Schools balk at letting autistic kids bring service dogs to class; some families fight back

Schools fight families over autism service dogs

CHICAGO — Like seeing-eye dogs for the blind, trained dogs are now being used to help autistic children deal with their disabilities. But some schools want to keep the animals out, and families are fighting back.

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Mom says Pittsburgh school bullies drove daughter to anorexia with remarks about her weight

Pittsburgh mom says daughter bulled into anorexia

PITTSBURGH — A woman has filed what experts believe is a first-of-its-kind lawsuit against the Pittsburgh Public Schools, claiming her daughter developed anorexia because male students bullied the girl about her weight, forcing her to leave the district.

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Va. AG wants review of ruling that cleared ex-Navy SEAL trainee in college student’s slaying

Va. AG challenges exoneration of ex-SEAL trainee

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia’s attorney general is asking the state appeals court to review a panel’s ruling that exonerated a former Navy SEAL trainee in the abduction and slaying of a Georgia college student.

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President of nation’s oldest black sorority accused of receiving $500,000 in 2 months

Sorority members allege more questionable payments

WASHINGTON — Members of the nation’s oldest black sorority are alleging more financial misdeeds by their president, who is already accused of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars of the group’s money on questionable expenses, including a wax statue of herself.

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Calif man pleads guilty to extorting money from teacher accused of having sex with 15-year-old

Prosecutors: CA man admits blackmailing teacher

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Prosecutors say a former Southern California high school student has admitted demanding money and pornographic photos from a teacher accused of having sex with a current student.

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Grand jury indicts Sunday school teacher on charges she kidnapped, raped, killed Calif. girl

Sunday school teacher indicted in CA girl’s death

STOCKTON, Calif. — A San Joaquin County grand jury has indicted a Sunday school teacher on charges she kidnapped, raped and killed an 8-year-old girl and drugged two other people.

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Louisville coach Rick Pitino’s reputation takes a hit after admission of affair

Admitted affair sullies coach Pitino’s reputation

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In a state where basketball is king, Rick Pitino cuts quite the fine figure.

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Former Texas school employee gets two-year suspended jail sentence in fight club case

Ex-Texas school worker pleads guilty in fight club

McALLEN, Texas — A former worker at a Texas school where developmentally disabled residents were forced into “fight club” bouts pleaded guilty Friday to allowing the injury of a disabled person and received a two-year suspended jail sentence.

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Retired but not retiring, Souter promotes civics education

Souter promoting civics education

CONCORD, N.H. — Retired but not retiring, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter is helping his native state of New Hampshire promote civics education in the public schools.

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President of black sorority sued over accusations she spent funds on wax statue of herself

Sorority president sued over wax statue of herself

CHICAGO — Members of the country’s oldest black sorority are suing to remove their president, alleging that she spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of the group’s money on herself — some of it to pay for a wax statue in her own likeness.

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