The Latest: 800 flights canceled at Atlanta airport
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The Latest: 800 flights canceled at Atlanta airport

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Irma (all times local): 9:05 a.m. An Atlanta airport official says there’ve been around 800 cancellations due to the threat of Irma, which weakened to a tropical storm Monday morning. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport spokesman Andrew Gobeil says the airport will still be operational Monday and will … Continue reading

Missouri student president: School has racism, also unity
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Missouri student president: School has racism, also unity

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — When Payton Head ran as a gay, black man for student president at the University of Missouri — a school now known for one student’s hunger strike and other protests against the administration’s handling of racial bias and hostility on campus — he promised to “ignite Mizzou.” “We’ve definitely done that,” … Continue reading

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Virginia higher ed retirement plan to get new management

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An optional retirement plan for about 5,000 Virginia highereducation employees is getting new management. The Virginia Retirement System plans to switch the plan’s management from TIAA-CREF and Fidelity to International City Management Association — Retirement Corp. The change will be effective in fall 2016. Retirement system spokeswoman Jeanna Chenault told the … Continue reading

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Virginia high school focus of football hazing investigation

SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. (AP) — An investigation into a suspected hazing incident has resulted in the arrest of a Spotsylvania High School football player, and the sheriff’s department says other players are under investigation. The 15-year-old player was arrested Friday in connection with the reported hazing of two players on Oct. 23 in the school locker … Continue reading

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Biden tells college students to intervene to prevent assault

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden brought a White House initiative to prevent campus sexual violence to his alma mater Thursday, urging the Syracuse University audience to take a pledge to intervene if they see the potential for assault. “She’s nearly passing out and you see your roommate or fraternity brother walking her … Continue reading

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Big decrease in number of ‘dropout factory’ high schools

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation has far fewer so-called “dropout factory” high schools these days, down sharply from 2008 as more students leave high school with a diploma, according to a new report. The number of dropout factories — where less than 60 percent of students who started as freshmen remain enrolled four years later … Continue reading

1 dead, 1 hurt in Winston-Salem State University shooting
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1 dead, 1 hurt in Winston-Salem State University shooting

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — One student was shot dead and another wounded after gunfire erupted Sunday near dormitories on the Winston-Salem State University campus. Authorities were searching for a suspected gunman, but police and university spokesman Aaron Singleton would provide no identifying details. The historically black school urged visitors to the campus to stay away, … Continue reading

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School system to review safety protocols after class fire

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — The Fairfax County school system announced it will suspend all open-flame experiments in science classrooms until further notice. Superintendent Karen K. Garza announced Monday the school system will thoroughly review its science curriculum and update safety protocols following a fire that broke out during a classroom demonstration on Friday at W.T. … Continue reading

US Supreme Court to hear law student’s redistricting case
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US Supreme Court to hear law student’s redistricting case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two things set first-year law student Stephen Shapiro apart from his classmates at American University in Washington. At 55, he’s old enough to be a father to most of his classmates. And on Wednesday a lawsuit he filed will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. Shapiro’s case began with his frustration … Continue reading

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Trial in entombed body case postponed indefinitely

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — A woman charged with killing a man whose body was found entombed in concrete has been declared incompetent to stand trial. The Roanoke Times reports (http://bit.ly/1LZkRZF ) that 52-year-old Janice Burney Widenor’s scheduled Dec. 7 trial has been postponed indefinitely. Widenor is charged with killing 70-year-old James Austin and concealing his … Continue reading