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FILE - In this March 16, 2020 file photo, Oklahoma's State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister speaks during an emergency meeting of the Oklahoma State Department of Education in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma State Board of Education approved a COVID-19 response plan on Thursday, July 23, 2020, for actions local districts should take to slow the spread of coronavirus, but narrowly voted to make the plan optional instead of mandatory. (Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman via AP, File)

Billboards support statewide school mask mandate in Oklahoma

Oct. 31, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Billboards supporting a statewide mask mandate in Oklahoma schools have been erected across the state. The billboards, paid for by the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, read “Endangering Teachers for Politics” and “State Education Board votes no on...

NASA center holding online event highlight HBCU ties

Oct. 31, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center is holding an online event to highlight the role of historically Black institutions in space missions. The virtual gathering will be held Tuesday to put a spotlight on the way historically Black colleges, universities and other organizations...

Louisiana award goes to writer of books on pandemic, floods

Oct. 31, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana author who has written about the 1918 flu pandemic and the 1927 Mississippi River flood is receiving the state's annual writing award. John M. Barry has been chosen for the 21st annual Louisiana Writer Award, given by the state library's Louisiana Center for the Book....

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn waves from his limousine after officiating a graduation ceremony at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Thailand’s king has presided over a university graduation ceremony at a stronghold of a protest movement seeking to reduce the monarchy’s powers, after activists issued a call for students to boycott the event.  (AP Photo/Sunti Teapia)

Some Thai students choose protest option at graduation

Oct. 31, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — For a second straight day Saturday, many university students in Bangkok boycotted a graduation ceremony attended by Thailand's king and queen, as part of an unprecedented push for reform of the monarchy. A small group of royalists welcomed King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida when they...

Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., questions witnesses during a Senate Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Hearing on the federal government response to COVID-19 on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Washington. (Alex Edelman/Pool via AP)

Senate race between Jones, Tuberville tops Alabama ballot

Oct. 31, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

In addition to voting for president, Alabama voters will also decide a U.S. Senate race and multiple other offices and issues on Tuesday. Here is a look at Election Day in Alabama: PRESIDENT Very popular among the conservatives who dominate Alabama politics, Republicans are hopeful President Donald Trump will...

Tennessee student beekeepers see themselves as protectors

Oct. 31, 2020 9:36 AM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — In a clearing near the crest of Missionary Ridge, overlooking a striking vista of Chattanooga below, sits a solitary beehive. For a group of 10 McCallie School students, the yellow box the size of a child’s wardrobe represents a calling. They lovingly tend the Western Honey...

‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ author hosts 'pool party’ in Maryland

Oct. 31, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

ELDERSBURG, Md. (AP) — Jeff Kinney’s latest book tour stop took him into Eldersburg, where the bestselling children’s author and cartoonist hosted a virtual pool party for hundreds of his fans. The Maryland-born Kinney is best known for the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, and the...

Band students take field with musician-friendly face masks

Oct. 31, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — When the marching band from Fort Myers High school took the field at halftime Thursday night, the students modeled a specially made face mask that is built with health, safety and functionality in mind. The cloth mask features an opening around the mouth, allowing musicians to play...

Art museum criticized for keeping Native American objects

Oct. 31, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — The Mimbres Collection at the Weisman Art Museum has a long and complicated past. First excavated by anthropology professors and students in the 1920s, the collection of human remains and burial belongings was housed at the University of Minnesota before being transferred to the...

King Maha Vajiralongkorn, center, waves as he arrives to participate in a graduation ceremony at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai king hands out diplomas at protest movement stronghold

Oct. 30, 2020 9:34 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's king presided over a university graduation ceremony Friday at a stronghold of a protest movement seeking to reduce the monarchy's powers, after activists issued a call for students to boycott the event. There was no way to confirm how many heeded the call, though videos of the...