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Freddie Gray pretrial hearing: Dispute over admissibility of officers' statements before judge
BALTIMORE (AP) -- A judge is holding a hearing on the admissibility of statements made to investigators by Baltimore police officers charged in connection with Freddie Gray's death....

Fire chief: 2 Kansas City firefighters killed after saving residents from collapsing building
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Two firefighters involved in rescuing two residents from a burning Kansas City building died after a wall collapsed on them, authorities said....

Planned Parenthood to stop seeking reimbursement for costs of fetal tissue programs
NEW YORK (AP) -- Responding to a furor over undercover videos, Planned Parenthood says it will maintain programs at some of its clinics that make fetal tissue available for research, but will no longer accept any sort of payment to cover the costs of those programs....

Less skin: Playboy to stop running pictures of completely naked women; 'It's just passe'
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Playboy is about to find out how many people really do read it for the articles....

Former head of Chicago Public Schools pleads guilty in contracts-for-kickbacks scheme
CHICAGO (AP) -- The former head of Chicago Public Schools pleaded guilty Tuesday to a fraud charge in an alleged scheme to steer $23 million in no-bid contracts to education firms for $2.3 million in bribes and kickbacks....

Court reinstates lawsuit over NYPD surveillance of Muslims, says media not to blame for harm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday reinstated a lawsuit challenging the New York Police Department's surveillance of Muslim groups in New Jersey after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, saying any resulting harm came from the city's tactics, not the media's reporting of them....

Judge: 16-year-old Oklahoma boy to be tried as adult in fatal stabbing of parents, 3 siblings
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- A 16-year-old Oklahoma boy will stand trial as an adult in the stabbing deaths of his parents and three siblings, a judge ruled Monday, rejecting a request by defense attorneys to certify him as a juvenile delinquent or youthful offender....

Convicted felon charged in off-duty officer shooting says he can't afford bond
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A convicted felon charged in the fatal shooting of an off-duty Memphis police officer told a judge Tuesday that he can't afford his $100,000 bond....

Out at home. And first, second and third: California bans smokeless tobacco at ballparks
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- California lawmakers have taken the first step toward accomplishing something Major League Baseball could never do on its own: Stop players from using smokeless tobacco....

Police defend use of Taser on Prairie View, Texas, council member outside his apartment
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas (AP) -- Police officials in a small, predominantly black Texas college town are defending the decision to use a stun gun on a City Council member when he intervened as officers questioned his friends outside his apartment....

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