Newtown schools ask Trump to reject conspiracy theorists

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Members of the Newtown Board of Education hoped a newly elected President Donald Trump would speak out against a famous conspiracy theorist and others who question the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. Two months later, they have yet to receive a response.

Education board approves new guidelines for reading, writing

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- In a split vote, the North Carolina State Board of Education has approved new guidelines meant to help public school students learn to read, write and interpret literature. The Raleigh News and Observer reports (http://bit.ly/2oLHekx) the board approved the new grade-by-grade guidelines for English/language arts in an 8-4 vote Thursday. Some in the minority pushed for an outside assessment or more work on details.

Trump, transgender and police shootings dominate elections

Elections Tuesday across the U.S. featured a mayoral race with presidential overtones, a 23-person congressional primary highlighting Democratic Party rifts, a school board challenged for accommodating a transgender student and referendums on leadership and police issues in the Missouri cities of St. Louis and Ferguson.

National political themes prominent in local races across US

Elections being held Tuesday across the U.S. feature a mayoral race with presidential overtones, a 23-person congressional primary highlighting Democratic Party rifts, a school board challenged for accommodating a transgender student, and referendums on leadership and police issues in the Missouri cities of St. Louis and Ferguson.

William Coleman, lawyer, ex-Cabinet member, died

WASHINGTON (AP) -- William T. Coleman Jr., a civil rights lawyer from Philadelphia who prevailed in several landmark Supreme Court cases, broke a number of racial barriers in his own right and was the second African-American to lead a Cabinet-level department, has died. Transportation secretary during the Ford administration and co-author of the main brief in Brown v. Board of Education, Coleman was a prominent Republican who advised presidents of both parties.