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DOJ: Georgia schools violated disabled students' rights

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:40pm

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against the state of Georgia over the treatment of students with disabilities.

Haslam touts Tennessee Promise program at Columbia State

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:40pm

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has visited Columbia State Community College to welcome back students participating in his Tennessee Promise program that offers free tuition at the state's two-year colleges.

Experts: NC case unaffected by Texas transgender ruling

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:40pm

Supporters of North Carolina's bathroom rules have urged a federal judge to closely consider a ruling in Texas that has temporarily blocked the Obama administration's ability to withhold federal money from schools that don't let transgender students use bathrooms matching their gender identity.

Judge hears motion for new trial in '91 killing of boy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:40pm

A New Jersey judge has heard arguments from an attorney representing a Florida woman seeking a new trial after she was convicted of killing her 5-year-old son in 1991.

School athlete's sex assault case compared to Stanford case

Mark Pratt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:33pm

The case of a former Massachusetts high school star athlete sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting two classmates is drawing parallels to that of former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner, who got just six months in jail for a sexual assault conviction.

Fast-moving range fire forces evacuations in eastern Idaho

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:31pm

Authorities have ordered evacuations in eastern Idaho where a fast-moving wildfire burning rangeland and sage grouse habitat in a rural area has ballooned to 40 square miles.

School board president faces child pornography charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:31pm

The school board president in a northern New Jersey town is facing child pornography charges.

Blacks in Texas face greatest pregnancy-related death risk

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:31pm

Black women face the greatest risk for pregnancy-related death in Texas, according to a new report.

Burt's Bees landowner gifts land to US government

Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:31pm

The Burt's Bees founder pushing for a new national park in Maine has given 87,500 acres of land to the U.S. government.

Experts conclude Flint River might have caused skin rashes

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:31pm

The improperly treated river water that Flint residents bathed and cleaned with for 1½ years may have caused skin rashes that possibly worsened because people became mentally stressed and changed their hygiene over concerns about the water, federal and state officials said Tuesday.

Arkansas city sued over hot check court fines, arrests

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:31pm

A central Arkansas city is effectively operating a debtors' prison that imposes hefty fines and jail time for thousands of poor people whose checks bounce and infringes on their constitutional rights by shielding court proceedings from public scrutiny, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday.

New teacher licenses rules go into effect

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:31pm

New state regulations designed to retain teachers are going into effect.

The Latest: State trooper manual has section on deaf people

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:31pm

The Latest on a deaf man who was shot and killed by a state trooper (all times local):

Coroner: Self-inflicted shot killed man in police gunfight

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:30pm

The New Orleans coroner says a man who died after exchanging gunfire with police Sunday apparently killed himself after being wounded.

Court considers Kansas rule that voters prove citizenship

Colleen Slevin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:30pm

A federal appeals court will decide whether Kansas has the right to ask people who register to vote when they get their driver's licenses for proof that they're citizens, a decision which could affect whether thousands have their ballots counted in November's election.

Daily fantasy sports sites aim to make Nevada comeback

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:30pm

Daily fantasy sports websites that were shut down in Nevada because they didn't have gambling licenses want to get back in the game, but officials who set policy for the gambling mecca of Las Vegas weren't impressed.

Obama meets with family of Baton Rouge man killed by police

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:20pm

President Barack Obama met Tuesday with the family of Alton Sterling, the black man in Louisiana whose death last month in a police shooting sparked protests and mass arrests.

Obama vows support for Louisiana after the 'cameras leave'

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:20pm

Standing amid piles of waterlogged debris, President Barack Obama on Tuesday promised a sustained national effort to rebuild flood-ravaged southern Louisiana "even after the TV cameras leave" on a visit aimed in part at stemming campaign-season criticism that he's been slow to respond to the disaster.

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Private lives are exposed as WikiLeaks spills its secrets

Raphael Satter and Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:11pm

WikiLeaks' giant data dumps have rattled the National Security Agency, the U.S. Democratic Party, and the Saudi foreign ministry. But its spectacular mass-disclosures have also included the personal information of hundreds of people — including sick children, rape victims and mental health patients, The Associated Press has found.