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AP Top U.S. News at 5:40 p.m. EDT

Judge to sentence former head of Chicago Public Schools
CHICAGO (AP) -- The former head of Chicago Public Schools was sentenced to more than four years in prison on Friday for steering $23 million in city contracts to education firms for a cut of more than $2 million in kickbacks....

MS-13 street gang grips Long Island suburbs in violence
BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) -- Late at night, when helicopters thrum overhead and spotlights beam down onto lawns, many people here know exactly what's going on....

MS-13 on Long Island: A look at 11 suspected victims
BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) -- Eleven mostly young people have been found dead in two New York suburbs since the start of the school year. All are believed to be victims of the MS-13 street gang. A look at the victims:...

Arkansas governor dismisses calls for full execution probe
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The Arkansas governor said Friday that he sees no reason for anything beyond a routine review of the state's execution procedures after a condemned inmate lurched and convulsed 20 times during a lethal injection....

Writhing and gasping: AP reporters view problem executions
The sedative midazolam is supposed to prevent condemned prisoners from suffering while they die, but opponents say several problematic executions involving the drug are evidence that it does not work consistently. They raised new concerns after an execution Thursday in Arkansas left the prisoner convulsing and pressing against his restraints....

Berkeley praises police for keeping peace at Coulter rallies
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Berkeley officials declared their handling of protests over Ann Coulter's canceled appearance a success thanks to a massive police presence that ensured the city did not become a "fight club," the mayor said Friday....

Robotic fruit pickers may help orchards with worker shortage
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Harvesting Washington state's vast fruit orchards each year requires thousands of farmworkers, and many of them work illegally in the United States....

Focus turns to senator with doctor guilty of Medicare fraud
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A prominent Florida eye doctor accused of political corruption was convicted of Medicare fraud Friday, increasing the odds that federal prosecutors could pressure him to testify against New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez....

Arrest made in death of elderly California woman out on walk
NORTH HIGHLANDS, Calif. (AP) -- A young man has been arrested in the sexual assault and beating death of an 86-year-old California woman who was attacked as she tried to help a friend during a morning walk, officials said Friday....

The Latest: Trump assures NRA he'll support gun rights
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Latest on the NRA's annual convention (all times local):...

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Prosecutor: Charges likely in deadly fall at Penn State frat

Report faults commissioner's absences amid jail violence


Florida boy among 5 students hit by car has died

Judge to sentence former head of Chicago Public Schools

Florida man pleads guilty to Inauguration Day rioting

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