Pentagon says fewer sex-assault victims faced retaliation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is lowering its estimate of the number of people it believes have faced retaliation for making claims of sexual assault, arguing that what might sometimes feel like revenge may actually be an attempt to help.

  • Written by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

Kansas City streetcars making comeback after 6-decade hiatus

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Six decades after Kansas City shuttered one of the nation's largest streetcar networks, a modern but much smaller version is set to open in its central business district — a project supporters say already has spurred hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of downtown development.

  • Written by BILL DRAPER, Associated Press

Florida Supreme Court considers overturning death sentences

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The lives of nearly 400 death row inmates hang in the balance during oral arguments Thursday before Florida's Supreme Court, which will ultimately decide if their sentences should be reduced to life in prison.

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Michigan House passes $500M Detroit schools restructure plan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan House approved a $500 million restructuring plan for Detroit Public Schools early Thursday, just days after disillusioned teachers staged a two-day sick-out because they feared the financially struggling district wouldn't be able to pay them all through the summer.

  • Written by MICHAEL GERSTEIN, Associated Press

North Carolina leaders denounce federal threat on LGBT law

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Giving no indication of yielding to pressure, North Carolina's Republican leaders called a federal warning about the legality of the state's new law limiting LGBT anti-discrimination rules a broad overreach by the government.

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