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  • Jeb Bush to eulogize mother, Barbara, in private service

    HOUSTON (AP) - Some 1,500 guests are expected to attend a private funeral for Barbara Bush at the nation's largest Episcopal church. First lady Melania Trump, former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, and former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, are among those expected to attend the invitation-only service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston. Burial will follow at the Bush Library in College Station, Texas.

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  • 1 student wounded in shooting at Florida high school

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A gunman carrying a shotgun in a guitar case opened fire at a Florida high school, wounding one student as other students and teachers piled desks and cabinets against classroom doors to make barricades. The 19-year-old suspect was later arrested and apologized as he was led away in handcuffs.

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  • Man who shot 2 deputies in Florida was mystery to neighbors

    TRENTON, Fla. (AP) - A man who investigators say killed two sheriff's deputies in rural north Florida was a mystery figure in the small agricultural community rocked by the shooting. Fifty-eight-year-old John Hubert Highnote had bought a house on a quiet, tree-lined dirt road outside of the tiny town of Bell in 2010, but didn't speak to neighbors and wasn't familiar at the few restaurants or shops on Main Street.

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  • Kansas officials boost projected tax collections by $540M

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A new fiscal forecast for Kansas' government Friday boosted projected tax collections enough for some officials to declare that the state can afford extra spending on public schools lawmakers have approved, while a top Republican called for tax cuts.

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  • CDC expands warning in E. coli outbreak from Arizona lettuce

    YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - The Centers for Disease Control is expanding a warning about contaminated lettuce from Arizona that has now sickened dozens of people in several states. The CDC said Friday that consumers are being advised to avoid whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce that may have come from the Yuma region. Previous warnings only applied to chopped romaine by itself or as part of salads and salad mixes.

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  • Science Says: Amount of straws, plastic pollution is huge

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Cities and nations are looking at banning plastic straws and stirrers in hopes of addressing the world's plastic pollution problem. The problem is so large, though, that scientists say that's not nearly enough. Australian scientists, using trash collected on U.S. coastlines, estimate there are between 437 million and 8.3 billion plastic straws around the world's oceans.

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  • USA Gymnastics settles sex abuse lawsuit

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - USA Gymnastics has reached a confidential settlement in a Georgia lawsuit that spurred a newspaper investigation into the organization's practices for reporting child abuse. A former gymnast filed the lawsuit against USA Gymnastics in 2013, alleging that the organization that trains Olympians received at least four warnings about coach William McCabe, who videotaped her in various states of undress.

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  • Driver in deadly immigrant smuggling case gets life sentence

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The driver of a semitrailer packed with at least 39 immigrants, 10 of whom died, has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for making the deadly smuggling run. Senior U.S. District Judge David A. Ezra read the sentence Friday, after James Matthew Bradley Jr. pleaded guilty in October to one conspiracy count and a count of transporting the immigrants resulting in death. The 61-year-old could have faced the death penalty had he been convicted at trial.

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  • The Latest: 2,500 attend public viewing for Barbara Bush

    HOUSTON (AP) - The Latest on the death of former first lady Barbara Bush (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Officials say around 2,500 people have walked past a casket holding former first lady Barbara Bush during a public viewing at a Houston church.

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  • Correction: School Security-Illinois story

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - In a story April 19 about an Illinois bill concerning school resource officers, The Associated Press misstated the name of a poverty advocacy group. It is the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, not the Sargent Shriver Center on Poverty Law. The AP also misspelled the name of one the center's employees. Her name is Michelle Mbekeani-Wiley, not Michelle Mbekani-Wiley. A corrected version of the story is below:

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  • National Teacher of the Year helps refugees in Washington

    SEATTLE (AP) - Undeterred by immigration politics, the 2018 National Teacher of the Year leads a Washington state classroom for refugees that runs on the same promise that's both bestowed upon children and fuels newcomers to the American dream. Mandy Manning's selection was announced Friday by the Council of Chief State School Officers.

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  • Suspended fraternity: Offensive video was 'satirical sketch'

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A fraternity suspended at Syracuse University over an offensive video says the activities were intended as a "satirical sketch." The university's Theta Tau chapter says on its website that the video shows a "roast" that depicts an uneducated, intolerant person. The chapter says it's embarrassed, disappointed and ashamed. The national engineering fraternity says in its statement that despite the context, there's no excuse.

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