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WASHINGTON (AP) - A panel on memorials at the U.S. Naval Academy will discuss whether two buildings on the campus grounds should remain named after two American naval officers who fought for the Confederacy.

Vice Adm. Ted Carter, the school's superintendent, briefed the academy's Board of Visitors on Monday about the two building names. He says "right now, there is not a move to make an immediate change, but there is ongoing dialogue."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - At the U.S. Naval Academy, where the names of the nation's military heroes adorn many buildings, two structures honor the memory of American naval officers who fought against the United States of America.

Both buildings are named for Confederate naval officers, and the Pentagon would have to rename the buildings under a measure pending in Congress.

The bill, sponsored by Democratic New York Rep. Yvette Clarke would require the military to change the name of property honoring individuals who fought for or supported the Confederacy.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Class of 2021 is arriving at the U.S. Naval Academy.

About 1,200 students will attend Induction Day in Annapolis on Thursday.

The incoming students are known as plebes. That's the academy's word for freshmen.

They will be processed through various stations to get uniforms, medical examinations and haircuts. They'll also be shown how to salute.

They finish their first day with the Oath of Office ceremony.

After that, they meet with their families for the last time until Plebe Parents' Weekend, which is in August.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A student studying at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis will be among the contestants on the college championship of "Jeopardy!"

The school says 18-year-old freshman Gary Tse of Ellicott City, Maryland, will compete on the show that airs Friday at 7 p.m. The school says he'll face off against a Georgetown University student and a student from the University of Kentucky.

The show's college championship runs from Feb. 13 to Feb. 24 and features 15 students competing for a $100,000 grand prize.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy are decorating a tree to inspire giving.

The U.S. Naval Academy says in a statement that it will hold a ceremony Tuesday in honor of its 26th annual "Giving Tree."

Midshipmen at the school in Annapolis decorate the tree with paper and angel ornaments provided by the Salvation Army. Each ornament has the first name, age, gender, clothing sizes and wish list of items for a child in need in the local community.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Naval Academy is holding a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Center for Cyber Security Studies.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Vice Adm. Ted Carter are scheduled to attend the event on Friday.

Mikulski worked to include $120 million in budget legislation for the building, which is being named after Grace Hopper, the mathematician who joined the U.S. Navy Reserve during World War II.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Naval Academy has announced the death of its goat mascot, Bill 35.

The academy said Wednesday that the Angora goat had a history of medical problems, which manifested soon after the school acquired him last year. The school says the 2-and-a-half-year-old goat suffered from idiopathic edema and related disorders, which appeared to have been caused by chronic kidney weakness.

The academy says the goat was taken on Tuesday to a veterinary facility in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, for treatment and was euthanized.

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QUANTICO, Va. (AP) - A former Naval Academy instructor is facing a military hearing after a newspaper uncovered new evidence related to his convictions three years ago for indecent acts with female midshipmen.

The new charges - making false statements and conduct unbecoming an officer - stem from Maj. Mark Thompson's efforts to clear his name by taking his story to The Washington Post. Instead, a Post reporter found further evidence that Thompson lied about sexual encounters with students.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden is urging students at the U.S. Naval Academy to be leaders in the fight against sexual assault.

Biden spokes Monday as he begins a week of appearance to discuss the problem on college campuses. Biden says midshipmen who will become officers are positioned to be leaders in confronting the issue.

Midshipman Shaquil Keels has been chosen to be on a national student panel for the "It's On Us" campaign, a White House initiative. Biden says the academy is stepping up by embracing the program.

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HEWLETT, N.Y. (AP) - A funeral will be held Friday for one of the victims killed in this week's Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia.

The Boulevard-Riverside-Hewlett Chapel on Long Island confirms that an 11:30 a.m. service will be held for U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman Justin Zemser.

The 20-year-old sophomore was traveling from the academy in Annapolis, Maryland, to his home in New York City when he was killed in Tuesday night's accident. He was one of eight people killed in the derailment.