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‘It Has to Start Somewhere’: Grass-Roots Drive to Integrate New York Schools

Published 05/17/2018 11:09 PM

Despite some opposition to one district’s middle-school integration plan, there is a growing sense in the city that it is time to act on segregation.

New Jersey Law Codifies School Segregation, Suit Says

Published 05/18/2018 02:24 PM

The plaintiffs are looking to force statewide desegregation in one of the most segregated states in the country.

In New York High Schools, the Sound of Music Is Muted

Published 05/13/2018 09:19 PM

The city broke up big failing schools to improve academics, but at the small schools that replaced them, fielding a robust music program is a challenge.

Reader’s Notebook: ‘Assume the Worst’: This Isn’t Your Ordinary Graduation Speech

Published 05/18/2018 06:50 PM

In today’s commencement addresses, as evidenced by recent books, inspiration is sometimes superseded by skepticism.

A State Attorney General Calls Out Betsy DeVos on For-Profit Colleges

Published 05/17/2018 09:53 PM

The New Jersey attorney general says federal education officials have stopped cooperating with the state on fraudulent activities at for-profits.

Why the Teacher Walkout Movement Won’t Reach Every State

Published 05/17/2018 02:59 PM

State control of education helps explain why walkouts have happened in North Carolina and five other states, but not in others.

94 Percent of U.S. Teachers Spend Their Own Money on School Supplies, Survey Finds

Published 05/16/2018 08:21 PM

On average, teachers who reported using their own money for the classroom spent $479 each during the school year, according to a Department of Education survey.

L.G.B.T. Students in Oregon Were Bullied and Forced to Read Bible, Report Says

Published 05/16/2018 11:57 PM

A state investigation found “substantial evidence” of discrimination in North Bend, a conservative area on Oregon’s southern coast.

Assassin’s Creed Has a New Mission: Working in the Classroom

Published 05/16/2018 06:10 PM

The long-running historical video game franchise has debuted an educational mode for its latest release, set in Ptolemaic Egypt.

Georgia State, Leading U.S. in Black Graduates, Is Engine of Social Mobility

Published 05/15/2018 10:13 PM

Georgia State, once seen as a night school for white businessmen, has reshaped itself amid a moral awakening and a raft of data-driven experimentation.

Education Department Unwinds Unit Investigating Fraud at For-Profits

Published 05/13/2018 10:00 AM

A team of lawyers and investigators had looked into advertising at big colleges. Now it mostly processes student loan forgiveness applications.

His College Knew of His Despair. His Parents Didn’t, Until It Was Too Late.

Published 05/12/2018 09:46 PM

Hamilton College knew that one of its students was in deep distress before he killed himself. His parents believe they should have been told.

Your Money: 5 High Schoolers and Their College Application Essays About Work, Money and Social Class

Published 05/12/2018 05:40 PM

Each year, we ask students to send in college application essays that have something to do with money. Nearly 300 responded this year. Here are five that stood out.

Why Australian College Graduates Feel Sorry for Their American Counterparts

Published 05/13/2018 06:47 PM

Readers point to a simpler way to pay back loans and avoid ‘soul-crushing debt.’

A Black Yale Student Was Napping, and a White Student Called the Police

Published 05/10/2018 08:23 PM

It was the latest in a string of recent episodes in which the police have been summoned to respond to minor complaints involving people of color.

Faculty Member Shoves Black Graduates Offstage, and the University of Florida Apologizes

Published 05/09/2018 02:39 PM

A faculty member seen on video hustling students along during a commencement ceremony has been placed on paid administrative leave.

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

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.

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.

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.

The New Doctors in the House

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

How nurses are evolving into far bigger roles at hospitals.

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.

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: 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...

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...

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.

Business Schools Look for Different Kinds of Students

Published 04/22/2009 09:00 PM

Admissions offices are pursuing more women and minority candidates.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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Published 09/04/2007 04:56 PM

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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.

Secretary DeVos Statement on Santa Fe High School Shooting

Published 05/18/2018 05:45 PM

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issued the following statement on the violent attack at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas: My heart is heavy from watching the horrific events that unfolded at Santa Fe High School today. My prayers are with each student, parent, educator and first responder impacted. Our schools must be safe and nurturing environments for learning. No student should have to experience the trauma suffered by so many today and in similar events prior. We simply cannot allow this trend to continue.

Seventh Cohort of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Announced

Published 05/18/2018 01:17 AM

On May 16th, the U.S. Department of Education named the 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS), District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees. Across the country, 46 schools, six districts, and six postsecondary institutions were honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.

