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Sex Crimes

Court officials: Man who denied kidnapping to change plea

Court officials say a man who pleaded not guilty to charges he kidnapped a 14-year-old girl and raped her repeatedly during nine months of captivity in New Hampshire is planning to enter a change of ...

Pennsylvania

The Latest: Target settles lawsuits tied to girl's stabbing

The Latest on lawsuits linked to a girl's stabbing in a Pittsburgh Target store (all times local): 1 p.m.

RELIGION

Court: New Jersey can't give $11M to religious schools

A court has ruled New Jersey cannot give $11 million in grants to two religious schools.

VIDEO

Crime-fighting 7-year-old punches armed robbery suspects

Raw video: Dramatic surveillance footage shows kid trying to stop thieves armed with handguns in Maryland

FILE - In this Sunday, May 15, 2016, file photo, President Barack Obama, right, laughs as he sits with longtime PBS journalist Bill Moyers, left, during Rutgers University's 250th anniversary commencement ceremony in Piscataway, N.J. Rutgers University officials say they were told Tuesday, May 24, 2016, that Moyers is turning down a $35,000 honorarium offered to him for speaking at a convocation ceremony for one of the university's divisions. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

EDUCATION

Bill Moyers turns down $35,000 speaking fee from Rutgers

PBS journalist Bill Moyers is turning down a $35,000 fee that Rutgers University offered for speaking at part of its graduation ceremony.

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Southeast

Sex Crimes

Teen forced to submit to explicit photos files lawsuit

A teenager who says police took explicit photos of him during a sexting investigation has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit.

FILE - In this June 23, 2005 file photo, Neshoba County circuit judge Marcus Gordon, explains to reporters his considerations in sentencing Edgar Ray Killen to 20-year terms on each of three counts of manslaughter for the 1964 deaths of three civil rights workers in his Philadelphia, Miss., courtroom. Gordon died Thursday, May 26, 2016 at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Miss. He was 84. Gordon sentenced Edgar Ray Killen to 60 years in prison after a mixed-race jury convicted the reputed former Ku Klux Klan leader of manslaughter in the 1964 kidnap-slaying of three civil rights workers in Neshoba County. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Homicide

State judge in 'Mississippi Burning' trial dies at age 84

The state judge who presided over the "Mississippi Burning" trial in 2005 has died.

Anthony R. Arriaga, second left,  is arraigned Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Mingo County Circuit Court before Judge Miki Thompson, in Williamson, WV. Arriaga is one of three people charged in the shooting death of ex-coal chief executive Bennett Hatfield. He was ordered held without bond pending a preliminary hearing June 3. Authorities say Hatfield was visiting his wife's gravesite at the Mountain View Memory Gardens in southern West Virginia when he was fatally shot. His body was found at the cemetery Monday. (Kyle Lovern/Williamson Daily News via AP)

Ohio

Prosecutor: Pair plotted to steal slain ex-coal exec's SUV

Two suspects in the fatal shooting of a former coal chief executive in southern West Virginia were planning to steal his vehicle, a prosecutor said Thursday.

MILITARY

Coast Guard recovers 4 survivors of mid-air jet collision

The Coast Guard says two jets collided off the North Carolina coast and four survivors have been taken to hospitals.

Homicide

The Latest: Man charged in professor's murder stays in jail

The Latest on the arrest made in killing of a Florida State University law professor(all times local): 10:55 a.m.

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Midwest

FILE - In this April 26, 2015 file photo, a monarch butterfly feeds on a duranta flower in Houston. Six states and the Federal Highway Administration signed an agreement Thursday, May 26, 2016, to make Interstate 35 roadsides more conducive to bees and butterflies by integrating plants that provide refuge and food for the pollinators in hopes of helping them recover from declining populations. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan,File) FILE - In this April 26, 2015 file photo, a monarch butterfly feeds on a duranta flower in Houston. Six states and the Federal Highway Administration signed an agreement Thursday, May 26, 2016, to make Interstate 35 roadsides more conducive to bees and butterflies by integrating plants that provide refuge and food for the pollinators in hopes of helping them recover from declining populations. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan,File)

US

Bees, butterflies to get better habitat along Interstate 35

Six states and the Federal Highway Administration have agreed to make the roadsides along Interstate 35 friendlier for bees and butterflies to help the insects boost their declining populations.

