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Video Games Are a Waste of Time? Not for Those With E-sports Scholarships

Published 11/03/2018 04:05 AM

‘The games that are competitively viable in the collegiate sphere have real depth, have deep levels of strategy, and require strategic teamwork.’

How ‘Makers’ Make the Classroom More Inclusive

Published 11/01/2018 01:08 PM

The maker movement started out flashy, bringing 3-D printers into classrooms around the world. Now, it’s about meeting student and community needs.

Training the Next Generation of Doctors and Nurses

Published 11/01/2018 10:05 AM

Bed-bound mannequins that can bleed, blink and give birth (there’s even a realistic placenta); VR goggles to see what a polyp actually looks like.

Asbestos in a Crayon, Benzene in a Marker: A School Supply Study’s Toxic Results

Published 08/09/2018 01:28 AM

A public interest group tested 27 back-to-school products and found dangerous chemicals in four of them.

P.M. Forni, Who Argued for ‘Choosing Civility,’ Dies at 67

Published 12/10/2018 09:19 PM

In two books he wrote about rudeness and how to avoid it. He also started a program to encourage the practice of good manners.

For-Profit College Chain Closes, Shutting Out Nearly 20,000 Students

Published 12/07/2018 12:15 AM

Education Corporation of America ran more than 70 campuses across the country before closing schools this week after it lost its accreditation.

A Ban on Parents in the School Lunchroom? Everyone Seems to Have an Opinion

Published 12/06/2018 10:00 PM

What began as a small debate in a wealthy Connecticut town erupted into a controversy over when Mom and Dad should let go.

Lego Foundation and Sesame Street Team Up to Help Refugee Children

Published 12/05/2018 01:28 PM

A $100 million grant from the Lego Foundation will allow Sesame Workshop and aid groups to develop education programs for Syrian and Rohingya children.

Princeton Singers Abandon a ‘Little Mermaid’ Song Over Kissing Concerns

Published 12/03/2018 11:08 PM

A column in the campus paper called the song, “Kiss the Girl,” and the a cappella group’s tradition of bringing people onstage to kiss “misogynistic.”

Do Children Get a Subpar Education in Yeshivas? New York Says It Will Finally Find Out

Published 12/04/2018 05:45 AM

Some students graduate from the ultra-Orthodox schools barely knowing how to read and write in English. New rules could force the schools to change how they operate.

In a Divided Bosnia, Segregated Schools Persist

Published 12/02/2018 03:29 PM

Ethnic tensions are worsening in Bosnia two decades after a bloody, bitter war. The divide is most obvious inside the country’s segregated schools.

Louisiana School Made Headlines for Sending Black Kids to Elite Colleges. Here’s the Reality.

Published 11/30/2018 04:00 PM

T.M. Landry, a school in small-town Louisiana, has garnered national attention for vaulting its underprivileged black students to elite colleges. But the school cut corners and doctored college applications.

Books News: Hollywood Has Long Turned to Novelists for Help. But Poets?

Published 11/23/2018 10:00 AM

For “The Kindergarten Teacher,” a movie about poetic inspiration starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, the filmmakers hired real poets to write verses for the characters.

Texas Students Will Now Learn That Slavery Was ‘Central’ to the Civil War

Published 11/21/2018 09:12 PM

The new educational standards also retained mentions of Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller, after there was talk of removing them. Critics say the changes don’t go far enough.

New York stories: This Grammar Guru Will Solve the World’s Problems

Published 11/20/2018 10:37 PM

Or, at least, help you figure out when to use an Oxford comma.

Science Times at 40: ‘Enough Is Enough’: Science, Too, Has a Problem With Harassment

Published 11/20/2018 01:30 AM

Many women in science thought that meritocracy was the antidote to sexism. Now some have decided on a more direct approach.

Science Times at 40: Some Good News, and a Hard Truth, About Science

Published 11/20/2018 02:53 PM

Lost in the swirl of alternative truths is the fact that science is a verb, not a noun.

Michael Bloomberg: Why I’m Giving $1.8 Billion for College Financial Aid

Published 11/18/2018 09:00 PM

Let’s eliminate money problems from the admissions equation for qualified students.

Sex Assault Rules Under DeVos Bolster Defendants’ Rights and Ease College Liability

Published 11/17/2018 12:12 AM

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos unveiled sexual assault regulations for colleges and universities that bolster the rights of the accused.

Overlooked No More: Pandita Ramabai, Indian Scholar, Feminist and Educator

Published 11/15/2018 07:39 PM

Ramabai traveled around India in the 19th century to give lectures on women’s emancipation and established one of the country’s first women’s shelters and schools.

College Road Trip: Indiana

Published 08/13/2010 07:50 PM

College Road Trip: California

Published 08/13/2010 07:40 PM

College Road Trip: Georgia

Published 08/13/2010 07:11 PM

The Science Rankings Methodology

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

How we rank graduate programs in the sciences

The Business School Rankings Methodology

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

How we rank graduate business schools

Business School: Teaching More Than Work Ethic

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

Tomorrow's corporate leaders are learning business skills and social values at B-schools.

Bringing Better Health to Rural America

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

The nation's small towns need more physicians, and med schools aim to fill the gap.

The New Doctors in the House

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

How nurses are evolving into far bigger roles at hospitals.

