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AP Exclusive: Dozens escaped from mental hospital since 2013
LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) -- When a man accused of torturing a woman to death broke out of Washington state's largest mental hospital with another patient in early April, officials called it a rare occurrence and cited only two other escapes in the past seven years....

Former NY top political powerbroker gets 12 years in prison
NEW YORK (AP) -- Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a backroom master whose name was synonymous with political power in New York for a generation, was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in prison, destined to take his place atop the state's crowded lineup of crooked politicians behind bars....

Plan to restructure Detroit schools advances during sickout
DETROIT (AP) -- Michigan lawmakers moved swiftly Tuesday to advance a $500 million plan to restructure Detroit public schools by creating a new district - a vote intended to ease the concerns of teachers who closed the district for a second consecutive day by calling out sick....

Man in wheelchair, left in sun at Florida nursing home, dies
PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida nursing home is under investigation after the death of a man in a wheelchair who was left in the sun, where he suffered second-degree burns, blistering and symptoms of dehydration....

Another big verdict in talc case against Johnson & Johnson
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Twice in the past three months, juries have awarded tens millions of dollars to ovarian cancer victims who blamed Johnson & Johnson talcum powder for their illness - among the first verdicts in a gathering courtroom assault by law firms that are aggressively recruiting clients through TV ads and the Internet....

Indiana voters get their say in high-stakes primary
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Voters in Indiana are in the spotlight in a big way. That's because the delegate math going into Tuesday's primary means Indiana represents one of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's last chances to stop Donald Trump's march to the 1,237 delegates the billionaire businessman needs to clinch the GOP nomination outright and avoid a contested convention. The stakes are not as high on the Democratic side. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton already has a commanding lead in the delegate race. It's not impossible for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to catch up, but Indiana could make it much harder....

911 calls to Prince estate ranged from mundane to serious
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Authorities and emergency responders were called to Prince's suburban Minneapolis home over the last five years for everything from mundane reports of tripped fire alarms to more serious medical calls, a log released Tuesday shows....

Police begin wider body camera use after months of testing
BOSTON (AP) -- After months of testing, many of the nation's big-city police forces are planning to expand their use of body cameras by the summer, but the number of officers with such gear will still be relatively small, an Associated Press review found....

Chicago: Students can access bathrooms by gender identity
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Public Schools will allow transgender students and employees to use bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their gender identities, according to guidelines released Tuesday by the nation's third-largest school district....

Prison guard says he fired as he was punched at biker brawl
DENVER (AP) -- A corrections officer who killed a man during a shootout at a Denver motorcycle show said he fired the first shot because members of another biker group were punching and cornering him, according to police reports released Tuesday that offer a new glimpse into the chaotic brawl....

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