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Minority scholar denies separatism at China trial

URUMQI, China (AP) — A prominent Muslim Uighur scholar being tried on separatism charges told a court in far western China that he never advocated the overthrow of Chinese rule in his native Xinjiang, according to his lawyer. Attorney Liu Xiaoyuan said government critic and former Beijing economics professor Ilham Tohti addressed the court for [...]

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Facebook CEO wants more students to explore tech

  REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to turn more American high school students into well-paid techies — and even hire some of them to work at his social-media company. Zuckerberg told students Thursday at Redwood City’s Sequoia High School that understanding technology and computers “is going to be really critical to having a lot [...]

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Obama opens campaign against campus sexual assault

  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to announce a campus sexual assault awareness campaign from the White House Friday, with a special focus on engaging men in the fight against a largely hidden problem. White House officials say the campaign, called “It’s On Us,” will challenge everyone on [...]

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Updates with five dead instead of four. Roadside bombs kills 5 UN peacekeepers in Mali BABA AHMED

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A roadside bomb in northern Mali killed five U.N. peacekeepers and wounded several others on Thursday Sept,  18, a spokesman said of the latest in a string of deadly attacks on the force. A car carrying Chadian troops hit the explosive north of Aguel’hoc, which is near the embattled city of [...]

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School district police stock up free military gear

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles. At least 26 school districts have participated in the Pentagon’s surplus program, which is not new but has come under scrutiny after [...]

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Nicholas McDonald named Tom Joyner Hercules Scholar

  Nicholas McDonald, a future talk show host, multi-million dollar entrepreneur and preacher, is this week’s Hercules Scholar as announced by Tom Joyner on his Morning Show, Thursday, Sept. 18. You can listen to a repeat of the announcement at http://www.tjms.com/stream/. Nicholas will receive a $1500 scholarship from the Tom Joyner Foundation as part of [...]

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College savings on the rise as plans average $20K

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The good news is that Americans are saving more than ever for college. The bad news is that the average amount wouldn’t come close to getting a person a degree. In a report released Tuesday, the College Savings Plans Network found that the average college savings or prepaid tuition account known [...]

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Higher education cuts likely to spare Va. students

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The $90 million in cuts the McAuliffe administration is seeking from Virginia’s public colleges and universities this fiscal year and next are likely to spare students. Instead, the savings will be achieved by keeping vacant unfilled positions, through energy conservation, deferred maintenance and other measures. While no layoffs are expected [...]

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Alexandria schools on alert after weapon report

  ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Alexandria school officials say all schools went on lock-in after a report of a person brandishing a weapon near one school, but students are now on their way home. An Alexandria police spokeswoman says police received a report of a person with a weapon in the area of Matthew Maury [...]

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History books spark new Texas classroom battle

  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The long-running ideological dispute over what gets taught in Texas classrooms flared anew over proposed history textbooks Tuesday, with academics decrying lessons they said exaggerate the importance of Christian values on the nation’s Founding Fathers while conservatives complained of anti-American, pro-Islam biases. The Board of Education will approve new history [...]

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Police resume search for missing Virginia student

  CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Police adjusted their search area Tuesday for a missing University of Virginia student, at least the fourth young woman to go missing in the area in the past five years. The shift in the search for Hannah Elizabeth Graham is based on video that police obtained showing Graham walking early [...]

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