Court OK of student-led school board prayers to be appealed

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A federal appeals court in New Orleans will be asked to reconsider its ruling allowing student-led prayer at school board meetings. On Monday, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled in a Texas case that such prayers don't run afoul of the prohibition against government-established religion. The American Humanist Association, a plaintiff in the case, disagreed.

South Carolina editorial roundup

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ March 20 The Post and Courier (of Charleston) on the so-called "schoolhouse to jailhouse pipeline:" Maintaining discipline in the classroom can be a challenge for any teacher. And few things can harm other students' ability to focus and learn more than a particularly disruptive classmate. That much is clear.

Judge dismisses ex-rowers' suit against University of Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- A judge dismissed a lawsuit against the University of Kansas by parents of two former rowers who allege they were sexually assaulted by a Jayhawk football player in a campus dorm. Douglas County District Judge B. Kay Hoff ruled, among other things, that the former rowers have left the university and no longer face an immediate threat of harm, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.

3 Minnesota footballers cleared by school in assault case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Three Minnesota football players were cleared of sexual harassment allegations in the final round of appeals at the school and will be allowed to return to spring practice, while two more had their suspensions in connection with allegations of a sexual assault upheld. Provost Karen Hanson heard the appeals and upheld the decision to remove one-year suspensions for defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr.

Electronic carry-on ban...Comey disputes Trump claim...Teacher suspected of kidnapping

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Security precautions are being imposed on certain electronic carry-ons on U.S.-bound flights from eight Middle Eastern and North African countries. Starting tomorrow all laptops, iPads, cameras and some other electronics on the flights will have to be checked. A U.S. official said the ban will apply to nonstop flights to the U.S. from 10 airports. The airports and countries weren't named.

Court: Student prayers OK at school board meetings

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A Texas school board can open its meetings with student-led public prayers without running afoul of the Constitution's prohibition against government-established religion, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld a lower court ruling dismissing a lawsuit against the Birdville Independent School District.

Lawyer: 3 Purdue players expelled after alleged sex assault

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- A law firm that represents a woman who says she was sexually assaulted by three football players says Purdue University has expelled the athletes. The Indianapolis Star reports (http://indy.st/2mGZo2q ) the law firm Massillamany & Jeter LLP said Friday that the players were expelled after Purdue's Administrative Board investigated an alleged October 2016 incident.

How a school bomb-scare case sparked a media-vs.-FBI fight

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The young hacker was told in no uncertain terms: You are safe with me. "I am not trying to find out your true identity," AP journalist Norm Weatherill assured the teenager in an online chat. "As a member of the Press, I would rather not know who you are as writers are not allowed to reveal their sources." But Norm Weatherill was no reporter. He was FBI agent Norman B. Sanders Jr.

How a school bomb-scare case sparked a media vs. FBI fight

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The young hacker was told in no uncertain terms: You are safe with me. "I am not trying to find out your true identity," AP journalist Norm Weatherill assured the teenager in an online chat. "As a member of the Press, I would rather not know who you are as writers are not allowed to reveal their sources." But Norm Weatherill was no reporter. He was FBI agent Norman Sanders Jr.

School refutes Texas official's Muslim prayer room concerns

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A Texas school district says Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton is raising unfounded concerns about religious freedom over a spare classroom where Muslim students pray. Muslim students at Liberty High School in Frisco have been allowed since 2009 to pray in a classroom that's vacant for part of the afternoon. School officials say the initiative never has attracted controversy.

Police: DNA links suspect to slain Detroit college officer

DETROIT (AP) -- Police say a man arrested in the shootings of two Detroit police officers is now a "prime suspect" in the death of a college officer. Detroit Chief James Craig says DNA evidence links the man to Sgt. Collin Rose, who was fatally shot in November while on patrol for the Wayne State University police department. Craig calls it a "first step." He declined to release any other details Friday.

School choice advocate Allison joins UNC governing board

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A longtime North Carolina school choice advocate is joining the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. The Senate voted unanimously Thursday for Darrell Allison to serve out the final two years of the term held previously by John Fennebresque, who stepped down while chairman in late 2015. The Senate and House elect the board's voting members, with each chamber selecting half of them.

The Latest: Prosecutor says 'bad relations' possible motive

PARIS (AP) -- The Latest on the shooting at the high school in the southern French town of Grasse (all times local): 7:15 p.m. A French prosecutor says the shooting at a high school in southern France has "no link" to a terrorist organization at this stage of the investigation. Fabienne Atzori says investigators think the motive might have been the "bad relations" the student suspected of opening fire had with fellow students.

French school shooting: 4 shot, 10 hurt, student arrested

PARIS (AP) -- A 16-year-old student who had troubled relations with his peers opened fire at a high school in southern France on Thursday, wounding three other students and the principal who tried to intervene, officials said. Police moved into the Alexis de Tocqueville school in the town of Grasse -- the country's picturesque perfume capital -- and quickly arrested the still-armed suspect, identified by the Interior Ministry spokesman as Killian Barbey.

Concealed weapons bill awaits Arkansas governor's signature

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Permit holders who receive active shooting training would be able to carry concealed weapons almost anywhere in Arkansas, even the state Capitol, under a measure lawmakers sent Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday that goes far beyond the original goal of protecting college campuses.

Police arrest 17-year-old in high school student's death

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) -- Wilmington police say a 17-year-old has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a high school student. Local media outlets report the teenager is charged with first-degree murder and possession of handgun by a minor. Police say he was arrested without incident on Tuesday by U.S. marshals. Authorities say 17-year-old Raymond Kain, a student at Hoggard High School, was found dead around 10 p.m.

Doctors ask court to reinstate Newtown gun maker lawsuit

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A group of doctors who treated mass shooting victims is asking the state Supreme Court to reinstate a lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. Lawyers for the 10 doctors said Tuesday that they planned to file a friend-of-the-court brief asking the justices to overturn a lower-court decision in October that dismissed the lawsuit against Remington Outdoor Co., of Madison, North Carolina.

High EU court: workplace headscarf ban not discriminatory

PARIS (AP) -- Private businesses in Europe can forbid Muslim women in their employ from wearing headscarves if the ban is part of a policy of neutrality within the company and not a sign of prejudice against a particular religion, the European Union Court of Justice said Tuesday. Such a ban doesn't constitute what the court calls "direct discrimination.