Improving Instruction on Instruction in Education Grad Schools

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

Few schools prepare teachers for life in the classroom, research shows.

Bitten by the Green Design Bug

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

Engineering students flock to sustainable design, and schools aim for green waters.

Colleges Where Need for Aid Can Hurt Admission Odds

Published 03/23/2010 03:22 PM

See which schools are most likely to admit and you and give you financial aid.

Athletic Conference Breakdown 2010: Conference USA

Published 03/15/2010 06:00 PM

In honor of the NCAA basketball tournament, U.S. News has taken a look at the Division I conferences. How do the schools in the Conference USA...

Athletic Conference Breakdown 2010: Colonial Athletic Association

Published 03/15/2010 06:00 PM

In honor of the NCAA basketball tournament, U.S. News has taken a look at the Division I conferences. How do the schools in the Colonial Athletic...

Colleges Play the Name Game

Published 09/17/2009 10:11 PM

Many colleges are switching names to attract students, but are some schools profiting from confusion?

Top-Notch Schools for Engineering Talent

Published 08/19/2009 09:00 PM

Studying science in college can mean cutting-edge research, and it can put you on the fast track to graduate school. But picking the right place...

Road Trip: MIT

Published 08/19/2009 09:00 PM

Think of a number ...

Government Helps Low-Income Grad Students Pay for School

Published 04/22/2009 09:00 PM

Loans to be capped at 15 percent of income, and those entering public service may get loans forgiven.

How Technology Is Changing the Medical Profession

Published 04/22/2009 09:00 PM

Clinical practice guidelines, electronic medical records, and population science are revolutionary.

Picking the Right School for an Education Grad Degree

Published 04/22/2009 09:00 PM

Is it more important to go to a great school or a school near where you want to teach?

Aerospace Engineering Searches for New Talent

Published 04/22/2009 09:00 PM

As more baby boomers reach retirement, demand for qualified graduates is on the rise.

Medical Schools Fight the War Against Disease

Published 04/22/2009 09:00 PM

Epidemiologists go straight to the source, then sift their data one clue at a time.

Business Schools Look for Different Kinds of Students

Published 04/22/2009 09:00 PM

Admissions offices are pursuing more women and minority candidates.

America's Best Colleges: Most International Students

Published 03/17/2009 04:06 PM

The percent of undergraduates who are international.

America's Best Colleges: Freshman Retention Rates

Published 03/17/2009 04:01 PM

The average proportion of freshmen who return the following fall.

America's Best Colleges: Campus Ethnic Diversity

Published 03/17/2009 03:58 PM

The total proportion of minority students and the overall mix of groups.

America's Best Colleges: Economic Diversity Among Top Schools

Published 03/17/2009 03:52 PM

Percentage of undergraduates receiving federal Pell grants at the Top 25 schools.

America's Best Colleges: Economic Diversity

Published 03/17/2009 03:44 PM

Percentage of undergraduates receiving federal Pell grants.

America's Best Colleges: Best Values

Published 03/17/2009 03:39 PM

These colleges give the best bang for your buck.

Cheaper, Bigger, and Cooler Student Loans

Published 07/01/2008 05:58 PM

New federal standards ease some of the financial pressure for students and their parents.

Colleges Drop Their Loan Programs

Published 04/17/2008 06:10 PM

Administrators at more than 250 public colleges have opted out of the Stafford loan program.

The Impact of the Virginia Tech Attack

Published 04/17/2008 05:59 PM

One consequence of the attack is the increased speed with which colleges respond to threats.

Cuts in European-Language Studies

Published 04/17/2008 05:43 PM

As more students study Arabic and Chinese, European-language departments are suffering cutbacks.

Hot Tips for a Graduate Degree in Education

Published 03/26/2008 04:01 PM

Smart Choices Special Ed. The number of teachers in this specialty is forecast to rise almost 15% by 2016. At some schools (e.g., Vanderbilt...

New Ways to Get a Degree in Education

Published 03/26/2008 04:01 PM

Options include salaried training, condensed course, and flexible schedules.

Getting Business School Skills While in Law School

Published 03/26/2008 04:01 PM

Law school students can choose joint programs and special courses.

Hot Tips for Law School Students

Published 03/26/2008 04:01 PM

Specialization isn't the only way to gain practical know-how in law school.

Changes for the GRE Exam This Fall

Published 09/12/2007 08:44 PM

The fill-in-the-blank questions get trickier, and some questions don't give any choices at all.

Exposing Lenders' Ties to Schools

Published 09/07/2007 05:49 PM

N.Y. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has nudged institutions to sign codes of conduct on loans.

Playing Your Cards Right

Published 09/07/2007 05:44 PM

The stakes in the financial aid game are higher than ever.

Loans Are as Tricky as Ever

Published 09/07/2007 05:39 PM

Colleges break links with lenders but now give less guidance.

The New Rules of Finding Aid

Published 09/07/2007 05:28 PM

Codes of conduct and pending legislation are changing loan options for students and parents.

Nickel and Diming Your Kids to College

Published 09/07/2007 05:23 PM

Small rebates from retailers are just another way parents can fund ever expanding 529 plans.

Learning Economics 101

Published 09/07/2007 05:16 PM

Schools expect students to work part time. So do parents.

