• Candelaria Lopez responds to questions during a news interview Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Middletown, N.Y. Lopez takes part in a unique english language learning program being offered by New York state is giving some immigrants a different way to learn - through phone calls and text messages. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    NY program uses phone calls, text messages to teach English

    NEW YORK (AP) — Candelaria Lopez had tried to learn English before, but it didn’t work. She couldn’t always make it to class, and when she could, it was hard to find the energy to sit through a three-hour session after her long days as a farmworker in the Hudson Valley region. So even after 20 years in the United States, the Mexican immigrant was still pretty much comfortable only saying “Hi.”

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  • Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood, center, points out something on the sidelines to head linesman Kelly Saalfeld, left, and side judge Bobby Sagers, right, during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Maryland Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Piscataway, N.J. Maryland won 46-41. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    AP Sources: Rutgers fires coach Flood and AD Hermann

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers fired football coach Kyle Flood and athletic director Julie Hermann on Sunday, stripping the athletic department of its most prominent employees after a season that was a failure on and off the field.

  • Southern Miss to host national marathon safety summit

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — The University of Southern Mississippi plans a second summit about security at marathons.

  • LSU head coach Les Miles celebrates after an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. LSU won 19-7. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

    LSU athletic director: Miles will return as coach

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU athletic director Joe Alleva says Les Miles will remain the coach of the Tigers.

  • In this Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, photo, Michelle Rodriguez poses for a portrait at the Malcolm X Community College in Chicago. The idea of free community college has been touted by President Barack Obama, Democratic presidential candidates, and some Republicans. The idea is to curb student debt and boost employment by removing cost from the equation. Educators are split on its merits, with some worrying that aid for a community college education could divert students and scholarships away from four-year schools. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Local free community college plans may be template for US

    CHICAGO (AP) — An economic engine. A jumpstart for lower-income students. A partnership with businesses to groom a workforce. The idea of free community college has been touted as all these, by President Barack Obama, Democratic presidential candidates, and some Republicans.

  • This Aug. 12, 2012, photo, taken at a research farm at the University of Nevada, Reno, and provided by the university, shows curly cup gumweed, a sticky cousin of the sunflower that is the target of research into efforts to use it to produce biofuels. UNR environmental sciences professor Glenn Miller and a team of scientists are in the second year of a four-year project funded by a $500,000 grant from the USDA. (Whip Villarreal/University of Nevada, Reno via AP)

    Nevada researchers trying to turn roadside weed into biofuel

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Three decades ago, a University of Nevada researcher who obtained one of the first U.S. Energy Department grants to study the potential to turn plants into biofuels became convinced that a roadside weed — curly top gumweed — was growing along the road to the future.

  • A man wheels a boy on his bicycle past police officers as they arrive for school in the center of Brussels on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. Students in Brussels have begun returning to class after a two-day shutdown over fears that a series of simultaneous attacks could be launched around the Belgian capital. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    Brussels schools reopen, maximum threat alert still in place

    BRUSSELS (AP) — After a four-day shutdown prompted by a threat alert across Brussels, schools are reopening their doors with the help of beefed up security, including police armed with machine guns.

  • Franklin hoping to speed up program development with win

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Processing expectations of fans who’ve grown tired of middle-of-the-pack Big Ten finishes is the hardest part of James Franklin’s job.

  • This undated photo provided by May Barakat shows Harvard University senior Neil Alacha, who was among 32 U.S. students named Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, as a Rhodes Scholar to study at England’s University of Oxford. Inspired by his Syrian immigrant father, Alacha plans to pursue a master’s degree in modern Middle Eastern studies. He goes to Oxford in 2016, where he plans to widen his studies to examine whether Western notions of human rights are compatible with Islamic law. (May Barakat via AP)

    As Rhodes scholar, Harvard student to explore Syrian roots

    BOSTON (AP) — The honor of winning a Rhodes scholarship carries extra weight for Neil Alacha. It will help connect him to his Middle Eastern roots.

  • 3 Hall of Famers on Collegiate Bowl coaching staffs

    CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Pro Football Hall of Famers Darrell Green, Jackie Slater and Andre Reed will be on the coaching staffs for the NFL Players Association’s Collegiate Bowl.