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UNC police chief retiring after Confederate statue toppled

Apr. 12, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The police chief at North Carolina's flagship public university is retiring after an investigation found campus police were unprepared for demonstrators who tore down a Confederate memorial last summer. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said in a statement Friday that...

N. Carolina DA: No death penalty for 3 Muslim student deaths

Apr. 12, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina prosecutor is scrapping the death penalty in hopes of scheduling a trial in July for a man charged with killing three young Muslims four years ago. District Attorney Satana DeBerry plans to proceed with a potential life prison sentence to speed up the first-degree...

2 arrested for vandalizing U. of North Carolina memorial

Apr. 8, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Police at North Carolina's flagship public university say they've arrested two people accused of vandalizing a monument to enslaved and free black workers who built the school. University of North Carolina police say 31-year-old Ryan Francis Barnett of Sanford and 50-year-old Nancy...

UNC obtains warrants for suspects in memorial vandalism

Apr. 2, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Police have obtained arrest warrants for two people accused of vandalizing a monument to people of color at the flagship campus of the University of North Carolina. UNC police said late Monday that officers have warrants for two people but did not disclose their names. Separate...

'Racist language' found on UNC minorities founder statue

Apr. 1, 2019 8:04 AM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The interim chancellor of UNC-Chapel Hill says "racist language" has been found on a monument dedicated to the people of color who helped create the university. The News & Observer reports Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz sent a message to the university Sunday night that said the...

USC's new president ready to 'fix' school after scandals

Mar. 21, 2019 1:46 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The new president of the University of Southern California said she wants to be a part of "fixing" the school following a series of high-profile scandals including the massive college admissions bribery case that broke last week. Carol Folt, a biologist and former chancellor of the...

On heels of scandals, USC announces new president

Mar. 20, 2019 9:46 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The University of Southern California on Wednesday announced a new school president to usher "a new era" following a series of high-profile scandals that culminated last week with a massive college admissions bribery case. Carol Folt, former chancellor of the University of North Carolina...

Latest: USC students want transparency from new president

Mar. 20, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the naming of a new University of Southern California president (all times local): 4 p.m. Students say they hope the University of Southern California's new president is transparent about recent scandals plaguing the school. Carol Folt was introduced as president on...

Science Says: Tiny 'water bears' can teach us about survival

Mar. 20, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth's ultimate survivors can weather extreme heat, cold, radiation and even the vacuum of space. Now the U.S. military hopes these tiny critters called tardigrades can teach us about true toughness. These animals are pipsqueaks, only about the size of a period. Under a microscope they...

Facebook says service hindered by lack of local news

Mar. 18, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's effort to establish a service that provides its users with local news and information is being hindered by the lack of outlets where the company's technicians can find original reporting. The service, launched last year, is currently available in some 400 cities in the United...