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Arkansas awaits word from Supreme Court on execution
VARNER, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas prepared to execute its fourth inmate in eight days Thursday night, wrapping up an accelerated schedule of lethal injections that was set to beat the expiration date of one of the drugs....

Passenger who was dragged off jetliner settles with United
CHICAGO (AP) -- The passenger who was dragged off a flight after refusing to give up his seat settled with United for an undisclosed sum Thursday in an apparent attempt by the airline to put the fiasco behind it as quickly as possible....

Aide: Blacks not trying hard enough to work with Trump
NEW YORK (AP) -- President Donald Trump's liaison to the black community, the former "Apprentice" star Omarosa Manigault, says African-American activists aren't trying hard enough to work with the new administration....

GOP bill would discipline hecklers at college speeches
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- University of Wisconsin students who disrupt speeches and demonstrations could be expelled and campuses would have to remain neutral on public issue under a bill Republican legislators are pushing this week....

Berkeley protests peaceful as hundreds rally over Coulter
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Hundreds of people waving American flags and chanting "USA" gathered peacefully Thursday for a rally at a park in Berkeley - home of the free speech movement - to protest a canceled appearance by conservative commentator Ann Coulter....

Off-duty Border Patrol agent may have started Arizona fire
An off-duty Border Patrol agent is being investigated for possibly starting a large wildfire in southern Arizona while target shooting last weekend, authorities said Thursday....

Court: Employers can pay women less based on past salaries
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Employers can legally pay women less than men for the same work based on differences in the workers' previous salaries, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday....

Up against NRA, gun control advocates still voice optimism
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump, darling of the National Rifle Association, has custody of the Oval Office. The Republican-controlled Congress already has ditched one Obama-era rule to tighten access to guns. And an emboldened NRA has much more ambitious plans afoot for easing state and national gun laws as its annual convention unfolds this weekend in Atlanta....

No dump here: Posh public bathroom pops up, with music, art
NEW YORK (AP) -- In a park amid skyscrapers, a gem has emerged: a posh public bathroom that cost nearly $300,000, complete with freshly delivered flowers, imported tiles, classical music and artwork....

Slain trooper's young sons in court as killer gets death
MILFORD, Pa. (AP) -- With his victim's two young sons in court for the first time, a gunman who shot and killed a Pennsylvania trooper was formally sentenced to death Thursday, one day after a jury determined he should receive a lethal injection for the ambush at a state police barracks....

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