Chicago teachers strike, say issue simple: 'It's the kids'
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago teachers went on strike Thursday, marching on picket lines after failing to reach a contract deal with the nation's third-largest school district in a dispute that canceled classes for more than 300,000 students.
Prosecutor misconduct alleged in Jodi Arias murder appeal
PHOENIX (AP) — Lawyers are scheduled to make arguments Thursday before the Arizona Court of Appeals as Jodi Arias seeks to overturn her murder conviction in the 2008 death of her former boyfriend.
APNewsBreak: Billionaire governor's family farms get subsidy
LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A family business of West Virginia's billionaire governor has maxed out a taxpayer-funded subsidy program meant to help farmers through the U.S.
Detectives across US grill serial killer, close cold cases
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Keep him talking, don't interrupt him and, no matter what, don't ask why he killed his victims. Those were the instructions Texas Ranger James Holland gave to the dozens of homicide detectives around the country when they got their moment with Samuel Little, hoping to solve decades-old cold cases and bring back answers to desperate families from the man the FBI identified this month as the most prolific serial killer in U.S.
Opioid industry presses for settlement as trial looms
CLEVELAND (AP) — With a trial looming, major drug distributors and manufacturers are pressing to settle thousands of claims against them related to the nation's persistent opioid crisis.
Cause for hope and caution following police shooting in home
In the days after Atatiana Jefferson's killing in her own home by a white Fort Worth police officer, many in the black community say they've seen at least initial signs of swifter action with the officer's arrest, but also are noticing some recurring and troubling themes.
Workers celebrate deal with GM, show union power in industry
DETROIT (AP) — On the picket lines at a General Motors transmission plant in Toledo, Ohio, passing cars honked and striking workers celebrated a tentative contract deal by munching on 10 pizzas dropped off by a supporter.
APNewsBreak: Skeleton unearthed beneath California peak
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The climbers were closing in on the top of California's second-highest peak when they came upon the grisly discovery of what looked like a bone buried in a boulder field.
Opioid settlement talks broaden ahead of 1st federal trial
CLEVELAND (AP) — Efforts to settle thousands of lawsuits related to the nation's opioid epidemic intensified Wednesday ahead of the scheduled start of arguments in the first federal trial over the crisis.
Chicago teachers to strike in nation's 3rd largest district
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago parents and community groups are scrambling to prepare for a massive teachers' strike set to begin Thursday, prompting the city to preemptively cancel classes in the nation's third-largest school district.
Fort Worth faith leaders want judge to enforce police reform
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Community and faith leaders on Wednesday called on the Trump administration to open a civil rights investigation into the Fort Worth Police Department in the wake of a white officer's fatal shooting of a black woman in her home, saying the goal should be a police reform plan enforced by a federal judge.
Frustration and pride in Canada after a year of legal pot
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The weed is expensive, the selection is limited, the black market persists, and licensed stores are scarce.
Aging, thin pipe likely cause of Philadelphia refinery fire
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An aging, failed elbow pipe that hadn't been inspected in almost 45 years appears to be the initial cause of a June 21 fire and subsequent explosions that injured five people at the largest oil refinery on the East Coast, federal investigators said Wednesday.
Farmers blame Trump for biofuels rule they view as betrayal
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Agriculture commodity groups and some farmers expressed frustration and anger Wednesday with a rule released by the Environmental Protection Agency that they said fails to uphold a promise President Donald Trump made 12 days ago to fulfill the intent of an ethanol law passed by Congress.
Toxic PCBs linger in schools; EPA, lawmakers fail to act
MONROE, Wash. (AP) — At first, teachers at Sky Valley Education Center simply evacuated students and used fans to clear the air when the fluorescent lights caught fire or smoked with noxious fumes.
Trump rule may mean 1 million kids lose automatic free lunch
NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly a million children could lose their automatic eligibility for free school lunches under a Trump administration proposal that would reduce the number of people who get food stamps.
Census confirms drivers' records request tied to citizenship
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau is acknowledging that its nationwide request for state drivers' license records is the result of President Donald Trump's order to gather records that can better determine the numbers of citizens and non-citizens across the U.S.
Earthquake probed as possible cause of California fuel fire
CROCKETT, Calif. (AP) — Officials were trying to determine Wednesday if a 4.5 magnitude earthquake triggered an explosion at a fuel storage facility in the San Francisco Bay Area that started a fire and trapped thousands in their homes for hours because of potentially unhealthy air.
City official: I support vandalism of Columbus statue
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A city councilor in Rhode Island says she thinks the recent vandalism to a Christopher Columbus statue is a good thing.
Scrutiny of vaccine exemptions banishes some from schools
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Carl and Kerri Schwartz say they have good medical reason for not vaccinating their disabled 11-year-old son, Thorn, and until recently his local public school went along with their family doctor's advice.
2 questioned in Ala. girl's abduction charged in other cases
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — One minute, police said, 3-year-old Kamille McKinney was playing outside at a birthday party on a cool fall night.
Fort Worth chief: 'absolutely no excuse' for woman's killing
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The furor Tuesday over the killing of a black woman by a white Fort Worth officer became increasingly about a gun pointed at a bedroom window.
British family decries treatment by US after border crossing
Seven members of an extended British family who made an unauthorized crossing into the United States from Canada are being held in federal custody at a Pennsylvania detention center nearly two weeks after their arrest, their lawyer said Tuesday, as U.S.
Chief: Officer's Proud Boys membership didn't break policy
A Connecticut police officer's membership in the Proud Boys, a far-right group known for engaging in violent clashes at political rallies, didn't violate department policies, the town's police chief has concluded in response to a civil rights group's concerns.
Felicity Huffman starts serving prison time in college scam
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — "Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman — aka inmate No. 77806-112 — reported Tuesday to a federal prison in California to serve a two-week sentence in a college admissions scandal that underscored the lengths some wealthy parents will go to get their children into top universities.