RELIGION

St. Paul archdiocese plan offers at least $65M to creditors

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has filed a bankruptcy reorganization plan that would set aside at least $65 million to pay clergy abuse victims and other creditors.

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler addresses questions after he announced the resignation of athletic director Norwood Teague, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 in Minneapolis.

Controversies

Drug investigation ensnares University of Minnesota wrestlers

The University of Minnesota police department is investigating allegations that several Golden Gophers wrestlers have been involved in selling and using drugs.

Anthony R. Arriaga, second left,  is arraigned Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Mingo County Circuit Court before Judge Miki Thompson, in Williamson, WV. Arriaga is one of three people charged in the shooting death of ex-coal chief executive Bennett Hatfield. He was ordered held without bond pending a preliminary hearing June 3. Authorities say Hatfield was visiting his wife's gravesite at the Mountain View Memory Gardens in southern West Virginia when he was fatally shot. His body was found at the cemetery Monday. (Kyle Lovern/Williamson Daily News via AP)

Ohio

Prosecutor: Pair plotted to steal slain ex-coal exec's SUV

Two suspects in the fatal shooting of a former coal chief executive in southern West Virginia were planning to steal his vehicle, a prosecutor said Thursday.

DISASTERS

90-minute tornado a rarity, even where tornadoes are common

A tornado that raked the northern Kansas landscape for about 90 minutes was impressive both for its classic "wedge" shape and its sheer endurance — staying on the ground about 10 times ...

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Southwest

The casket of Phoenix Police Officer David Glasser is taken into Christ's Church of the Valley in Peoria Thursday, May 26, 2016, for his funeral service. Glasser died May 19, a day after he was wounded when shot by a burglary suspect who then was fatally shot by police. (Tom Tingle/The Arizona Republic via AP)  MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT   MBO The casket of Phoenix Police Officer David Glasser is taken into Christ's Church of the Valley in Peoria Thursday, May 26, 2016, for his funeral service. Glasser died May 19, a day after he was wounded when shot by a burglary suspect who then was fatally shot by police. (Tom Tingle/The Arizona Republic via AP)  MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT   MBO

Arizona

Slain Phoenix officer is remembered as 'larger than life'

A Phoenix police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty was remembered Thursday as a devoted family man whose imposing build was only overshadowed by his propensity to help others.

Texas

'Affluenza' mom indicted on charges she helped son flee

The mother of a Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck has been indicted on charges accusing her of helping her son flee to Mexico.

Texas

Undocumented immigrant, 17, on track to be Dallas teacher

Melisa Simon is poised, confident and a hard worker.

The image of Phoenix police officer David Glasser is displayed during a news conference as Phoenix Police PIO Vince Lewis, left, holds his head down on Thursday May 19, 2016 in Phoenix.  Glasser died Thursday, a day after being wounded during a shooting that left a burglary suspect dead. (Nick Oza/The Arizona Republic via AP)  MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

Police and Law Enforcement

Phoenix officer killed on duty remembered as 'larger than life'

A Phoenix police officer fatally shot in the line of duty is being remembered as man whose imposing physical stature was only eclipsed by his heart.

Ethan Couch must spend 180 days in county jail for each of the four people he killed in 2013 when he rammed a pickup truck into a crowd of people helping a motorist

CRIME

'Affluenza' teen's mother indicted on charges including money laundering

A grand jury on Thursday indicted Tonya Couch, the mom accused of helping the so-called "Affluenza teen" Ethan Couch escape to Mexico while on probation after a deadly drunken-driving crash.

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West

California

1 student dead, 1 hospitalized after attack near school

Attackers shot two students near a San Francisco Bay Area high school, killing one and sending another to a hospital in an incident that prompted the closing of the campus, authorities said Thursday.

FILE: Airplanes are seen parked at Los Angeles International Airport last March.

California

Equipment outage briefly halts flights at LAX

A ground-stop for flights in and out of Los Angeles International Airport has been fully lifted after one hour.

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Homicide

Students involved in deadly attack near California high school, officials say

Authorities say one person is dead and another hospitalized after a shooting and stabbing near a San Francisco Bay Area high school.

California

LA County girl, 13, freed after getting stuck in chimney

Los Angeles County firefighters freed a 13-year-old girl who was stuck in a chimney at a home.

EDUCATION

Dr. Beach names Hawaii's Hanauma Bay best beach in America

Hawaii's Hanauma Bay on Oahu has been named America's best beach on an annual top 10 list compiled by coastal science professor Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach.

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