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WASHINGTON | Flynn heads to sentencing, with ‘Good luck’ wish from Trump

WASHINGTON  — Michael Flynn will likely walk out of a courtroom a free man due to his extensive cooperation with federal prosecutors, but the run-up to his sentencing hearing Tuesday has exposed raw tensions over an FBI interview in which he lied about his Russian contacts. The former Trump national security adviser’s lawyers have suggested … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Flynn heads to sentencing, with ‘Good luck’ wish from Trump

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. | UNC system rejects $5M plan to house Confederate statue

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— North Carolina’s public university system rejected a proposal Friday to build a $5 million structure to house a toppled Confederate statue, opting instead to “go back to the drawing board” to figure out what to do with the monument. University of North Carolina System Chairman Harry Smith said cost was a primary … Continue reading CHAPEL HILL, N.C. | UNC system rejects $5M plan to house Confederate statue

SALT LAKE CITY | Biden says his family convinced him to run with Obama

SALT LAKE CITY — Former Vice President Joe Biden initially refused to run with then-presidential candidate Barack Obama a decade ago, but his family ultimately convinced him he had to support an African-American candidate with a real chance of winning, he said Thursday at the University of Utah. Biden, 76, was greeted with a standing … Continue reading SALT LAKE CITY | Biden says his family convinced him to run with Obama

STORRS, Conn. | UConn to retire numbers of Hall of Famers Allen, Lobo

STORRS, Conn. — Connecticut will retire the numbers of former basketball stars Ray Allen and Rebecca Lobo. The numbers 34 and 50 will become the first retired by the school during a ceremony in March. The university says it’s an honor reserved for Hall of Famers. In 2017, Lobo was the first UConn player inducted … Continue reading STORRS, Conn. | UConn to retire numbers of Hall of Famers Allen, Lobo

HOUSTON | Reba McEntire, Oak Ridge Boys sing at Bush’s Texas funeral

HOUSTON— Reba McEntire has sung “The Lord’s Prayer” at the Houston funeral service of former President George H.W. Bush. The Grammy winner on Thursday followed the Oak Ridge Boys, who were one of the president’s favorite musical acts and who sang “Amazing Grace” during the service at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston. Celebrities, including … Continue reading HOUSTON | Reba McEntire, Oak Ridge Boys sing at Bush’s Texas funeral

MADISON, Wis. | U of Wisconsin head chides chancellor over porn star invite

MADISON, Wis.  — The University of Wisconsin System’s president reprimanded the La Crosse campus’ chancellor for inviting porn star Nina Hartley to speak on campus, questioning his judgment and warning him that he may not receive a raise next month. UW-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow invited Hartley to speak on campus on Nov. 1 during … Continue reading MADISON, Wis. | U of Wisconsin head chides chancellor over porn star invite

HONG KONG | Hong Kong protest leaders warn of threat to civil rights

HONG KONG  — Hong Kong protest leaders who went on trial Monday for spearheading pro-democracy demonstrations in 2014 said their prosecution threatens the future of civil rights in the territory, where fears have grown of Beijing’s growing influence. “What is on trial is not just the nine of us. What is on trial also is … Continue reading HONG KONG | Hong Kong protest leaders warn of threat to civil rights

SANAA, Yemen | Fighting rages street-to-street in Yemen’s key Hodeida

SANAA, Yemen— Yemeni officials say street battles are raging in several areas of the contested port city of Hodeida, where a U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition is trying to drive out Iran-backed Shiite rebels. They say airstrikes from warplanes and Apache attack helicopters shook residential neighborhoods throughout Sunday, while ground forces clashed around the university in the … Continue reading SANAA, Yemen | Fighting rages street-to-street in Yemen’s key Hodeida

Vanderbilt University News: Vanderbilt University launches the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation

NASHVILLE, TN – A $10 million gift from alumna Jennifer R. Frist, BS’93, and husband William R. “Billy” Frist will endow a new center focused on supporting and developing the neurodiverse talents of individuals with autism at Vanderbilt University’s School of Engineering. The contribution continues the work of a Trans-Institutional Programs (TIPs) initiative launched last … Continue reading Vanderbilt University News: Vanderbilt University launches the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation

