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Michigan office gets more time to decide on school closures
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Snyder has given Michigan's School Reform Office more time before deciding which of 38 chronically underperforming schools will be closed....
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New Yale Law dean stresses standing up for rule of law
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- As the next dean of Yale Law School, Heather Gerken says a key challenge will be figuring how best to stand up for the rule of law....
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Environmental and fishing groups sue to save salmon
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Environmental and fishing groups sued the federal government on Thursday as they seek cooler water for salmon in the Columbia River system....
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Authorities: Suspect arrested in case of missing teacher
OCILLA, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities in Georgia say they believe they have solved the case of a Georgia teacher who has been missing for 11 years....
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VW exec arrested in US emissions scandal appears in court
DETROIT (AP) -- A Volkswagen executive who was arrested in the U.S. before he could fly home to Germany has appeared in Detroit federal court on charges related to the company's emissions scandal....
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North Carolina: Power struggle intensifies with governor
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The tug of war over whether North Carolina's GOP-led legislature can subject the Cabinet choices of a new Democratic governor to confirmation has intensified, with senators agreeing to subpoena a department head who failed to appear before a committee....
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Alabama death penalty cases may soon rest solely with jury
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama could be close to ending its one-of-a-kind practice of allowing judges to hand down death sentences despite a jury's recommendation for life in prison....
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Arkansas Supreme Court strikes down city's LGBT protections
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a city's ordinance banning discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity, but it stopped short of saying whether a state law aimed at prohibiting such local LGBT protections is constitutional....
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Rare baby bongo antelope makes debut at Los Angeles Zoo
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A rare baby bongo has made its debut at the Los Angeles Zoo....
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The Latest: Protest camp transition center underused, closed
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) -- The Latest on the closing of a protest encampment near the Dakota Access pipeline construction site in North Dakota (all times local):...
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Witnesses say Kansas shooting may have racial overtones
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) -- A man opened fire at a crowded Kansas bar, killing one man and wounding two others before he was arrested in Missouri hours later, police said Thursday about an attack that some witnesses suggested had racial overtones....
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Inmate found dead in Orleans Parish jail
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- An autopsy is scheduled for Friday on the body of a 23-year-old man who died in the new New Orleans jail - the fourth inmate death at the facility since it opened in September....
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Supreme Court won't hear Ohio man's Amish hair-cutting case
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court won't review the case of the Ohio leader of a breakaway group that was accused in hair- and beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish....
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Off-duty officer's fight with teens sets off protests
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- An off-duty California officer who didn't want teens walking across his lawn fired his gun during a struggle with a 13-year-old boy and other youths, igniting unruly protests after video of the fight surfaced and two boys were arrested....
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Police officer honored for heroism after apartment explosion
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) -- A Maryland police officer who was the first to respond to a gas explosion and fire that killed seven people and injured dozens of others at an apartment complex last year has received his department's highest honor....
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