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A federal judge has sentenced the former head of Chicago Public Schools to more than four years in prison for steering $23 million in no-bid city contracts to education firms in exchange for more than $2 million in bribes and kickbacks
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....

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has visited an area of New York's Long Island where the violent MS-13 street gang has been blamed for killing 11 young people since the school year began
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....

Authorities believe 11 killings on New York's Long Island since the start of the school year the work of the street gang MS-13
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:...

Authorities say one of two Arkansas children reported missing after their mother's body was found in a creek has been found dead, and teams are still searching for the other child
One of two missing Arkansas siblings was found dead in a wooded area on Friday near the creek where their mother's body was discovered and not far from where another relative was found dead, authorities said. Investigators are hopeful the other child is alive....

Neighbors and investigators are calling an 86-year-old California woman a hero after she died trying to help a friend fend off an attacker with her walking stick during a morning stroll
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 authorities plan to review their execution procedures after an inmate lurched and convulsed 20 times during a lethal injection
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....

The sedative midazolam is supposed to prevent condemned prisoners from suffering while they die
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....

The top court for the United Methodist Church says an openly lesbian bishop can stay on the job for now.
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 officials call their handling of protests over Ann Coulter's canceled appearance a success thanks to a massive police presence that ensured the city didn't become a 'fight club'
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....

A second petroleum company says it's shutting down and inspecting wells after a fatal house explosion near a gas well in Colorado
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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The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution backing the secretary-general's new effort to resolve the 40-year conflict over the Western Sahara which has pitted Morocco against the Polisario Front independence movement

West Coast dockworkers will vote on a contract extension that could provide long-term labor peace at West Coast seaports, where in recent years work slowdowns and strikes have affected billions of dollars in cargo

The Grand Canyon National Park says a body that was found on Friday likely is 14-year-old Jackson Standefer, the hiker who went missing nearly two weeks ago while in the bottom of the park during a family trip

A Cook County judge has ruled against the Chicago Public School's lawsuit over the funding of education by the state of Illinois

Police in North Carolina say a man whose body was found near an apartment complex died due to flooding from Hurricane Matthew last year

Regulators seize Louisiana's First NBC bank in the costliest bank failure since the financial crisis; FDIC expects losses to top $1 billion

A jury has found aggravating factors in the case of an Arizona man convicted of killing six people in Yuma in 2005 that could make him eligible for the death penalty

Authorities say body found on Friday is likely of hiker from Tennessee who went missing with his step-grandmother

A young man has been arrested in the death of an 86-year-old California woman who was sexually assaulted and beaten during a morning walk

Arkansas authorities plan to review their execution procedures after an inmate lurched and convulsed 20 times during a lethal injection



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