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Judge to sentence former head of Chicago Public Schools
CHICAGO (AP) -- The former head of Chicago Public Schools is set to be sentenced Friday for steering $23 million in no-bid city contracts to education firms for a cut of more than $2 million in bribes and kickbacks....

The Latest: Gabby Giffords criticizes Trump's NRA speech
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Latest on the NRA's annual convention (all times local):...

MS-13 street gang grips Long Island suburbs in violence
BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) -- Late at night, when helicopters thrum overhead and spotlights beam down onto lawns, many people here know exactly what's going on....

MS-13 on Long Island: A look at 11 suspected victims
BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) -- Eleven mostly young people have been found dead in two New York suburbs since the start of the school year. All are believed to be victims of the MS-13 street gang. A look at the victims:...

Arkansas governor dismisses calls for full execution probe
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The Arkansas governor said Friday that he sees no reason for anything beyond a routine review of the state's execution procedures after a condemned inmate lurched and convulsed 20 times during a lethal injection....

Arrest made in death of elderly California woman out on walk
NORTH HIGHLANDS, Calif. (AP) -- A young man has been arrested in the sexual assault and beating death of an 86-year-old California woman who was attacked as she tried to help a friend during a morning walk, officials said Friday....

Facing a pro-gun government, anti-gun movement feels defiant
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump, a favorite of the National Rifle Association, has custody of the Oval Office. The Republican-controlled Congress already has ditched one Obama-era rule to tighten access to guns. And an emboldened NRA has much more ambitious plans afoot for easing state and national gun laws as its annual convention unfolds this weekend in Atlanta....

Orchard owners look to robots as labor shortage worsens
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Harvesting Washington state's vast fruit orchards each year requires thousands of farmworkers, and many of them work illegally in the United States....

Passenger who was dragged off jetliner settles with United
CHICAGO (AP) -- The passenger who was dragged off a flight after refusing to give up his seat settled with United for an undisclosed sum Thursday in an apparent attempt by the airline to put the fiasco behind it as quickly as possible....

Florida boy among 5 students hit by car has died
MIAMI (AP) -- A Florida sheriff's deputy was sleeping Thursday afternoon when his 11-year-old daughter called and asked him to pick her up at her school bus stop. Seconds later, she started screaming into the phone, "Dad, help me, help me!"...

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