How to 'Leverage' Your Aid

Published 09/07/2007 05:03 PM

You can get more dough by pitting schools against one another.

Video Tours Community Rules and Guidelines

Published 09/04/2007 04:56 PM

We review all videos, and any that violate the rules below will not be posted.

SAT Scores Drop for the Second Year in a Row

Published 08/28/2007 04:41 PM

The College Board reports a gender gap in the writing section and a rise in students with disabilities.

9 Myths About the FAFSA® Form and Applying for Financial Aid

Published 12/12/2018 12:40 AM

#RethinkSchool: Struggling Student Discovers Path through Colorado Apprenticeship Program

Published 12/07/2018 12:53 AM

Sierra didn’t always dream of working in the insurance business. In fact, until recently, she didn’t even know if she’d finish high school. But with the help of a caring counselor, a local business and an innovative state effort, Sierra is now thriving in her new role as a full-time employee at Pinnacol Assurance. Her journey from struggling student to working professional began when Sierra’s counselor approached her with a new opportunity through CareerWise, a Colorado nonprofit that helps businesses recruit talent through paid apprenticeships that begin in high school.

How Computer Science Encourages Girls to Pursue STEM Careers

Published 12/05/2018 02:31 AM

Five years ago, I sat in front of my computer with my 7-year-old daughter and completed the Hour of Code. She absolutely loved the idea of typing something and seeing animation as a result. This was the first time she was exposed to computer science and coding.

15 Fast Facts about the Swiss Apprenticeship Program

Published 12/04/2018 12:45 AM

This morning, the U.S.

Secretary DeVos Mourns the Loss of President George H.W. Bush

Published 12/01/2018 06:59 PM

Washington, D.C.— U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement on the passing of former President George H.W. Bush: "My heart and prayers are with the Bush family at this time of great loss. George H.W. Bush's gentle approach called us to the greater good, and his strong example over the years inspired many, me among them, to enter public service.

#RethinkSchool: iLEAD Academy Students Take the Lead in Northern Kentucky

Published 11/29/2018 10:23 PM

“Strangely, I’ve started a school, and I am not an educator,” said Alicia Sells, founder of iLEAD Academy, a STEM high school in northern Kentucky. Sells’ background is in public policy. She noticed that neighboring Kentucky school districts of Gallatin, Carroll, Henry, Owen and Trimble did not offer a dedicated STEM program and, as a result, many students’ needs were not met in their preparation for the workplace.

The 5 Most Helpful Federal Student Aid Blog Posts

Published 11/29/2018 01:32 AM

Not attending the FSA conference this week? Learn from home using these resources. With Federal Student Aid’s (FSA) Annual Conference in full swing in Atlanta, we understand that not everyone is able to attend and learn from financial aid experts. However, you don’t have to be a financial aid professional to become a FAFSA expert. Here are the Top 5 FSA blog posts to help students and parents become FAFSA ‘pros’:

Secretary DeVos Warns of Student Debt Crisis

Published 11/28/2018 12:07 AM

Prepared Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to Federal Student Aid’s Training Conference

Published 11/27/2018 04:26 PM

ATLANTA — I'm pleased to be back at this conference with all of you who work so hard to educate, support, and serve students. The role you play in their lives is essential. You are there for them as they take steps on their lifelong learning journeys. They might not always say it, but I will: your impact on students is significant. So, let me take this opportunity to thank you.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Warns of Looming Crisis in Higher Education

Published 11/27/2018 03:06 PM

ATLANTA—U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos raised a red warning flag today for America's students and taxpayers regarding what she called, "a crisis in higher education." In remarks she delivered at the annual Federal Student Aid (FSA) Training Conference in Atlanta, Secretary DeVos called America's higher education system "the envy of the world" but warned that if significant policy changes aren't made to the way student aid is distributed, administered and managed, "the program on which so many students rely will be in serious jeopardy."

ED’s Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives Hosts Opioid Prevention Listening Session

Published 11/21/2018 03:07 AM

In 2016 alone, 42, 249 Americans died of opioid overdoses.  President Donald J. Trump declared the nation’s opioid crisis a public health emergency in October 2017 as the crisis continued to persist.  More than 300,000 Americans have died from overdose since 2000 and this public health emergency has had a profound effect on students and families.  Opioid addiction and overdose has been coined the “crisis next door” as it plagues American communities from cities to suburbs and rural areas.  On October 2, 2018, the U.S.

U.S. Department of Education Builds on Efforts to Improve Services for Students, Increase Effectiveness and Fairness of Office for Civil Rights Investigations

Published 11/20/2018 04:08 PM

WASHINGTON — As part of its ongoing work to protect students' civil rights and effectively, efficiently and fairly investigate civil rights complaints, today the U.S. Department of Education announced additional improvements to the Office for Civil Rights' (OCR) Case Processing Manual (CPM).

Rural Opioid Federal Interagency Working Group Releases Rural Resource Guide

Published 11/20/2018 12:04 AM

The Rural Opioid Federal Interagency Working Group recently released a Rural Resource Guide to help rural communities address the opioid epidemic.

