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News was hard for prisoner to believe...Flint mayor in Washington...Rose goes to Reds' hall

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 19, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.



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LANDSTUHL, Germany (AP) — It was news that was too good to believe. According to former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati (ah-MEER' hehk-MAH'-tee), he had come to terms with the idea that he'd be spending ten years in an Iranian prison. He says it came as a surprise when he was told he'd be released over the weekend, along with three other Americans. Speaking today in Germany, where he's getting medical treatment at a U.S. military hospital, Hekmati said his four and a-half years in prison "wasn't good" -- but he wouldn't elaborate.

DETROIT (AP) — The mayor of Flint, Michigan, is in Washington hoping to meet with administration officials about her city's water crisis. Mayor Karen Weaver joined Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign on a conference call today. She says Obama "needs to hear first-hand what's going on in Flint." Corrosive water from the Flint River has caused lead to leach from old pipes into homes. A state-appointed emergency manager approved the switch from Detroit's water system to save money in 2014. But tests later showed high levels of lead in the blood of some local children. Flint has returned to Detroit water, but many residents are relying on bottled water.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abortion foes in Arkansas have been handed a defeat at the Supreme Court. The justices aren't going to revive an Arkansas law that would have banned abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy if doctors can detect a fetal heartbeat. A federal judge who struck down the law said it violated the 1973 decision legalizing abortion until a fetus could viably survive outside the womb.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems divided over whether New Jersey officials violated the free speech rights of a police officer. Jeffrey Heffernan was demoted after his superiors assumed he was actively supporting a challenger in the local mayoral race. He says he was the victim of retaliation after officers saw him picking up a campaign sign and talking to campaign workers. It turns out Heffernan was merely picking up the sign for his mother and was not involved in the campaign. The high court heard oral arguments in the case today.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Pete Rose is headed to the hall of fame -- but not the one in Cooperstown, New York. Instead, the Cincinnati Reds say they'll induct Rose into the team's hall of fame during this year's baseball season. Rose played most of his career with the Reds, his hometown team. But he's still permanently banned from Major League Baseball because of his gambling, so he's been kept off of the ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Reds also plan to retire Rose's number, 14.

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