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Convicted child molester Sandusky gets May 20 hearing
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky is getting a hearing in two weeks when his lawyers will be allowed to try to up end the prosecution of the former Penn State assistant coach....

North Carolina leaders denounce federal threat on LGBT law
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Giving no indication of yielding to pressure, North Carolina's Republican leaders called a federal warning about the legality of the state's new law limiting LGBT anti-discrimination rules a broad overreach by the government....

Michigan House passes $500M Detroit schools restructure plan
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Michigan House approved a $500 million restructuring plan for Detroit Public Schools early Thursday, just days after disillusioned teachers staged a two-day sick-out because they feared the financially struggling district wouldn't be able to pay them all through the summer....

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....

The Latest: Prosecutor in Chicago police case seeks recusal
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Latest on the case of a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the shooting of a black teenager (all times local):...

Navajo girl's slaying shocks, angers small tribal community
SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) -- On the far side of a desert hilltop in the shadow of the Shiprock Pinnacle, a towering monolith sacred to the Navajo Nation, the stranger ignored the cries of an 11-year-old girl....

Questions: Did Prince's call for help get right response?
CHICAGO (AP) -- Dramatic details emerging about how a California doctor reacted to a desperate call for help from Prince's staff a day before the musician was found dead have drawn criticism from experts in addiction medicine....

Doctor called to help Prince is a longtime pain specialist
MILL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) -- The Northern California doctor who was asked to help Prince before his death is an addiction and pain specialist who has championed the use of a semi-synthetic opiate to treat pain....

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....

Painful options for some Brooklyn subway riders amid repairs
NEW YORK (AP) -- The lone subway tunnel connecting some of Brooklyn's hippest, youngest neighborhoods to New York City's commercial heart in Manhattan will either be closed entirely for 18 months or see extremely limited service for three years under two possible plans for repairing damage caused by Superstorm Sandy....

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