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Harvard emails illuminate power of wealth in admissions

Oct. 17, 2018 6:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A federal trial alleging bias against Harvard University underscored a cold truth of the school's admissions process on Wednesday: that money and pedigree can open doors that academics alone might not. Students for Fair Admissions, the group suing Harvard , revealed a series of internal...

Email: Political appointee tapped to lead Interior watchdog

Oct. 17, 2018 5:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to reassign a political appointee at the Department of Housing and Urban Development to lead an internal watchdog agency at the Interior Department. An email sent by HUD Secretary Ben Carson to staff says assistant HUD secretary Suzanne Israel Tufts will...

Maine university bans professor who planned protest course

Oct. 17, 2018 4:46 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The University of Southern Maine barred from teaching a retired professor who organized a one-credit course for students to protest Republican Sen. U.S. Susan Collins in Washington as she considered then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. University president Glenn Cummings said...

Vandy's Horrocks to miss start of season for health reasons

Oct. 17, 2018 1:27 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt center Bree Horrocks will miss the start of the upcoming season because of what the school describes as health matters related to blood clots. Commodores coach Stephanie White revealed Horrocks' situation Wednesday in a school release. White said that "we hope to welcome...

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,...

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...