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This Nov. 23, 2016, photo provided by Barbara Adams via the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, shows the emaciated dog she noticed inside a trash bag that day in Wissahickon Valley Park in Philadelphia. Philadelphia police officer Michael Long, an 11-year veteran of the force accused of dumping the dog in the park, was arrested Thursday, March 23, 2017, on animal cruelty and related misdemeanor charges, according to the PSPCA. Animal welfare officers took the dog to a shelter for medical care, and a Malvern, Pa., resident has since adopted the female pit bull mix and named the dog Cranberry. (Barbara Adams/PSPCA via AP) This Nov. 23, 2016, photo provided by Barbara Adams via the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, shows the emaciated dog she noticed inside a trash bag that day in Wissahickon Valley Park in Philadelphia. Philadelphia police officer Michael Long, an 11-year veteran of the force accused of dumping the dog in the park, was arrested Thursday, March 23, 2017, on animal cruelty and related misdemeanor charges, according to the PSPCA. Animal welfare officers took the dog to a shelter for medical care, and a Malvern, Pa., resident has since adopted the female pit bull mix and named the dog Cranberry. (Barbara Adams/PSPCA via AP)

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia policeman accused of dumping his dog at park

A Philadelphia policeman has been accused of putting his adopted dog in a trash bag and dumping it at a park.

FILE – In this Jan. 6, 2014, file photo, Monsignor William Lynn leaves a bail hearing at the Center for Criminal Justice in Philadelphia. Lynn, long imprisoned over his handling of abuse complaints, may learn Friday, March 24, 2017, if his legal odyssey will come to an end. Lynn served nearly three years of a three- to six-year sentence when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court tossed his conviction over trial errors. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

RELIGION

Church leader's long legal odyssey over abuse claims returns

A former Philadelphia church official long imprisoned over his handling of abuse complaints may soon learn if his legal odyssey will come to an end.

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2001, file photo, smoke billows from one of the towers of the World Trade Center and flames as debris explodes from the second tower in New York. Family members of 9/11 families and others harmed in the terrorist attacks are on a fresh quest to hold Saudi Arabia responsible. A magistrate judge presiding over a Thursday, March 23, 2017, hearing says she hopes to streamline the legal process to speed the lawsuits along. (AP Photo/Chao Soi Cheong, File)

New York

Lawsuits blaming Saudi Arabia for 9/11 get new life

Family members of 9/11 families and others harmed in the terrorist attacks are on a fresh quest to hold Saudi Arabia responsible.

VIDEO

Tucker: Emails show Md school superintendent's priorities

Tucker reads emails of Montgomery County Superintendent of Schools, Jack R. Smith, whom he says seems more concerned about intolerant language and racist, xenophobic behavior than the alleged sexual ...

VIDEO

Md. rape case defense: Encounter in bathroom was consensual

Attorney with firm representing one of the defendants in Md. rape case says more evidence will surface that will prove his innocence and reveal the truth about the horrific allegations made against ...

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Southeast

FILE – In this Nov. 29, 2016, file photo, people protest as part of the National Day of Action to Fight for $15 near a McDonald's restaurant along the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas. A cluster of Black Lives Matter groups and the organization leading the push for a $15-an-hour wage are joining forces to combine the struggle for racial justice with the fight for economic equality, just as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. tried to do in the last year of his life. They are launching their first national joint action on April 4, 2017, the 49th anniversary of King’s assassination, with “Fight Racism, Raise Pay” protests in two dozen cities, including Atlanta; Chicago; Boston; Denver; and Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File) FILE – In this Nov. 29, 2016, file photo, people protest as part of the National Day of Action to Fight for $15 near a McDonald's restaurant along the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas. A cluster of Black Lives Matter groups and the organization leading the push for a $15-an-hour wage are joining forces to combine the struggle for racial justice with the fight for economic equality, just as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. tried to do in the last year of his life. They are launching their first national joint action on April 4, 2017, the 49th anniversary of King’s assassination, with “Fight Racism, Raise Pay” protests in two dozen cities, including Atlanta; Chicago; Boston; Denver; and Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

ECONOMY

Black Lives Matter groups joining forces with wage activists

A cluster of Black Lives Matter groups and the organization leading the push for a $15-an-hour wage are joining forces to combine the struggle for racial justice with the fight for economic equality, ...

Fires

SC deacon, wife, 2 children killed in house fire

Scott Kelly, 42, a deacon at Trinity Baptist Church in Cayce, along with his wife Mandy, 34, their son Judah, 10 months; and daughter Lizzie, 9, all died in the early morning blaze that erupted at ...

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CRIME

NJ man charged with blackmailing teens into online sex acts

Authorities say a Florida man has been charged with blackmailing five teenage girls to pose nude and engage in sexual conduct on web cameras.

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CRIME

Georgia man head-butted infant daughter, investigators say

A Coweta County man is accused of head-butting his 3-month-old baby, fracturing his daughter’s skull.

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Midwest

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Police and Law Enforcement

Off-duty Indiana trooper saves couple from fire at home

An off-duty Indiana State Trooper is being recognized for his heroic actions after he helped a couple escape a fire at their home.

