The weekend will start a day early for children in a West Texas school district that's adopted a four-day week, a move seen as the first of its kind in this state since lawmakers gave schools greater leeway in setting their calendars.
The upcoming change to a Monday through Thursday school week in Olfen, a rural town northeast of San Angelo, was spurred by ongoing problems in setting aside tutoring and extra help for children, Superintendent Gabriel Zamora said. Many kids travel long distances by bus and the lengthy commute cuts into time that could be spent on helping struggling students.
"I'm not advocating that the four-day school week would work for everyone," Zamora said. "But here for us, the advantages outweigh the negatives."
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An Arkansas killer who escaped the Dallas County Jail in Fordyce by draping a blanket over razor wire and clambering over a fence early Monday was nabbed several hours later, NBC News reported.
Paul Grice, known as "Shortycane," was captures at 11:10 a.m. local time in Monticello, Arkansas — some 50 miles east of the jail, police said.
It was not immediately clear how the escapee was captured or how he managed to get that far from the lockup.
Grice, 38, was being held for aggravated burglary with a firearm and was awaiting a prison transfer when he made his escape. According to family members, he made a stop at his cousin's house in Montongo, but quickly left.
Grace was charged and did time for second-degree murder in the '90s, according to KARK 4 News.
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A Super Bowl ad for Colonial Williamsburg disturbed some viewers Sunday night because it featured footage from the Sept. 11 terror attacks, showing the World Trade Center's North Tower collapsing in reverse.
The 1-minute ad narrated by NBC News' Tom Brokaw depicts iconic moments from American history, like the first flight and the civil rights movement. It also includes scenes of war and, to the shock of some, the World Trade Center being destroyed.
All of the footage in the ad plays in reverse, ultimately leading up to Colonial Williamsburg’s tagline: “It started here.” The north tower of the WTC is shown reforming upwards from a ball of smoke and debris.
Colonial Williamsburg is a non-profit foundation in Virginia that operates what it calls the largest living history museum in the U.S.
It didn’t take long before viewers of the ad -- which only aired in New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. -- took to social media to express their disapproval.
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A Wisconsin couple is facing criminal charges after authorities say they found the pair highly intoxicated in their pickup truck and the man's 9-year-old daughter behind the wheel.
Jason Roth, 36, and Amanda Eggert, 32, have pleaded not guilty to charges in Polk County Circuit Court.
According to court documents, the two were arrested Jan. 31 after authorities received a 911 call reporting an erratic driver. A deputy caught up with the vehicle and noticed a young girl behind the wheel. Authorities said a baby was also present.
Eggert and Roth appeared to be "quite intoxicated" and were slurring their speech, the documents allege. Deputies said the 9-year-old "was given permission" to drive.
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President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to help fight the Zika virus.
In an announcement Monday, the White House said the money would be used to expand mosquito control programs, speed development of a vaccine, develop diagnostic tests and improve support for low-income pregnant women.
Zika virus disease is mainly spread by mosquitoes. Most people who catch it experience mild or no symptoms. But mounting evidence from Brazil suggests that infection in pregnant women is linked to abnormally small heads in their babies — a birth defect called microcephaly.
A parachutist who became entangled in power lines near a municipal airport in Central Florida was safely rescued Monday morning. NBC affiliate WESH in Orlando reported that the parachutist became stuck in power lines near the DeLand Municipal Airport around 9 a.m. Both DeLand and Volusia County Fire Crews responded to the scene. Power was cut off to the area, and the parachutist was safely taken down from the lines. The parachutist was not injured, WESH reported.
When rookie police Officer Peter Liang fired his gun in a pitch-dark public housing stairwell, he at first thought he had hurt nothing but his career. Then he went looking for the bullet and heard someone crying. He followed the sound down three flights and saw a man lying wounded and a distraught woman bending over him, Liang said Monday at his manslaughter trial in the 2014 death of Akai Gurley, who was unarmed. "I said, 'Oh, my God, someone's hit!" Liang recalled as he gave emotional testimony. His lawyers say the shooting was an accident, not a crime. But prosecutors and Gurley's loved ones say Liang handled his weapon recklessly and did nearly nothing to help Gurley after realizing the bullet had hit someone.
Chipotle restaurants across the U.S. are opening later than usual Monday as workers gather in movie theaters and hotel conference rooms across the country to discuss the chain's recent food safety scares.
The company says stores will open at 3 p.m. in their local time zones, which is after the typical lunch hour rush. Stores typically open at 11 a.m.
Chipotle announced Monday that it will offer free burritos to customers who missed out on lunch at the chain during those hours.
"You're in luck, text 'raincheck' to 888-222," a message read on the company website. "If we messed up your lunch plans today, follow the steps and we'll hook you up."
Chipotle said it will text customers back with a coupon for a free burrito within the next few days.
Warning: Video may be disturbing to some viewers. A leopard was caught on camera tangling with a man beside a swimming pool as it prowled around an area near the capital of Karnataka state in southern India.
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The Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10 to win Super Bowl 50 at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California, delivering star quarterback Peyton Manning his second championship ring. From Beyoncé's performance of her new song "Formation" at halftime to Betty White's dab before the game, here are the top social media moments on and off the field.
Bill Clinton attacked Hillary's rival, Bernie Sanders, saying that the Sanders campaign was being dishonest with people late on Sunday in New Hampshire.
Bill Clinton said Sanders' message was "hermetically-sealed" from reality and ridiculed its implication that "anybody that doesn't agree... is a tool of the establishment.'"
The remarks represent a big step up for the Clintons after polls came out suggesting that Sanders could be the victor in the stae's upcoming primary.
Bill Clinton appeared visibly frustrated at criticism over his wife's ties to Wall Street as he spoke to a crowd of about 300 at a middle school in Milford, New Hampshire.
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Authorities arrested a suspect at a Swiss refugee center in connection with the death of an American nanny, officials told NBC News on Monday.
Lauren Mann, a 25-year-old originally from Colorado, was found half naked in apartment in the Austrian city of Vienna last month. She died from suffocation, an autopsy showed, and officials said a "considerable" amount of blood was found at the scene.
A spokesperson for the Swiss Federal Ministry of Justice told NBC News that a man from the Gambia was arrested Thursday at a refugee center in Kreuzlingen, a town around 20 miles from the Austrian border.
Neither Swiss nor the Austrian authorities would identify the suspect to NBC News.
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If this was the final game of his magnificent career, what a Super way to go out for Peyton Manning. He can thank Von Miller and the Broncos' swarming, big-play defense for his second NFL championship. Adding that ring to his five MVP awards, Manning certainly can be satisfied and comfortable in retirement should Sunday's 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers be his finale. "I'll take some time to reflect," Manning said when asked if Super Bowl 50 is the end. "I got a couple priorities first. I'm going to go kiss my wife and my kids. ... I'm going to drink a lot of Budweiser tonight. Take care of those things first."