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Vermont seeks lawyers, law students as poll workers

Sep. 20, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont secretary of state’s office said it's working with the Vermont Bar Association to get lawyers and law students to volunteer as poll workers during the November election. Many of the people who traditionally volunteer as poll workers may not be able to do so...

Fred Poddig, from left, and Andrew Gryspeerd, members of Four Wheelers of Michigan Tech, talk to first-year forestry student Braden Berridge during the first K-Day event of the year at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich., Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the university's annual K-Day event, where students get a Friday afternoon off to travel to a local beach and learn about campus activities, was held on-campus and divided into several days. (Garrett Neese/The Mining Journal via AP)

Michigan Tech moves 'Involvement Zone' event to campus

Sep. 20, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — With COVID-19, student organizations face obstacles both in getting the word out, and in conducting their usual activities. They got help with the first of those Sept. 11 with Michigan Technological University’s first K-Day event, branded “The Involvement Zone.”...

Nurses end strike at University of Illinois Hospital

Sep. 19, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A strike by hundreds of nurses ended Saturday at University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago. “We have made progress on a number of important fronts, from wages and staffing to essential safety issues like improved" personal protection equipment, said Doris Carroll, president of the...

Students sit at a distance as a precaution against COVID-19, as they undergo an aptitude test to access the University of Medicine, in Rome Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. (Cecilia Fabiano/LaPresse via AP)

Virus clusters at French universities give Europe a lesson

Sep. 18, 2020 7:44 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Can mandatory masks offer enough protection in lecture halls so packed that late arrivals have to sit on the floor? That's what worries many students at the centuries-old Sorbonne University in Paris as the coronavirus is on the rebound across France. At least a dozen COVID-19 clusters have...

Kansas Supreme Court weighs guidelines for injured workers

Sep. 17, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court waded into the fray Thursday over obscure medical guidelines that will determine how much money workers injured on the job can collect. Justices heard legal arguments on Zoom over which edition of the American Medical Association guide should be used for...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018, file photo, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for a formal group portrait to include a new Associate Justice, top row, far right, at the Supreme Court Building in Washington. Seated from left: Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr. Standing behind from left: Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Elena Kagan and Associate Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Audio arguments, with a side of fish

Sep. 17, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A flurry of election-related cases are already working their way through courts, but Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer doesn't seem overly concerned about election cases landing in his lap. “We don't know the cases will come to us. We've learned it's best, and I've learned over...

Florida teachers want superintendent fired over COVID plans

Sep. 16, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida teachers union wants a district superintendent fired for his handling of school reopenings while the state Wednesday reported more than 13,000 people have died of COVID-19 in Florida since March. The union representing Palm Beach County teachers is calling for...

MU expels 2, suspends 3 for COVID-19 rule violations

Sep. 15, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — With more than 1,300 of its students infected with the coronavirus, the University of Missouri in Columbia said Tuesday that two students were expelled and three others suspended for violating rules meant to slow the virus' spread. A news release said the sanctions were necessary...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2019, file photo, a Moran tugboat nears the stern of the capsizing vessel Golden Ray near St. Simons Sound off the coast of Georgia. The salvage team is seeking a federal permit to surround the shipwreck with a giant mesh barrier to contain any debris when they cut the ship apart. Salvage workers coming to the Georgia coast to cut apart and remove the cargo ship that overturned will be isolated at a nearby resort to protect them from the coronavirus, officials said Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

Alarms, shouts recorded before ship overturned off Georgia

Sep. 14, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Sailors shouted above blaring alarms and other loud noises for several minutes as the cargo ship Golden Ray listed to one side and finally overturned a year ago along the coast of Georgia, according to an audio recording played Monday during a government hearing on the shipwreck. The...

**HOLD FOR STORY BY CASEY SMITH**Kay Orzechowicz poses Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, for a portrait with the family dog Buddy, at her Griffith, Ind., home. After 35 years of teaching, Orzechowicz said COVID-19

Teacher departures leave schools scrambling for substitutes

Sep. 13, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — With many teachers opting out of returning to the classroom because of the coronavirus, schools around the U.S. are scrambling to find replacements and in some places lowering certification requirements to help get substitutes in the door. Several states have seen surges in educators...