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New message from IS ... Formal arraignment for Eric Frein ... State school board votes to takeover Little Rock schools



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TOKYO (AP) — A new message, supposedly from Islamic State group militants, extends the deadline for Jordan's release of a convicted terrorist. Islamic State has said that if Jordan doesn't release a woman convicted in the deadly Amman hotel bombings in 2005, they'll kill a Jordanian pilot who was captured in December after his F-16 crashed. Japan is trying to get freed a Japanese journalist the militants also are threatening to kill.

MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — A survivalist accused of killing one state trooper and wounding another in a barracks ambush in Pennsylvania is expected to enter a plea of not guilty when he appears for a formal arraignment on Thursday. Eric Frein (freen) is charged with murder, terrorism and related offenses in the September ambush outside the state police station in Blooming Grove. Frein was captured after a 48-day manhunt in the Pocono Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania.

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Opening statements are set for Thursday in the murder trial of former New England Patriots star player Aaron Hernandez. Hernandez is accused of killing semiprofessional football player Odin (OH'-dihn) Lloyd in 2013.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Board of Education has voted to take control of Little Rock schools away from the local school district board. The move comes less than six months after a federal judge granted the historically embattled district more independence and ended a quarter-century of payments to boost integration. Last year, the state classified six of the district's 48 schools as being in academic distress after fewer than half of its students scored at proficient levels on achievement tests.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak (lee myuhng bahk) says that late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il repeatedly pushed for summit talks with him. But he says the plans failed because Pyongyang had demanded $10 billion and large-scale shipments of food and fertilizer. Lee's account of the failed summit is in his memoir, which will be published next week.

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