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Frank Brogan, Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education speaks to the Associated Press in his office at the Education Department in Washington, Thursday, August 30, 2018. Brogan said that a federal panel on school safety convened after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, will suggest best practices in the spheres of mental health, security equipment and arming staff. (AP Photo/Maria Danilova)
August 31, 2018 - 6:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Friday that she has "no intention of taking any action" regarding any possible use of federal funds to arm teachers or provide them with firearms training. DeVos' comments came after a top official in her department, asked about arming teachers...
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This Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, photo provided by the Eugene Police Department shows a fawn stuck in a fence in Eugene, Ore. Eugene police officer Shawni McLaughlin freed the terrified fawn and, after a short recovery period, it was able to spring up and run away. (Shawni McLaughlin/Eugene Police Department via AP)
August 31, 2018 - 6:00 pm
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — An animal welfare officer in Oregon is getting attention after her body-worn camera captured her rescuing a baby deer. The Eugene Police Department on Thursday made public a video and photo of Officer Shawni McLaughlin freeing a terrified fawn that got stuck in a backyard fence...
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Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega speaks to supporters in Managua, Nicaragua, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. A United Nations report released Wednesday calls on Ortega's government to immediately halt the persecution of protesters and disarm the masked civilians who have been responsible for much of the killings and arbitrary detentions. Ortega's government dismissed the report as baseless. It denied accusations of excessive use of force against protesters. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)
August 31, 2018 - 4:28 pm
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is expelling a United Nations human rights team two days after the body published a report blaming it for the violent repression of opposition protests. Guillermo Fernandez Maldonado, chief of the U.N.'s human rights...
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FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2015, file photo, Lauren Silberman, 29, hangs marijuana after harvesting at Michael Monarch's southern Oregon marijuana grow, in Ashland, Ore. Oregon will require cultivators growing outdoor marijuana for general use to notify the state when they plan to harvest. The rule that takes effect Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, is intended to prevent marijuana from being diverted out-of-state to the black market after pressure from federal officials. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP, File)
August 31, 2018 - 10:55 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Before Matthew Miller harvests marijuana this fall from his fields in southern Oregon, he'll have to notify the state for the first time ever — a process that could bring inspectors to make sure none of his pot is being illegally diverted. The new harvest notification policy,...
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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2013, file photo, smoke rises after a TNT bomb was thrown from a helicopter, hitting a rebel position during heavy fighting between troops loyal to president Bashar Assad and opposition fighters, in a neighbouring village to Kafr Nabuda, in the Idlib province countryside, Syria. The campaign for Idlib, the opposition’s only remaining stronghold in the country and now a refuge for over one million displaced Syrians, is likely to be the last major theater of battle after seven years of brutal civil war. (AP Photo/File)
August 31, 2018 - 10:04 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 5 p.m. The head of the U.N. agency for refugees says a potential military offensive in the last rebel stronghold in Syria threatens to cause renewed displacement and discourage refugees from returning home. U.N. High Commissioner...
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August 31, 2018 - 6:32 am
LONDON (AP) — Unemployment across the 19-country eurozone has fallen to its lowest level since the most acute phase of the global financial crisis a decade ago. Eurostat, the European Union's statistics agency, revealed Friday that the unemployment rate in July was 8.2 percent. That was unchanged...
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Australian filmmaker James Ricketson speaks from a prisoner van outside Phnom Penh Municipal Court, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. The 69-year-old Australian is at the court to hear his verdict Friday on a charge of violating national security that carries up to 10 years in prison. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
August 31, 2018 - 2:11 am
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — An Australian filmmaker arrested after flying a drone to photograph a Cambodian opposition party rally last year was convicted of spying and sentenced to six years in prison Friday. James Ricketson had faced up to 10 years in prison. Almost two dozen jailed critics or...
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In this Aug. 29, 2018, file photo, Australian filmmaker James Ricketson, right, is helped off a prisoner truck upon his arrival at Phnom Penh Municipal Court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Ricketson is on trial in Cambodia on charges of endangering national security by flying a drone over an opposition party rally last year. Closing arguments in the trial are expected Wednesday. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith, File)
August 31, 2018 - 2:07 am
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The Latest on an Australian filmmaker's trial in Cambodia on a national security charge (all times local): 12:45 p.m. Australia's new Prime Minister Scott Morrison says his government will be supportive of a filmmaker convicted of spying in Cambodia. James Ricketson was...
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FILE - In this April 18, 2018, file photo, Chelsea Manning addresses participants at an anti-fracking rally in Baltimore. Convicted classified document leaker Chelsea Manning will not be allowed to enter Australia for a speaking tour scheduled to start Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
August 31, 2018 - 1:08 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand authorities said on Friday that convicted secrets leaker Chelsea Manning can enter the country for a speaking tour, a day after tour organizers said she couldn't enter Australia. Manning was convicted and sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking U.S...
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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2018, file photo, Larry Nassar, a former doctor for USA Gymnastics and member of Michigan State's sports medicine staff, sits in court during his sentencing hearing in Lansing, Mich. Michigan State University said Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, that the NCAA has cleared it of any rules violations in the Nassar sexual-assault scandal. Nassar pleaded guilty to assaulting girls and women while working as a campus sports doctor for Michigan State athletes and gymnasts in the region. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
August 30, 2018 - 11:56 pm
The NCAA cleared Michigan State University of any rules infractions in the Larry Nassar sexual-assault scandal, the school announced Thursday. The school released a letter from Jonathan Duncan, the NCAA's vice president for enforcement, that addressed the Nassar case, as well as an investigation...
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