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In this Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 photo, Zachary Glascock uses a lathe to create a wooden chess piece during machining class at Vicksburg High School in Vicksburg, Mich. Kalamazoo County's nine school districts are launching a new program in which students can earn a degree or certificate from Kalamazoo Valley Community College during a "13th grade" in high school. (AP Photo/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group,Christian Randolph ) ALL LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION INTERNET OUT

5-year program offers degrees to high schoolers

- Associated Press

Kalamazoo County's nine school districts are launching a new program in which students can earn a degree or certificate from Kalamazoo Valley Community College during a "13th grade" in high school.

Neil Patrick Harris among stars to speak at NMSU

Associated Press

Organizers of a New Mexico State University lecture series named after longtime professor and playwright Mark Medoff say some big names will appear in its inaugural year.

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, DEC. 21 - In this photo taken on Dec. 10, 2014, Lee Epstein, who has led a full life with part of it being "Eppy the Clown" entertaining people, poses for a photo in his home town of Wimberley, Texas. Recent health issues has led he and his wife Sandi to move back to New York to be closer to family. In appreciation for his volunteer work, the community and friends held a benefit in his honor to raise money for expenses.  (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Ralph Barrera)  AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT, INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM, MAGS OUT

Wimberley bands together to help beloved local character

- Associated Press

As a child in the 1940s, Lee Epstein had polio and spent a year in a hospital two hours away from his home in Brooklyn, N.Y. From feeling lonely when he was in the hospital to being excluded from playground games when he was released, the disease's psychological impacts were almost as bad the physical ones, he said.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 file photo, Allina paramedic Jake Shepard gets help putting on a face shield as Allina EMS first responders receive training on the latest protocol for handling future patients possibly infected with Ebola in Mounds View, Minn.  The Ebola outbreak in West Africa hit home in Minnesota, which shelters one of the largest Liberian communities in the U.S. Health officials began monitoring travelers returning from the affected countries this fall and four Minnesota hospitals became designated treatment centers. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, David Joles, File)

National events played out in Minnesota in 2014

- Associated Press

Some events that grabbed Americans' attention the most in 2014 played out on a smaller stage in Minnesota, from questions of race and policing to Ebola, terrorism, and the Republican resurgence. Former Gov. Jesse Ventura returned to the national stage when he won a defamation lawsuit against the estate of the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history. Minnesota decided to join other states in experimenting with medical marijuana. And as the nation shivered through a polar vortex, Minnesota led the way.

Beckley doctor writes book on healthy eating

- Associated Press

Dr. Shrikant Bembalkar grew up in Mumbai, India, eating in an Old World-style, his family gathering individual ingredients from the markets and his mother whipping up vegetarian meals from scratch.

News briefs from around Kentucky at 1:58 a.m. EST

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Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a short hospital stay, an Ali spokesman said Saturday night.

Tolland nurse treated Ebola in Sierra Leone

- Associated Press

In mid August, resident Jane Boggini traveled to Sierra Leone, where she worked to help stem the Ebola outbreak as a nurse with the Doctors Without Borders relief organization.

UAS fish tech program has in-state focus

- Associated Press

More than half a dozen fish-centric University of Alaska community campuses around the state are educating an upcoming generation of fisheries technology professionals with the University of Alaska Southeast's fisheries technology program.