Sustainable School Successes in the “Show-Me” State

Published 11/16/2018 11:53 PM

Imagine asking a group of urban students how they upcycle. I assumed I would get answers such as, ‘We keep scrap paper and use it for other projects’ or ’We reuse cardboard paper towel inserts for various projects in our classes’. However, after participating in this year’s “Living School Grounds” 2018 Green Strides Tour in St. Louis, Missouri and seeing the innovative efforts of nine unique schools, I have a new understanding of what it means to be green.

Secretary DeVos: Proposed Title IX Rule Provides Clarity for Schools, Support for Survivors, and Due Process Rights for All

Published 11/16/2018 05:28 PM

WASHINGTON — Continuing its efforts to ensure equal access to education free from discrimination, today the U.S. Department of Education released its proposal on improving schools' responses to sexual harassment and assault.

Does More Federal Aid Raise Tuition Costs? Not For Most Students, Research Says

Published 12/13/2018 11:00 AM

Experts say there isn't solid evidence that federal aid drives up college prices, except in one sector: for-profit colleges.

Sleepless No More In Seattle — Later School Start Time Pays Off For Teens

Published 12/12/2018 07:21 PM

American teens are chronically sleep deprived, in part because of early school start times. But how much difference can a later start make? As Seattle's school district found out, it can help a lot.

'Going To Office Hours Is Terrifying' And Other Tales Of Rural Students In College

Published 12/12/2018 11:00 AM

Some colleges are extending scholarships and other help to rural high school grads. They see benefits to diversity — and their own bottom lines — in having rural students on their campuses.

Texas Judge Allows Former Baylor Frat President To Sidestep Rape Charge

Published 12/11/2018 10:53 PM

Jacob Anderson pleaded no contest to unlawful restraint and won't have to register as a sex offender. He worked out a plea deal with prosecutors for counseling but no time behind bars.

Iowa College Becomes Battleground For Student Worker Unionization

Published 12/11/2018 06:42 PM

Students with campus jobs at Grinnell College want to unionize, but the college is pushing back and asking the National Labor Relations Board to reconsider an Obama-era ruling allowing such unions.

Miracle On Your Street: How The Post Office Handles Holidays

Published 12/11/2018 03:06 PM

Is the USPS headed for a revamp?

Education Department Plans To Fix Flawed Federal Grant Program

Published 12/10/2018 09:22 PM

An NPR exclusive: The Education Department has announced a plan to help public school teachers wrongly hit with debts, sometimes more than $20,000, because of a troubled federal grant program.

Do Get Your Hopes Up...Rocking Out With Hope Punk

Published 12/10/2018 04:06 PM

Put the chains and leather jackets away.

News Brief: Russia Probe, French Protesters, Grant Program Fixed

Published 12/10/2018 10:05 AM

The investigation into the 2016 presidential election raises more legal issues and big political questions. Protests continue over economic conditions in France. Teachers get relief from unfair debts.

School Where Student With Autism Died Violated State Regulations, Officials Say

Published 12/10/2018 02:57 AM

The 13-year-old died two days after he was physically restrained by a staff member at a private school that provides special education services to students in California.

Were Your TEACH Grants Converted To Loans While Teaching At A Qualifying School?

Published 12/10/2018 12:00 AM

If you're one of the thousands of teachers who had grants converted to loans even though you were meeting the teaching requirements of the TEACH Grants program — we want to hear from you.

Exclusive: Ed Department To Erase Debts Of Teachers, Fix Troubled Grant Program

Published 12/10/2018 12:00 AM

The move follows an NPR investigation that found thousands of teachers had grants unfairly converted to loans.

Chicago's Charter Schools Go On Strike, Troubled For-Profit College Closes Campuses

Published 12/08/2018 11:00 AM

In this week's roundup of education news: The nation's first strike at a charter school network. We also look at two new reports.

Friday News Roundup - International

Published 12/07/2018 04:06 PM

Who among us has not thought to sail through international waters, blaring our national anthem?

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Published 12/07/2018 03:06 PM

Flynn-sanity. Also, other news.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Paul Ryan Called 'Genius' While I'm 'Fraud'

Published 12/11/2018 03:38 PM

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Monday attacked what she

James Alex Fields Jr. Sentenced To Life In Prison For Murder Of Heather Heyer

Published 12/11/2018 05:40 PM

Neo-Nazi James Alex Fields Jr. was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for

Turkey to launch operation against U.S.-backed Kurds in Syria 'in a few days'

Published 12/12/2018 08:51 PM

Ankara and Washington have long been at odds over Syria, where the United States has backed the YPG Kurdish militia in the fight against Islamic State insurgents. Turkey says the YPG is a terrorist organization and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged an insurgency against the state in southeastern Turkey for 34 years. Turkey has already intervened to sweep YPG fighters from territory west of the Euphrates in military campaigns over the past two years, but up until now, it had not gone east of the river - partly to avoid direct confrontation with U.S. forces.

Michael Flynn's lawyers request no prison time, defend cooperation with Mueller team

Published 12/12/2018 03:17 AM

Flynn's lawyers defend cooperation with Robert Mueller; ask for no prison time

Where are Trump's '10 terrorists' who were busted at the border?

Published 12/12/2018 12:47 AM

"We caught 10 terrorists over the last very short period of time."

