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superintendent of west va. schools for deaf, blind fired

romney, w.va. (ap) — the west virginia board of education has fired the superintendent that runs the state’s schools for blind and deaf students. martin keller jr.’s attorney says keller is planning to file a federal lawsuit to get his job back and seek punitive damages. the state school board hired keller in august 2015 […]

wyoming courts plan upgrades funded by higher fees

wheatland, wyo. (ap) — some wyoming courtrooms will be getting an upgrade under a plan by state court officials. the wyoming tribune eagle reports that a five-year plan includes the earliest upgrades in the northeast corner of the state and the east-central region. the $7 million plan depends on a fee paid by people convicted […]

north carolina man arrested for fatal january shooting

kinston, n.c. (ap) — authorities have arrested a north carolina man for a january shooting death. the kinston police department told local media outlets that carlos earl fields is charged in the jan. 30 shooting of alton mcknight, who was sitting in his car. according to police, fields was in jail in pitt county for […]

des moines to pay $225k to settle suit over police shooting

des moines, iowa (ap) — the city of des moines is expected to pay $225,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of an unarmed man killed by police in 2015. the des moines register reports that the city council is scheduled to approve the settlement agreement on monday. last month, the city acknowledging […]

police: substance that sickened officer included fentanyl

warwick, r.i. (ap) — police say the substance found near the community college of rhode island that sent six people to the hospital included the potent painkiller fentanyl. police said friday the results of a toxicology test done by the state department of health show that the piece of foil handled by the officer nov. […]

hiker dies after falling in red rock canyon

las vegas (ap) — a hiker has died after falling at red rock canyon national conservation area. las vegas police say rescue teams were called to the red rock sandstone quarry shortly before 11:30 a.m. saturday. a bystander tried to administer cpr but the hiker was pronounced dead at the scene. an overlook at the […]

police: more than 20 cats, dogs seized from home

torrington, conn. (ap) — police say animal control has seized more than 20 animals, including three dead dogs, from a connecticut home. authorities had received a complaint about the well-being of the cats and dogs at the torrington home. most of the animals seized friday were in cages. police say animal control had tried to […]

montana man killed in police shooting after car chases

billings, mont. (ap) — a montana man has died after being shot by police officers following a car chase. authorities said the man also rammed into police cars and ignored officers’ orders before being shot. billings police chief rich st. john told local media that police received a call late friday about a man ramming […]

judge urges tenn. private prison to improve meds policy

chattanooga, tenn. (ap) — officials at a private tennessee prison are reworking policies to ensure inmates get prescription medications more quickly. a hamilton county judge, tom greenholtz, has heard allegations from inmates that the prison takes several weeks to verify new inmates’ prescriptions. prison officials at silverdale detention facilities say they are working on a […]

prosecutors: case worker sexually assaulted child he oversaw

new brunswick, n.j. (ap) — a case worker stands accused of having sex with a child he was overseeing and using marijuana with the victim. middlesex county prosecutors announced saturday that 23-year-old miguel garrido, of south brunswick, was charged friday with numerous counts, including aggravated sexual assault and child endangerment. a telephone number for him […]

necropsy fails to show cause of omaha zoo elephant’s death

omaha, neb. (ap) — henry doorly zoo and aquarium officials say a necropsy performed on a young african elephant that died at the omaha zoo was unable to determine what caused his untimely death. the omaha world-herald reports that the results of the necropsy came back this week, two months after the elephant — named […]

man convicted of triple homicide in washington state

the known white supremacist killed his best friend and two others in woodland in 2016.

layton woman dies in rollover crash on i-15

kanosh, utah (ap) — icy road conditions may have been the cause of a rollover crash that has left a layton woman dead. ksl-tv of salt lake city reports 27-year-old hailey buh died saturday at the scene of a crash 15 miles south of kanosh. according to utah highway patrol officials, the car buh was […]

falcons’ devonta freeman — in concussion protocol — to miss game vs. seahawks

the falcons declared freeman out, although the news was expected, it became official on the league-required injury report.

group says it needs $500k to start st. louis trolley

st. louis (ap) — the nonprofit group behind the long-delayed streetcar set to operate in st. louis’ loop area and university city says operation won’t begin unless it gets $500,000. the st. louis post-dispatch reports that loop trolley co. recently notified local officials that it must have the money to cover startup costs and operating […]

attorney: ex-oklahoma senator to plead to child sex charge

oklahoma city (ap) — the attorney for a former state senator charged with producing and transporting child pornography says his client will plead guilty to one count of child sex trafficking in exchange for u.s. prosecutors dropping three other child pornography charges against him. ex-state sen. ralph shortey’s attorney ed blau confirmed the details of […]

servicemen killed in wwii to finally be buried in california

manteca, calif. (ap) — two u.s. servicemen whose remains were identified more than six decades after they were killed overseas during world war ii will finally get funerals in their california hometowns. the defense department says army air forces 1st lt. homer spence and marine corps reserve assistant cook frank masoni will be buried saturday […]

2 die in single-car crash in central missouri’s osage beach

osage beach, mo. (ap) — two people have died in a single-car crash in central missouri. the missouri state highway patrol says 51-year-old cheryl riegerix was driving the car westbound on a road in osage beach late friday night when it crossed the center line, went down an embankment and hit a tree. riegerix’s passenger, […]

us general says nuclear launch order can be refused

halifax, nova scotia (ap) — the top officer at u.s. strategic command said saturday an order from president donald trump or any of his successors to launch nuclear weapons can be refused if that order is determined to be illegal. air force gen. john hyten, commander of strategic command, told a panel at the halifax […]

mariners acquire reliever nick rumbelow from the yankees

seattle sent two minor league pitchers to new york in return.