Higher education

People walk past a dormitory at the University of Nevada, Reno, as work crews with a crane examine damage from a July 5 explosion, in Reno, Nev., Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Nevada's state fire marshal says a small explosion in a basement boiler at the university dormitory caused a natural gas leak that triggered a much larger blast last week, severely damaging two dorms and injuring eight people. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)
July 09, 2019 - 8:03 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A small explosion in a basement boiler at a University of Nevada, Reno dormitory triggered a much larger natural gas blast last week that left part of the building looking like an earthquake had struck but caused only minor injuries to eight people, officials said Tuesday. The...
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FILE - This file photo provided by the Macon County Sheriff's Office in Decatur, Ill., shows Brendt Christensen. Andrea Christensen, the sister of former University of Illinois student Brendt Christensen who is convicted of killing a Chinese scholar, told a jury, Monday, July 15, 2019, deciding whether he should be executed that he was a "very gentle person" who never raised his voice. (Macon County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
July 09, 2019 - 6:09 pm
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The parents of the Chinese scholar who was kidnapped and killed by a former University of Illinois doctoral student described the loss they feel during testimony Tuesday. "How am I supposed to carry on living?" said Lifeng Ye, the mother of Yingying Zhang, whose testimony was on...
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FILE -- In this March 20, 2019 file photo a home that once belonged to Peter Brand sits among trees, in Needham, Mass. Harvard University has fired Brand, its longtime fencing coach, over the sale of his suburban Boston home to a wealthy businessman whose teenage son was later admitted to the school and joined the team. (Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via AP, File)
July 09, 2019 - 5:24 pm
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard University has fired a fencing coach over the sale of his home for nearly double its assessed value to a wealthy businessman whose teenage son was later admitted to the school and joined the team. Athletic Director Bob Scalise said in an emailed statement Tuesday...
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July 08, 2019 - 9:03 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kamala Harris can't forget the older black woman she met in Iowa while campaigning for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama before the state's 2008 caucus. "I remember her saying to me, 'They're not going to let him win,'" Harris recalled. "She did not want to go to the...
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July 08, 2019 - 9:01 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kamala Harris can't forget the older black woman she met in Iowa while campaigning for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama before the state's 2008 caucus. "I remember her saying to me, 'They're not going to let him win,'" Harris recalled. "She did not want to go to the...
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Attendees take part in a rally by mothers in Hong Kong on Friday, July 5, 2019. Hong Kong's societal divide showed no sign of closing Friday as students rebuffed an offer from city leader Carrie Lam to meet and a few thousand mothers rallied in support of young protesters who left a trail of destruction in the legislature's building at the start of the week. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
July 05, 2019 - 9:00 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's political divisions showed no sign of closing as students rebuffed an offer from city leader Carrie Lam to meet and a few thousand mothers rallied in support of young protesters who left a trail of destruction in the legislature's building at the start of the week. "Don...
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Lifeng Ye, the mother of slain University of Illinois scholar Yingying Zhang, cries out in grief as her husband Ronggao Zhang, far left, addresses the media after a jury found Brendt Christensen guilty of her murder Monday, June 24, 2019 outside the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Peoria, Ill. Consoling her is her son Zhengyang Zhang, far right, and family friend Dr. Kim Tee. (Matt Dayhoff/Journal Star via AP)
July 05, 2019 - 10:23 am
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal jury that convicted a former University of Illinois doctoral student of kidnapping, torturing and killing a young scholar from China now must decide if Brendt Christensen should be put to death. While the state of Illinois, where she was killed, does not have the death...
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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2018, file photo, former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder delivers his State of the State address at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. Snyder says he has turned down a fellowship at Harvard University following social media backlash over his administration's role in the Flint water crisis. He tweeted Wednesday, July 3, 2019, that being a senior research fellow would have been too "disruptive" because of "our current political environment and its lack of civility. (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)
July 03, 2019 - 3:47 pm
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder withdrew from a senior research fellowship at Harvard University on Wednesday, amid criticism of the Kennedy School of Government for offering him the position despite his administration's role in the Flint water crisis. Snyder, who served...
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July 01, 2019 - 7:20 am
KENT, Ohio (AP) — Talk show host, comedian and game show host Steve Harvey has committed to covering the college costs for eight incoming freshmen at his alma mater in Ohio. Kent State University said in a release that The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation has worked with Kent State University...
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June 28, 2019 - 5:18 pm
The U.S. Education Department is rescinding an Obama-era rule that aimed to police ineffective for-profit colleges. Department officials said Friday that the 2014 gainful employment rule will be removed entirely effective July 1, 2020. The rule sought to cut federal funding for programs that...
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