The Latest: Insurance claims at $9 billion from fires

Published 12/12/2018 06:39 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires all times local):

Texas executes killer over 1993 attack on newlyweds

Published 12/12/2018 02:34 AM

The southern US state of Texas on executed a convicted killer and rapist Tuesday over a 1993 attack on a newlywed couple. Alvin Braziel, 43, died by lethal injection at the Texas state prison in Huntsville. The couple were walking on a trail in the Dallas suburbs when Braziel, aged 18 at the time, attempted to rob them at gunpoint.

US military identifies 5 dead in warplanes crash off Japan

Published 12/12/2018 01:59 PM

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. military has identified five Marines who were declared dead after their refueling plane collided with a fighter jet last week off Japan's southern coast.

Stacey Abrams Says She’ll Run Again After Losing Fierce Battle For Georgia Governor

Published 12/12/2018 05:53 AM

Stacey Abrams is not done yet.

Former Frat President Accused Of Drugging And Raping Woman Fined $400 And Set Free

Published 12/11/2018 03:46 PM

A former fraternity president at Baylor University walked away with a fine and

Chinese state media urges Canada to defy U.S., free Huawei exec

Published 12/13/2018 03:58 AM

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - Canada should distance itself from U.S. "hegemonism" and grant unconditional freedom to Meng Wanzhou, a top executive of China's Huawei detained in Vancouver on Washington's request, state-owned tabloid Global Times said in a Thursday editorial. Meng, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, has been accused by U.S. prosecutors of misleading banks about transactions linked to Iran, putting the banks at risk of violating sanctions. The United States needs to make a formal extradition request within 60 days of her arrest, which a Canadian judge will weigh to determine whether the case against Meng is strong enough.

Delta Air Lines to ditch zone boarding in 2019

Published 12/11/2018 07:04 PM

The airline is ditching boarding zones for groups based on ticket type. Some travelers will board later than they do now.

Trump 'storms out and throws briefing papers across floor' after extraordinary televised row with Pelosi and Schumer

Published 12/12/2018 01:08 PM

A frustrated Donald Trump reportedly threw briefing papers across the White House floor following his chaotic televised meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. Ms Pelosi and Mr Schumer were widely considered to have bested Mr Trump after the 72-year-old was goaded into admitting he would be “proud” to partially shut down the government if congress refuses to approve $5bn in border wall funding. Following the dispute, Mr Trump “stormed out” of the Oval Office, and, holding a folder of briefing papers, “scattered them out of frustration – threw them across the room”, according to the LA Times’ White House reporter Eli Stokols.

Washington says observation posts in place on Syria-Turkey border

Published 12/12/2018 01:06 AM

The Pentagon announced Tuesday that American observation posts in northern Syria, meant to prevent altercations between the Turkish army and US-supported Kurdish militia, have been erected, despite Ankara's request to scrap the move. US support for the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) has strained relations with Turkey, which fears the emergence of an autonomous Kurdish region on its southern border. "At the direction of Secretary (James) Mattis, the US established observation posts in the northeast Syria border region to address the security concerns of our NATO ally Turkey," Department of Defense spokesman Rob Manning said.

Detailed Photos of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 6.2L

Published 12/11/2018 04:34 PM

FBI investigating alleged neo-Nazi white supremacist attack on black DJ

Published 12/11/2018 08:25 PM

The FBI is joining a hate crimes investigation into an attack on a black DJ, allegedly carried out by self-confessed members of a neo-Nazi skinhead group. Eight individuals have been arrested as part of the investigation launched by the Snohomish County Sheriff's office in Washington state, and the FBI. Among those arrested was Travis Condor, a former soldier from Pittsburgh who in 2010 was sentenced to 90 days in jail for beating a homeless man with a baseball bat in Cincinnati.

Palestinians offer new details of Israel's botched Gaza raid

Published 12/12/2018 01:38 PM

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The small town of Abassan in the Gaza Strip is a tough place to infiltrate — everyone knows everyone else and outsiders passing through quickly attract attention. So when strangers drove through town, suspicious Hamas security men stopped the van and questioned those inside.

Exclusive: Trump says standing by Saudi crown prince despite pleas from Senate

Published 12/12/2018 12:57 AM

Trump refused to comment on whether Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was complicit in the murder, but he provided perhaps his most explicit show of support for the prince since Khashoggi's death more than two months ago. Asked by Reuters if standing by the kingdom meant standing by the prince, known as MbS, Trump responded: "Well, at this moment, it certainly does." Some members of Saudi Arabia's ruling family are agitating to prevent MbS from becoming king, sources close to the royal court have told Reuters, and believe that the United States and Trump could play a determining role.

4th conviction in Los Angeles murder of Chinese student

Published 12/13/2018 12:54 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 21-year-old man was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder in the beating death of a University of Southern California graduate student from China.

Verizon takes billions in charges for Oath, voluntary buyouts

Published 12/11/2018 05:51 PM

Verizon bought Yahoo for $4.48 billion in 2017 and AOL for $4.4 billion in 2015. In the third quarter, Oath's revenue fell 7 percent to $1.8 billion, putting it far off from its goal of $10 billion in revenue by 2020, which Verizon said it did not expect Oath to achieve. Verizon said in September that Tim Armstrong, Oath chief executive and architect of the group, would step down and appointed Guru Gowrappan as his replacement.

