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The girl who dreams to live on Mars

Dec. 7, 2019 3:00 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — For Alyssa Carson, colonizing Mars is just the first step in saving the human race. The 18-year-old astrobiology student at Florida Tech remembers when she was nine years old, she had the opportunity to meet and speak to former NASA astronaut Sandra Magnus at the Sally Ride Science...

Martinez brings characters to life on the comic books pages

Dec. 7, 2019 12:01 AM EST

JENNINGS, La. (AP) — Carmen Martinez grew up drawing and sketching comic book characters for her family and friends. "Art was always a part of my life," she said. "I was always doing it from a young age." Martinez, a 2008 graduate of Welsh High School, said drawing was a way of keeping her focused. Those...

Hobby Lobby to donate St. Gregory campus to Oklahoma Baptist

Dec. 6, 2019 6:50 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Hobby Lobby says it plans to donate the campus of the now-defunct St. Gregory's University to nearby Oklahoma Baptist University. The Oklahoma City-based craft retailer and its founding Green family announced Friday that they've scheduled a Wednesday news conference to formally...

Board approves 1 step in moving Ole Miss Confederate statue

Dec. 6, 2019 6:19 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Confederate statue would be moved from a central spot on the University of Mississippi's campus to a less prominent Confederate cemetery, under a proposal approved Friday by a state board. The cemetery is still on campus, but it's in a place few people walk or drive. The vote Friday...

Study: Pot businesses more likely in less-educated areas

Dec. 6, 2019 5:30 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington State University researchers have released a study saying licensed cannabis companies are more likely located in less-educated neighborhoods across the state. The Spokesman-Review reports that the research used publicly available data from the state Liquor and Cannabis...

Yale School of Management receives $100M gift for new center

Dec. 6, 2019 5:29 PM EST

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A new center at Yale University will focus on urban public educational leadership with funding from a $100 million gift. The Ivy League university announced Thursday that the Broad Center at Yale School of Management will offer two tuition-free programs for around 50 participants...

Wyoming governor criticizes university president's removal

Dec. 6, 2019 3:39 PM EST

LARAMIE, Wyo (AP) — A decision by the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees not to renew the contract of a former university president could have been handled better, but school officials have a satisfactory plan to hire her replacement, Gov. Mark Gordon said. “I understand the...

State AGs look to head off T-Mobile-Sprint deal in court

Dec. 6, 2019 3:22 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A high-drama telecom deal is heading to court. T-Mobile, in its attempt to buy Sprint for $26.5 billion, has already notched approvals from key federal regulators. Now it must convince a federal judge that the 14 state attorneys general suing to stop the deal are wrong. A trial starts...

New Mexico college faculty votes for collective bargaining

Dec. 6, 2019 2:18 PM EST

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Faculty members at a New Mexico college have voted to begin the process of unionization and collective bargaining with administrative officials amid increasing faculty turnover. The Farmington Daily Times reports that 87 out of 147 full-time faculty members at San Juan College have...

UNMC, Nebraska Medicine planning new $1-$2B building project

Dec. 6, 2019 1:48 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine are in the early planning stages of developing a new state-of-the-art research and patient care facility, officials with both entities said. The project could cost as much as $2 billion and is imagined as several buildings...