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Mansion murder intrigue in capital city ... School safety ... Obama's trade agenda



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WASHINGTON (AP) — A week after the bodies of four people were found in the charred, burned-out remains of a mansion in the nation's capital, police have identified a suspect. District of Columbia police say they're searching for a 34-year-old man identified as Daron Dylon Wint. He's wanted in connection with the deaths of three members of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper. Authorities believe the fire was intentionally set in the mansion where the slain bodies were found.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beyond the headline-making school shootings in recent years, educators for the most part have improved security for students. That's according to a survey the National Center for Education Statistics did on school safety in the 2013-14 school year. The survey found that in the years surrounding the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school, 88 percent of schools have put in place written instructions on how to respond to an active shooter. Twenty children and six educators were killed in the December 2012 Sandy Hook shootings.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama faces another key test today for one of his highest priorities — "fast-track" authority to negotiate trade proposals that Congress can take or leave, but not change. Supporters of Obama's trade agenda need 60 votes in the 100-member Senate to keep a filibuster from blocking further action. Obama has faced more opposition to this initiative within his own Democratic Party than from Republicans.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In parched California, farmers who hold rights to water are bracing for their first state-ordered conservation in decades. A record drought is forcing state officials to implement some of the harshest cuts yet in the country's most productive agricultural state.

BEIJING (AP) — At least 15 people have been killed and thousands more forced from their homes by flooding in southern and central China, with more rain forecast in coming days. Local authorities say that Jiangxi province has been hardest hit, with eight people killed and 65,000 displaced. Just to the south, in the Guangxi (gahn-SHEE) region, there are five deaths with six other people listed as missing.

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