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SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) — A 76-year-old Washington state man has been released from prison in Illinois after a prosecutor persuaded a judge that the man was wrongly convicted in 2012 of killing a schoolgirl six decades earlier. The judge today vacated the conviction of Jack McCullough and ordered him to be freed. McCullough left a jail near the courthouse this afternoon, smiling to reporters from the backseat of a car driven by his stepdaughter. In a six-month review of evidence this year, DeKalb County State's Attorney Richard Schmack concluded that McCullough couldn't have committed the killing.
BOSTON (AP) — A moment of silence has been observed to mark the moment when the first of two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon finish line three years ago. Mayor Marty Walsh, bombing survivors and families of the victims bowed their heads in silence as church bells rang at 2:49 p.m. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured on April 15, 2013.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — In the aftermath of the water crisis in Flint, the state of Michigan could end up with the toughest lead-testing requirements in the nation. It's part of a plan unveiled today by Gov. Rick Snyder and a team of water experts. The plan would also require the replacement of all underground lead service pipes in the state. It's not clear how much the plan will cost.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are more ill-mannered than they used to be -- and political candidates are leading the way. That's the view of Americans surveyed by the Associated Press and the N-O-R-C Center for Public Affairs Research. Nearly three-quarters say people in general are ruder these days than 20 or 30 years ago. Two-thirds see political campaigns this year as outdoing the public in levels of rudeness. And while 78 percent see the Republican race as discourteous, only about half as many say the same about the Democrats.
NEW YORK (AP) — There isn't yet a major U.S. sports league that puts the logos of sponsors on the players' uniforms -- but that's about to change. The NBA says it will start putting sponsorship logos on uniforms in 2017 -- a move that could generate at least $100 million a year. It's a step that the NFL, Major League Baseball and the NHL have yet to take. WNBA teams already have the logos, and so do Major League Soccer teams.
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