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Teacher on paid leave following abuse report

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey teacher who oversees a classroom where a father says his autistic son was verbally abused by adults has been placed on paid leave, according to district officials.

The father, Stuart Chaifetz, posted clips on YouTube days ago of secretly recorded audio that caught one adult calling his autistic 10-year-old son "a bd." A lawyer for the teacher, Kelly Altenburg, has denied she was in the classroom when the abusive remarks were made and said an investigation by the district also found Altenburg was not present. Officials say one school aide resigned, another was put on leave and a substitute aide was not invited back amid the allegations.

Cherry Hill Superintendent Maureen Reusche said she put Altenburg on leave to minimize the "disruption to our schools." Lawyer Matthew Wieliczko said Altenburg is a dedicated teacher who didn't know about the comments.


Quake rattles homes; no injuries reported

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Some Southern Californians were shaken out of bed Saturday morning by a small earthquake that rattled homes across the Inland Empire region and caused buildings to sway in downtown Los Angeles.

The magnitude 3.8 earthquake struck at 8:07 a.m. The U.S. Geological Survey said it was centered about two miles northwest of Devore, in San Bernardino County.

Some buildings swayed in downtown Los Angeles, about 60 miles to the west, and residents reported shaking along Los Angeles County's beaches.


Obama puts spotlight on education for vets

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Obama is promoting measures to safeguard veterans and members of the military against unscrupulous college recruiters.

In his Internet and radio address Saturday, Obama reiterated a series of measures he announced the day before at Fort Stewart, Ga., to protect current and former servicemen and women.

The action aims mainly at for-profit colleges that market heavily to military families because of the easy availability of federal money under the GI Bill. "The sad truth is that there are people out there who are less interested in helping our men and women in uniform get ahead and more interested in making a buck," he said.

In the Republican address, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin criticized the Democratic-controlled Senate for not producing a budget and said Obama has failed to lead the country. "The president is hunkered down in campaign mode and seems intent on dividing Americans for political gain instead of offering credible solutions to our most pressing fiscal and economic challenges," Ryan said.