Monthly Archives: March 2017

Ex-Detroit school official gets 1½ years in prison for fraud

A woman who retired from the Detroit school district after nearly 40 years has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for a scheme to reap nearly $1.3 million for tutoring services that weren’t provided. Continue reading

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10 women file suit claiming abuse at Hawaii women’s prison

Ten women allege in a federal lawsuit that guards and a worker at a Hawaii prison sexually assaulted them while they were incarcerated. Continue reading

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Imprisoned Pakistani Christians offered release if they convert to Islam

Pakistani Christians imprisoned on terrorism charges for the lynching of two men after the 2015 church bombings in Lahore were allegedly told that if they renounced their faith and embraced Islam, their acquittal would be guaranteed. Continue reading

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Perfect pick: North Carolina seventh-grader nails Final Four

Although many college basketball fans ripped up their NCAA Tournament brackets days ago, a North Carolina middle school student may consider having hers framed. Continue reading

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Harriet Tubman photo bought by Smithsonian, national library

An album containing a rare photograph of abolitionist and Underground Railroad hero Harriet Tubman has been acquired by the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian’s new African-American history museum. Continue reading

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‘Racists Anonymous’ program launched at Oklahoma church

A small church in Oklahoma has launched a “Racism & Racists Anonymous” program meant to help foster dialogue and racial reconciliation. Continue reading

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Airman’s Death in Syria Highlights Role of Space Command Downrange

The tragic death of a 25-year-old airman in Syria illustrated the quiet role U.S. space forces play in ongoing fights. Continue reading

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Two women sentenced for raising cash online for al-Shabab

Two women who used an internet chat room to raise several thousand dollars for the Somali militant group al-Shabab have been sentenced to prison. Continue reading

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Drug seizure bonanza: Newest Coast Guard Cutter has banner week of busts

The US Coast Guard can barely offload the cocaine it intercepts at sea before drug runners load up their go-fast boats and head toward U.S. shores. Continue reading

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South Carolina man accused of trying to join ISIS is caught before boarding flight

A South Carolina man was arrested late Thursday as he prepared to board an overseas flight, where he is accused of trying to join the ISIS terror organization, according to the Justice Department. Continue reading

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Dallas pastor accused of stealing nearly $500G from church

Members of an Old East Dallas church say they’ve been locked out of their place of worship by a man who they say stole from their church. He’s now facing felony charges. Continue reading

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Oregon set to double bottle-recycling rate to 10 cents a can

Oregon was the first state in the nation to give 5-cent refunds for recycling used soda cans and glass bottles more than 45 years ago. Continue reading

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Dozens of families remain at lead-tainted Indiana complex

Dozens of families remained at a lead-contaminated public housing complex in northwest Indiana, despite a Friday target date to move them out so the city can tear down the buildings. Continue reading

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$1M of cocaine found in truck’s fuel tank at border crossing

Federal officials say an officer’s suspicions and use of a drug-smelling dog and an X-ray system led to the discovery of cocaine with an estimated street value $1 million at a U.S.-Mexico border crossing. Continue reading

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Woman who drove slain Oklahoma home invaders speaks out

The woman charged with driving three teenagers to an Oklahoma home where they were fatally shot during a break-in says she feels guilty, but not responsible for their deaths. Continue reading

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Trump faces questions of interference in investigations

President Donald Trump is facing new questions about political interference in the investigations into Russian election meddling following reports that White House officials secretly funneled material to the chairman of the House intelligence committee. Continue reading

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The Latest: Indicted Philadelphia DA gives up law license

The Latest on Philadelphia Prosecutor-Gifts (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Continue reading

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Syria’s conflict: More war crimes, more peace talks-and more radicalization by Russian design

Amid a hailstorm of poison gas attacks, Russian cluster bombings, and displacements of tens of thousands of refugees—all actions judged by the United Nations to be war crimes—Syria’s long-running civil war has returned to extreme levels of brutality, even as U.N. officials continue to place wan hopes on a near-comatose peace process in Geneva. Continue reading

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California’s desert wildflower explosion draws record crowds

An explosion of wildflowers in California’s desert sands is drawing record crowds to see the rare abundance of color called a “super bloom.” The natural wonder is thanks to a wet winter followed by warm temperatures in the Anza-Borrego State Park, nort… Continue reading

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Pittsburgh students shot video while girl changed in locker room, mom says

Police are investigating claims of a 12-year-old girl getting videotaped while she was changing in her school’s locker room. Continue reading

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