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Veterans

Authorities find veteran's decomposed body, charge 3 family members with collecting his benefits

Police say three family members of a Wainwright home spent the social security payments of a veteran whose body was found badly decomposed in their living room.

Ohio

Ohio paying 2 men declared wrongfully imprisoned $1.45M each

Ohio has agreed to pay about $1.45 million each to two men declared wrongfully imprisoned for more than 16 years in a woman's 1988 slaying.

Illinois

Chicago has biggest population dip as southern states grow

Census data show the Chicago region lost more residents than any other U.S. metropolitan area last year, a drop coinciding with other Midwestern cities experiencing declines as the South and Southwest ...

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Missouri

Naked Kansas City man arrested in minivan rap battle killings

Authorities say a Kansas City man who was naked when he was arrested has been charged with fatally shooting two people and wounding a third after a rap battle erupted inside a minivan.

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Southwest

In this March 17, 2017, photo released by the Arizona Department of Public Safety shows a sign made by Amber VanHecke, who was stranded for five days near the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The 24-year-old Texas college student left signs on the car that ran out of gas detailing where she was headed in search of cell phone signal, and rescuers eventually found her. (Arizona Department of Public Safety via AP) In this March 17, 2017, photo released by the Arizona Department of Public Safety shows a sign made by Amber VanHecke, who was stranded for five days near the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The 24-year-old Texas college student left signs on the car that ran out of gas detailing where she was headed in search of cell phone signal, and rescuers eventually found her. (Arizona Department of Public Safety via AP)

Arizona

Student stranded for 5 days near Grand Canyon grew desperate

A Texas college student stranded for five days near the Grand Canyon says she was making farewell videos for her family as she grew desperate for help.

Texas

Texas school worker accused of impregnating 13-year-old

A Houston middle school staff member is facing charges after he was accused of impregnating a 13-year-old student.

Illinois

Chicago has biggest population dip as southern states grow

Census data show the Chicago region lost more residents than any other U.S. metropolitan area last year, a drop coinciding with other Midwestern cities experiencing declines as the South and Southwest ...

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Values

Texas judge sued for beginning courtroom sessions with prayer

A Texas judge is being sued in federal court by the nation's leading secularist legal organization because of his courtroom tradition of having guest pastors and chaplains offer an invocation before ...

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CRIME

Texas teacher in student-sex bust smiled because she's innocent, lawyer says

The lawyer of the smiling Texas high school teacher accused of fondling a male student said his client looks so cheerful in her mugshot because she’s innocent, according to a report.

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West

This undated photo provided by family, shows 1-year-old Jayden Cortez abducted in a stolen vehicle Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Cathedral City, Calif. Cathedral City police say two boys, Jayden, and 2-year-old Carlos Cortez, were in a Honda Accord that was stolen in Cathedral City on Thursday night. An Amber Alert has been issued for the white, four-door accord with license plate 7TJR654. (Cathedral City Police Department via AP) This undated photo provided by family, shows 1-year-old Jayden Cortez abducted in a stolen vehicle Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Cathedral City, Calif. Cathedral City police say two boys, Jayden, and 2-year-old Carlos Cortez, were in a Honda Accord that was stolen in Cathedral City on Thursday night. An Amber Alert has been issued for the white, four-door accord with license plate 7TJR654. (Cathedral City Police Department via AP)

California

Car stolen with 2 toddler boys inside in Palm Springs area

Police in Southern California say a car has been stolen with a 1-year-old boy and a 2-year-old boy inside who are now missing.

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California

Amber Alert issued in California after toddlers abducted in car theft

Authorities in Riverside County, Calif., on Thursday issued an Amber Alert after two toddlers were abducted in a car theft.

Investigators walk to the home where four people were found dead, Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. A suspect is being held in San Francisco. Police are not saying how the four were killed and are not immediately identifying the victims, including their genders and ages. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California

4 people, including 2 children, found dead in California

Police found four people, including two children, dead Thursday in a California home and a suspect was in custody, officials said.

The Banks High School mascot is visible on the side of the football stands at the school in Banks, Ore., Thursday, March 23, 2017. In Oregon, school districts with Native American mascots must abandon them by July or risk punishment that could include the withholding of state funds. But with the approval of the state, a handful of districts are working with tribes to keep some version of their mascots in exchange for concessions, including better classroom lessons on the history and culture of the state's many tribes. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

Administration

The Latest: Oregon board approves deal on tribal mascots

The Latest on an Oregon schools and tribal mascots (all times local): 2:45 p.m.

CORRECTS MONTH SURGERY TOOK PLACE TO JANUARY INSTEAD OF DECEMBER - FILE - This Feb. 1, 2017 file photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Shiloh Heavenly Quine. Quine was moved from a men's prison to the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla after becoming the nations' first inmate to have state-paid sex reassignment surgery in January. Quine says in a court filing that she is unhappy in her new prison because she has fewer privileges including a television, rehabilitation programs and razors, forcing her to grow a beard and mustache. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP, File)

CRIME

First sex reassignment inmate calls women's prison 'torture'

The first U.S. inmate to have taxpayer-funded sex reassignment surgery says she's been mistreated since being transferred to a California women's prison, where she now has a beard and mustache because ...

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