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Ex-Penn State president guilty of 1 count of child endangerment

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier has been found guilty of one count of child endangerment over his handling of a child sex abuse complaint against retired assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Snooki inspires bill to cap public university speaker fees

Under legislation inspired by former "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, no more than $10,000 of state money could go to pay speakers at New Jersey's public universities.

Supreme Court bolsters rights of learning-disabled students

The Supreme Court is bolstering the rights of learning-disabled students in a ruling that requires public schools to offer special education programs that meet higher standards.

Police identify UK attacker as British-born Khalid Masood

British police have identified the person responsible for the terror attack near Parliament as 52-year-old Khalid Masood.

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FCC: More than 12,000 911 calls failed during AT&T outage

An investigation by the U.S. federal telecom regulator says about 12,600 callers couldn't reach 911 directly from their cellphones during a five-hour AT&T outage on March 8.

VA urges ‘hiring surge’ to reduce veterans’ appeals backlog

The Department of Veterans Affairs is warning of a rapidly growing backlog for veterans who seek to appeal decisions involving disability benefits. It says it will need much more staff even as money remains in question due to a tightening Trump administration budget.

Feds: Trump DC hotel not in violation of government lease

The federal agency overseeing Donald Trump's lease for a luxury hotel in Washington has ruled his election as president doesn't violate the terms of his agreement barring government officials from profiting from the property.

House GOP leaders postpone health care vote

House Republican leaders have postponed a vote on their health care bill in a setback for President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan.

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