Angered over the weight of textbooks and backpacks, California parents signed a petition urging authorities to impose weight limits. Gov. Gray Davis signed a bill in September that will limit textbook weight by 2004; other states have introduced similar legislation.
The Minnesota Department of Education has reversed an earlier decision that did not allow locked "timeout rooms." The rooms will be used for disruptive students and their usage will be regulated by the state.
French researchers have identified a possible vaccine that may lead to advances in AIDS treatments. The procedure was discovered by accident and has thus far only been used in monkeys, though further studies are planned.
The loss brings Kmart's total losses for the first nine months of 2002 to $2 billion. Executives acknowledged additional store closings, but some analysts say the company will need to liquidate its holdings to pay off its lenders.