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Ex-priest who abused child allowed access to Chicago schools

Jun. 22, 2018 4:24 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools correspondence provided to The Associated Press shows that the nation's third largest school district gave a former Roman Catholic priest access to its schools for months despite knowing he was forced to leave the priesthood for sexually abusing a boy of 6 when he was...

The Latest: First lady calls for immigration legislation

Jun. 21, 2018 9:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Melania Trump's visit to a Texas facility housing migrant children (all times local): 9:20 p.m. Melania Trump says her visit with migrant children has "impacted me greatly." The first lady commented in a written statement Thursday after she returned from touring the Upbring...

Police: Man kills lawyer, self, hours after divorce is final

Jun. 21, 2018 7:05 PM EDT

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man killed his ex-wife's attorney in his law office just hours after the couple's divorce was final and then killed himself, authorities said. Cartersville Police Lt. M.E. Bettikofer tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that 33-year-old Walter Samuel Radford's divorce...

Angry Republican teachers create split inside Oklahoma GOP

Jun. 21, 2018 12:10 PM EDT

NEWCASTLE, Okla. (AP) — Sherrie Conley is like most people in small-town Oklahoma: solidly conservative. When she goes to the polls, she faithfully votes Republican. But in Tuesday's primary election here, the elementary school principal won't be voting for the two-term GOP state House member from her...

Teachers, parents report increase in unruly students

Jun. 19, 2018 1:05 PM EDT

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — The academic year is done, but school districts have an ongoing assignment: figuring out how to address an increase in disruptive behaviors by students. Screaming at teachers, throwing objects ranging from musical instruments to chairs, and leaving class without permission but with...

Bog turtle becomes New Jersey's state reptile

Jun. 19, 2018 8:57 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has an official state reptile. The governor on Monday signed legislation designating the title to the bog turtle. Two years ago, Riverside Elementary School science teacher Mark Eastburn told his students that New Jersey didn't have a state reptile. So, they decided to...

Smoking hits new low; about 14 percent of US adults light up

Jun. 19, 2018 12:59 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Smoking in the U.S. has hit another all-time low. About 14 percent of U.S adults were smokers last year, down from about 16 percent the year before, government figures show. There hadn't been much change the previous two years, but it's been clear there's been a general decline and the new...

School honoring Confederate general to be renamed for Obama

Jun. 18, 2018 10:44 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia city is rebranding its only school named after a Confederate general to honor the United States' first black president. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the Richmond School Board voted 6-1 Monday to rename J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School to Barack Obama Elementary School....

Maryland county settles lawsuit with transgender teen

Jun. 18, 2018 8:31 PM EDT

EASTON, Md. (AP) — A Maryland county board of education has settled a lawsuit with a transgender teen that it tried to block from using certain locker rooms. The Daily Record of Baltimore reports 16-year-old Max Brennan filed the lawsuit when his middle school barred him from using boys' facilities. A...

DC's public schools go from success story to cautionary tale

Jun. 17, 2018 8:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As recently as a year ago, the public school system in the nation's capital was being hailed as a shining example of successful urban education reform and a template for districts across the country. Now the situation in the District of Columbia could not be more different. After a series...