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  • Supporters of the University of Texas rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, as the high court takes up a challenge to the university's program that considers race in some college admissions. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Supreme Court questions Texas affirmative action plan

    Supreme Court justices sharply questioned the University of Texas' use of race in college admissions Wednesday in a case that could lead to new limits on affirmative action.


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Justice Anthony M. Kennedy could be a key vote in an affirmative action case. The Supreme Court begins hearing arguments Wednesday.

    High court to again consider racial quotas

    For the first time in nearly a decade, the issue of race as a factor in college admissions comes before the Supreme Court on Wednesday, thrusting affirmative action back into the national spotlight.


  • **FILE** Demonstrators protest Feb. 13, 2012, outside of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals after a panel heard oral arguments in San Francisco in a lawsuit seeking to overturn Proposition 209, which barred racial, ethnic or gender preferences in public education, employment and contracting. (Associated Press)

    Study: Race-neutral admissions can work

    As the Supreme Court revisits the use of race in college admissions next week, critics of affirmative action are hopeful the justices will roll back the practice. A new report out Wednesday offers a big reason for their optimism: evidence from at least some of the nine states that don't use affirmative action that leading public universities can bring meaningful diversity to their campuses through race-neutral means.


  • James Meredith, the first black student to enroll at the University of Mississippi in 1962, speaks to an audience at a reading at a Jackson, Miss., bookstore, on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

    James Meredith, central figure in Miss. integration, defies labels

    James Meredith is a civil-rights icon who hates the term "civil rights."


  • Lt. Joel Vettel of the Fargo Police Department talks to the media near the North Dakota State University campus in Fargo, N.D., following a bomb threat that forced the evacuation of the campus on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. Thousands of people streamed off university campuses in Texas and North Dakota on Friday after phoned-in bomb threats prompted evacuations and officials warned students and faculty to get away as quickly as possible. No bombs had been found on either campus by midmorning and it was not clear whether the threats were related. (AP Photo/The Forum, Ryan Babb)

    Bomb threats evacuate Texas, N. Dakota campuses

    Thousands of people streamed off university campuses in Texas and North Dakota on Friday after phoned-in bomb threats prompted evacuations and officials warned students and faculty to get away as quickly as possible. No bombs were found on either campus by early afternoon it was not clear whether the threats were related.


  • Obama backs college race factor

    The Obama administration Monday threw its support behind the University of Texas' use of race in its admissions policies, asking the Supreme Court not to interfere with the consideration of racial preferences in college admissions.


  • A Draganflyer X6 drone lent to the Mesa County, Colo., Sheriff's Department in 2009 is used in search-and-rescue, finding suspects and identifying fire hot spots. (Mesa County Sheriff's Department via Associated Press)

    High anxiety on the Hill about civilian drone use

    When it comes to drones, the DHS is MIA, lawmakers said Thursday.


  • Sitting on the U.S. Supreme Court are (clockwise from upper left) Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony M. Kennedy; Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.; and Associate Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Supreme Court to take new look at affirmative action

    The Supreme Court once again will confront the issue of race in university admissions in a case brought by a white student denied a spot at the flagship campus of the University of Texas.The Supreme Court once again will confront the issue of race in university admissions in a case brought by a white student denied a spot at the flagship campus of the University of Texas.


  • APNewsBreak: Univ. of Texas buys Coetzee archive

    The professional archive of Nobel Prize-winning writer J.M. Coetzee will be housed at the University of Texas' Harry Ransom Center humanities library, providing a rare glimpse into the man considered a master storyteller of the South African experience and public injustice.


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