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Trump puts global religious freedom in the political fray

By ELANA SCHOR | February 6, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — Even as President Donald Trump sharply challenged the faith of his political opponents this week, he was drawing new attention to a religious issue that he’s staked repeated claim to: the global freedom to worship.The day after Trump...

Universities cancel study-abroad programs amid virus fears

By MICHAEL MELIA and KANTELE FRANKO | February 6, 2020

As concerns about China's virus outbreak spread, universities are scrambling to assess the risks to their programs, and some are canceling study-abroad opportunities and prohibiting travel affecting hundreds of thousands of students.From Europe to Australia...

AP VoteCast: Many coalitions in Iowa Democratic caucus vote

By JOSH BOAK and HANNAH FINGERHUT | February 4, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The outcome of the Iowa caucuses was muddled, but voters sent clear signals about their values and how they shaped their candidate preferences.Findings from AP VoteCast show the leading contenders each drew their strength from a unique...

The Latest: Dems say delay due to coding error, results soon

February 4, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses (all times local):8:45 a.m.The Iowa Democratic Party says delays in reporting the outcome of Monday's caucuses were due to a coding issue that has been fixed. The party says...

2 Iranian students challenge removal from country

By PHILIP MARCELO | February 3, 2020

BOSTON (AP) — Two college students from Iran have filed civil rights complaints with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, saying they were mistreated and illegally denied entry into the country by federal officials at Boston’s Logan International...

‘Othered’ in America: An old story, still playing out daily


CHICAGO (AP) — Activist Hoda Katebi rarely takes a break from organizing. As tensions between the U.S. and Iran escalated in recent weeks, she became even busier.On a recent Sunday afternoon, the 25-year-old Iranian American sat in her Chicago apartment...

Confusion over what data schools can provide for 2020 Census

By MIKE SCHNEIDER | February 2, 2020

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau this week starts its process of counting students living in college-run housing, but there's confusion over what demographic information university officials can share with the agency.Two weeks ago, the U.S....

The Latest: Warren’s hardest decision was divorcing husband

February 1, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local):8:40 p.m.Sometimes a simple question on the stump gets a startlingly personal answer.Amid a Q-and-A session at an evening rally in Davenport, an audience member asked...

From Paris to Arizona, Iowans will caucus around the globe

By JONATHAN J. COOPER | January 31, 2020

SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — For Iowans, going to college out of state, studying abroad or wintering in Arizona used to mean giving up quite a bit of power in picking presidents.But this year, the Iowa caucuses won't all be in Iowa. Nearly 1,300 Democrats...

Survey: University investments saw slower growth in 2019

By COLLIN BINKLEY | January 30, 2020

BOSTON (AP) — Most U.S. universities made money on their financial investments last year, but their returns were tempered by a global economic slowdown fueled by America’s trade war with China, according to an annual survey of school finance chiefs.The...

Cornell freshman’s parents sue over his death, allege hazing

By CAROLYN THOMPSON | January 29, 2020

A Cornell University freshman found dead at the bottom of a nearby gorge was the victim of an elaborate hazing that forced fraternity pledges to drink dangerous quantities of alcohol while cycling through seven themed rooms, the parents of the late student...

‘How good I feel’: Sanders setting high expectations in Iowa

By WILL WEISSERT | January 29, 2020

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Most presidential candidates try to manage expectations in the final stretch of a campaign knowing a surprise win is always better than an expected one. Not Bernie Sanders.Ever the insurgent, Sanders is spending his final days...