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  • Judge orders sweeping changes to Texas foster care system

    DALLAS (AP) - A judge ordered Texas to make sweeping changes to its foster care system on Friday, two years after she found it unconstitutionally broken. U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack told the state the overhaul must include improvements in record keeping, caseworker visits and where children are placed. The changes were based on recommendations from experts the judge appointed to help craft a plan to improve the lives of children in long-term foster care.

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    US flu season gets worse, has 'lot more steam' than expected
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    US flu season gets worse, has 'lot more steam' than expected

    NEW YORK (AP) - The flu season in the U.S. is getting worse. Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show it grew even more intense.

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    Las Vegas gunman carefully planned attack; motive is mystery
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    Las Vegas gunman carefully planned attack; motive is mystery

    LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Las Vegas gunman meticulously planned how to carry out the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, researching SWAT tactics, renting other hotel rooms overlooking outdoor concerts and investigating potential targets in at least four cities, authorities said Friday.

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    Women will march again with aim to become a political force
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    Women will march again with aim to become a political force

    Activists are returning to the streets a year after more than 1 million people rallied at women's marches around the world with a message of female empowerment and protest against President Donald Trump. Hundreds of marches worldwide and a signature rally in Las Vegas this weekend are aimed at converting anger and enthusiasm into political force.

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  • Prosecutors say they will retry New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Sen. Bob Menendez might spend 2018 asking voters to re-elect him and jurors to acquit him. Federal prosecutors told a federal judge in New Jersey on Friday that they will seek a retrial of the Democratic senator, whose 11-week corruption trial ended in a hung jury in November. The filing to the judge seeks a retrial "at the earliest possible date." Menendez didn't immediately comment on the development.

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  • Lawyer: ICE unjustly holding award-winning Mexican reporter

    HOUSTON (AP) - Advocates for an award-winning journalist trying to win asylum in the United States because he says he received death threats in Mexico accused U.S. immigration officials Friday of unjustly detaining him based on a disputed 1999 incident.

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  • The Latest: No motive uncovered for Las Vegas mass shooting

    LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Latest on the shooting in Las Vegas last October that left 58 people dead and hundreds injured on the Las Vegas strip(all times local): 10:10 a.m. Investigators say they have still not determined why Las Vegas mass shooter Stephen Paddock opened fire from his high-rise hotel suite, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds.

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    Christa McAuliffe's lost lessons finally taught in space
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    Christa McAuliffe's lost lessons finally taught in space

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Christa McAuliffe's lost lessons are finally getting taught in space. Thirty-two years after the Challenger disaster, a pair of teachers turned astronauts will pay tribute to McAuliffe by carrying out her science classes on the International Space Station.

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  • 13-year-old charged with murder in boy's crossbow killing

    CHANDLER, Okla. (AP) - A 13-year-old Oklahoma boy accused of fatally shooting his 10-year-old friend with a crossbow in anger has been charged with first-degree murder. The death happened Oct. 21 in the small town of Chandler, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) northeast of Oklahoma City. Authorities say 10-year-old Austin Almanza was fatally struck by an arrow, which traveled through his body and then pierced his 8-year-old brother in the arm.

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    Winter is off to late start in normally frigid rural Alaska
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    Winter is off to late start in normally frigid rural Alaska

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Winter is off to a late start in parts of the nation's largest - and usually coldest - state. Months of higher-than-normal temperatures in parts of rural Alaska have opened dangerous gaps in frozen rivers that residents use to travel from village to village and to hunting grounds since there are no roads.

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    St. Paul's School says lawsuit settled in sex assault case
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    St. Paul's School says lawsuit settled in sex assault case

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The elite St. Paul's School has settled a lawsuit accusing it of failing to protect a girl who was sexually assaulted by a fellow student as part of a conquest ritual. The terms of the settlement are confidential, but Chessy Prout, now 19, said Friday that what began as an effort to speak up for herself in her case against Owen Labrie has grown into "standing up against a 162-year-old institution with a secret history of rape and cover-up."

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  • Mom, wife who had 2nd online life found slain

    CALERA, Ala. (AP) - Kathleen Dawn West described herself as a full-time wife and mom on Facebook but lived another life on other social media platforms, calling herself an exhibitionist and posting risque photos with a chance for subscribers to see sexier images for $15.99 a month. West, 42, was found dead outside her home near Birmingham, and authorities are now faced with a question: Did West's online activities play a role in her death?

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