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Miss. Reworks School Ratings to Accent Graduation

Mississippi is reworking its rating system for school districts and high schools after federal officials demanded the ratings put more weight on high school graduation.

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Fraternity Shuts Ole Miss Branch After Noose Tying

The University of Mississippi announced Thursday that the national office of Sigma Phi Epsilon, based in Richmond, Va., had closed its Ole Miss chapter.

Health Care

Late Sign-Ups Improve Outlook for Obama Health Law

A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young ...


White House Updating Online Privacy Policy

A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to, mobile apps and social media sites, and it ...


Ukraine Insurgents Reject Call to Quit Buildings

Dashing hopes of progress raised by a diplomatic deal in Geneva, pro-Russian insurgents who have occupied government buildings in more than 10 Ukrainian cities said Friday they will not leave ...


Miss. Dept. of Education Eyes Expanded Outreach

The Mississippi Department of Education appears ready to add 27 contract employees to help local schools improve teaching.


Oklahoma Gay-Marriage Case Before U.S. Appeals Court

Lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license go before a federal appeals court with a familiar question for the judges: ...


UN: Iran Cuts Stock Closest to Nuke-Arms Grade

Iran has converted most of a nuclear stockpile that it could have turned quickly into weapons-grade uranium into less volatile forms as part of a deal with six world powers, ...


Putin Hopes No Need to Send Troops into Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but recognized for the first time that the troops in unmarked uniforms ...


Ukraine, U.S. Work to Reduce Tensions With Russia

Ukraine is hoping to placate Russia and calm hostilities with its neighbor even as the U.S. prepares a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what it regards as ...


Bryant Signs Bills to Limit Union Activities

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has signed three bills to limit labor union activities in Mississippi.


NATO Ups Military Presence Amid Russian Threat

NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine, the alliance's chief said Wednesday.


Combat Vehicles in East Ukraine Fly Russian Flag

A column of armored vehicles flying Russian flags drove into a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russia insurgents Wednesday, dampening the central government's hopes of re-establishing control over restive eastern Ukraine.


283 Missing, 4 Dead in South Korea Ferry Disaster

A ferry carrying 462 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving more than 280 people ...


Boston Police Safely Blow Up Suspicious Backpacks

Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride ...