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American student fights deportation in Israeli high court

Oct. 17, 2018 12:33 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A U.S. graduate student on Wednesday asked Israel's Supreme Court to overturn an expulsion order over her alleged involvement in the boycott movement against Israel. Lara Alqasem, 22, has been held in detention since arriving in the country on Oct. 2 with a valid student visa. Alqasem,...

Candidate falsely claims master's degree in voter pamphlet

Oct. 16, 2018 8:58 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Salem man running for election in the House District 19 race has falsely listed having a master's degree in the Oregon Voters' Pamphlet. The Statesman Journal reports electrician Mike Ellison has completed most of his graduate work through the Oregon Institute of Technology, and plans...

Students defrauded by colleges score win in court decision

Oct. 16, 2018 6:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Students defrauded by for-profit colleges scored an important victory on Tuesday, when a court cleared the way for an Obama-era policy that will make it easier for them to get their student loans forgiven. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had said the regulation, known as borrower defense,...

New campaign seeks support for expanded Supreme Court

Oct. 16, 2018 1:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A couple of liberal Harvard law professors are lending their name to a new campaign to build support for expanding the Supreme Court by four justices in 2021. The campaign, calling itself the 1.20.21 Project and being launched Wednesday, also wants to increase the size of the lower...

Ex-Baylor frat chief accused of rape pleads to lesser charge

Oct. 15, 2018 8:32 PM EDT

WACO, Texas (AP) — A former Baylor University fraternity president indicted on sexual assault charges in 2016 has pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of unlawful restraint and been sentenced to probation. Jacob Walter Anderson's plea Monday in Waco came in a deal with prosecutors in return for dismissal...

Anti-hazing law in Penn St. student's name goes to governor

Oct. 15, 2018 8:00 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Stricter criminal penalties for hazing will soon become Pennsylvania law under legislation inspired by the death of a Penn State student that cleared its final hurdle Monday. The Senate voted unanimously for a bill named for a fraternity pledge who consumed a dangerous amount of...

Warren's DNA test: 'Pocahontas' pushback, possible 2020 prep

Oct. 15, 2018 6:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — That "Pocahontas" taunt must have rankled. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's release Monday of a DNA analysis that she does indeed have Native American ancestry is a pointed pushback to Donald Trump's derisive nickname for her. It also looks like an attempt by the Massachusetts Democrat to defuse...

Judge declines to punish student who poured ink on statue

Oct. 15, 2018 6:15 PM EDT

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — A judge declined Monday to punish a black University of North Carolina graduate student who admitted to pouring red ink and her own blood on a Confederate statue in a headline-grabbing protest that preceded the statue's toppling months later. After a day of impassioned testimony,...

The Latest: Judge withholds Confederate vandalism punishment

Oct. 15, 2018 5:40 PM EDT

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a University of North Carolina student accused of vandalizing a Confederate monument (all times local): 5:30 p.m. A judge has declined to punish a University of North Carolina graduate student who admitted to splashing red ink on a Confederate statue on...

Harvard: Race can only help, never harm, applicants' chances

Oct. 15, 2018 4:48 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Harvard University intentionally uses a vague "personal rating" to reject Asian-American applicants in favor of students from other racial backgrounds, according to lawyers on one side of a trial that began Monday and carries weighty implications for dozens of other U.S. colleges. Harvard's...