Some principals charged with kickbacks faced financial woes

DETROIT (AP) — A dozen Detroit principals and an administrator are accused of finding a way to bleed their struggling public schools of $900,000 — ordering chairs, writing paper and other supplies that in most cases were never delivered, even as investigators doggedly battled fraud in a district that lacks textbooks and even toilet paper.

  • Written by COREY WILLIAMS, Associated Press

Biden arrives in Iraq to try to help settle political crisis

BAGHDAD (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Baghdad on Thursday on a visit intended to help Iraqi leaders resolve a political crisis that has hindered efforts to defeat the Islamic State group.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

Hastert judge delivered verbal equivalent of public flogging

CHICAGO (AP) — When he sentenced Dennis Hastert to more than a year in prison, the judge in the former House speaker's hush-money case delivered the verbal equivalent of a public flogging.

  • Written by MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press

Ex-San Francisco officer arrested for obstructing rape probe

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former San Francisco police lieutenant linked to a racist texting scandal and also charged with obstructing the rape investigation of a subordinate officer was arrested Wednesday, police said.

  • Written by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press

Airstrikes, shelling kill at least 60 in Syria's Aleppo city

BEIRUT (AP) — A wave of airstrikes and shelling killed more than 60 people in less than 24 hours in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, monitors and activists said Thursday. The contested city is now one of the main battlegrounds of Syria's devastating civil war, with a cease-fire that has collapsed and peace talks in Geneva stalled.

  • Written by SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press