China detains second Canadian in fallout from Dec. 1 arrest of tech executive Meng Wanzhou

Published 12/13/2018 06:49 AM

The Chinese government confirmed on Thursday that Michael Spavor was under investigation by the Dandong Bureau of Chinese State Security for "suspicion of jeopardizing China's national security," Chinese newspaper Global Times reported.

President Trump meets with Pelosi, Schumer

Published 12/11/2018 04:38 PM

Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer meet with the president before a crucial government funding deadline.

Introducing the 2019 AD100

Published 12/12/2018 11:30 AM

'The Guardians' For Truth Named Time Magazine's 2018 Person Of The Year

Published 12/11/2018 12:51 PM

Time magazine on Tuesday announced a group of journalists it called "The

UN reports more suspected Iranian missiles found in Yemen

Published 12/12/2018 06:44 AM

More suspected Iranian-made weapons have been found in Yemen, the UN says in a report that will be discussed Wednesday by the Security Council. The Gulf monarchies and United States accuse Iran of supporting Huthi rebels in Yemen -- and see this as justification for the military campaign they have been waging in Yemen since 2015. Iran supports the rebels politically but denies supplying them with arms.

Jailed former Venezuela oil minister dies in state custody

Published 12/13/2018 01:10 AM

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Nelson Martinez, the jailed former head of Venezuela's state-run oil giant PDVSA who was arrested last year as part of anti-corruption purge, died in state custody Wednesday, authorities said.

Gunman kills at least two in French Christmas market and flees

Published 12/12/2018 12:55 AM

Officials said the gunman was known to security services, and the local prefecture said he was on an intelligence services watchlist.

Lawmaker arrested for child cruelty says he spanked daughter

Published 12/13/2018 03:10 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California lawmaker arrested on suspicion of child cruelty said Wednesday the allegation stemmed from spanking his 7-year-old daughter.

Indian girl seeks father's arrest over broken promise to build lavatory

Published 12/12/2018 12:15 PM

Millions of Indians do not have access to sanitation and open defecation is a problem, even in developed, industrial states. The girl, E. Hanifa Zaara, didn't want to go out in the open and won a promise from her father to build a lavatory indoors, said police officer A. Valarmathi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has been pushing a campaign to build 100 million toilets over five years but the drive has not covered large parts of the country.

Krispy Kreme celebrates 'Day of Dozens' Wednesday with sweet $1 deal

Published 12/11/2018 12:43 PM

Take advantage of Krispy Kreme's "Day of the Dozens" deal Wednesday to be the office champion. Get a dozen doughnuts for $1 with purchase of a dozen.

Israeli troops kill Palestinian after suspected car ramming

Published 12/11/2018 12:27 PM

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man in the West Bank after he attempted to ram his car into them, Israeli police said Tuesday.

The Geminid meteor shower peaks this week, and it'll be a special one

Published 12/12/2018 10:08 PM

Get ready for what might be the best meteor shower of 2018.  The Geminid meteor shower, which peaks late at night on Thursday into the wee hours of the morning Friday, could bring more than 100 meteors per hour to light pollution-free skies in dark areas around the world, according to NASA. That's a whole bunch of meteors. "If you can see the familiar winter constellations Orion and Gemini in the sky, you'll see some Geminids," NASA explained in a skywatching video. "Expect to see up to 120 meteors per hour from a dark sky location, but only after the first quarter moon sets around midnight your local time. From the Southern Hemisphere, observers should see fewer but still plenty of medium-speed meteors once Gemini rises above the horizon after midnight local time." Perhaps the best thing about a meteor shower is you don't need any special gear to see it. All you need to do is bundle up and head out to a dark area with little cloud cover and an unobstructed view of the sky to see the shooting stars.  Even if you're in a light-polluted part of the world, you still might be able to see at least a handful of meteors per hour. If you can't leave a city, try to find a dark park or a somewhere with as little artificial light as possible and get comfortable. Patience is your best friend when watching a meteor shower.  Grab a warm jacket or blanket and plan to camp out for quite a few hours to see as many meteors as you can. And remember, it takes about 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark.  The Geminid meteor shower comes along once per year when the Earth passes through the trail of debris left behind by the asteroid 3200 Phaethon, making it somewhat unique.  Usually, meteor showers are sparked by comets, which slough off a fair bit of debris during their trips around the sun.  SEE ALSO: Unique gifts for your friend that's obsessed with skywatching Scientists think that 3200 Phaethon — which orbits the sun every 1.4 Earth years — could be a "dead comet," according to NASA, meaning it doesn't develop a comet's distinctive tail when it gets close to the sun and looks somewhat like an asteroid.  That said, the object has a strange, elliptical orbit which suggests a cometary origin, NASA added. "Due to its close approach to the sun, Phaethon is named after the character of Greek myth who drove the sun-god Helios' chariot," NASA said.  "Phaethon is a small asteroid — its diameter measures only 3.17 miles (5.10 kilometers) across. It was astronomer Fred Whipple who realized that Phaethon is the source for the Geminid meteors." WATCH: Finding alien life won't cause chaos and panic, according to scientists

Trump claims he’s ‘not concerned’ about impeachment because there would be a ‘revolt’

Published 12/12/2018 10:01 AM

Donald Trump has insisted he is “not concerned” about the threat of impeachment because “the people would revolt if that happened”. The president, who has been implicated in campaign finance violations admitted by his former personal lawyer, claimed it would be “hard to impeach somebody who hasn’t done anything wrong”. Federal prosecutors said last week that Mr Trump had directed Michael Cohen to make six-figure payments to two women to stop them speaking about alleged affairs with the Republican candidate ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

US presses Cuba with prisoner list

Published 12/11/2018 05:59 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has pressed Cuba in an open letter to explain the detention of eight people who Washington says are political prisoners, saying that Havana has ignored diplomatic efforts to seek answers. In a letter released Tuesday by the State Department, Pompeo asked Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez to provide a "substantive explanation" on the detention of eight listed prisoners.

