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High court takes up census case, as other count issues loom

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s attempt to exclude people living in the country illegally from the population count used to divvy up congressional seats is headed for a post-Thanksgiving Supreme Court showdown.

U.S. Rhodes Scholars chosen virtually for the first time

The U.S. Rhodes Scholars for 2021 were elected virtually this year for the first time as the coronavirus pandemic swept across the globe, though that didn’t extinguish enthusiasm among the 32 students who won scholarships to Oxford University.

Microsoft-led housing effort cuts rents in Seattle suburbs

A master's degree and a full-time job as a middle-school counselor weren't enough to help Shanon Baker land an apartment she could afford in Seattle's east-side suburbs. But a $750 million commitment by a local tech giant helped do the trick.

Idaho students have until Friday to seek emergency funds

Idaho education officials say so many people have applied for federal emergency money intended to help children learn during the coronavirus pandemic that they'll stop taking new applications after Friday.

Campus vote undone by virus could tip balance in close election

Closed college campuses, a decline in enrollment, and obstacles for first-time voters could depress the student-age vote in Tuesday’s election, possibly depriving Democrat Joe Biden of votes from shuttered college towns in battleground states.

Facebook demands academics disable ad-targeting data tool

BOSTON – Academics, journalists and First Amendment lawyers are rallying behind New York University researchers in a showdown with Facebook over its demand that they halt the collection of data showing who is being micro-targeted by political ads on the world’s dominant social media platform.

Italy closes gyms, shuts eateries early to fight COVID-19

ROME — Italy’s leader imposed at least a month of new restrictions across the country Sunday to fight rising coronavirus infections, shutting down gyms, pools and movie theaters, putting an early curfew on cafes and restaurants and mandating that people keep wearing masks outdoors.

Long-term jobless caught in a squeeze that imperils recovery

Millions of Americans in the industries hit hardest by the viral pandemic face a similar plight. Their unemployment has stretched from weeks into months, and it's become painfully unclear when, if ever, their jobs will come back.

Family of teen who died at WSU fraternity files lawsuit

SEATTLE – In his first semester at Washington State University, Sam Martinez witnessed or took part in several activities that his family says was a pattern of hazing at Alpha Tau Omega (ATO), the fraternity he hoped to join.