• AP Source: Ole Miss football cited in 13 of 28 violations

    Mississippi’s football program was cited by the NCAA in nearly half of the 28 rules violations levied against the school in the Notice of Allegations the university recently received, said a person with knowledge of the investigation.

  • Rabbi Dovid Tiechtel poses near the damaged menorah outside the Chabad Center at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill., on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. The menorah has been damaged three times in less than a year, most recently on Feb. 7. (AP Photo/David Mercer)

    U of Illinois menorah damaged for a third time

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A 9-foot-tall menorah at a University of Illinois Jewish student center has been damaged for a third time in less than a year, police said Tuesday, and the center’s rabbi believes school leaders need to take a stronger stand against the vandalism.

  • Lawsuit alleges Tennessee has ‘hostile sexual environment’

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A lawsuit filed by a group of women alleges that the University of Tennessee has violated Title IX regulations and created a “hostile sexual environment” through a policy of indifference toward assaults by student-athletes.

    Updated: 4:26 pm

  • This Oct. 12, 2015 photo provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows an alligator in the kitchen of a Wendy's Restaurant in Loxahatchee, Fla. Florida wildlife officials say that 24-year-old Joshua James threw a 3.5-foot alligator through a fast-food restaurant's drive-thru window in October. He's charged with assault with a deadly weapon. On Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, bail was set at $6,000. (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission via AP)

    Fries with that? Man accused of tossing gator at drive-thru

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Alligators have been used as shoes, briefcases, university mascots, lunch and now, authorities say, a deadly weapon.

    Updated: 5:25 pm

  • 2 college faculty fired in scandal over freshmen retention

    A plan to identify freshmen most likely to fail has erupted into a scandal, faculty firings and a demotion at Mount St. Mary’s University after the Catholic school’s president reportedly likened the students to baby rabbits that should be killed.

    Updated: 3:03 pm

  • In this Oct. 30, 2015 file photo, Jennifer Garner arrives at the 29th American Cinematheque Awards honoring Reese Witherspoon in Los Angeles.  Garner is asking Kentucky lawmakers to spend $1 million on an early-childhood education program. The star of the TV show "Alias" and movies including "Juno" and "Dallas Buyers Club" testified before the House budget committee on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, on behalf of Save The Children. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

    Jennifer Garner urges lawmakers to fund children’s program

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Hollywood actress Jennifer Garner is asking Kentucky lawmakers to spend $1 million on an early-childhood education program.

    Updated: 12:56 pm

  • Mary names former coach Dale Lennon public affairs director

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The University of Mary has hired former Marauders and University of North Dakota head football coach Dale Lennon as its public affairs director.

  • Police seize Santa Fe archdiocese files in molestation case

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have seized records from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe as part of an investigation into claims that a Catholic school teacher inappropriately touched female students.

  • In this Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 photo, Palestinian cardiovascular surgeon Saleem Haj-Yahia, left, performs open-heart surgery at An-Najah University hospital in the West Bank city of Nablus.  Dr. Haj-Yahia is the first surgeon to perform a successful artificial heart transplant in the West Bank. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    Palestinian doctor aims to boost West Bank medical services

    NABLUS, West Bank (AP) — After Dr. Saleem Haj-Yahia performed the first-ever successful artificial heart transplant in the West Bank last month he was greeted with flowers, balloons and cheering crowds and publicly praised by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

  • In this March 29, 2014 photo, Park Tutor coach Kyle Cox attends the IHSAA Class 2A Indiana state boys' basketball championship game in Indianapolis. Federal prosecutors have charged the former boys basketball coach at the exclusive private school with trying to entice a 15-year-old female student into a sexual relationship. Prosecutors filed the charges Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, against Cox, who resigned Dec. 15. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

    Indianapolis coach facing sex charge remaining in custody

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A former boys basketball coach in Indianapolis who’s charged with trying to entice a 15-year-old female student into a sexual relationship told other students after he was forced to resign that the girl was trying to slander him and that he would turn his head if someone were to “mess her up,” prosecutors said Monday.