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Bill Cotterell news-press.com A state legislator whose district is home to thousands of Caribbean immigrants wants to ban the term "illegal alien" from the state's official documents. "I personally find the word 'alien' offensive when applied to individuals, especially to...
The Associated Press A substitute teacher who taped a student's mouth shut and bound four others to their seats at Pleasant Grove Elementary School was banned from working in Jefferson County schools one day after the incident. The woman, whose name was not released by school...
Charisse Jones USA TODAY The City Council is poised to pass a resolution today that would symbolically ban the racial slur known as the "N-word," part of a growing national debate about the use of the word. The measure encourages New Yorkers not to use the word and to become...
Nelson Hernandez THE WASHINGTON POST Prince George's County public schools officials are investigating an incident in which the aunt of a second-grader at a county charter school ordered him to remove his pants and underwear and whipped him in front of his teacher and classmates...
Denise Gellene LA TIMES A study of the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus has found that 3.4% of females in the U.S. ages 14 to 59 are infected with at least one of four viral types that could be blocked by the controversial vaccine Gardasil, researchers reported Tuesday...
Leslie Earnest and Adrian G. Uribarri LA TIMES It was a return policy made in shopper heaven, but it became hellish for Costco Wholesale Corp. Customers at the membership warehouse chain could buy a snazzy big-screen TV, use it indefinitely and take it back anytime. They could...
JAKE TAPPER ABC.com Back home in Tennessee, safely ensconced in his suburban Nashville home, Vice President Al Gore is no doubt basking in the Oscar awarded to "An Inconvenient Truth," the documentary he inspired and in which he starred. But a local free-market think tank is...
DALLAS MORNING NEWS All the effort to boost children's self-esteem may have backfired and produced a generation of college students who are more narcissistic than their Gen-X predecessors, according to a new study. And the Internet, with all its MySpace and YouTube braggadocio,...
COURTNEY FRENCH Associated Press Authorities are considering taking an 8-year-old boy who weighs 218 pounds into protective custody unless his mother improves his diet, officials said Monday. Social service officials will meet with family members Tuesday to discuss the health of...