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.

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.

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.

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.

'Hero' coach: Don't forget 2012 Ohio school shooting tragedy

ASHTABULA, Ohio (AP) -- The football coach who chased a shooter from an Ohio school five years ago and prayed with dying victims is uncomfortable with the attention he's received and says people must remember it was a tragedy that killed three boys and paralyzed a fourth. Former Chardon High School assistant coach Frank Hall works elsewhere now, but continues helping educators with emergency preparedness through a nonprofit foundation.

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SCHOOL PRAYER Indiana House education committee backs school prayer bill INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Students' right to pray aloud in Indiana schools would be reaffirmed under a measure a House education committee has approved. Democratic state Rep. John Bartlett's measure was approved Tuesday on a 10-2 vote. Bartlett has said his measure would give students an opportunity to pray in school, but not require them to do so.

Indiana House education committee backs school prayer bill

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Students' right to pray aloud in Indiana schools would be reaffirmed under a measure a House education committee has approved. Democratic state Rep. John Bartlett's measure was approved Tuesday on a 10-2 vote. Bartlett has said his measure would give students an opportunity to pray in school, but not require them to do so.

South Dakota bill leaves evolution skepticism up to teachers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -- South Dakota legislators are weighing whether to let teachers decide how much skepticism to work into lessons on contentious scientific topics such as evolution and climate change. A House committee on Wednesday is set to consider the measure, which would give legal protection to teachers who want to discuss "in an objective scientific manner the strengths and weaknesses" of the subjects.

School district agrees to remove Ten Commandments monument

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania school district has agreed to remove a granite Ten Commandments monument from outside a high school and pay $164,000 in legal fees to settle a federal lawsuit. The Freedom From Religion Foundation said it received a signed settlement Tuesday from the New Kensington-Arnold School District saying it will relocate the 6-foot-high monolith from near the gym entrance at Valley High School within 30 days.

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SCHOOL PRAYER Indiana lawmakers consider school prayer measure INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana lawmakers are considering a measure that would let public school students pray aloud in a public forum. Democratic state Rep. John Bartlett says his measure would give students an opportunity to pray in school, but not force them to do so.