- Indiana's career, technical students have higher grad rate Updated: Jul-05-15 5:38 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - The growing number of Indiana students taking career and technical education courses are graduating from high school at a higher rate than other students and need less remediation than those classmates, new state education figures show.
- The Latest: Pope took time during flight to greet press Updated: Jul-05-15 5:38 pm
QUITO, Ecuador - Here are the latest developments from Pope Francis' trip to South America:
- Idaho's gay marriage ban remains in state constitution Updated: Jul-05-15 5:35 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states, but nestled in the Idaho Constitution remains the provision that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman.
- Trial to examine retaliation charge against Arizona sheriff Updated: Jul-05-15 5:10 pm
PHOENIX - The sheriff of metro Phoenix has long been known for jailing inmates in tents and pink underwear and cracking down on illegal immigration. But an upcoming trial will force Sheriff Joe Arpaio to answer for a pattern of behavior that his critics have long found deeply troubling.
- In Trinidad, joint unit of police, soldiers to combat gangs Updated: Jul-05-15 5:08 pm
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad - Trinidad and Tobago's leader has created a combined national security force to combat gang violence in a crime-troubled community.
- Greeks reject demands for more austerity in key referendum Updated: Jul-05-15 4:52 pm
ATHENS, Greece - Voters in Greece resoundingly rejected creditors' demands for more austerity in return for rescue loans Sunday, backing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who insisted the vote would give him a stronger hand to reach a better deal.
- To rename or not? Institutions reconsider honors for racists Updated: Jul-05-15 4:40 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - The massacre at a predominantly black South Carolina church has institutions from Alaska to Connecticut evaluating whether they should continue enshrining the names of historical figures linked to slavery and the Confederacy.
- On his native turf, Pope Francis touches on cherished issues Updated: Jul-05-15 4:21 pm
QUITO, Ecuador - History's first Latin American pope returned to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time on Sunday, bringing a message of solidarity with the region's poor, who are expected to turn out in droves to welcome their native son home.
- Pre-enrollment begins for students at Tulsa Public Schools Updated: Jul-05-15 3:41 pm
TULSA, Oklahoma - Pre-enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year has begun for Tulsa Public Schools.
- World heritage status for The Alamo, Japan industrial sites Updated: Jul-05-15 3:24 pm
BONN, Germany - The United States has succeeded in its bid to "Remember the Alamo," after the U.N. cultural body approved its status as a world heritage site Sunday.
- Sanders lauds gay rights ruling, balks at denying exemptions Updated: Jul-05-15 3:14 pm
BURLINGTON, Vermont - Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders lauds the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay rights, but he has balked at taking tax exemptions away from organizations that do not recognize same-sex marriage.
- Wichita school district again opts out of free-meals program Updated: Jul-05-15 3:11 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - The Wichita school district is again opting out of a program that gives schools in high-poverty areas the option to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students at no cost to families.
- UNC's 'Silent Sam' Confederate statue vandalized Updated: Jul-05-15 2:59 pm
CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina - Someone has spray painted "murderer" and "black lives matter" on the statue honoring Confederate veterans nicknamed "Silent Sam" at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
- Newport's Cliff Walk by Gilded Age mansions now smoke-free Updated: Jul-05-15 2:57 pm
NEWPORT, Rhode Island - Now that smokers can no longer light up on Newport's iconic Cliff Walk, the only thing breathtaking is the view.
- New lodges replace old cabins at Yellowstone's Canyon area Updated: Jul-05-15 2:29 pm
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyoming - Five new lodges are under construction at Yellowstone National Park's Canyon Lodge that will replace 400 outdated cabins.
- Texas officials laud Alamo's world heritage site designation Updated: Jul-05-15 2:28 pm
SAN ANTONIO - Texas officials applauded a United Nations committee's decision Sunday to add the Alamo and four other Spanish Roman Catholic missions to UNESCO's list of world heritage sites, knowing it may bring more tourists.
- Newspaper: Wisconsin prison guard suspended for Obama post Updated: Jul-05-15 2:25 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Documents show that a Wisconsin prison guard was ordered to serve a one-day suspension for a joke he posted on Facebook about President Barack Obama and lynching, according to a newspaper report published Sunday.
- Dreams of victory for a struggling South African rugby team Updated: Jul-05-15 2:02 pm
KATLEHONG, South Africa - Their catches still uncertain, their sneakers worn and unsuitable, a team of young South Africans is trying to find success in a sport that that's a traditional favorite in their country, but rare in their own neighborhood - rugby.
- Ex-ISU professor files judicial misconduct against judge Updated: Jul-05-15 1:59 pm
POCATELLO, Idaho - A former Idaho State University professor has filed a judicial misconduct complaint against a federal judge, alleging an appearance of impropriety.
- Veteran Arkansas educator retires after 69-year career Updated: Jul-05-15 1:59 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - A veteran Arkansas educator whose first day as a teacher started in a two-room schoolhouse in 1945 is retiring after a 69-year career.
- Former head of state regents raises $500,000 in scholarships Updated: Jul-05-15 1:51 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The former chairman of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education has raised more than $500,000 to help reduce student debt.
- Auditor: Columbus school district halfway through reforms Updated: Jul-05-15 1:43 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus City School District is halfway through the changes mandated to rectify its 3-year-old data-rigging scandal, according to the state auditor.
- Statehouse hearing scheduled for special education bills Updated: Jul-05-15 1:41 pm
BOSTON - State lawmakers have scheduled a public hearing to consider nearly two dozen bills aimed at special education policies in Massachusetts.
- Teen fatally stabbed, 3 men shot to death in Philadelphia Updated: Jul-05-15 1:35 pm
PHILADELPHIA - A teenager was stabbed to death in a drugstore parking lot early Sunday and three men were shot to death around the city in a violent aftermath to the Fourth of July holiday, police said.
- Researchers find solution for devastating wheat midge Updated: Jul-05-15 1:26 pm
KALISPELL, Montana - Scientists have developed a wheat variety that they say is resistant to wheat midge, which has caused millions of dollars in damage to Montana crops in the last 10 years.