birthday

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:40am

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is offering free admission to mark the 16th president's birthday.

Post-conviction hearing in Adnan Syed wraps after 5 days

Juliet Linderman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:20am

A retired Baltimore judge who'll determine whether a man convicted of a killing at the center of popular podcast "Serial" deserves a new trial says the five-day post-conviction hearing that concluded Tuesday garnered more attention than any other proceeding he'd seen in the state.

More than 300 children enrolled in child literacy program

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:10am

State officials say more than 300 Tennessee children have been enrolled in a program that aims to improve child literacy.

Parole hearing set for Robert Kennedy killer Sirhan Sirhan

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:01am

For nearly 50 years, Sirhan Sirhan has been consistent: He says he doesn't remember fatally shooting Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in a crowded kitchen pantry of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

Respiratory health study to be done near St. Louis landfill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:00am

St. Louis County Health Department says workers will conduct a health survey of respiratory ailments near the Bridgeton Landfill, where an underground fire has been smoldering since 2010.

Ferguson asks for changes to reform deal, drawing criticism

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 1:31am

The Ferguson City Council is asking the U.S. Department of Justice for changes to a deal to reform the city's courts and policing systems, a move that drew swift criticism from both the department and many residents.

Man angry about missing birth pleads guilty to bomb threat

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 1:10am

A Utah man accused of calling in a hospital bomb threat because he was upset he couldn't attend his child's birth has pleaded guilty to a federal charge.

Student arrested after gun found in backpack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 1:10am

A central Florida high school was placed on lockdown after authorities reported finding a gun in a student's backpack.

NY teachers union challenges Buffalo receivership ruling

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 1:10am

The Buffalo teachers union is challenging the superintendent's right to make changes at five persistently struggling schools under the state's receivership law.

Ferguson City Council seeks changes to DOJ reform agreement

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 12:30am

The Ferguson City Council agreed Tuesday to most proposals in a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department that would reform the city's courts and policing systems but also asked for several changes, including some limiting the city's cost.

Jury to decide fate of NY officer in stairwell shooting case

Karen Matthews, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 12:01am

Jurors will return to court as they consider whether a rookie police officer who shot an innocent man in a dark public housing stairwell accidentally discharged his weapon, as he says, or whether he acted out of recklessness and did little to help the dying victim, as the prosecution contends.

School evacuated after note on van threatens explosion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 11:50pm

Police in Southern California evacuated about 1,000 people from homes and an elementary school for much of the day after finding a parked van with a man unconscious inside and a note on the windshield saying the vehicle would explode if it was moved.

Refugee mental health needs could overwhelm, experts fear

Philip Marcelo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 11:21pm

For the thousands of Syrian refugees expected to arrive in the U.S. in coming months, the first order of business will be securing the basics — health care, jobs, education and a safe home.

The Latest: DOJ says Ferguson creating 'unnecessary delay'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 11:00pm

The Latest on a police and court reform agreement between Ferguson and the U.S. Department of Justice (all times local):

Report: Zion National Park has $70M maintenance backlog

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 9:51pm

A report shows that Zion National Park is about $70 million behind on maintenance work, while continuing to see a record number of visitors.

Body found in slough near Eugene identified as Idaho man

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 9:11pm

Police have identified the body of a man found in a slough in Eugene on Sunday.