Readout of Secretary DeVos’ Meeting with Experts and Survivors of Mass Shootings

Published 05/17/2018 11:03 PM

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today held an informational meeting with survivors and family members impacted by the mass shootings at Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook and Parkland, in addition to authors of official reports following incidents of school violence.

Secretary DeVos Announces New Federal Disaster Assistance for Florida

Published 05/17/2018 08:19 PM

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today a total of approximately $84.5 million in new federal assistance for Florida under the Immediate Aid to Restart School Operations (K-12 Restart) program. The award announced today is the first in a multiphase award process designed to provide prompt initial funding while offering subsequent opportunities for additional assistance through future applications.

U.S. Department of Education Launches New Website Accessibility Technical Assistance Initiative

Published 05/17/2018 03:27 PM

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today announced it is launching a new technical assistance initiative to assist schools, districts, state education agencies, libraries, colleges and universities in making their websites and online programs accessible to individuals with disabilities.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Welcomes Dr. Mick Zais as Deputy Secretary

Published 05/17/2018 02:16 AM

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today congratulated Dr. Mitchell (Mick) Zais of South Carolina on being confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as Deputy Secretary of Education.

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Announced

Published 05/16/2018 07:30 PM

The U.S. Department of Education today released the names of the 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees. Across the country, 46 schools, six districts, and six postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education. A state education official was also honored for her efforts to advance school sustainability in the state of Florida.

Secretary DeVos Approves Alaska and Iowa’s ESSA State Plans

Published 05/16/2018 07:30 PM

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the approval of the Alaska and Iowa consolidated state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). “I am pleased to approve these plans which comply with the requirements of the law,” said Secretary DeVos. "I encourage states to use their plans as a starting point, rather than a finish line, to improve outcomes for all students.”

Prepared Remarks by Secretary DeVos to the Alfred E. Smith Foundation

Published 05/16/2018 03:33 PM

Thank you, Your Eminence. I’ve long appreciated your moral leadership in the Church, in this city and in our country. Your winsome voice simply cannot be ignored. Thank you for all that you do on behalf of New York’s families. And sir, it’s always a pleasure to be with you, though, I must admit I was a bit nervous pulling up this morning. After reading the clips on the Met Gala, I was having second thoughts that I might be underdressed and perhaps I should have reached out to you earlier to see if you had something I could borrow. 

Readout of Secretary DeVos' School Visit to Manhattan High School for Girls

Published 05/15/2018 11:55 PM

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today traveled to New York City, New York, to visit the Orthodox Jewish School, Manhattan High School for Girls.

Secretary DeVos Announces New Federal Disaster Assistance for the U.S. Virgin Islands

Published 05/15/2018 08:10 PM

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today a total of approximately $13 million in new federal assistance for the U.S. Virgin Islands under the Immediate Aid to Restart School Operations (K-12 Restart) program. The award announced today is the first in a multiphase award process designed to provide prompt initial funding while offering subsequent opportunities for additional assistance through future applications.

A Counselor’s Thank You to Teachers

Published 05/11/2018 10:15 PM

We hear about all the great teachers in the counseling office.  The one who set the times tables to the tune of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” ensuring kids will remember them forever, even if it will take a while to get to eight times nine.  Mr. Jones, the history teacher who dressed up like Benjamin Franklin for an entire week and never once broke character.  The tenth grade English teacher who finally explained “I after e” in a way that made sense.  When you put that much thought into a lesson, it’s makes for memorable teaching.

What is APAHM?

Published 05/09/2018 10:56 PM

APAHM stands for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. It was first designated as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week by President Carter under Public Law 95-419 in 1978. In 1992, it was designated as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month by President Bush under Public Law 102-450.

161 Students From Across the Country Named 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars

Published 05/08/2018 06:30 PM

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the 54th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 161 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career and technical education fields.

Secretary DeVos Approves Alabama, Colorado and Kentucky’s ESSA State Plans

Published 05/07/2018 09:13 PM

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the approval of the Alabama, Colorado and Kentucky consolidated state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). "I am pleased to approve these plans which comply with the requirements of the law," said Secretary DeVos. "I encourage states to use their plans as a starting point, rather than a finish line, to improve outcomes for all students."

To Pressure Lawmakers On Gun Control, A Push To Boycott School

Published 05/20/2018 10:14 PM

The recent school shooting in Texas has reignited the debate over gun control. NPR's Don Gonyea speaks with former Education Secretary Arne Duncan about his idea to boycott school until reforms are made.

DeVos Bypasses NYC Public Schools; For-Profit College Enforcement; NC Teachers Walk

Published 05/19/2018 11:05 AM

A school shooting in Texas, plus a new government report on university-hired consultants and student borrowers, in our weekly roundup of education news.

