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Latest Rikers brutality case fuels debate over jail's future

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:26:50 GMT2017-03-25T17:26:50Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The latest in a string of brutality cases against Rikers Island guards has added fuel to a growing debate on whether New York City's notoriously violent jail complex has become so dysfunctional it should be shut down....

Colorado weighs strategy for guarding against pot crackdown

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:34:06 GMT2017-03-25T14:34:06Z

DENVER (AP) -- Colorado is considering an unusual strategy to protect its nascent marijuana industry from a potential federal crackdown, even at the expense of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax collections....

Many governors welcome demise of GOP health care bill

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:36:07 GMT2017-03-25T11:36:07Z

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) -- Governors of both parties had warned Congress for weeks that the Republican health care bill threatened to saddle their states with big costs and potentially leave millions of people without coverage, especially because of the cutbacks planned to Medicaid....

Security, parking, garbage irk Ivanka Trump's DC neighbors

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 15:43:58 GMT2017-03-25T15:43:58Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Residents of a posh Washington neighborhood say Ivanka Trump and her family don't make for very good neighbors, taking up much of the parking on an already crowded street and leaving trash bags at the curb for days. A big part of the complaint: a huge security presence, with even a trip to the playground requiring three vans....

Double-amputee Marine vet joins New York police department

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:26:30 GMT2017-03-25T00:26:30Z

BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) -- The wounded warrior is now a cop - and he'll be walking the beat on titanium legs....

Immigrants find sanctuary in growing Austin church network

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:17:41 GMT2017-03-25T13:17:41Z

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Senior Minister Meg Barnhouse knows she'll need beds, a dresser, chairs and a mirror to make the classroom at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin feel more like a home for a mother and her young daughter who are still deciding whether they will become the latest immigrants seeking sanctuary from deportation by moving into a church....

Ex-Penn State president convicted over child-sex scandal

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 01:28:41 GMT2017-03-25T01:28:41Z

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Former Penn State President Graham Spanier was convicted Friday of hushing up child sexual abuse allegations in 2001 against Jerry Sandusky, whose arrest a decade later blew up into a major scandal for the university and led to the firing of beloved football coach Joe Paterno....

Kentucky lawyer pleads guilty in massive disability scheme

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:45:24 GMT2017-03-24T23:45:24Z

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A flamboyant Kentucky lawyer who billed himself as "Mr. Social Security" pleaded guilty Friday for his role in what prosecutors portrayed as a long-running scheme to defraud the government of nearly $600 million in federal disability payments....

Public memorial service to honor Fisher and Reynolds

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:06:42 GMT2017-03-25T07:06:42Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Stars and fans will gather Saturday for a public memorial to honor late actresses Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher nearly three months after their deaths....

NYC says Trump Tower resident wrongly rented out on Airbnb

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:27:28 GMT2017-03-25T18:27:28Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- A woman who owns an apartment at Trump Tower is being fined $1,000 by the city after they say she wrongly rented it out on Airbnb....