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Confederate flag-bearing trucks park at school

AUBURN, Mich. (AP) — Students and others with Confederate flags flying from or painted on their pickup trucks parked for a second day outside of a central Michigan high school, prompting other students to hold a counter-demonstration against racism and bigotry. Six trucks bearing the ...

Michigan Legislature: No more election recounts like 2016’s

LANSING— Political candidates who lose big wouldn’t be able to seek a recount under legislation nearing the Michigan governor’s desk. The Republican-led Senate voted 27-8 Wednesday for legislation upping the standards for election recounts to require that aggrieved candidates prove they ...

Michigan State VP knocks Nassar victim, then apologizes

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan State University official apologized Wednesday for adding to the “pain” of Larry Nassar’s sexual assault victims after emails showed her sharply criticizing a young woman who accused the school’s president of trying to suddenly arrange a lawsuit ...

Lawsuit against cop can proceed

ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — A lawsuit can proceed against a beefy sheriff’s officer who tackled a smaller Lenawee County man, breaking his pelvis and ribs, while investigating a crime — at the wrong house. A federal appeals court says a jury could “reasonably conclude” that Sgt. Jacob ...

Juvenile lifers win key ruling

DETROIT (AP) — A federal appeals court appears to be on the side of Michigan prisoners seeking credit for good behavior. A judge recently struck down a law that retroactively cut off good behavior or discipline credits for prisoners who were convicted of committing murder when they were ...

Trade issues expose the limits of Trump-Abe ‘bromance’

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe courted the new American president with a golden driver not long after Donald Trump won the White House. He’s met with the billionaire businessman more than any other world leader, and he’s Trump’s second-most frequent ...

FAA orders fan blade inspections after jet engine explosion

PHILADELPHIA— U.S. airline regulators have ordered inspections on engine fan blades like the one that snapped off a Southwest Airlines plane, leading to the death of a woman who was partially blown out a window. The Federal Aviation Administration’s announcement late Wednesday comes ...

Teacher uprisings harness social media in fight for funding

PHOENIX (AP) — The public education uprisings that began in West Virginia and spread to Arizona, Oklahoma and Kentucky share similar origin stories. Teachers, long tired of low wages and a dearth of state funding, begin talking to each other online. Their Facebook groups draw tens of ...

California governor says deal reached on National Guard mission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California reached an agreement with the federal government that the state’s National Guard troops will deploy to the border to focus on fighting transnational gangs as well as drug and gun smugglers, Gov. Jerry Brown said. The announcement comes after a week of ...

Serial killer may be released

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A man who confessed to killing three people and now wants to be released from an Ohio prison under a plea deal is due back in court. A judge plans to hold a hearing in Toledo on Thursday, when she could decide whether to release Nathaniel Cook. Cook’s attorneys say a ...

IS helper gets new court date

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has rescheduled sentencing for an Ohio man convicted of trying to help the Islamic State group. U.S. District Judge Edmund Sargus on Wednesday in Columbus rescheduled Aaron Daniels sentencing from April 26 to May 24. Daniels pleaded guilty last July ...

Watchdog rejects nerve agent claim by Russia in poisoned spy case

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The head of the global chemical watchdog agency on Wednesday rejected Russian claims that traces of a second nerve agent were discovered in the English city where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned. Britain blames Russia for the attack, ...

Bureaucrat set to become Cuba’s president

HAVANA (AP) — A 57-year-old bureaucrat will take Raul Castro’s place as the president of Cuba today as a government led by a single family for six decades tries to ensure the long-term survival of one of the world’s last communist states. Members of the National Assembly voted Wednesday ...

First Saudi cinema opens with popcorn and ‘Black Panther’

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The lights dimmed and the crowd of men and women erupted into applause and hoots as Hollywood’s blockbuster “Black Panther” premiered in Saudi Arabia’s first movie theater. Though it was a private, invitation-only screening on Wednesday evening, for many ...

Warsaw Ghetto uprising recalled

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — People in Warsaw pinned paper daffodils to their clothes as the Polish capital began a day of commemorations today on the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Sirens will wail, church bells will toll and newscasters on TV, politicians and regular citizens ...

First chlorine, then chaos, death in Syria attack

BEIRUT — Residents of the Syrian town of Douma were packed into underground shelters amid bombardment when the gas began to spread. Suddenly, panic ensued. As shouts of “chlorine, chlorine!” rang out, some ran into the night and fainted in the street. Others climbed to rooftops, hoping ...

Korean leaders can discuss peace, but can’t end Korean War

SEOUL, South Korea — President Donald Trump has given his “blessing” for North and South Korea to discuss the end of the Korean War amid a diplomatic push to end the North Korean nuclear standoff. One problem: There can be no real talks without the involvement of the other countries that ...

7 arrested in raid on traffickers

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities raided 62 properties and arrested seven people today in an investigation of an alleged trafficking ring set up to bring Thai women and transsexuals to Germany to work as prostitutes. Raids were conducted across Germany in what the country’s federal police ...

NTSB: Blown Southwest jet engine showed ‘metal fatigue’

PHILADELPHIA — A preliminary examination of the blown jet engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that set off a terrifying chain of events and left a businesswoman hanging half outside a shattered window showed evidence of “metal fatigue,” according to the National Transportation Safety ...

Arizona teachers weighing whether to walk out in protest

PHOENIX — Arizona teachers on Tuesday began weighing whether to walk out of their classrooms to demand more school funding after weeks of growing protests — a vote that’s raising questions about how an unprecedented strike could play out across the state’s education system. The ...