10 People Killed In Texas High School Shooting; Suspect In Custody

Published 05/18/2018 03:06 PM

Officials say he is Dimitrios Pagourtzis. He's charged with capital murder and is being held without bond. The governor says the suspect surrendered rather than carry out a plan to kill himself.

Diane Wolk-Rogers: What My Students Taught Me About Inspiring A Movement

Published 05/18/2018 02:47 PM

As a history teacher who lived through the horrific Parkland school shooting, Diane Wolk-Rogers describes what it takes for movements to inspire change — and how her students are doing that now.

Illinois Imposes Sweeping Control Over Chicago's Special Education Program

Published 05/17/2018 09:28 PM

Illinois is taking the unusual step of imposing a state monitor on Chicago's special education program, after a WBEZ investigation found the state systematically delayed and denied services to needy students.

MSU Interim President On Nassar Settlement

Published 05/17/2018 12:15 PM

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Michigan State University interim President John Engler about the $500 million settlement for victims of university athletic doctor and convicted sex abuser Larry Nassar.

Teachers Take School Funding Fight Straight To North Carolina's Capitol

Published 05/16/2018 10:07 PM

Educators marched on lawmakers' offices in Raleigh on Wednesday, with demands in hand — including better pay and more school funding. Meanwhile, schools closed across the state.

North Carolina Teachers Rally At State Capitol For Better Pay And Working Conditions

Published 05/16/2018 09:19 PM

Thousands of educators rallied at the North Carolina state capitol Wednesday. They're protesting for better pay and working conditions.

Michigan State University Reaches $500 Million Settlement With Nassar Abuse Victims

Published 05/16/2018 05:55 PM

The terms of the agreement call for the bulk of the money to be paid out to more than 300 women and girls, with some set aside in a trust for possible future claimants.

As '13 Reasons Why' Returns, Schools Try To Help Students Who Are Thinking Of Suicide

Published 05/16/2018 11:00 AM

About 1 in 5 teens may have contemplated suicide. But new research suggests that schools as a whole can make a difference.

Spelman College Quietly Eliminates One Of The Country's Few Jazz Programs For Women

Published 05/15/2018 07:22 PM

The selective, historically black women's college in Atlanta has cut the college's once-esteemed jazz program, a rarity within the traditionally male-dominated genre.

Now It's North Carolina Teachers' Turn: How Did We Get Here? What's Next?

Published 05/15/2018 04:58 PM

As teachers walk out in a sixth state, signs of what's to come.

Why Teens Should Understand Their Own Brains (And Why Their Teachers Should, Too!)

Published 05/15/2018 11:00 AM

Human brains are still developing throughout our teenage and early adult years. Knowing more about the way they work can teach us about how schools can work, too.

Before They Walk Into A Classroom, These New Teachers Will March On The N.C. Capitol

Published 05/14/2018 05:40 PM

Recent graduates Cristina Chase Lane and WinnieHope Mamboleo will be joining the profession just as teacher strikes sweep the nation. Instead of feeling demoralized, they say they feel galvanized.

Fraternity Culture And Racism

Published 05/12/2018 11:00 PM

NPR's Lakshmi Singh reports on recent allegations of racism involving college fraternities. She interviews University of Connecticut sociologist Matthew Hughey, Cal Poly student Leilani Hemmings-Pallay and Syracuse University law professor Greg Germain.

Giuliani Says Mueller Will Wrap Up Trump Obstruction Probe By September: Report

Published 05/20/2018 10:12 PM

President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani said that special counsel Robert

Foreigners tried to influence the 2016 election – Not just Russia

Published 05/19/2018 04:44 PM

The New York Times reports Donald Trump Jr. allegedly met with an Israeli social media specialist and an emissary for the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Touts Need To Arm Teachers

Published 05/20/2018 04:43 PM

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) on Sunday pushed for arming teachers and

Police: 2 arrests in fatal shooting after Georgia graduation

Published 05/20/2018 12:28 AM

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Police announced the arrests of two people Saturday in a fatal shooting outside a high school graduation ceremony in Georgia.

10 Most-Reliable Luxury SUVs For 2018

Published 05/19/2018 04:00 PM

China air force lands bombers on South China Sea island

Published 05/19/2018 08:10 AM

China's air force has landed bombers on islands and reefs in the South China Sea as part of a training exercise in the disputed region, it said in a statement. "A division of the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) recently organized multiple bombers such as the H-6K to conduct take-off and landing training on islands and reefs in the South China Sea in order to improve our ability to 'reach all territory, conduct strikes at any time and strike in all directions'," it said in the statement issued on Friday. It said the pilot of the H-6K bomber conducted assault training on a designated sea target and then carried out take-offs and landings at an airport in the area, describing the exercise as preparation for "the West Pacific and the battle for the South China Sea".

