Students in Chuck Yarborough's African-American and US history classes in a Mississippi school research the lives of people buried in two historic cemeteries -- one for African-Americans and the other that included Confederate soldiers. Students use records in local archives to learn what they can about those buried at the cemeteries, then give presentations about the individuals.
An Ohio elementary school has started a science, technology, engineering and math class in which students build structures with Legos and learn computer skills. Parents' fundraising efforts contributed to the program, intended to teach students 21st-century skills, such as problem-solving, teacher Mary Ann Smiley said.
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said if a trade deal with China hasn't been agreed upon by March 1, the US will proceed with new tariffs. "As far as I am concerned it is a hard deadline," he said.
Grocers continue to increase their focus on local produce to ensure freshness, but also to keep up with increasing consumer demand for locally grown items. "We have 'locally grown' signage throughout the store that makes a call-out if the product is from the Midwest, since we are a Midwest-based company, or if it is specific to the state or area that store is in," said Fresh Thyme's Scott Schuette.
The latest figures from the CMS show that about 3.2 million people chose Affordable Care Act plans through the federal exchange in the first five weeks of open enrollment this year, down 11% from 3.6 million during the same period last year. The number of new consumers is down 17% from last year with only a week remaining in the open enrollment period, which ends Dec. 15.
Spotify has partnered with "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in a deal that includes on-air integrations during the show and a hub on the music streaming platform curated by DeGeneres that will feature her favorite videos, playlists and her podcast. "We can't wait to unveil additional parts of this this long-term collaboration, and help each other reach new and existing fans in fresh and innovative ways," said Spotify's Dawn Ostroff.
Chairman Edward Lampert's $4.6 billion offer to buy Sears includes a provision to release Lampert and entities he controls from liability for spinoffs, refinancing and other deals done since 2012. The deals are the subject of an investigation by the retailer and unsecured creditors.
The leader of a group that engaged in distributed denial-of-service attacks against websites and made bomb threats against schools has been sentenced in the UK to three years in prison. George Duke-Cohan, part of a group that called itself the Apophis Squad, could still face charges in the US.
The White House has issued a memorandum calling for reports and recommendations related to wireless technology, setting in motion a process intended to produce a national 5G connectivity strategy. At the same time, it made a blog post headlined "America Will Win the Global Race to 5G."
Ground was broken Wednesday on an estimated $850 million project to renovate Seattle's KeyArena to support the city's new National Hockey League team. The project originally was scheduled for completion in 2020, but it was moved back to 2021 to better accommodate the contractor.
The Bureau of Land Management has proposed loosening Obama-era regulations protecting the greater sage grouse in seven Western states to open more land for oil and natural gas drilling and other activities.
Delta Air Lines has launched a biometric international terminal at Georgia's Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, featuring facial-recognition technology at check-in, the security checkpoint, boarding and Customs.
The Hotel Petaluma in Petaluma, Calif., held its third annual Gingerbread House Showcase and Competition over the weekend, with an array of imaginative renderings of sweet building materials and faux snow frosting. Children's creations shared the stage with elaborate replicas of local structures.