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US jails struggle with role as makeshift asylums
CHICAGO (AP) -- Peering through the chain link of a holding pen at the Cook County Jail, a man wrapped in a navy varsity jacket leans toward clinical social worker Elli Petacque Montgomery, his bulging eyes a clue that something's not right....

Police officer slain by killer who sought fame
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Family and friends say Melvin Santiago had dreamed of being a police officer since he was a boy, seeking to follow in the footsteps of his uncle....

Obama seeks governors' support on immigrant kids
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell met privately with dozens of governors Sunday as the Obama administration tried to get support from the leaders of states that will host thousands of the Central American children who have crossed the Mexican border on their own since Oct. 1....

Officials: Sump pump odor prompted Pa. evacuations
SKIPPACK, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities say an odor that prompted a voluntary evacuation of about 100 homes in suburban Philadelphia is due to an organic compound coming from the sump pumps in the basements....

Michelle Knight says fame comes with complications
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Michelle Knight has discovered that the fame that followed her escape from Ariel Castro's house of horrors cuts both ways....

Sheriff: Bus was hit by stolen car going wrong way
RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) -- A car that collided with a Greyhound bus on an Indiana highway, killing the car's driver and injuring 19 people on the bus, had just been stolen and was headed in the wrong direction, authorities said....

Artist creates 'empowering' wearable sculptures
NEW YORK (AP) -- Linda Stein wants people to armor themselves in her art....

Observation deck fire at Rockefeller Plaza hurts 6
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City fire officials say six people, including a child, suffered slight burns when a piece of camera equipment caught fire inside the observation deck of 30 Rockefeller Plaza....

Small SC town rallies for fired gay police chief
LATTA, S.C. (AP) -- When openly gay police chief Crystal Moore was fired by a mayor who condemned her lifestyle as "questionable," she feared her two decade career in law enforcement in this town was over....

Conductor Lorin Maazel dies at Va. home at 84
CASTLETON, Va. (AP) -- Lorin Maazel, a world-renowned conductor whose prodigious career included seven years at the helm of the New York Philharmonic, died Sunday at his home in Virginia. He was 84....

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