Cougar Kills Mountain Biker In Washington State, Injures Companion

Published 05/20/2018 05:28 AM

A cougar attacked two mountain bikers in Washington state Saturday morning,

Oprah Winfrey Delightfully Surprised Everyone By Rolling Up to the Royal Wedding

Published 05/19/2018 10:01 AM

The mogul had a last-minute dress emergency

Santa Fe Shooting: Teacher Killed Left One Last Note For Her Family

Published 05/19/2018 08:45 PM

They have since framed the heartbreaking note.

Protesters Throw A Fiesta To Razz Lawyer Who Ranted At Spanish Speakers

Published 05/19/2018 05:32 AM

> Mariachi band continues #AaronSchlossberg #hablamosespanol @NYDailyNews

IS begins quitting last pocket of Syria's capital

Published 05/20/2018 02:32 PM

Islamic State group fighters began evacuating their final stronghold in southern Damascus on Sunday, a monitor said, bringing Syria's government closer than ever to flushing out the last threat to the capital. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has used a combination of military pressure and evacuation deals in recent months to recapture territory around the capital from his armed opponents. Last month, troops and allied Palestinian militia launched a fierce offensive to oust IS from a cluster of districts in southern Damascus, including the Palestinian camp of Yarmuk.

Mark Kelly: Trump Rolled Over For NRA, Did Nothing About Guns After Parkland

Published 05/19/2018 06:56 AM

Former astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of shooting survivor and former Rep.

The Latest: Man faces 2 murder charges in restaurant plowing

Published 05/21/2018 03:00 AM

BESSEMER CITY, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a vehicle that crashed into a North Carolina restaurant (all times local):

A look at major plane crashes in Cuba in recent years

Published 05/19/2018 05:03 AM

HAVANA (AP) — A look at some of the major plane crashes in Cuba in recent years:

Missouri boat crash kills three, injuries two

Published 05/20/2018 04:31 PM

Three people are dead and two more are injured after a boat crash at Lake of the Ozarks.

Hounded by graft probe, fearing safety Malaysia's Najib seeks protection

Published 05/20/2018 10:40 AM

By Fathin Ungku KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak fears for his safety and has asked for police protection, his spokesman said on Sunday, a day after the ex-leader complained over the conduct of police searching properties for evidence of corruption. Having ruled Malaysia for nearly 10 years, Najib and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, have been barred from leaving the country after his coalition's surprise defeat in an election on May 9. Najib has consistently denied all allegations of wrongdoing, but his image hasn't been helped by his wife's reputation for lavish spending.

Jim Carrey's Latest Painting Slams Kent State 'Goldilocks' And Her AR-10

Published 05/20/2018 02:43 AM

> And the devil said, “Thanks a bunch Goldilocks. Enjoy the show in Santa Fe

Palestinian publicly sets himself on fire in Gaza

Published 05/20/2018 07:56 PM

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A 20-year-old Palestinian is in critical condition Sunday after publicly setting himself on fire but his motives remain unclear with family believing he was despairing over Gaza's dire living conditions and Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules the territory, alleging personal problems.

Cougar kills mountain biker and wounds another in Washington state

Published 05/20/2018 02:03 PM

Two friends on a morning mountain bike ride 30 miles (48 kilometres) east of Seattle were attacked by a cougar, killing one of the men and leaving the second hospitalised. The cougar was later found up a tree near the dead man's body, where agents for the state's Fish and Wildlife police shot and killed it hours after the Saturday attack, the Seattle Times reported. The names of neither man were immediately released. The 31-year-old survivor said he and his friend were mountain biking in the Lake Hancock forest area at about 11am when they realised they were being chased by the big cat. "So they stopped and they made a lot of noise, said Capt. Alan Myers of the state department of Fish and Wildlife, ''which is exactly what we counsel people to do. "The two victims then took a minute and were catching their breath about this amazing, incredibly scary event that just occurred and suddenly the victim (the survivor) was attacked again by this cougar.  "It latched onto his head. He said he had his whole entire head in the jaws of this animal and was being shaken around very, very horribly."  Here’s a photo of the cougar that attacked two men on a mountain bike ride near North Bend today. One man died. Another man is at Harborview Medical Center tonight @komonews#komonews#Cougarattackpic.twitter.com/gVQSLL3CwB— Tammy Mutasa (@TammyKOMO) May 20, 2018 The second victim turned and started to run away, and the cougar went after him and killed the 32-year-old. The injured man rode for about 2 miles (3.2 kilometres) before getting mobile coverage and calling emergency services. Patient status update: The 31-year-old male who arrived at Harborview this afternoon as a result of a mountain lion attack near North Bend is being treated in the Emergency Dept. He is currently awake and alert and in serious condition.— Harborview Seattle (@harborviewmc) May 19, 2018  Sgt. Ryan Abbott said when rescuers arrived it took them about 30 minutes to locate the second victim, who was dead with the cougar standing on top of him. "The deputies shot at him and spooked him, and he ran off," he said. It took several hours before authorities found the cougar up a tree 45 to 182 metres away and killed it. While the cougar was being hunted, rescuers had to wait to retrieve the dead man's body. Rich Beausoleil, the state's bear and cougar specialist, said it was only the second fatality in the state in the last 94 years. "But it's one too many," he said. Cougars, also known as mountain lions and pumas, are a protected species, the Times reported. Each year, the state allows 250 cougars to be hunted and killed in 50 designated zones. 