ATLANTA | Early returns: Excited bases for Democrats and Republicans

ATLANTA — Less than two weeks before Election Day, early voting returns forecast a midterm election turnout not seen in decades, with Republicans and Democrats demonstrating engaged bases on each end of the political spectrum. That level of enthusiasm — turnout is well ahead of the 2014 pace — makes it difficult to predict final … Continue reading ATLANTA | Early returns: Excited bases for Democrats and Republicans

DETROIT | Lawsuit accuses opera singer David Daniels of sexual assault

DETROIT — A lawsuit alleging sexual assault has been filed against opera singer David Daniels, who is also a University of Michigan professor. A student at the university claims in the lawsuit in U.S. District Court that Daniels groped him, sent sexual photos and videos of himself, and requested sexual photos and videos of the … Continue reading DETROIT | Lawsuit accuses opera singer David Daniels of sexual assault

LOS ANGELES | About 15,000 strike at University of California hospitals

LOS ANGELES  — About 15,000 medical workers on Tuesday started a three-day strike at five University of California medical centers amid a dispute over pay raises and job security, forcing the cancellation and rescheduling of thousands of surgeries and outpatient appointments, officials said. The workers that included radiology technicians, respiratory therapists and pharmacy workers picketed … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | About 15,000 strike at University of California hospitals

SALT LAKE CITY | The Latest: Suspect in fatal shooting reportedly found dead

SALT LAKE CITY — The Latest on a fatal shooting on the University of Utah campus (all times local): 5 a.m. The man suspected of shooting and killing a University of Utah student has been found dead, KUTV reported. Police tracked down the man, identified as Melvin Rowland, who authorities say shot a female student … Continue reading SALT LAKE CITY | The Latest: Suspect in fatal shooting reportedly found dead

MILWAUKEE | Sanders rallies Wisconsin voters before Trump, Obama visits

MILWAUKEE — Former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders urged college students and other supporters Monday at an early-voting rally on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus to throw Republican Gov. Scott Walker out of office and re-elect Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin. The event comes at the start of a week during which President Donald Trump and former … Continue reading MILWAUKEE | Sanders rallies Wisconsin voters before Trump, Obama visits

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. | Rapper’s motion for drug charge dismissal denied

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— A judge in South Dakota has denied a motion to dismiss a drug charge against rapper Chief Keef. The rapper, whose legal name is Keith Cozart, was arrested in June 2017 at the Sioux Falls airport when drugs were found in his carry-on bag after he performed at the University of Sioux … Continue reading SIOUX FALLS, S.D. | Rapper’s motion for drug charge dismissal denied

DETROIT | Israeli official criticizes University of Michigan lecture

DETROIT — A senior Israeli cabinet minister sent a letter Monday to the University of Michigan president over campus incidents that the politician described as showing a “vitriolic hatred against the Jewish state.” Naftali Bennett, the minister responsible for education and diaspora affairs, admonished university President Mark Schlissel over a lecture last week at the … Continue reading DETROIT | Israeli official criticizes University of Michigan lecture

HOLLADAY, Utah | Toddler shreds more than $1,000 in cash

HOLLADAY, Utah  — A toddler in Utah was a little too helpful when he shredded more than $1,000 that his parents were saving. Ben and Jackee Belnap were saving the cash to reimburse Ben’s parents for University of Utah season football tickets. They had $1,060 in an envelope, which disappeared over the weekend. Ben tells … Continue reading HOLLADAY, Utah | Toddler shreds more than $1,000 in cash

STOCKHOLM | American, Frenchman, Canadian win Nobel for work with lasers

STOCKHOLM— Three scientists from the United States, Canada and France won the Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday for work with lasers described as revolutionary and bringing science fiction into reality. One of them, Arthur Ashkin of Bell Laboratories in New Jersey, entered the Nobel record books by becoming the oldest laureate at age 96. … Continue reading STOCKHOLM | American, Frenchman, Canadian win Nobel for work with lasers

MINNEAPOLIS | University of Minnesota awarding honorary degree to Prince

MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota will award the late rock star Prince an honorary degree to recognize his influence on music and his role in shaping his hometown of Minneapolis. University President Eric Kaler and Regent Darrin Rosha will present the school’s highest honor, the Doctorate of Humane Letters, to Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, … Continue reading MINNEAPOLIS | University of Minnesota awarding honorary degree to Prince