Is China's AIIB Developing Asia, Or Just Propping Up China's State-Owned Banks with Extra Cash?

Published 12/11/2018 09:15 PM

The AIIB was supposed to lend $30 to $40 billion in its first three years. It has disbursed just $1 billion. Something doesn't add up.

Texas ready to execute man convicted of 1993 murder, assault

Published 12/11/2018 06:24 PM

Alvin Braziel, 43, is scheduled to die by lethal injection in the state's death chamber in Huntsville at 6 p.m. CST (0000 GMT), the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said. Braziel was convicted and sentenced to death in 2001.

Brazilian couple get light sentences in grandson's abduction

Published 12/13/2018 12:52 AM

HOUSTON (AP) — A wealthy Brazilian couple were sentenced Wednesday to minimal U.S. prison terms for helping their daughter keep her son in Brazil for the past five years in violation of the terms of her divorce to the boy's American father.

Lebanon's Aoun says Israeli anti-tunnel action no risk to peace

Published 12/11/2018 04:09 PM

Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Tuesday he saw no risk to peace from an operation by Israel's military to disable cross-border tunnels it says were dug into its territory by Hezbollah guerrillas. Israel says Hezbollah, Lebanon's most powerful armed group, dug the tunnels with the aim of launching attacks into Israel with backing from its regional sponsor Iran. Hezbollah has yet to comment.

Holiday tipping: Here's who you should include and how much you should give them

Published 12/12/2018 11:01 AM

How much should you tip your doorman, hairstylist and babysitter this holiday season? Here's a tipping guide.

Feds Flip Russian Spy!

Published 12/11/2018 02:32 PM

Maria Butina will admit to being a Russian spy in exchange for leniency. Prosecutors say she infiltrated prominent conservative groups, including the National Rifle Association.

Melania Trump makes first lady history with ride in Osprey

Published 12/13/2018 06:24 AM

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Melania Trump made history Wednesday by flying in a V-22 Osprey aircraft and onto the deck of an aircraft carrier.

Greedy Liar or Flawed Family Man? Cohen Fate Rests on Answer

Published 12/12/2018 02:59 PM

Cohen confessed nine crimes this year after federal prosecutors said that he had concealed income and evaded taxes, orchestrated a scheme to violate campaign finance laws at the height of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and lied to banks and Congress. Hours before the sentencing began, media trucks lined the street outside the lower Manhattan courthouse, and Michael Avenatti, the Trump agitator and lawyer for one of two women who Cohen helped pay off in the run-up to the election, appeared in court to watch the proceeding.

Egypt curbs sale of yellow vests: traders

Published 12/11/2018 04:52 PM

Egyptian authorities have unofficially restricted the sale of "yellow vest", traders in Cairo told AFP Tuesday, signalling fears of possible protests inspired by those in France. The move comes ahead of the eighth anniversary of the uprising that toppled Egypt's longtime president Hosni Mubarak in February 2011 and left the country in political and economic turmoil. "We received instructions from the police around a week ago to sell yellow vests to companies only, and not to individuals," one importer said.

Why you should buy an Escort Cosworth over a Ford Focus RS

Published 12/11/2018 04:04 PM

The recently discontinued MK3 Ford Focus RS is destined to become a future classic, but should you buy an Escort RS Cosworth instead? We find out...

Charges dropped against mother after police rip 1-year-old son from her arms in video

Published 12/11/2018 08:03 PM

Jazmine Headley remained incarcerated as of Tuesday morning, four days after New York City police yanked her infant son from her arms in Brooklyn.

10 interesting facts about Christmas trees

Published 12/11/2018 01:40 PM

With the Christmas tree’s lengthy history comes a number of fascinating facts about this popular holiday staple.

Canadian court grants bail to CFO of China's Huawei

Published 12/11/2018 11:43 PM

A top executive of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd was granted bail on Tuesday while she awaits a hearing for extradition to the U.S.

10 Great Books for Car- and Travel-Obsessed Readers

Published 12/11/2018 07:15 PM

Alaska moose poacher fined $100,000, sentenced to jail

Published 12/11/2018 11:18 PM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man who poached three moose and left most of the meat to rot has been sentenced to nine months in jail and fined more than $100,000.

Primary school tables: Poor pupils won't catch up for 50 years

Published 12/13/2018 11:49 AM

As primary school league tables are published, we reveal how long it will take for poor pupils to catch up.

With three D grades at A-level, 80% got university places

Published 12/13/2018 12:43 AM

University admissions figures show this was a good year for students looking for places.

