Obama to deliver first post-presidency speech in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Former President Barack Obama is set to hold the first public event of his post-presidential life in the place where he started his political career. Obama will speak Monday at the University of Chicago, where his presidential library is planned. College students from around the Chicago area are expected to attend. The invitation-only event is being billed as part of his post-presidency goal to "encourage and support the next generation of leaders.

Obama meets with at-risk youth ahead of Chicago speech

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former President Barack Obama met Sunday with at-risk young men and boys in his hometown of Chicago before his first major post-presidency speech. The former president spent time at a roundtable with youth from the organization Chicago Create Real Economic Destiny located in the Roseland/Pullman neighborhood in South Side Chicago where Obama started as a community organizer at age 25. The CRED program provides job skills and employment opportunities for at-risk young adults.

On Holocaust day, Netanyahu says its lessons guide him

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened Israel's annual memorial day for the 6 million Jews systematically killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators during World War II by saying the lessons of the Holocaust guide him daily and issuing a warning to Israel's enemies not to test it.

North Carolina civil rights center faces conservative ire

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A center founded at the University of North Carolina by a civil rights attorney to help the poor and disenfranchised is the latest institution to come under fire from conservatives seeking to leave their mark on the state's higher education system. Attorney Julius Chambers survived firebomb attacks in the 1960s and 1970s as he fought segregation. Decades later, he founded the UNC Center for Civil Rights.

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.

Quarterback spot remains up in air for Hokies

Justin Fuente and Virginia Tech will head into the summer with three quarterbacks vying to be the starter, and the Hokies' second-year coach has said repeatedly he has no timetable for when he will make the final decision. Sound familiar? The Hokies had the same scenario last season, but at least then they were returning the previous season's starter.

Univ. of South Carolina to recognize 1800s slave labor

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The University of South Carolina is putting up two historical markers to recognize the role slaves played in building the university during its first 60 years. Trustees approved the new plaques Friday without discussion. The markers will recognize that slaves helped construct the first buildings on the campus, which was founded in 1801.

Deputies: School nurse stole middle schooler's medicine

TAYLORS, S.C. (AP) -- Authorities say a middle school nurse in South Carolina has been arrested after she stole medicine that was supposed to be given to a student. Greenville County deputies told media outlets that the principal at Northwood Middle School in Taylors asked for the investigation.

Actress Octavia Spencer to speak at Kent State commencement

KENT, Ohio (AP) -- Kent State University's first universitywide commencement will get a touch of Hollywood as Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer speaks to graduates of the northeastern Ohio school. Spencer recently starred as mathematician Dorothy Vaughan in the drama "Hidden Figures." The film tells the true story of several female African-American mathematicians at NASA key to the 1960's era space race between the United States and Russia.

Harvard researchers find copy of Declaration of Independence

BOSTON (AP) -- Harvard University researchers say they've discovered a second parchment copy of the Declaration of Independence. The Boston Globe reported Friday researchers Emily Sneff and Danielle Allen found the copy in a records office in southern England. The only other parchment copy is maintained by the National Archives in Washington. The two dated the document to the 1780s.

Iowa A.D. Gary Barta details damaged relationship with Meyer

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- University of Iowa athletic director Gary Barta testified Friday that his relationship with a former top administrator deteriorated after Barta informed her that after a reorganization of the athletic department, she no longer would be his second-in-command.

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.

De Niro to receive honorary fine arts degree from Brown

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Robert De Niro is among six people scheduled to receive honorary degrees at Brown University's commencement exercises The Ivy League school announced Friday the Oscar-winning actor is being celebrated "for the intensity he brings to each performance." De Niro will receive a doctor of fine arts degree during the school's May 28 ceremonies.

Shonda Rhimes tells all _ about how to be a screenwriter

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Shonda Rhimes, the TV mastermind whose hits include "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal," keeps a lid on plot twists. But she's giving aspiring screenwriters a behind-the-scenes look at how to succeed in her craft. In six hours of online classes, Rhimes offers lessons on writing scripts, pitching pilots, and how series' writers work together to create stories and screenplays.

Undergrads build prosthetic arm for 10-year-old violinist

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) -- The pressure was on for Abdul Gouda and his classmates at George Mason University: not only did their graduation depend on the success of their project, but so did the hopes of an impossibly cute 10-year-old girl. Fifth-grader Isabella Nicola wanted to play the violin, but she was born with no left hand and a severely abbreviated forearm.

AP Exclusive: SEC's Sankey refuses to step down in UNC case

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey has denied a request seeking his removal as head of the NCAA infractions panel handling North Carolina's ongoing academic case because of a conflict of interest. Sankey stated in an April 14 letter obtained by The Associated Press that the panel would "fairly decide this case.

Michigan State player charged with criminal sexual conduct

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State defensive end Auston Robertson was dismissed from the team Friday hours after being charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct in an alleged rape earlier this month. Robertson, 19, is accused of forcing a woman to have sex with him at her apartment the night of April 8 in Meridian Township, near the East Lansing school.

Obama to hold first public event of his post-presidency

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former President Barack Obama will speak Monday in Chicago to young community leaders and organizers at the University of Chicago, where his presidential library is planned. Obama's first public engagement comes as President Donald Trump nears his 100-day mark in office next week.