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Los Angeles man guilty in 10 'Grim Sleeper' serial killings
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A former Los Angeles trash collector was convicted Thursday of 10 counts of murder in the "Grim Sleeper" serial killings that targeted poor, young black women over two decades....

Community questions delay in Amber Alert for Navajo girl
Several hours after a stranger abducted an 11-year-old Navajo girl as she played near her home, few outside the reservation knew she was missing....

Man convicted of killing 3 women, wrapping bodies in bags
CLEVELAND (AP) -- A convicted sex offender was found guilty Thursday of the murder of three women whose bodies were found wrapped in garbage bags in a case that raised fears that another serial killer was hunting for victims in the Cleveland area....

NC college system's federal funds in crosshairs of LGBT law
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's prized public universities could be the biggest losers as state leaders defend a new law limiting the rights of LGBT people....

Convicted child molester Sandusky gets appeals hearing
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania judge on Thursday gave convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky a hearing later this month to prove his claims that prosecutors lied, withheld evidence and leaked secret grand jury information to find additional victims....

Pall of sex abuse investigations hangs over alumni weekends
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Between cocktails, campus tours and squash games, alumni visiting St. George's School for their annual reunion weekend will find something different this year: discussions about what has unfolded at the elite boarding school since December, when leaders acknowledged dozens of students were sexually abused in the past....

Cops seek killer of man who washed ashore in 'cement shoes'
NEW YORK (AP) -- The victim washed ashore in Brooklyn, his body wrapped in plastic garbage bags, his head and hands covered in duct tape and his feet submerged in concrete - fitted with a pair of fabled "cement shoes."...

State's attorney asks to step aside from Chicago police case
CHICAGO (AP) -- Cook County's embattled state's attorney asked a judge Thursday to appoint a special prosecutor to take over the case against a white Chicago police officer she didn't charge until more than a year after he shot a black teenager 16 times....

Education cuts prompt revolt, despair in Oklahoma
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Oklahoma is accustomed to being at the back of the class in funding for public education: It ranks 48th among the 50 states plus the District of Columbia in teacher pay and 49th in spending per student....

Officials look into hazardous materials in Houston fire
HOUSTON (AP) -- A large blaze at a warehouse complex in Houston on Thursday caused explosions, prompted fears that hazardous materials had been released in the air and forced the evacuation of hundreds of students from a nearby elementary school....

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