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Michigan says 38 underperforming public schools could close

David Eggert and Corey Williams, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 3:31pm

Michigan announced Friday that it plans to close up to 38 underperforming schools in Detroit and other urban communities, potentially affecting 18,000 students and marking the first time that the state could close traditional public schools explicitly for academic reasons.

The Latest: Judge orders ex-UW student to trial in sex case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 3:24pm

The Latest on a suspended University of Wisconsin student accused of sexual assault and harassment involving several woman (all times local):

Senate confirms retired Gen. James Mattis to run Pentagon in President Donald Trump's new administration

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 3:22pm

Senate confirms retired Gen. James Mattis to run Pentagon in President Donald Trump's new administration.

Sheriff: Man fatally shoots wife he thought was a burglar

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 3:21pm

North Carolina authorities say a man fatally shot his wife after he mistook her for a burglar.

Texas court grants appeal after 35 years without conviction

Claudia Lauer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 3:21pm

A Texas inmate who was imprisoned for 35 years while waiting for a new trial after a court overturned his murder conviction should be set free, an appellate court ruled.

New charges for Marine colonel accused of sexual abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 3:21pm

Authorities at Camp Lejeune say a Marine colonel accused of sexually assaulting a child is facing more charges.

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Melee near Trump's parade route as police, protesters clash

Jessica Gresko, Michael Biesecker and Jeff Horwitz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 3:21pm

Protesters registered their rage against the new president Friday in a chaotic confrontation with police who used pepper spray and stun grenades in a melee just blocks from Donald Trump's inaugural parade. Scores were arrested for trashing property and attacking officers while a burning limousine sent clouds of black smoke into the sky during Trump's procession.

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'El Chapo' is hauled off to US jail that has held terrorists

Tom Hays and Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 3:12pm

In a scene U.S. authorities had dreamed of for decades, Mexican drug lord and escape artist Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was hauled into an American courtroom Friday and then taken away to an ultra-secure jail that has held some of the world's most dangerous terrorists and mobsters.

House panel endorses optional foreign language in K-2 grades

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 3:11pm

The House Education Committee has endorsed a bill that would give Wyoming school districts the option of providing foreign language instruction in kindergarten through second grade.

With hopes and fears, a divided America watches inauguration

Mike Householder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 3:11pm

In living rooms, cafes and offices, people across America watched Donald Trump become the nation's 45th president.

The Latest: Man chased down woman in vehicle,

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 3:03pm

The Latest on the shooting of a police officer in a town outside New Orleans (all times local):

Skin cancer cream could kill your pet, FDA warns

Susan Scutti, CNN  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 3:03pm

The Food and Drug Administration warned pet owners Wednesday that dogs, cats and other animals may die if exposed to skin cancer creams. It may be sold under the names Carac, Efudex and Fluoroplex, all of which contain the active ingredient fluorouracil, also known as 5-FU, and it may be a danger to pets.

Woman accused of drugging son, 10, to get him to sleep

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 3:01pm

A Pennsylvania woman is facing child endangerment charges after allegedly drugging her son to calm him.

Shelter for migrant children in Arkansas still possible

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 3:01pm

A former job corps site is Arkansas has been sitting vacant but potential options for its use are an at-risk youth program expansion and a shelter for unaccompanied immigrant children being held at the U.S. border.

Facebook restores page for breast cancer tattoo artist

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 2:44pm

Facebook says it was mistaken in disabling the accounts of woman who aids breast cancer survivors in the St. Louis area by creating tattoos of the nipple and areola after reconstructive surgery.

Charges: Cop left out gun that girl, 8, used to kill herself

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 2:44pm

Authorities say a New Jersey police officer left his personal .357-caliber revolver loaded and unsecured on a shelf before his 8-year-old daughter fatally shot herself.

Appeals court tells judge to allow transgender name changes

Kate Brumback, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 2:42pm

Two transgender men may legally change their names, a Georgia appeals court ruled Friday, overturning a judge's orders that said the name changes could be confusing and considered a type of fraud.

US airstrike said to kill 100-plus al-Qaida in Syria

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 2:34pm

U.S. warplanes bombed an al-Qaida training camp in Syria, killing more than 100 militants, marking the second major U.S. counterterrorism strike in the final hours of Barack Obama's presidency, the Pentagon said Friday.

Wife of slain California mayor gets 3 months jail in killing

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 2:31pm

The abused wife of a suburban Los Angeles mayor who gunned him down in their home was sentenced Friday to three months in jail by a judge who called the case a textbook study of domestic violence destined to end tragically.

DeVos finalizes disclosures ahead of vote, but Dems unhappy

Maria Danilova, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 2:31pm

Education Secretary pick Betsy DeVos has finalized her financial and ethics disclosures ahead of her confirmation vote, but Democratic senators still say they need more information.