Iran wary as EU presents plans to save nuclear deal

Published 05/19/2018 08:05 PM

Iran said Saturday it would wait to see whether Europe produces tangible results in overcoming US sanctions before it decides whether to stay in the nuclear deal, as a top EU official visited Tehran to present plans for maintaining trade ties. "The ball is in the court of the EU.

Trump’s Top Economic Adviser Says Amazon Threats Are ‘Not In My Lane’

Published 05/20/2018 05:18 PM

President Donald Trump's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, says it's not his

Texas school shooting: NFL player JJ Watt to pay for funerals of all 10 victims killed by Santa Fe gunman

Published 05/19/2018 05:10 PM

An NFL player has promised to pay for the funerals of all 10 victims who died when a teenage gunman burst into an art class and opened fire at his Texas school. Students said Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old student at Santa Fe High School, unleashed a barrage of bullets on Friday after running into a classroom armed with a shotgun and pistol. The mass shooting became the latest in a long line of fatal attacks on campuses in the US.

North Korea demands South Korea send back restaurant workers

Published 05/19/2018 12:36 PM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday reiterated its demands for South Korea to send back 12 North Korean restaurant workers who came to the South in 2016, saying such a move would demonstrate Seoul's willingness to improve relations.

Meghan Markle Uses 1950 Rolls-Royce Phantom IV At Royal Wedding

Published 05/19/2018 04:19 PM

It’s the same car that Queen Elizabeth II had before.

A Noah's Ark of animals rescued from Hawaii lava

Published 05/20/2018 02:36 PM

When hundreds of residents of Hawaii's Big Island fled their homes after the Kilauea volcano erupted, some left behind not only most of their belongings, but also their beloved pets. In the two weeks since fountains of lava and poisonous gas spewed from the volcano, volunteers have made heroic efforts to retrieve a veritable Noah's Ark of dogs and cats, geese and ducks, cows and goats, horses, cattle and exotic birds. Many were reuniting with their owners at evacuation shelters.

Maduro favored to win condemned Venezuela vote amid tepid turnout

Published 05/20/2018 11:13 PM

By Vivian Sequera and Corina Pons CARACAS/BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela's leftist leader, Nicolas Maduro, looked set to win re-election on Sunday in what appeared to be a poorly attended vote condemned by foes as the "coronation" of a dictator and likely to bring new foreign sanctions. The vote could trigger additional sanctions from the United States, and more censure from the European Union and Latin America. The Trump administration said it would not recognize the "sham" election and was considering oil sanctions.

Iraq's al-Sadr says next government will be 'inclusive'

Published 05/20/2018 08:51 PM

BAGHDAD (AP) — Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in Iraq's parliamentary elections, has sought to reassure Iraqis about their next government, saying it will be "inclusive" and mindful of their needs.

Mother of victim says her daughter rejected Santa Fe suspect's advances

Published 05/20/2018 06:21 PM

One of the students killed in the Santa Fe school shooting reportedly turned down romantic advances from Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the suspect in the deaths of 10 people and wounding of at least another 10. Shana Fisher’s mother, Sadie Rodriguez, told the Associated Press Shana “finally stood up to him and embarrassed him”. Nicholas Poehl, the lawyer who issued the statement, told the AP he had not heard about any interaction of the sort described by Rodriguez.

Cuba plane crash: What we know

Published 05/20/2018 12:31 AM

- Among the 110 people killed were 99 Cubans, the six-person Mexican crew and five foreign passengers -- an Argentine couple, a Mexican woman and two people from Western Sahara, according to Cuba's Transport Minister Adel Yzquierdo. - The aircraft was a Boeing 737-200 leased to Cuba's state airline Cubana de Aviacion by Mexican company Global Air, also known as Aerolineas Damojh.

