WASHINGTON (AP) - REPUBLICAN LEADERS ARE SCRAMBLING TO OVERCOME POCKETS OF RESISTANCE IN ORDER TO MUSCLE THROUGH A GOP BUDGET PLAN. THE PLAN WOULD PAVE THE WAY FOR A 10-YEAR, $1.5 TRILLION TAX CUT MEASURE THAT'S NOW THE HIGHEST PRIORITY OF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND HIS GOP ALLIES. A CLOSE VOTE IS ASSURED. OPPOSITION COMES FROM HARD-RIGHT REPUBLICANS UNHAPPY ABOUT DEFICITS AND LAWMAKERS FROM NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY WHO FEAR THE SUBSEQUENT TAX BILL WOULD TAKE AWAY A DEDUCTION FOR STATE AND LOCAL TAXES.

WASHINGTON (AP) - PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP IS BEING COY ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE WILL SEE FROM LONG-SECRET JFK ASSASSINATION FILES. A LAW REQUIRES THE RELEASE THURSDAY OF ALL FILES THAT ARE STILL HIDDEN ON KENNEDY'S KILLING. ONLY THE PRESIDENT CAN DECIDE TO HOLD SOME BACK. TRUMP'S TWEET ON THE EVE OF THE RELEASE DID NOT TIP HIS HAND. HE MERELY SAID THE RELEASE WILL BE "SO INTERESTING." SCHOLARS WANT EVERY SCRAP OF INFORMATION OUT. BUT INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES ARE SAID TO BE PUSHING BACK AGAINST FULL DISCLOSURE.

UNDATED (AP) - A COMPUTER SERVER CRUCIAL TO A LAWSUIT AGAINST GEORGIA ELECTION OFFICIALS WAS QUIETLY WIPED CLEAN IN JULY JUST AFTER THE SUIT WAS FILED. THE SERVER MADE HEADLINES IN JUNE AFTER A SECURITY EXPERT DISCLOSED A GAPING SECURITY HOLE THAT WASN'T FIXED SIX MONTHS AFTER HE REPORTED IT TO ELECTION AUTHORITIES. DATA ON THE SERVER COULD HAVE INDICATED WHETHER GEORGIA ELECTIONS WERE MANIPULATED BY MALICIOUS HACKERS.

NEW YORK (AP) - THEIR LIVES BEGAN WITH ONE OF THE MOST DRAMATIC STORIES OF SUPERSTORM SANDY: THE EVACUATION OF 32 NEWBORN BABIES FROM A MAJOR NEW YORK CITY HOSPITAL THAT GOT FLOODED AND LOST POWER. FIVE YEARS LATER, SOME OF THOSE BABIES ARE KINDERGARTENERS WITH SOUVENIRS OF THE STORM IN THEIR BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS, KEEPSAKE BOXES AND EVEN THEIR NAMES. THEIR PARENTS REMEMBER THE EXPERIENCE WITH AWE, HUMOR, GRATITUDE AND THE STRANGE FEELING OF SHARING A DAY OF PERSONAL JOY WITH A NATURAL DISASTER.

JAKARTA, INDONESIA (AP) - A WORKER WHO ESCAPED THE INDONESIAN FACTORY FIRE THAT KILLED AT LEAST 47 PEOPLE SAYS MOST OF THOSE EMPLOYED AT THE FACTORY WERE WOMEN. MUMUM, WHO GOES BY ONE NAME, TOLD INDONESIA'S TVONE SHE STARTED WORKING AT THE FIREWORKS FACTORY A FEW WEEKS AGO AND WAS PAID 40,000 RUPIAH ($3) A DAY. SHE SAYS THE FEMALE STAFF WERE MOSTLY CASUAL WORKERS WITHOUT CONTRACTS.
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SEVERAL DOZEN STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS VOICED THEIR OPPOSITION TO THE PROPOSED CLOSURE OF THE ALTERNATIVE STAR LANE CENTER PROGRAM DURING A MEETING OF THE NATRONA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT'S BOARD OF TRUSTEES ON MONDAY.

DR. SARAH DAANE-FROELICH SAID HER SON GRADUATED FROM STAR LANE, WHICH USES PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING TO APPLY ACADEMIC SUBJECTS TO SKILLS.

HER SON, FRANKLIN FROELICH, NOW IS IN HIS SECOND YEAR AT CASPER COLLEGE AND INTENDS TO EARN A BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING.

EARLIER MONDAY, DISTRICT TRUSTEES HEARD A PRESENTATION SHOWING STUDENTS IN THE PROGRAM, WHICH OPERATES AT THE YEAR-OLD PATHWAYS INNOVATION CENTER, WERE UNDERPERFORMING IN CORE ACADEMIC SUBJECTS ACCORDING TO TEST SCORES.

FRANKLIN FROELICH DISAGREED, SAYING STAR LANE EMPOWERED HIM TO NOW DEAL WITH CALCULUS AND PHYSICS, AND HE'S A STRAIGHT-A STUDENT.

STUART MACKENZIE SAID STAR LANE HAD THE SAME EFFECT ON HIS SON, WHO IS NOW A STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING.

MACKENZIE RECOMMENDED THE TRUSTEES DO SOME PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING OF THEIR OWN IN LIGHT OF WHAT HE AND OTHERS HAVE EXPERIENCED COMPARED WITH THE TEST RESULTS DATA.

HE SAID TRUSTEES CANNOT MAKE A REASONABLE DECISION BASED ON THE CONFLICTING LOWER TEST SCORES AND THE SUCCESS OF PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING.
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LARAMIE, WYO. (AP) - A UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING STUDENT IS BEING TREATED IN A HOSPITAL AFTER BEING DIAGNOSED WITH MENINGITIS.

UW STUDENT HEALTH SERVICE DIRECTOR DR. JOANNE STEANE SAYS STUDENT LIVES OFF CAMPUS AND THE RISK TO THE CAMPUS COMMUNITY IS LOW.

BUT STEANE SAYS AS A PRECAUTION THE UNIVERSITY AND THE WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ARE CONTACTING INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE HAD CLOSE, PERSONAL CONTACT WITH THE STUDENT. THESE INDIVIDUALS WILL BE OFFERED PREVENTIVE TREATMENT WITH THE APPROPRIATE ANTIBIOTIC.

ALTHOUGH MENINGITIS CAN BE CONTAGIOUS, IT IS NOT AS EASILY SPREAD AS THE VIRUSES THAT CAUSE THE COMMON COLD OR INFLUENZA. ONLY SOME TYPES OF MENINGITIS ARE CONTAGIOUS, AND ONLY SOME TYPES REQUIRE PREVENTIVE ANTIBIOTICS.

THE SYMPTOMS OF MENINGITIS INCLUDE FEVER, HEADACHE AND STIFF NECK.