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March 3, 2015 - 4:40pm
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PLACENTIA, Calif. (AP) — Students at the Southern California high school where a popular photography teacher hung herself returned to class Tuesday, trying to process the confusion and grief over her death.

As classes began, a school administrator used a loudspeaker Tuesday to tell students they would all miss Jillian Jacobson and must stay united. Later, teachers spoke with students and counselors were available in the school's theater.

At Jacobson'...

March 3, 2015 - 4:39pm
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Facing scrutiny over its practices for responding to sexual assault, a liberal arts college in Iowa has taken the unusual step of asking federal investigators to review whether three cases were handled appropriately.

Grinnell College President Raynard Kington asked the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights to determine whether the college complied with Title IX, the federal law that bars sex discrimination in education....

March 3, 2015 - 4:36pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — The Waze navigation app is getting Amber Alerts on child abductions.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is sending the alerts. They will pop up in the Waze app and be targeted to the driver's location. To guard against distracted driving, the alerts will appear only when the driver has stopped for at least 10 seconds.

Many cellphones already get Amber Alerts as text-like messages, but some users have turned those...

March 3, 2015 - 4:31pm
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CHICAGO (AP) — Officials in Chicago say Grateful Dead fans won't be allowed to camp out during three 50th anniversary concerts over the summer.

Fans had asked for overnight permits for parking lots around Soldier Field over the Fourth of July weekend.

Soldier Field spokesman Luca Serra tells the Chicago Tribune ( that safety was a top consideration in the decision not to grant permits.

Roughly 60,000 to 70,...

March 3, 2015 - 4:25pm
3 min 54 sec ago

McBAIN, Mich. (AP) — A northern Michigan public school district says it's no longer asking that its next superintendent be a Christian after getting a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union.

The ACLU wrote Tuesday to the McBain Rural Agricultural School, challenging the religious criteria included in its job posting for a new superintendent.

The online posting listed "a strong Christian background and philosophy" among criteria for the...

March 3, 2015 - 4:15pm
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ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Police say a New Hampshire man stuck his dog in a kennel and shot it dead with a hunting rifle after it bit a 4-year-old boy.

Foster's Daily Democrat reports ( ) the boy was playing with the pit bull in a Rochester apartment Monday night when he was bitten on top of the head.

Police say 33-year-old owner Lee Thurston then killed the dog. The boy was examined by first responders but wasn't hospitalized....

March 3, 2015 - 4:09pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes are closing slightly lower, pulling the Nasdaq composite index back below 5,000.

The decline Tuesday came a day after the Nasdaq closed above that milestone for the first time since the dot-com era 15 years ago.

The Nasdaq declined 28 points, or 0.6 percent, to 4,979.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 85 points, or 0.5 percent, to 18,203. The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost nine points...

March 3, 2015 - 4:08pm
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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A man convicted of killing the father and sister of his ex-girlfriend in a fiery attack on the family's Southern California home has been sentenced to death.

The Orange County district attorney's office says 30-year-old Iftekhar Murtaza was sentenced Tuesday in Santa Ana.

He was convicted for the murders of 56-year-old Jay Dhanak and his 20-year-old daughter Karishma in 2007.

Prosecutors say he killed the...

March 3, 2015 - 4:05pm
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The family of a 13-year-old girl declared brain-dead after her sleep apnea operation went awry is suing the hospital that treated her, alleging doctors were slow to respond when she began coughing up blood.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Alameda County Superior Court accuses UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland of botching the operation and care of Jahi McMath, who was an eighth-grader when she went for surgery in December 2013....

March 3, 2015 - 3:53pm
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — The newly selected Roman Catholic bishop of San Diego says Congress needs to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

Monsignor Robert McElroy said Tuesday in his first comments to San Diego hours after his appointment was announced that the United States has fallen short in dealing with immigrants.

The native Californian and history scholar also vows to be a "friend" to the Latino community. He says Hispanics are the foundation of the...

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