Tina Fey's Sarah Palin Leads 'SNL' Chorus Lamenting 'What I Did For Trump'

Published 05/20/2018 09:10 AM

It's been a long time coming, but "Sarah Palin" was back on "Saturday Night

Santa Fe shooting: Victims named as community mourns another American massacre

Published 05/19/2018 08:34 PM

As yet another American community grapples with the pain and heartbreak after a mass shooting at their high school, the names of those who were killed in Santa Fe, Texas are being released by their friends and families as they attempt to make sense of a tragedy that has visited the rural community outside Houston. Among those identified have been a substitute teacher who died trying to help students get away when a gunman opened fire just after classes started, a Pakistani exchange student, and a school athlete who friends remembered as the life of any party with a devotion to protecting his siblings. Ten people have been confirmed dead following the southeastern Texas shooting on Friday morning, alongside 10 others who were injured.

The Latest: Man's condition in fatal cougar attack upgraded

Published 05/20/2018 02:10 AM

NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on a fatal cougar attack in Washington state (all times local):

Houston police officer heard telling woman to put hands up and 'pretend like we're going to shoot you'

Published 05/20/2018 10:42 PM

A viral video involving Houston police officers is now under investigation after an officer was recorded ordering four individuals to exit a vehicle.

California Man Wins Lottery 4 times in 6 Months For More Than $6 Million

Published 05/20/2018 04:13 PM

He said he doesn't know what caused his lucky streak.

Syria seeks to crush insurgent pocket, denies evacuation deal

Published 05/20/2018 03:25 PM

Syrian troops fought on Sunday to crush the last pockets of resistance by Islamic State militants trapped in an enclave south of Damascus, state media said, denying a report that insurgents had begun leaving in a withdrawal agreement. The recovery of the enclave south of Damascus would mark another milestone in President Bashar al-Assad's war effort, crushing the last besieged rebel enclave in western Syria. Syrian government forces and their allies have been battling to recover the enclave south of Damascus since defeating rebels in eastern Ghouta, also near the capital, in April.

CIA's Haspel can tap undercover work in Russian operations

Published 05/19/2018 02:36 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scrutiny of the 33-year spy career of new CIA director Gina Haspel has focused on her undercover role in the harsh interrogation of suspected terrorists, but she cut her teeth in intelligence operations against Russia.

New documents suggest Las Vegas shooter was conspiracy theorist – what we know

Published 05/19/2018 11:00 AM

Stephen Paddock was the gunman who killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more last October, when he opened fire from the window of his room at the Mandalay hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. Yesterday, following legal action from news organizations, the Las Vegas police department released a trove of documents on the investigation, including statements from witnesses and victims. Mostly the documents contain harrowing accounts from victims of Stephen Paddock’s shooting spree.

Serena Williams Went All Out For The Royal Wedding

Published 05/19/2018 10:42 AM

Serena Williams looked simply stunning as she arrived at the royal wedding of

US trying to move forward after quitting Iran nuclear deal

Published 05/19/2018 06:17 AM

After leaving the Iran nuclear deal, Washington wants to move forward by offering to build a "coalition" to counter the multiple "threats" posed by the Tehran regime -- but Europeans intent on saving the 2015 accord may thwart that effort. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday will unveil a new "diplomatic roadmap" for Iran -- how America plans to "address the totality of Iran's threats," according to the State Department's director of policy planning, Brian Hook. Washington is looking to draft a "new security architecture and a better security framework, a better deal," Hook told reporters ahead of the speech, the first major policy address by Pompeo since he became America's top diplomat.

Principal apologizes for 'insensitive' prom tickets language

Published 05/20/2018 08:53 PM

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — The principal of a New Jersey high school has apologized for what he called "insensitive" language on tickets for the upcoming senior prom.

A royal reception feast for 600: langoustines, quail eggs and rhubarb tartlets

Published 05/19/2018 02:45 PM

Guests of Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan were set to tuck into dishes including Scottish langoustines, grilled asparagus and rhubarb crumble tartlets at a lunchtime reception for the newlyweds. Canapes being served include poached free-range chicken in a lightly spiced yoghurt with roasted apricot, croquettes of confit Windsor lamb and garden-pea panna cotta with quail eggs and lemon verbena. There were also bowl foods such as pea and mint risotto with pea shoots, truffle oil and parmesan crisps, and 10-hour slow roasted Windsor pork belly, all washed down with champagne, wines and a range of soft drinks.

Erdogan holds controversial election rally in Bosnia

Published 05/21/2018 12:17 AM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday addressed thousands of expatriate Turks in Sarajevo at his only election rally outside Turkey after other European countries banned such events. The Bosnian capital was chosen for the event -- ahead of Ankara's presidential and parliamentary elections next month -- after European Union states such as Germany, Austria and the Netherlands barred Turkish politicians from electioneering in their countries, stoking tensions between Ankara and Brussels. Turkey is scheduled to go the polls on June 24, with three million expatriate Turks allowed to vote, including 1.4 million in Germany.

