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June 17, 2016 - 2:29am
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators are considering proposals to curb the power of the courts as they grapple with a recent state Supreme Court ruling on education funding.

The state House and Senate judiciary committees were convening a joint meeting Friday to discuss proposed amendments to the state constitution to block the courts from threatening to close schools in education funding lawsuits. Lawmakers have two versions.

Republican Gov. Sam...

June 17, 2016 - 2:22am
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A potentially record-setting heat wave is headed for the Western United States.

A strengthening ridge of high pressure lifting out of Mexico is on course to scorch portions of Arizona and southeast California this weekend.

Temperatures are expected to reach 118 degrees in Phoenix on Sunday, 119 degrees Monday. The National Weather Service says such heat is "rare, dangerous and deadly."

Phoenix is accustomed to...

June 17, 2016 - 12:20am
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BOSTON (AP) — The nation's first and oldest lighthouse station is marking 300 years of warning mariners as they navigate the tricky waters of Boston Harbor.

A summer celebrating the milestone for Boston Light kicks off this weekend with the National Park Service's ranger-led tours resuming Friday for the season. A big anniversary bash is scheduled for September 14, the date when the original light was lit in 1716.

The lighthouse sits on a small...

June 16, 2016 - 11:52pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The entertainment assets of Prince's estate will be managed by two key figures in his career.

L. Londell McMillan, the artist's longtime attorney, manager and friend, and business executive Charles A. Koppelman have been chosen for the task by the court-approved special administrator.

Bremer Trust National Association confirmed Thursday it was retaining the pair. The decision was first reported by the music magazine The Source,...

June 16, 2016 - 10:15pm
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MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — Police say there is no active shooter at a Connecticut shopping mall despite a report that sent some shoppers running to the exits.

Meriden police say they received a 911 call Thursday night from a woman indicating there may have been shots fired at the Westfield Meriden mall.

Meriden and Berlin police, along with state police responded and evacuated the mall. Officials say they found some scared shoppers holed up in bathrooms...

June 16, 2016 - 9:41pm
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MADISON, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana sheriff says one person has died after a single-engine airplane struck power lines and crashed near Madison.

Jefferson County Sheriff John Wallace says one body was found in the wreckage. The name of the victim hasn't been released.

Indiana State Police say the plane had just taken off Thursday morning from Madison Municipal Airport when it clipped some power lines.

Wallace says emergency...

June 16, 2016 - 9:34pm
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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

1. WHY OBAMA SAYS GUN LAWS MUST BE TIGHTENED

The president argues counter-terrorism campaigns overseas will never be enough to prevent "lone wolf" attacks like the one that killed 49 people in Orlando.

2. GAY PRIDE PARADES BRACE FOR HUGE SECURITY PRESENCE

The processions around the United States in the...

June 16, 2016 - 9:12pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say dozens of State Department employees have signed an internal document that advocates U.S. military action to pressure Syria's government into accepting a cease-fire and engaging in peace talks.

The position is at odds with that of the Obama administration, which has provided assistance to Syria's anti-government rebels but limited America's armed intervention there to fighting the Islamic State and al-Qaida.

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June 16, 2016 - 9:03pm
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CHICAGO (AP) — A federal jury has ruled against eight white and Hispanic Chicago police officers who claimed they were victims of racial discrimination after being transferred off Mayor Rahm Emanuel's security detail.

After four days of testimony, the jury deliberated about 30 minutes Thursday before deciding not to award the group any damages.

The officers claimed they were demoted to make way for less-experienced African-American officers and...

June 16, 2016 - 8:49pm
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CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

11:45 p.m.

LeBron James had 41 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers forced a Game 7 in the NBA Finals with a 115-101 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.

James — who scored 18 straight points during one stretch — finished with 41 for the second...

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