04-20-2018  3:09 pm      •     
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Former governor and others support 15 inmates who say they were beaten by convicted official Jon Burge

CHICAGO (AP) -- Fifteen incarcerated men who claim they were sent to prison by confessions that were beaten, burned and tortured out of them by convicted Chicago police Lt. Jon Burge and his officers are getting some high-profile help - including from a former Illinois governor.


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Pentagon has been hesitant to release names of those killed

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Troops killed in the deadliest incident of the Afghan war came home Tuesday - traveling in death much the same way they did in life - shrouded in secrecy.

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Openly gay governor resigned seven years ago amid scandal; now he's helping female inmates turn their own lives around

KEARNY, N.J. (AP) -- For anyone curious about what Jim McGreevey is up to seven years after coming out of the closet to become the first openly gay governor and resigning over an affair with a male staffer, his simple answer is this: "Having lunch at Hudson County Correctional Center."


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White House projects initiative focused on model years 2014 to 2018 will save $50 billion

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fire trucks and concrete mixers, semis, heavy-duty pickups and all trucks in between will, for the first time, have to trim fuel consumption and emissions of heat-trapping gases under new efficiency standards announced Tuesday by President Barack Obama.


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Move will give educators a break from No Child Left Behind mandates

Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he will announce a new waiver system Monday to give schools a break from student testing mandates in the federal No Child Left Behind law. Critics say the benchmarks are unrealistic and brand schools as failures even if they make progress.


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Deadliest single loss for US forces in the decade-long war

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The 30 U.S. troops and eight Afghans who died in a helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan were on a mission targeting a Taliban leader when an insurgent with a rocket-propelled grenade reportedly fired on the chopper and shot it down, U.S.-led coalition said Monday.

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Voting Rights Act, which aimed to stop Jim Crow efforts, has renewed relevancy in some Southern states

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- When President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law in 1965, it was an antidote to Jim Crow-era efforts to suppress the black vote in Southern states still fighting bloody battles over racial equality.


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Agency struggles financially as more bill payments go online and down economy reduces business mail

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Postal Service said Friday it lost $3.1 billion in the April through June period and could be forced to default on payments due to the federal government when the fiscal year ends in September.


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Experts say affected individuals brought legitimacy and credibility to anti-war movement

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- David Potorti recalls his mother's pain when his brother Jim was killed in the World Trade Center. Clutching her stomach, she cried out: "Jim. Jim. Jim." She said something else that made a lasting impression on him: "I don't want anyone else to feel the pain I'm feeling right now."


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The Dow Jones industrial average made up only a small fraction of the losses from Thursday, when the Dow dropped 512, its worst since the financial crisis of 2008

The jobs number beat the forecast of economists, who were expecting no more than 90,000. And it was an overwhelming relief for investors, who just lived through two of the most brutal weeks in Wall Street history.


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