China launches satellite to explore dark side of moon: Xinhua

Published 05/21/2018 12:41 AM

China launched a relay satellite early on Monday designed to establish a communication link between earth and a planned lunar probe that will explore the dark side of the moon, the official Xinhua news agency said. Citing the China National Space Administration, Xinhua said the satellite was launched at 5:28 a.m. (2128 GMT Sunday) on a Long March-4C rocket from the Xichang launch center in the southwest of the country. "The launch is a key step for China to realize its goal of being the first country to send a probe to soft-land on and rove the far side of the moon," Xinhua quoted Zhang Lihua, manager of the relay satellite project, as saying.

Sri Lanka warns of Tamil separatist resurgence

Published 05/19/2018 04:28 PM

Sri Lanka's president Saturday warned that Tamil extremists were regrouping abroad to revive their demand to divide the island nation nine years after the end of its decades-long ethnic war. Maithripala Sirisena said government forces had failed to quash the Tamil rebels' separatism, although they were militarily conquered by May 2009 following a no-holds-barred offensive. "We have defeated terrorism of the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam), but we have not been able to defeat their ideology," Sirisena said.

'Absolutely nothing': Venezuelan exiles expect no change after election

Published 05/19/2018 06:44 PM

From Madrid to Miami and from Montevideo to Santiago, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans live in exile, having fled their country as it descended into economic ruin over the past few years. From very diverse backgrounds, many say they have no expectation that Sunday's controversial election, in which socialist Nicolas Maduro is seeking another six-year term, will change anything for the better.

Saudis detain women's advocates ahead of driving ban lift

Published 05/19/2018 02:19 PM

Saudi authorities have arrested seven prominent women's rights advocates, dividing public opinion just weeks before the kingdom is set to lift its driving ban on women. Without naming those detained, Saudi Arabia's state security apparatus said seven people had been arrested for "attempting to undermine the security and stability of the kingdom... and to erode national unity". The crackdown comes even as the kingdom breaks with long-held restrictions on women and the mixing of the genders, with its driving ban on women slated to end June 24.

Who Is Cello Bae? Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 19, Wows With Royal Wedding Solo

Published 05/19/2018 03:35 PM

Sheku Kanneh-Mason said he was "bowled over" to be invited to play.

Teen charged with impersonating cop, stealing partially blind man's wallet in NYC subway station

Published 05/21/2018 01:44 AM

The suspect, saying he was a cop, led the victim into the subway, presumably to help him through the turnstile, according to police. That's when he went through his bag and took his wallet.

Immigration a fraught issue for GOP as midterms approach

Published 05/19/2018 10:38 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chaos among House Republicans this past week on immigration shows just how problematic and risky the issue is for a party that badly needs unity heading into the elections in November that will decide control of Congress.

Hinchcliffe not expecting to run in Indianapolis 500

Published 05/20/2018 11:26 PM

James Hinchcliffe watched the final day of Indianapolis 500 qualifying in street clothes, refusing to lobby for someone to give him their ride for "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

'Sharenting' puts young at risk of online fraud

Published 05/21/2018 03:12 AM

Parents are compromising their children's future financial security with online sharing, warns Barclays.

Foreign students: Home Office axes 'unusable' survey

Published 05/18/2018 01:01 PM

Anyone could fill in the official study, which, some academics said, uses "loaded, them and us" questions.

School delay does not help summer-born, study shows

Published 05/17/2018 09:11 PM

Putting summer-born children's school start back a year boosts attainment by less than one mark.

Nigerian students 'tied to cross and whipped' for being late

Published 05/17/2018 03:16 PM

Three people, including the school's headteacher, are under arrest in Nigeria after the incident.

Exams: How do the new 9-1 GCSE grades work?

Published 05/17/2018 11:57 AM

As teenagers face this year's GCSEs, we explain the new 9-1 grading structure in England.

Pupils find spellchecker 'cheat' in literacy test

Published 05/17/2018 11:59 AM

Schools are given advice after an online glitch allowed pupils to see the correct answer in a spelling test.

Cardiff youngsters sent 200 miles to Liverpool for care

Published 05/17/2018 02:27 PM

Building new children's homes is one option being considered for looking after children in care.

University racism 'complacency' warning

Published 05/16/2018 01:41 AM

Baroness Amos, the UK's first black woman university head, criticises "deep-seated prejudices".

Do Sats really matter - and if so, to whom?

Published 05/15/2018 06:14 PM

Sats week is a time of maximum stress in primary schools across England - but should it be?

