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Trial to begin for teen charged in teacher's rape, killing

Denise Lavoie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 4th - 9:13am

One day in the fall of 2013, Colleen Ritzer asked one of her 9th-grade algebra students to stay after school. Hours later, the body of the popular, 24-year-old teacher was found in nearby woods, partly covered by leaves. She had been raped and her throat had been slit with a box cutter. Near her body was a note reading, "I hate you all."

Jersey shore's giant wooden elephant needs a trunk lift

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 4th - 9:02am

She's been hit by lightning — twice — had a giant tent pole slammed into her posterior, and been subjected to pokes and prods from the feet of climbing children.

Dangerous East Coast storm brings misery to South Carolina

Seanna Adcox, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 4th - 8:51am

A dangerous rainstorm drenching the East Coast brought more misery Sunday to South Carolina — cutting power to thousands, forcing dozens of water rescues around the capital city and closing "too many roads to name" because of floodwaters.

The Latest: Hurricane Joaquin menacing Bermuda

Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 4th - 8:41am

The latest on Hurricane Joaquin and the storm's predicted path. (All times local):

Utah Rep. Chaffetz announces uphill run for House speaker

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 4th - 8:28am

GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah announced Sunday that he is running for House speaker in a longshot challenge to Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, adding a new dose of turmoil for reeling House Republicans.

Police officers' names still secret 3 years after shooting

Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 4th - 9:23am

It's been nearly three years since Gregory McDaniel was shot twice, losing a kidney, during a police drug raid on a South Carolina home where he was sleeping. But no one will tell McDaniel who shot him.

School nurses evolve with education in Burlington

Jeff Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 4th - 9:21am

The practice of school nursing can be traced to the early 1900s, when a New York City school hired a nurse in an effort to reduce student absences.

San Francisco's last gun store closing doors for good

Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 4th - 9:13am

The only gun store in San Francisco is shuttering for good, saying it can no longer operate in the city's political climate of increased gun control regulations and vocal opposition to its business.

UAB conference trains staff on needs of transgender students

Phillip Lucas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 4th - 9:01am

The unique needs of transgender students were the focus of a recent conference at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Some advocates say similar programs are becoming common on campuses nationwide as issues facing the transgender community gain broader attention.

Thousands gather to raise awareness about breast cancer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 4th - 9:01am

Thousands of people have gathered in Rhode Island to raise awareness about breast cancer, support survivors and memorialize those who died of the disease.

W.Va. court considers immunity in ex-school chief's suit

Pam Ramsey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 4th - 9:01am

The West Virginia Supreme Court is considering whether the state Board of Education can be sued by a former state schools superintendent over its decision to fire her.

The Latest: On coast, Georgetown closed to incoming traffic

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 4th - 8:50am

The latest on the rain storm affecting South Carolina this weekend (all times local):

Branstad's new anti-bullying office raises questions

Barbara Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 4th - 8:41am

Gov. Terry Branstad's executive order to create an office for bullying prevention in schools bypasses failed legislative action on the issue, but the Sept. 28 move raises questions about how the small office will tackle major problems.

Mandan School committees may soon include student reps

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 4th - 8:31am

Mandan High School students may soon be allowed to weigh in on school district policies and budget decisions.

Survivor: Oregon gunman spared 'lucky one' to give message

Gosia Wozniacka and Tami Abdollah, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 4th - 8:21am

The gunman who opened fire in an Oregon college killed some of his victims after telling them to crawl across the classroom floor and shot one after saying he would spare her if she begged for her life, according to relatives of students in the classroom.

EXCHANGE: Children's librarian battling breast cancer

Christi Warren(sterling) Daily Gazette, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 4th - 8:11am

In Tampico, she's known as "the baseball mom." In Sterling, you'll know her as the children's librarian at Sterling Public Library.

'Pop up' library on wheels brings books to events

Dean Narciso, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 4th - 8:10am

The bell rang, and students at Stevenson Elementary dashed for the doors.

Stuarts Draft family doctor celebrates 50 years of practice

Laura Peters, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 4th - 7:51am

Dr. John Forbes III sits in his office with his arms crossed gently across his chest.

SWAT team, superheroes honor children cancer survivors

Cassie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 4th - 7:11am

Batman and a few of his closest friends joined nine child cancer-survivors on Wednesday as each child rang a bell symbolizing winning the battle with cancer.

West Friendship family chooses homeschooling for family time

Lisa Philip, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 4th - 7:11am

Every space in the first floor of the Walsh family's West Friendship home serves as a classroom — the walls of the mudroom are chalkboards, the windows in the dining room are lined with children's books and the kitchen holds recipes for practicing reading and measuring.