Teenage victims 'more likely to self-harm'

Published 12/12/2018 12:53 AM

Schemes to stop adolescents becoming victims may lower the likelihood of them self-harming, a study says.

Young highly sceptical of social mobility

Published 12/11/2018 01:16 AM

Many young adults think your social background gets you further in life than talent, a survey says.

Child advice chatbots fail to spot sexual abuse

Published 12/11/2018 12:00 AM

Two leading chat apps also struggled with questions about drugs and bulimia.

Ethnic minority academics earn less than white colleagues

Published 12/07/2018 06:00 AM

BBC analysis shows a 26% ethnic pay gap at some of the UK's best-known universities.

Oxbridge 'over-recruits from eight schools'

Published 12/07/2018 02:41 PM

More Oxbridge places go to a handful of private schools than 3,000 state schools put together.

Grandparents 'key to tackling youth anxiety epidemic'

Published 12/07/2018 12:37 AM

Childline founder says mental ill health epidemic is partly down to the fragmentation of the family.

YouTube deletes cheating videos after BBC investigation

Published 12/06/2018 05:20 PM

Thousands of videos have been taken down by YouTube as a result of a BBC investigation into essay-writing adverts.

Breastfeeding and formula feeding mums share stories

Published 12/11/2018 01:12 AM

From breastfeeding to formula, five mums tell us how they found their way - and shunned mum shaming,

Actor Hugh Bonneville to help budding actors

Published 12/13/2018 12:13 AM

Actor Hugh Bonneville wants to provide more opportunities for young people to pursue a career in acting.

Holocaust memorial: Ex-MPs discuss plans with schoolchildren

Published 12/07/2018 09:17 AM

Schoolchildren: Holocaust memorial at Westminster could help MPs think about decisions.

The charity getting young people rowing

Published 12/06/2018 10:24 AM

London Youth Rowing hopes to encourages young people to be active through the sport.

Student rent rises: A look around two very different student flats

Published 12/06/2018 10:36 AM

Student accommodation prices are rising. Eleanor and Amy pay very different amounts for their rooms in Leeds.

Michelle Obama and me: How former US first lady changed my life

Published 12/03/2018 12:45 AM

Five UK schoolgirls attending the former US first lady's London talk explain what she means to them.

Mexico missing students: New president creates truth commission

Published 12/03/2018 08:51 PM

Mexico's new president creates a commission to investigate the 2014 Iguala disappearances.

Overseas students turn away from US

Published 11/28/2018 12:43 AM

The Trump administration is blamed for a downturn in international students enrolling in the US.

Iraqi university rebuilds after IS 'dark age'

Published 11/21/2018 10:10 AM

Mosul University is trying to recover from the trauma of war and occupation by the so-called Islamic State.

University 'not for people like us', thought prize winner

Published 11/14/2018 12:09 AM

The winner of a big education prize grew up thinking poor families like his could not go to university.

Where do teachers get the most respect?

Published 11/08/2018 12:58 AM

An international study looks at where teachers are held in the highest public esteem.

Do schools help or hinder social mobility?

Published 10/31/2018 12:20 AM

"Meritocracy is the big promise of our democracies," says the OECD. But are education systems delivering?

Is democracy having a mid-life crisis?

Published 10/24/2018 12:17 AM

The anxieties of Western democracies are more like a mid-life crisis than a revolution, says politics professor.

2018 'worst year for US school shootings'

Published 12/12/2018 12:07 AM

There have been 113 people killed or injured in school shootings in the US during the year.

Parental leave: The good, the bad and the unexpected

Published 12/05/2018 12:06 AM

Three parents share their very different experiences of staying home to look after their children.

Water bill 'too expensive' to flush toilet

Published 12/04/2018 12:29 AM

A report on poverty says water bills are now the most common arrears for poorer families.

'Buddy Benches' making playtime less lonely

Published 12/04/2018 12:24 AM

Buddy Benches are proving popular in Irish schools, with a mission to improve the lives of adults as well as children.

Domestic abuse: 'Children are the hidden victims'

Published 11/28/2018 01:04 AM

A teenager who grew up in a family with domestic abuse explains the impact this has had on her.

'I was married and divorced in my 20s'

Published 11/28/2018 01:00 AM

Three people explain how it feels to be a young divorcee in 2018?

Living with abuse

Published 11/19/2018 04:37 AM

Government should press ahead with plans to define such behaviour as domestic abuse, say campaigners.

The letters that ended World War One

Published 11/10/2018 05:04 AM

Phones and telegrams were in their infancy, so letters were key to negotiating an end to The Great War.

I'm not daydreaming Miss

Published 11/07/2018 01:22 AM

Teachers are urged to spot the signs that a child might have epilepsy.

Stranger Danger

Published 11/01/2018 01:16 AM

A new educational message designed to keep children safe from abduction is being piloted in the UK.

Leaving care: 'A spare room changed my life'

Published 10/26/2018 12:01 AM

"When I tell people about my previous life you can see their jaws drop," says 18-year-old Chloe.

Does it matter what degree grade you get?

Published 10/22/2018 05:08 PM

There might be twice as many first-class degrees - but how relevant is that to job-hunting students?

Universities: Is free speech under threat?

Published 10/23/2018 05:00 AM

BBC Reality Check looks at whether universities have banned books, speakers or changed course content.

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