Watch ban imposed at GCSE and A-level exams

Published 05/16/2018 01:07 PM

The move is designed to prevent cheating via smartwatches designed to look like standard timepieces.

Sharing of school pupils' data put on hold

Published 05/15/2018 05:21 PM

The move follows criticism of the handling of personal information in the national pupil database.

Cuts put deaf children's education at 'breaking point'

Published 05/14/2018 12:58 PM

Deaf children to lose £4m of support as over a third of councils plan support cuts, says charity.

Pupils sitting SATs taught power pose to improve focus

Published 05/14/2018 12:46 AM

Students sitting their SATs say it helps them with concentration and focus.

Would you give your kids total freedom?

Published 05/13/2018 09:22 AM

A father of six living in rural Finland has an unusual parenting style: his children enjoy total freedom in the house.

NUS: 'Very worrying' harassment on campuses

Published 05/14/2018 12:31 AM

The NUS says more work needs to be done to reduce sexual violence and harassment on campuses.

The Teesside gym with treadmills for toddlers

Published 05/04/2018 12:08 AM

Andy Gray runs GymFants in Teesside and it's an exercise class with a difference.

The YouTube stars paid to promote cheating

Published 05/01/2018 05:06 PM

A BBC Trending investigation has uncovered the selling of academic cheating by YouTube stars on a massive scale.

Colombia's ex-fighters taught skills for peace

Published 05/16/2018 12:09 AM

Farc guerillas have returned home, but they are often illiterate and unemployed and in urgent need of new skills for jobs.

Gordon Brown launches $10bn global funding for schools

Published 05/11/2018 02:04 AM

The ex-UK prime minister launches a scheme for 20 million school places in the world's poorest countries.

London ranked top city for students

Published 05/09/2018 12:03 AM

London has overtaken Paris and Montreal for the title of best student city, despite being so expensive.

Why do young workers have so many injuries?

Published 05/02/2018 12:02 AM

More than a million people face injury and accidents at work every day - with young workers the most at risk.

Reviving the ghosts of France's 1968 revolt

Published 04/28/2018 05:01 AM

Do France's 2018 student protests have much in common with the turmoil of May 1968?

Changing the world, one dinner at a time

Published 04/25/2018 01:16 AM

Can posh restaurants and top chefs also win a competition for social activism?

The father lost to postnatal depression

Published 05/17/2018 05:17 PM

Vicky Clayton cannot give her son the thing he wants most in the world - his dad.

Learning about the trenches

Published 05/17/2018 10:17 AM

The trenches and a 'battlefield' were made for students in the Highlands, but are to be opened up to other schools.

The adopted children confused by love

Published 05/10/2018 02:40 AM

Children who have suffered abuse can often become distressed at the thought of being loved

'Failing a generation'

Published 05/09/2018 02:55 AM

Government's child mental health plan leaves hundreds of thousands without proper care, says report.

Top brass

Published 05/08/2018 03:44 AM

A Yorkshire primary fights to save its award-winning brass band.

Knowledge for sale?

Published 05/03/2018 12:45 AM

Universities are dealing with rising levels of essay cheating, but how big a problem is it?

Stepping into Shakespeare

Published 04/28/2018 12:13 AM

How standing up and reading Shakespeare out loud can make it more fun and understandable for teenagers.

Isn't that a walkboy?

Published 04/26/2018 11:14 AM

Can they really not tell the time using an old fashioned clock?

'My teacher saved me from suicide'

Published 04/19/2018 03:10 AM

Now 26, Hati Sparey-South is herself training as a teacher, determined to help today's pupils.

Dad regrets parenthood

Published 04/18/2018 10:16 AM

One father believes his friends without children tend to be the happiest.

Siblings in care

Published 04/18/2018 01:06 AM

Thousands of siblings in care have been split up by councils in England and Wales, new figures suggest.

Primary places

Published 04/16/2018 01:28 PM

If the school on offer is unsuitable for some reason, there are a number of things you can do.

'It's not a shock anymore'

Published 04/12/2018 09:57 AM

Teachers describe teaching in an area where knife crime is part of life.

Reality Check

Published 04/07/2018 12:46 AM

Youth services have seen big cuts in their budgets, but it's impossible to make a clear link.

Frozen meals

Published 04/06/2018 10:41 AM

New research into how children and families will be affected by changes to free school meals has been published

Motherhood taboo

Published 04/03/2018 09:13 AM

Three women describe what it is like to secretly wish they had never had children.

When the kids hear

Published 04/02/2018 12:51 AM

It is normal for parents to argue, but the way rows affect children varies greatly.

Lives in their hands

Published 03/31/2018 12:46 AM

How do the families of generals who sent men into battle commemorate World War One?

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