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Sanders, liberals, out with bill to cancel student debt

Jun. 24, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Days before the first Democratic presidential debates, Sen. Bernie Sanders and House progressives rolled out legislation to cancel all student debt, going farther than a signature proposal by Sen. Elizabeth Warren as the two jockey for support from the party's liberal base . By canceling...

Albania's Electoral College orders go-ahead of local polls

Jun. 24, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's top legal election institution on Monday decided in favor of holding municipal elections this weekend, turning down a move from the country's president to cancel them. The five-judge Electoral College ruled unanimously that a small political party, which had asked to...

University of Iowa team wins $115M 'space weather' grant

Jun. 24, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A University of Iowa team has won a $115 million grant to develop satellites for studying a system of radiation created by the sun — "space weather." The NASA grant will underwrite development of satellites expected to be launched within the next three years with more...

Tennessee State U to receive $2M to help retain students

Jun. 24, 2019 5:01 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee State University says it's receiving $2 million from the state to help retain students who excel academically but are from underserved communities. University President Glenda Glover says financial hardship is the main reason many students can't return. State lawmakers...

Couple donating $22M for scholarships at UT-Martin

Jun. 24, 2019 5:00 AM EDT

MARTIN, Tenn. (AP) — A couple is donating $22 million to provide scholarships at the University of Tennessee-Martin, marking the largest gift in campus history. A news release says the gift by Bill and Rosann Nunnelly was announced during the University of Tennessee's board meeting Friday. The donation...

Closing arguments set for missing Chinese scholar case

Jun. 23, 2019 11:48 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Closing arguments are set for the federal death penalty trial of a former University of Illinois doctoral student charged with kidnapping and killing a 26-year-old visiting scholar from China. Monday's closings follow a week and a half of testimony. If jurors convict Brendt Christensen,...

University of New Mexico gets rare George Orwell collection

Jun. 23, 2019 12:00 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A longtime advocate and employee of the University of New Mexico University Libraries is donating his collection of rare George Orwell books. The university announced last week that professor and curator emeritus Russ Davidson has agreed to donate his Orwell book collection, which...

White House unveils $50 billion Palestinian economic plan

Jun. 22, 2019 9:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Saturday unveiled a $50 billion Palestinian investment and infrastructure proposal intended to be the economic engine to power its much-anticipated but still unreleased "deal of the century" Middle East peace plan. The scheme, which calls for a mix of public...

UT board approves tuition increases for campuses

Jun. 22, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Trustees have approved tuition increases at each of the University of Tennessee campuses for the next academic year. Media outlets report the Board of Trustees approved a 2% tuition increase at the Knoxville campus and a 2.5% increase at the Chattanooga and Martin campuses at a...

The Latest: Democratic candidates make rapid-fire appeals

Jun. 21, 2019 11:28 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential candidates in South Carolina (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Nearly all of the Democrats running for president in 2020 have made rapid-fire appeals to hundreds of cheering, sweating supporters at the "world famous" fish fry hosted by South Carolina...