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February 2, 2016 - 1:31pm
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DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on the state-appointed emergency manager for the Detroit Public Schools stepping down (all times local):

1:50 p.m.

The Detroit teachers' union president says emergency manager Darnell Earley's decision to step down is a step in returning the district to local control.

Ivy Bailey said Tuesday that "appointing another emergency manager won't fix Detroit's education crisis."

Earley told...

February 2, 2016 - 1:18pm
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BOSTON (AP) — A lawyer for a Massachusetts teen charged with manslaughter for allegedly encouraging her boyfriend to kill himself has asked a judge to put the case on hold.

Michelle Carter's lawyer argued Tuesday in Taunton Juvenile Court that the criminal case shouldn't move forward until the state's highest court decides on an appeal of a judge's refusal to dismiss the manslaughter charge.

Carter, then 17, is accused of sending 18-year-old Conrad...

February 2, 2016 - 1:17pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on the fourth anniversary of the shooting death of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham (all times local):

1:15 p.m.

Relatives of an unarmed black teenager killed by a white New York City police officer four years ago have rallied outside City Hall to demand the patrolman is fired.

The parents of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham say they have waited too long for justice. Graham was 18 when he was shot in the bathroom...

February 2, 2016 - 1:14pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. diplomat for East Asia says that a planned missile launch by North Korea would be "an unmistakable slap in the face" for those arguing against more sanctions in response to its recent nuclear test.

Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel said Tuesday that a launch that uses ballistic missile technology would be another violation of a U.N. ban and strengthens the argument for the international community to impose "real consequences" on...

February 2, 2016 - 1:10pm
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GUTTENBERG, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say an elevator repair worker from New York fell seven stories to his death down a shaft in New Jersey.

Hudson County prosecutors say police responded to a building at the Galaxy Towers condominium complex in Guttenberg around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Authorities say the 44-year-old worker from New Windsor, New York, was performing monthly maintenance on one of the elevators when he somehow became entangled between the...

February 2, 2016 - 1:05pm
1 week 1 day ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — They say crime doesn't pay, but that might not be entirely true in the District of Columbia as lawmakers look for ways to discourage people from becoming repeat offenders.

The D.C. Council unanimously approved a bill Tuesday that includes a proposal to pay residents a stipend not to commit crimes. It's based on a program in Richmond, California, that advocates say has contributed to deep reductions in crime there.

Under the bill,...

February 2, 2016 - 1:01pm
1 week 1 day ago

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the California drought (all times local):

10 a.m.

State officials say residents of drought-stricken California used 18 percent less water in December than the same period in 2013 and fell short of the 25 percent conservation mandate set by Gov. Jerry Brown.

However, the State Water Resources Control Board reported Tuesday at a meeting in Sacramento that California remains on course to beat its...

February 2, 2016 - 12:50pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are ready for their latest, doomed try to kill President Barack Obama's health care law. With no chance of prevailing, it's an exercise in election-year political messaging.

Tuesday's House vote is an attempt to override Obama's veto last month of a bill gutting much of the law and ending federal payments to Planned Parenthood.

Republicans have no chance of mustering the two-thirds majority needed to reverse Obama'...

February 2, 2016 - 12:49pm
1 week 1 day ago

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The regional office responsible for federally administered hospitals that care for thousands of members of Native American tribes in the Dakotas, Nebraska and Iowa has been assigned a new interim director.

The change in leadership for the Indian Health Service's Great Plains Area office was announced Monday in a letter sent to tribal leaders.

The move comes weeks after inspectors found serious deficiencies at two health...

February 2, 2016 - 12:44pm
1 week 1 day ago

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's homicide rate fell in January for the first time since unrest in April.

Media outlets report that that the city recorded 14 killings in January. That's less than half of the 33 homicides in December and lower than the 25 in January 2015.

Last year, the city counted 344 homicides. That was Baltimore's second-highest homicide count on record. It also was the city's deadliest year on record per-capita.

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