11 Atlanta educators convicted in test cheating scandal

ATLANTA (AP) — Eleven former Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of participating in a test cheating conspiracy that drew nationwide attention were convicted Wednesday of racketeering charges. A grand jury indicted 35 educators in March 2013 on charges including...
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Inmate overpowers guard, escapes from eastern Illinois jail

Police approach a vehicle with guns drawn that convicted murderer Kamron T. Taylor stole during his escape early Wednesday, April 1, 2015, from the Jerome Combs Detention Center in Kankakee, Ill. Taylor, who was awaiting sentencing, escaped after overpowering a guard and taking...
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Arkansas governor urges changes to religious objection bill

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday called for changes to a religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasn’t intended to sanction discrimination based on sexual orientation. The...
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Adoptee from South Korea faces deportation from U.S.

This undated photo provided by Adam Crapser shows him around the age of 3 with his sister. Abandoned by one adoptive family, separated for nearly three decades from his only biological sister, and exposed to horrific abuse by another American adoptive couple, Crapser struggled...
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Gary Dahl, creator of the Pet Rock, dies at 78

This undated family handout image shows Gary Ross Dahl, the creator of the wildly popular 1970s fad the Pet Rock, has died at age 78 in southern Oregon. Dahl’s wife, Marguerite Dahl, confirmed Tuesday March 31, 2015 that her husband of 40 years died March 23 of chronic...
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Coroner: Death of Andrew Getty appears natural or accident

An officer stands outside a home in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Police say a man was found dead at the home of Andrew Getty, heir to Getty oil fortune. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu) An officer stands outside a home in the Hollywood Hills area of...
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Police: Man, woman found dead after medical office shooting

Medical personnel comfort each other after being evacuated by Fresno Police at the scene of a shooting at a medical clinic Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Fresno, Calif. A man and a woman were found dead after a shooting at the Eye Medical Clinic in downtown Fresno, police in central...
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Religious freedom laws not used against gays in the past

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence steps off the podium after a news conference discussing the state’s new religious-freedom law, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Indianapolis. Pence said that he wants legislation on his desk by the end of the week to clarify that the state’s new...

Foreign adoptions by Americans reach lowest mark since 1982

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of foreign children adopted by U.S. parents dropped by 9 percent last year to the lowest level since 1982, according to new State Department figures. The department’s report for the 2014 fiscal year shows 6,441 adoptions from abroad, down...
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Defense rests in 1st phase of Boston Marathon bombing trial

FILE – In this March 5, 2015 file courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial in Boston. Prosecutors rested their case against Tsarnaev on Monday,...