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Michigan officials present plan to boost state's schools

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:41pm

State Superintendent Brian Whiston presented a plan Tuesday aimed at catapulting Michigan schools to among the top educational systems in the country.

Officers oppose delay of their trials in Freddie Gray case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:40pm

Two Baltimore police officers charged in the Freddie Gray case are opposing the state's motion to delay their trials until appellate courts decide whether another officer can be compelled to testify against them.

Indiana State Museum unveils mallet tied to Abraham Lincoln

Rick Callahan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:40pm

A wooden mallet inlaid with the initials "A.L" was made by Abraham Lincoln, who used it during his Indiana youth to make furniture, Indiana State Museum officials said Tuesday in unveiling the artifact that had been a family's secret heirloom for five generations.

Medical director resigns, calls DC fire department 'toxic'

Ben Nuckols, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:40pm

The medical director of the District of Columbia's long-troubled fire department is stepping down, saying "people are dying needlessly" because the department is resistant to reform.

Man, woman out on bond after arrest with Los Angeles inmate

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:40pm

Las Vegas police say a man and woman accused of harboring a murder suspect who was mistakenly released from a Los Angeles jail last month are out on bond.

Full House OK's repeal of Arizona technical education cuts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:30pm

The Arizona House has unanimously approved legislation restoring nearly all the cuts made to high school career and technical education programs last year.

Eloy police: Swiss man dies while skydiving in Arizona

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:30pm

Authorities say a Swiss man has died while skydiving in Eloy, about 60 miles south of Phoenix.

Judge's error could set man free without trial for murder

Kate Brumback, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:22pm

A mistake by a superior court judge may set a Georgia man free without him ever having to stand trial for the stabbing death of a 75-year-old woman.

2 female Pennsylvania residents test positive for Zika virus

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:20pm

State health authorities say two female Pennsylvania residents have tested positive for the Zika virus.

The Latest: Court refuses to change mind on new districts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:20pm

The Latest on appeals involving a federal court decision directing North Carolina legislators to redraw congressional maps (all times local):

Nuns who help homeless face eviction in costly San Francisco

Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:20pm

San Francisco nuns who serve the homeless are in danger of getting kicked out of their home after a rent hike of more than 50 percent, another example of the struggle to balance soaring living costs in a booming economy.

Authorities investigate death of Page man on houseboat dock

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:11pm

Coconino County Sheriff's officials are investigating the death of a Page man who collapsed on a houseboat dock on Lake Powell near the Arizona-Utah border.

Alabama bill could stop removal of Confederate monuments

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:11pm

As some southern cities mull taking down the Confederate monuments that dot the Old South, an Alabama legislator wants to stop their ability to do so.

ACLU files lawsuit seeking video from fatal police shooting

Amy Forliti, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:11pm

The Minnesota chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Minneapolis NAACP filed a lawsuit Tuesday in hopes of forcing authorities to release video footage from the night a black man was fatally shot by police.

Broncos parade through Denver, leave questions for later

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:01pm

Tens of thousands of fans cheered the Denver Broncos as the Super Bowl champions paraded through downtown Denver on Tuesday.

Restrictions on abortion headed for Florida House floor vote

Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:01pm

A bill restricting Florida abortion providers is heading for a vote on the floor of the state House.

Right-to-die legislation renews debate in Albany

Michael Virtanen and David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:01pm

Two Assembly members and other advocates of letting the terminally ill end their lives said Tuesday their proposed law would limit suffering and has safeguards to prevent mistakes and abuse.

Report: Wisconsin schools still restrain disabled students

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:01pm

A report finds Wisconsin public schools are still restraining disabled students, despite a 2011 law aimed at reducing those practices.

Health officials confirm first Zika virus case in Tennessee

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:01pm

State Health Department officials say they have a confirmed case of the Zika virus in Tennessee, the first recorded case in the state.

Senate OKs bill expanding library collection powers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:01pm

The state Senate has approved a bill that would give libraries more power to collect overdue fines.