DETROIT | Court boosts rights of students accused of sexual misconduct

DETROIT— Students accused of sexual misconduct at public universities have the right to cross-examine accusers at disciplinary hearings, a federal appeals court said Friday in a sweeping decision that will extend to public schools in four states. The University of Michigan violated the rights of a male student by refusing to allow him or a … Continue reading DETROIT | Court boosts rights of students accused of sexual misconduct

MINNEAPOLIS | Report: Chinese billionaire Liu accused of felony rape

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minneapolis police report says the arrest of Chinese billionaire Liu Qiangdong, founder of the Beijing-based e-commerce site JD.com, was over a felony rape accusation. The report doesn’t provide details of the alleged incident. No charges have been filed against the billionaire, also known as Richard Liu. Jail records show he was arrested … Continue reading MINNEAPOLIS | Report: Chinese billionaire Liu accused of felony rape

THESSALONIKI, Greece | Earthquake with magnitude of 5.0 jolts central Greece

THESSALONIKI, Greece  — An earthquake with a provisional magnitude of 5.0 has shaken towns in central Greece. Police say there are no immediate reports of any serious damage or injury. The Department of Geophysics at the University of Thessaloniki said the quake occurred at 10:12 a.m. local time (0812GMT) 25 kilometers (15 miles) outside the … Continue reading THESSALONIKI, Greece | Earthquake with magnitude of 5.0 jolts central Greece

WASHINGTON | Kavanaugh opponents raise red flags on civil rights record

WASHINGTON — Brett Kavanaugh emailed his White House colleagues in June 2003 with an alert: The U.S. Supreme Court was about to release opinions on the University of Michigan’s use of race as a factor to admit students. It was an issue of great interest to his boss, President George W. Bush — who favored … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Kavanaugh opponents raise red flags on civil rights record

BROOKLYN, Iowa | Tibbetts’ father: Hispanic locals ‘Iowans with better food’

BROOKLYN, Iowa — The killing of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts has prompted criticism of the U.S. immigration system because the man charged in her death is a Mexican farmworker. But the victim’s father told mourners he’s been embraced by the local Hispanic community. Speaking Sunday afternoon to more than 1,000 people at a … Continue reading BROOKLYN, Iowa | Tibbetts’ father: Hispanic locals ‘Iowans with better food’

LANSING, Mich | Ex-Michigan State gymnastics coach charged in Nassar case

LANSING, Mich.  — Former Michigan State gymnastics coach Kathie Klages was charged Thursday with lying to police amid an investigation into the school’s handling of sexual abuse complaints against former sports doctor Larry Nassar. The charges were announced by special independent counsel Bill Forsyth, who was appointed by the state attorney general to investigate the … Continue reading LANSING, Mich | Ex-Michigan State gymnastics coach charged in Nassar case

COLUMBUS, Ohio | The Latest: Ohio State releases findings of investigation

COLUMBUS, Ohio  — The Latest on Ohio State’s investigation into coach Urban Meyer and his handling of domestic violence allegations against a former Buckeyes assistant coach (all times local): 11:10 p.m. Ohio State released dozens of documents related to the investigation of Urban Meyer’s handling of a domestic abuse allegation against a former Buckeyes assistant. … Continue reading COLUMBUS, Ohio | The Latest: Ohio State releases findings of investigation

RALEIGH, N.C. | Fate of 3 more Confederate monuments in NC to be discussed

RALEIGH, N.C. — Less than two days after protesters at the University of North Carolina’s flagship campus toppled a statue of a Confederate soldier, a committee plans to announce its recommendation for three other 20th-century monuments on the state Capitol grounds. A study committee of the state Historical Commission is expected to recommend Wednesday whether … Continue reading RALEIGH, N.C. | Fate of 3 more Confederate monuments in NC to be discussed

CHAPEL HILL, N.C | Top UNC leaders condemn Confederate statue toppling

CHAPEL HILL, N.C — Top leaders of the University of North Carolina system condemned the actions of protesters, who toppled a memorial known as “Silent Sam” that was dedicated more than 100 years ago with praise for the Confederate veterans who terrorized former slaves. The UNC president and the chairman of the Board of Governors … Continue reading CHAPEL HILL, N.C | Top UNC leaders condemn Confederate statue toppling