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  • Thousands of teachers in Arizona, Colorado to protest

    PHOENIX (AP) — A wave of red-clad teachers will crash upon the Arizona state Capitol on Thursday for an unprecedented job action that will close schools for a majority of the state’s public school students, part of an educator uprising that’s also bubbled up in Colorado. Around 30,000 to 50,000 teachers and their supporters are […]
  • Turn it up to 11? Pens, Caps have a lot to live up to

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby doesn’t think the Pittsburgh Penguins have some sort of mystical edge over the Washington Capitals. That all those series and all those years and all that dominance will not mean a thing when the two longtime rivals meet in the playoffs for the 11th time starting Thursday night in the […]
  • Florida State’s Martin closes in on NCAA baseball win record

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Mike Martin has seen college baseball grow on and off the diamond during his 39 seasons roaming Florida State’s dugout. And the Seminoles coach has won along the way — a lot. Martin, who has 1,973 wins, needs three more to pass Augie Garrido for the most victories in NCAA baseball […]
  • Three of a grind: Playoff rematches crank up the hatred

    When the Washington Capitals faced the New York Islanders in the playoffs five years in a row in the 1980s, players knew everything. They knew where Mike Bossy loved to shoot from, that Bob Nystrom was going to run them over and that they’d better watch out for Denis Potvin in the neutral zone. “We […]
  • Lynching memorial and museum in Montgomery open to public

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The public is getting its first look at a lynching memorial and museum in Montgomery, Alabama. The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, opening Thursday, is dedicated to 4,400 individuals who lost their lives in lynchings and other racial killings between 1877 and 1950. Their names are engraved on 800 steel […]
  • Genetic sleuthing bolsters food poisoning searches

    ATLANTA (AP) — Disease hunters are using genetic sequencing in their investigation of the ongoing food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, a technique that is revolutionizing the detection of germs in food. The genetic analysis is being used to bolster investigations and — in some cases — connect the dots between what were once […]
  • Venue for Koreas summit a symbol of division

    PANMUNJOM, Korea (AP) — This week’s summit between the leaders of North and South Korea will occur at a border littered with mines and laced with barbed wire, a Cold War reminder of a division that dates to the end of World War II. The talks will take place at Panmunjom, a village inside the […]
  • EPA chief faces Capitol Hill grilling over ethical missteps

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt faces potentially make-or-break hearings Thursday on Capitol Hill, where he is expected to be peppered with questions about spending and ethics scandals that have triggered bipartisan calls for his ouster. Pruitt was scheduled to testify about his agency’s budget in back-to-back hearings before two House subcommittees. […]
  • Jury focuses on Cosby’s star witness; his lawyers face heat

    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Jurors in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial are kicking off a second day of deliberations by revisiting the testimony of a star defense witness who said accuser Andrea Constand once spoke of framing a prominent person to score a big payday. The seven men and five women will have Marguerite Jackson’s […]
  • Manhunt underway for suspect in killing of sheriff’s deputy

    NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine (AP) — A manhunt is underway for the suspect in what is believed to be the first killing of a law enforcement officer in Maine in nearly 30 years. The fatal shooting of Somerset County Cpl. Eugene Cole on Wednesday in Norridgewock triggered an intensive search for 29-year-old John Williams in and around […]
  • Court won’t return tigers, exotic animals to Ohio man’s home

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A man whose tigers and other exotic animals were seized in a raid by authorities in Ohio lost what is likely his final court challenge seeking return of the animals to his roadside sanctuary. The Ohio Supreme Court turned down a request to overturn a lower court’s decision that sided with […]
  • Nation’s nastiest GOP primary playing out in Pence’s Indiana

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — For a glimpse of red-state politics in the era of Donald Trump, look no further than Vice President Mike Pence’s home state of Indiana, where a grueling Republican Senate race has been dubbed the nation’s nastiest primary. Two sitting congressmen and a former state lawmaker are locked in tight competition for a […]
  • The state that wants to spend more, not less, on prison food

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Dropped onto Connecticut inmates’ food trays in recent days was a concoction called chilitos, consisting of a cup of meatless chili mix, one slice of cheese, brown rice, refried beans and two tortillas, along with a half-cup of pudding and an 8-ounce drink. Not bad for a jailhouse lunch, maybe. But […]
  • Coach’s accusers: Schools should end relationships with him

    CHICAGO (AP) — Several dozen colleges have kept ties to an influential volleyball coach long after he was publicly accused of sexually abusing and raping underage girls who trained with him in the 1980s. The coach’s accusers, who have been pressing Michigan State University for months to sever all ties with Rick Butler, say all […]
  • Ronny Jackson withdraws from consideration for VA chief

    WASHINGTON (AP) — White House doctor Ronny Jackson withdrew from consideration as Veterans Affairs secretary on Thursday, saying “false allegations” against him have become a distraction. In a statement the White House issued from Jackson, he said he “did not expect to have to dignify baseless and anonymous attacks on my character and integrity.” Shortly […]