Report: Anti-Semitism rises, but violence against Jews falls

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- Violent attacks on Jews dropped for a second straight year in 2016, but other forms of anti-Semitism are on the rise worldwide, particularly on U.S. university campuses, according to a report released Sunday. Researchers at Tel Aviv University said assaults specifically targeting Jews, vandalism and other violent incidents fell 12 percent last year.

Battle for Berkeley: Will Ann Coulter spark another clash?

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- The word "CANCELED" is printed across a poster of Ann Coulter's face at the University of California, Berkeley. But that appears to be wishful thinking. The campus is bracing for trouble next week, when the conservative provocateur has vowed to speak in defiance of the university's wishes.

Louisville officials meet with NCAA Committee on Infractions

Louisville's interim president said the school received a "full and fair review of the facts" after meeting Thursday with the NCAA's Committee on Infractions and expects resolution in 6 to 8 weeks of the investigation into an escort's allegations that a former Cardinals men's basketball staffer hired strippers for sex parties with players and recruits.

UC Berkeley flip-flops on Ann Coulter, proposes May date

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- University of California, Berkeley officials said Thursday they have a "grave concern" of violence on campus if Ann Coulter follows through on her vow to speak next week at the university. Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks instead proposed an alternate May 2 date for the conservative author, reversing a decision from a day earlier when officials canceled the event.

The Latest: Teacher faces federal charge in student case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Latest on a 15-year-old Tennessee girl who disappeared with her teacher more than a month ago and has been found safe in California (all times local): 3:30 p.m. An acting U.S. attorney in Tennessee says the teacher who is accused of kidnapping his 15-year-old student has been charged with taking a minor across state lines to have sex. Acting U.S.

North Carolina women's college addresses student concerns

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina women's college is working to meet a series of demands made by students after protests that lasted for more than a week, the school's president said. Salem College president Lorraine Sterritt told the Winston-Salem Journal ( that the school is committed to the value of diversity, and that bias and intolerance must have no place on the campus.

Woman charged in Sandy Hook parent threat back in court

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- The woman charged with sending death threats to a man whose 6-year-old son was killed in the 2012 mass shooting at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, has returned to court in Florida. Court records show 57-year-old Lucy Richards made a brief appearance Wednesday in federal court in Fort Lauderdale where she was ordered held without bail.

Education secy, teachers union chief meet on school tour

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the head of a national teachers union sought to find common ground as they toured public schools in Ohio, but differences remained. The school visit came just months after American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten fiercely opposed the nomination of DeVos, a longtime advocate of charter and private schools. In the past Weingarten has accused DeVos of feeling "antipathy for public schools.

Ann Coulter vows to speak at Berkeley despite cancellation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Ann Coulter fired off an angry stream of tweets Wednesday vowing to speak as planned next week at the University of California, Berkeley after campus officials called off the event for security concerns. "I WILL BE SPEAKING NEXT THURSDAY," the right-wing commentator tweeted, calling the move to cancel her planned event on April 27 a ban on free speech.

Playground case touches on separation of church and state

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court signaled Wednesday that it will decide an important case on the separation of church and state in favor of a Missouri church that wants state money to put a soft surface on its preschool playground. The case is being closely watched by proponents of school vouchers, who hope a broad ruling would remove obstacles to voucher programs in some states.

Grayson Allen to return to Duke for senior season

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Grayson Allen is returning to Duke for his senior season. Coach Mike Krzyzewski and Allen announced the decision Tuesday, with the guard saying in a statement issued by the school that "the last few weeks have provided the opportunity for a lot of reflection and prayer." Allen averaged a team-best 3.

Trump, top officials take aim at brutal MS-13 street gang

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration vowed Tuesday to crack down on MS-13, a notoriously brutal Central American street gang blamed for a recent series of killings in suburban New York, and accused Obama-era border policies of allowing its ranks to flourish. The gang is known for hacking and stabbing victims with machetes, drug dealing, prostitution and other rackets.

Bubbles, teddy bears greet kids after school shooting

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) -- A performer blew bubbles, a man handed out teddy bears and parents shared hugs and prayers Monday outside a California elementary school, as students returned to classes a week after a gunman opened fire in the special education classroom of his estranged wife, killing her and an 8-year-old boy.

Arrests highlight Pakistan's struggle with extremism

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani authorities said Monday they have arrested 22 people involved in the lynching of a university student who was accused of blasphemy and detained a teenage woman who had been recruited by the Islamic State group for a foiled attack on a church. Word of the arrests came as U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser arrived for talks on combatting militants in South Asia, highlighting Pakistan's struggle with Islamic extremism.

Public-private venture school suspends a quarter of students

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- A public-private elementary school venture in North Charleston has suspended more of their students than any other elementary school in Charleston County. The Post and Courier reports ( Meeting Street Elementary @Brentwood suspended one-quarter of its student body at least once in the 2015-2016 school year. Five percent of the suspensions were for physical violence or criminal offenses. The school served students in kindergarten through second grade that year.

Supreme Court , including Gorsuch, to hear church-state case

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Justice Neil Gorsuch's first week on the Supreme Court bench features an important case about the separation of church and state that has its roots on a Midwestern church playground. The outcome could make it easier to use state money to pay for private, religious schooling in many states.

Supreme Court, with Gorsuch, set to hear church-state case

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Justice Neil Gorsuch's first week on the Supreme Court bench features an important case about the separation of church and state that has its roots on a Midwestern church playground. The outcome could make it easier to use state money to pay for private, religious schooling in many states.

Virginia Tech marks 10 years after shooting that killed 32

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Ten years after a mentally ill student fatally shot 32 people at Virginia Tech, survivors and families of the slain returned Sunday to the campus to honor the lives that were lost that day. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, widely known as Virginia Tech, held a series of events to mark the anniversary of the deadly campus shooting on April 16, 2007. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and U.S. Sen.

Report: Teacher continued to work despite assault claims

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A Spanish teacher at the prestigious Choate Rosemary Hall boarding school who was fired amid sexual assault allegations by two students in 1999 was able to continue his education career for the next 18 years at several other schools that weren't notified of the allegations, according to a new report.