US first lady meets rural Chinese students via web

China Michelle Obama

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. first lady Michelle Obama encouraged rural Chinese students to aim high and get a good education despite humble roots, in a speech Tuesday that was delivered via satellite technology to remote communities in southwestern China. [Read more...]

NY college students charged after dog’s beer photo


BROCKPORT, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say two students at a New York state college were charged with animal abuse after a dog was held upside down over a keg and forced to drink beer. [Read more...]

Alzheimer’s buddy program pairs patients, students

Alzheimers Buddies

CHICAGO (AP) — At age 80, retired Chicago physician and educator Dan Winship is getting a bittersweet last chance to teach about medicine — only this time he’s the subject. In the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, Winship is giving a young medical student a close-up look at a devastating illness affecting millions of patients worldwide. [Read more...]

White House to host first student film festival

Obama-Film Festival

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two days before attention shifts to the Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, the White House is trying to create a little buzz for America’s future filmmakers.

At a film festival Friday afternoon, President Barack Obama will recognize the best of nearly 2,500 films — 16 to be exact — that were submitted by K-12 students after the White House put out the call for short videos on the role technology plays in their education. It’s one of the president’s favorite subjects. [Read more...]

Jamaica school serves as cradle for island’s music

Jamaica Reggae Classroom

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Barefoot and dressed in donated clothes, 12-year-old Renaldo Brown methodically plays scales on a flute under the canopy of trees at a Jamaican vocational school renowned for nurturing many of this music-steeped island’s top instrumentalists.

“It’s challenging but I like it. I’m getting better ’cause I’ve been practicing nearly every day for two years,” said the serious boy from the gritty Jamaican city of Spanish Town, tapping the keys on the silver-colored wind instrument as he spoke. [Read more...]