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COVID-19 has allowed for several new formats of classes to be normalized.

Former U of Texas tennis coach gets 6 months in college scam

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER | February 24, 2020

BOSTON (AP) — The former men's tennis coach at the University of Texas at Austin was sentenced Monday to six months in prison for taking a $100,000 bribe as part of a sweeping college admissions scam.Michael Center collapsed into his chair and sobbed...

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma starts ad campaign for claims

By GEOFF MULVIHILL | February 24, 2020

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma launched an ad campaign Monday to tell people harmed by their powerful prescription opioid where they can file claims against the company.The $23.8 million campaign is part of Purdue's bankruptcy proceedings as it tries to...

Rio Carnival schools make plea for end of religious abuse

By DAVID BILLER and MARCELO DE SOUSA | February 24, 2020

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — As the Grande Rio Samba school rolled its Carnival float onto Rio de Janeiro's parade grounds, people aboard unfurled a massive fan-shaped banner reading “RESPECT MY AXÉ” to the roaring crowd.Axé is the vital cosmic force...

Justices throw out seizure of church assets in Puerto Rico

February 24, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a court order to seize assets belonging to the Roman Catholic archdiocese of San Juan, Puerto Rico, to pay pension benefits for Catholic school teachers.The justices said in an unsigned opinion...

Sanders would use wealth tax for universal child care, pre-K

February 24, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) —Bernie Sanders has joined fellow progressive Elizabeth Warren in proposing that a “wealth tax” can fiance government-funded child care from infancy through age 3 for every American family, then provide universal pre-kindergarten...

Boys, 13, charged with murder in California library fire

February 23, 2020

PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Murder charges have been filed against two 13-year-old boys suspected of starting a blaze that killed two firefighters at a central California library.Police said the boys were arrested after they were seen running from Porterville...

Michigan sex-misconduct claims mirror Ohio State doctor case

By KANTELE FRANKO and LARRY LAGE | February 23, 2020

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — When the University of Michigan announced last week that allegations of decades-old sexual misconduct by a sports doctor were under investigation, former wrestler Mike DiSabato was stunned by the parallels to an abuse scandal...

University of Michigan officials told of abuse decades ago

ANN ARBOR, Michigan (AP) — University of Michigan officials were warned more than four decades ago that one of its doctors was fondling patients during medical exams, but he continued working there despite a demotion and went on to allegedly abuse again...

Former Iowa governor, US ag secretary to monitor drugmaker

February 21, 2020

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa governor and U.S agriculture secretary, will monitor Purdue Pharma to ensure the OxyContin maker does not revive an aggressive marketing effort that critics say overstated the benefits of its opioid...

Students’ arrest over slur prompts review of ridicule law

By DAVE COLLINS | February 21, 2020

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Free speech concerns that were raised following the arrests of two University of Connecticut students accused of saying a racial slur have led state legislators to consider repealing a century-old law that bans ridicule based...

Italy’s virus cases more than quadruple as cluster emerges

By LUCA BRUNO and NICOLE WINFIELD | February 21, 2020

CODOGNO, Italy (AP) — The number of people in Italy infected with the new virus from China more than quadrupled Friday due to an emerging cluster of cases in the country's north that prompted officials to order schools, restaurants and businesses to...