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May 19, 2016 - 6:26am
1 week 5 days ago

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Officials say a former professional football player has been tapped to be the next superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools.

City school directors voted Wednesday evening to offer a five-year contract to Anthony Hamlet.

Hamlet had been the director of accountability transformation in the School District of Palm Beach in Florida since June 2014.

His resume states he oversaw 20 low-performing schools and...

May 19, 2016 - 6:06am
1 week 5 days ago

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. EGYPTAIR FLIGHT CRASHES IN MEDITERRANEAN

The cause of the disappearance of Flight 804, carrying 66 passengers and crew from Paris to Cairo, remains unclear.

2. TRUMP PUSHES COMMON CAUSE WITH SANDERS

The self-described democratic socialist wins sympathy from the GOP front-runner, who is seizing on...

May 19, 2016 - 4:17am
1 week 5 days ago

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democrats in the California Senate plan another attempt to outlaw the sale of assault rifles with easily detachable ammunition magazines known as bullet buttons.

The measure is among a wide-ranging slate of gun control bills scheduled for Senate votes on Thursday as Democratic leaders rush to head off a ballot measure advocated by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The measures would significantly tighten California's gun laws, which...

May 19, 2016 - 4:08am
1 week 5 days ago

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Jurors are deliberating in a civil trial over whether the owner of a Colorado movie theater should have done more to prevent a 2012 shooting that left 12 people dead.

The jury met for a short time after getting the case Wednesday evening and reconvened Thursday. Jurors must determine whether Cinemark should have foreseen the risk for violence during the packed midnight premiere of a Batman movie in an era of mass shootings.

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May 19, 2016 - 3:51am
1 week 5 days ago

A trough of low pressure will move slowly eastward over the southern Plains. This system will draw moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, which will fuel heavy rain and thunderstorms across the southern edge of the country. Severe thunderstorms are possible in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana. These thunderstorms will be capable of producing large hail, dangerous straight line winds and isolated tornadoes. In addition, heavy rain will bring threats of flash flooding to central Texas,...

May 19, 2016 - 3:47am
1 week 5 days ago

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Death penalty supporters are setting the stage for a November showdown over whether to speed up executions in California or do away with them entirely.

Crime victims, prosecutors and other supporters plan to submit nearly 600,000 signatures Thursday for a ballot measure to streamline what both sides call a broken system.

No one has been executed in California in a decade because of ongoing legal challenges....

May 19, 2016 - 3:26am
1 week 5 days ago

METHODISTS-LGBT

Methodists trying to avoid church split over gay rights

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The top policy body for the United Methodist Church is struggling to avert a split over gay rights.

The Methodist General Conference voted 428-405 to delay all discussion of church policy related to LGBT people during a meeting in Portland, Oregon. Delegates created a commission Wednesday to review all relevant church law on the subject...

May 19, 2016 - 3:20am
1 week 5 days ago

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The growing number of bankruptcies in the coal industry make it increasingly likely taxpayers will get stuck with the huge environmental costs of abandoned mines.

Analysts say it's only a matter of when, where and how many more coal mines will close. Concerns are growing bankrupt coal companies can't meet their cleanup and reclamation obligations.

State and federal regulators for years have allowed coal companies to promise to...

May 19, 2016 - 3:17am
1 week 5 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved its $1.1 billion plan to combat the Zika virus. That sets the stage for difficult negotiations with House Republicans over how much money to devote to fighting Zika and whether to cut Ebola funding to help pay for it.

The 68-30 vote added the Zika measure to an unrelated spending bill and follows party-line passage of a separate $622 million House bill on Wednesday. The White House says President Barack Obama can accept the...

May 19, 2016 - 3:04am
1 week 5 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory has taken a beating from critics over a law dictating which restrooms transgender people can use, highlighting what they call the economic harm and reputation it's causing North Carolina.

But McCrory is trying to reshape the narrative heading into a tough re-election campaign by going after the federal government.

He sued the Obama administration last week and accused officials of yet another overreach into state...

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