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michael brown’s mother, attorneys to speak at harvard panel


cambridge, mass. (ap) — the mother of michael brown and the maker of a documentary about his death will be speaking at harvard university. brown was an unarmed, black 18-year-old when he was fatally shot by a white police officer in ferguson, missouri. the officer was not charged. brown’s death touched off widespread protests and […]





public hearing planned on future of public affairs network


hartford, conn. (ap) — connecticut lawmakers want to learn more about the future plans for the state’s cable tv and online public affairs network. danbury rep. robert godfrey and west hartford sen. beth bye, both democrats, plan to hold an informational hearing monday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., on the status of the connecticut […]





police in tennessee confirm that fourth person has died in shooting at waffle house restaurant in nashville


nashville, tenn. (ap) — police in tennessee confirm that fourth person has died in shooting at waffle house restaurant in nashville.





police say 3 killed in separate shootings in ohio capital


columbus, ohio (ap) — police say separate shootings killed three men in ohio’s capital city, including a double homicide. columbus police say two men were found shot to death in a car in an alley on the city’s north side about 7:30 p.m. saturday. the victims haven’t been identified yet. about an hour later police […]





providence plans education summit to get community feedback


providence, r.i. (ap) — providence is holding an education summit to solicit feedback that will help shape policies and programs to improve teaching and learning. mayor jorge elorza said friday that the “all in” education summit will be held may 12 at the juanita sanchez educational complex. the democratic mayor says the summit, the second […]





former students recall 1968 protests that shut down columbia


new york (ap) — fifty years ago monday, columbia university students angry about racism and the vietnam war began a rebellion that fed a sense the country was in turmoil. starting at noon on april 23, 1968, student militants occupied hamilton hall, the main classroom building, and took a dean hostage for 24 hours. they […]





seahawks pre-draft preview: could seattle look for even more reinforcements for rapidly-changing legion of boom?


the fate of earl thomas will determine how great of a need the secondary is for the seahawks in the draft.





jury to resume deliberations in double homicide trial


beaver, pa. (ap) — jurors in western pennsylvania who have said they are deadlocked will try again monday to reach a verdict in the homicide trial of a man charged in what prosecutors call a drug deal robbery that claimed two lives. the beaver county times reports that the panel reported an “impasse” friday in […]





ny man convicted as teen of killing boy, 4, is denied parole


rochester, n.y. (ap) — a man convicted as a teenager of bludgeoning a western new york preschooler to death has been denied parole for the ninth time. the democrat and chronicle reports that the decision in eric m. smith’s case was announced friday. smith was 13 when he killed 4-year-old derrick robie into woods in […]





iraq says its strikes in syria killed 36 is militants


baghdad (ap) — a spokesman for iraq’s military says 36 islamic state militants have been killed in thursday’s airstrikes by iraq’s air force in syria. in a statement issued on sunday, brig. gen. yahya rasool says that the airstrikes hit a location where is militants were meeting, among other targets. rasool added that six is […]





state cold case unit could help solve enduring mysteries


newark, n.j. (ap) — a murder that took 50 years to solve spurred monmouth county prosecutor christopher gramiccioni to commit more resources to investigating cold cases, the mysteries that often hold a lurid fascination for the public but leave lingering emotional damage for those who knew the victims. gramiccioni and new jersey’s other 20 county […]





new law addresses maine’s workforce shortage


augusta, maine (ap) — a leading democrat hopes a new law will increase the number of highly skilled workers in maine. the law uses federal welfare funds to fund a new program to help low-income families pursue post-secondary degrees or credentials. individuals eligible for the program would have to have an income at or below […]





michigan develops plan to battle land-based invasive species


lansing, mich. (ap) — agencies have developed a plan to prevent land-based invasive plants, animals, insects and tree diseases from reaching michigan, while limiting the damage caused by those already in the state. the department of natural resources says the terrestrial invasive species state management plan was assembled by a team with representatives from several […]





has pete carroll’s ‘rah rah’ act with seahawks cratered? it seems unlikely


reports about recent departures raise the question, but the results show that his approach is fine. remember the seahawks were a few missed field goals away from finishing 12-4 with injuries to several key players.





wood from chevrolet plant going into detroit-made guitars


detroit (ap) — general motors is teaming up with a detroit guitar company that makes its instruments with reclaimed wood from city buildings. chevrolet and wallace detroit guitars are working to release a limited-edition line of guitars made of long grain maple from gm’s truck plant in fort wayne, indiana. the tie-up marks the centennial […]





abortion, opioids among issues that could arise at capitol


des moines, iowa (ap) — as republicans in control of the iowa legislature are focused on a state budget and tax cuts plans, other legislation is possible. a ban on most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected may still receive a key vote. last year, lawmakers outlawed most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. […]





jury to be picked for ex-new england mafia boss murder trial


boston (ap) — attorneys are preparing for trial in the case of a former new england mafia boss accused of killing a nightclub owner in 1993. jury selection in boston’s federal court will begin tuesday for the trial of ex-mafia boss francis “cadillac frank” salemme. salemme and co-defendant paul weadick are accused of killing federal […]





uae accuses qatar fighters of flying near passenger jet


dubai, united arab emirates (ap) — the united arab emirates again has accused qatari military fighter jets of coming dangerously close to an emirati commercial airliner landing in bahrain. qatar did not immediately respond to requests for comment. the uae’s general civil aviation authority said the alleged incident happened sunday morning with a flight carrying […]





tractor safety course to be taught across nebraska


lincoln, neb. (ap) — officials say a tractor safety course will be taught at a dozen locations across nebraska in may and june. there will be extensive training on tractor and all-terrain vehicle safety, with a variety of hands-on activities. teens 14 or 15 years of age are encouraged to register for the two-day nebraska […]





tourists at iconic french abbey evacuated after threat


mont-saint-michel, france (ap) — french authorities evacuated tourists from the mont-saint-michel abbey and were searching houses sunday on the famed outcropping in the english channel for a visitor who apparently threatened to attack security services. the exceptional and elaborate evacuation of one of france’s most-visited tourist sites came after a string of sporadic attacks around […]