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AP Top U.S. News at 8:57 p.m. EDT

Judge to sentence former head of Chicago Public Schools
CHICAGO (AP) -- The former head of Chicago Public Schools was sentenced to more than four years in prison on Friday for steering $23 million in city contracts to education firms for a cut of more than $2 million in kickbacks....

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 girl found dead after mom, great-uncle killed
MENA, Ark. (AP) -- One of two Arkansas siblings reported missing after their mother's body was discovered in a creek was found dead on Friday, a day after another relative was found dead, and teams are still searching for the other child, investigators said....

Friends hail woman, 86, killed trying to stop attack as hero
NORTH HIGHLANDS, Calif. (AP) -- A young man was identified Friday as the suspect in the sexual assault and beating death of an 86-year-old California woman remembered as a hero by investigators and neighbors after she used a walking stick to try to stop an attack on her friend....

Arkansas governor dismisses calls for full execution probe
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- 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 that involved a controversial sedative....

Witnessing death: AP reporters describe problem executions
The sedative midazolam is supposed to prevent condemned prisoners from suffering while they die, but opponents say several problematic executions involving the drug are evidence that it does not work consistently. They raised new concerns after an execution Thursday in Arkansas left the prisoner convulsing and pressing against his restraints....

Methodist court ruling a blow for openly lesbian bishop
NEW YORK (AP) -- The top court for the United Methodist Church has left an openly gay bishop on the job for now. But the decision means she may not be able to stay in the post for long....

Berkeley praises police for keeping peace at Coulter rallies
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Berkeley officials declared their handling of protests over Ann Coulter's canceled appearance a success thanks to a massive police presence that ensured the city did not become a "fight club," the mayor said Friday....

2nd company shuts oil, gas wells after fatal Colorado blast
DENVER (AP) -- A second petroleum company said it would shut down and inspect wells after a fatal house explosion near a gas well in Colorado, although investigators have not said whether the well was the cause....

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