Jim Burns[field_author_ap] July 7, 2008 | 20:19 PM EDT
( - The American Bar Association voted Monday to recommend ending "zero tolerance" school discipline policies. Advocates hope the resolution will prompt school districts to re-evaluate such policies, which cover weapons, drugs or violence in schools.The National Association of Secondary School Principals didn't agree.
Jim Burns[field_author_ap] July 7, 2008 | 20:19 PM EDT
( - Former U.S. Education Secretary Bill Bennett, who served in the Reagan Administration, has begun an on-line private school for students in kindergarten through the 12th grade. The school is designed to target a growing market of home-educated children. Bennett's school has already drawn criticism from the American Federation of Teachers, one of the nation's largest teacher unions.
[field_author_ap] July 7, 2008 | 20:19 PM EDT
Los Angeles, Calif. ( - The National Education Association closed its four-day annual meeting on Saturday without resolving the most controversial item on its agenda -- a resolution to develop a curriculum and other programs designed to support and protect homosexual and transgender students.Slave reparations and U.S.-Russian relations were some of the other topics discussed at this year's annual meeting at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Susan Jones[field_author_ap] July 7, 2008 | 20:19 PM EDT
( - "I think it was a great opportunity for the American people to judge [the candidates]... I felt good about it," said Democrat Al Gore on the morning after his first presidential debate. In interviews taped after the debate, George W. Bush called the exchange a "lively discussion" that shows people he knows what he's talking about.
Jeff McKay[field_author_ap] July 7, 2008 | 20:19 PM EDT
( - U.S. Postal and FBI officials have descended on the post office in Hamilton, New Jersey where both of the anthrax-tainted letters sent to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and NBC Evening News anchor Tom Brokaw were mailed on the same day.
John Rossomando[field_author_ap] July 7, 2008 | 20:19 PM EDT
( - The National Education Association passed a resolution at its last national convention calling for religious freedom and tolerance, but conservative groups have raised questions about the NEA's commitment to tolerance and diversity toward religious conservatives. "The freedom of religion is a fundamental human right," NEA said in a statement.
John Rossomando[field_author_ap] July 7, 2008 | 20:19 PM EDT
( - Officials from the two airlines whose passenger jets were hijacked by terrorists September 11 are refusing to comment on whether a five-year-old passenger profiling system was used before the doomed flights took off that day.
Christine Hall[field_author_ap] July 7, 2008 | 20:19 PM EDT
Michael Betsch[field_author_ap] July 7, 2008 | 20:19 PM EDT
( - If you've ever wondered from where environmental activists get their money, you're not alone, and a Washington, D.C. think tank is drawing a map to help follow the money.
Lawrence Morahan[field_author_ap] July 7, 2008 | 20:19 PM EDT
( - Record cigarette exports and the acquisition of food manufacturing companies account for sustained high profits by tobacco giants, industry analysts report.But the development and marketing of a "safe cigarette" - which could boost sales in the trillion-dollar industry even higher - will be a long time coming, they say.
Susan Jones[field_author_ap] July 7, 2008 | 20:19 PM EDT
( - The city of Escalante, Utah, is thinking about making gun ownership mandatory, something that environmentalists see as a thinly veiled threat.
Justin Torres[field_author_ap] July 7, 2008 | 20:19 PM EDT
( - Activists seeking an end to the bloody civil war in the Sudan want the incoming Bush administration to close U.S. capital markets to Chinese companies they say are financing genocide in the African country.Eric Reeves, a professor at Smith College who is a leader in the Campaign for Sudan, said he has contacted Bush transition officials requesting information on closing U.S. capital markets.
Office of Missouri Governor[field_author_ap] July 7, 2008 | 20:19 PM EDT
(What follows is the official statement from the Missouri Governor's Office in Jefferson City, released early Tuesday morning.) It is with great sadness that we report that earlier this evening a plane believed to be carrying Gov. Mel Carnahan, his son Roger and senior campaign adviser Chris Sifford went down in Jefferson County. There were no survivors. The identities of the passengers have not been confirmed.
Melanie Arter[field_author_ap] July 7, 2008 | 20:19 PM EDT
Pat Taylor[field_author_ap] July 7, 2008 | 20:19 PM EDT
( - The drumbeat for reform of the Endangered Species Act got a few decibels louder last week. This comes as a relief for people who believe that deliberate misuse of the act is destroying their livelihoods and culture.
Bob Melvin[field_author_ap] July 7, 2008 | 20:19 PM EDT
( - A recent study by the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC, indicates that American economic prosperity over the last decade has been spurred by more family members working longer hours and not just rising wages.
Jeff Johnson[field_author_ap] July 7, 2008 | 20:19 PM EDT
( - Just as America's military and police are preparing for the war on terrorism, so U.S. banking institutions must prepare themselves to thwart terrorist money laundering, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on Wednesday.
Jason Pierce[field_author_ap] July 7, 2008 | 20:19 PM EDT
( - There's a new "odd couple" in town. Kenneth Starr and Johnnie Cochran, two of the most high profile lawyers in the country, joined with three notable protesters to represent them as they answered to civil disobedience charges in a DC court Tuesday, for their protest at the Sudanese Embassy in Washington on April 13.
Christine Hall[field_author_ap] July 7, 2008 | 20:19 PM EDT
( - "This is an extraordinary circumstance. There is no way to prepare for something like this," said an unnamed American Airlines official, in a televised interview with reporters on Tuesday, following the terrorist hijacking of an American jet that was crashed into one of the World Trade Center towers in New York City.
Patrick Goodenough[field_author_ap] July 7, 2008 | 20:19 PM EDT
London ( - A Roman Catholic gun campaigner who says the Vatican should support the right to bear arms in self-defense is pressing ahead with a drive to have the church name a patron saint for handgun owners.John Snyder, a former associate editor with the NRA's journal, The American Rifleman, has on several occasions lobbied the Vatican to consider naming Saint Gabriel Possenti to that position, most recently last week during a visit to Rome.