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Sandusky appeal seeks to have molestation case thrown out

- Associated Press

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is arguing that pretrial publicity, leaks and unprepared defense lawyers are among the reasons a judge should throw out his 45-count conviction for child sexual abuse.

Study: Lake Erie would offer plenty of food for Asian carp

- Associated Press

Runaway growth of algae in Lake Erie since the early 2000s has made the shallowest of the Great Lakes even more vulnerable to an invasion by greedy Asian carp, federal scientists said Wednesday.

Utah teen linked to deputy's death testifies at trial

Associated Press

A Utah teenager accused in a 50-mile crime spree that left a sheriff's deputy dead testified Wednesday that she drove the car because her boyfriend threatened to kill her and her family.

In this photo taken Tuesday, May 5, 2015, Tufts University student Jesse Mahler straighten-ups a small tented campsite next to school's administration building where students have been protesting the university's plans to cut about 35 janitorial jobs in Medford, Mass. Five students at the university began a hunger strike on Sunday in solidarity with the janitors. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Hunger striking students frustrated with university response

- Associated Press

Tufts University students on a hunger strike over janitor layoffs completed their third full day without food Wednesday, expressing growing frustration at the university's lack of response to their demands.

SC auditors fault department on abortion clinic reviews

- Associated Press

South Carolina's Department of Health and Environmental Control hasn't consistently inspected the state's three licensed abortion clinics as required by law, which could result in serious problems for patients, auditors reported Wednesday.

AP news guide: lethal injection drug in Tennessee

- Associated Press

Thirty-four death-row inmates in Tennessee are challenging the state's lethal injections protocols. On Wednesday, their attorneys asked the state Supreme Court to let them challenge Tennessee's backup method of execution as well: the electric chair.

No resolution after key ruling in 2005 Katrina flood suit

- Associated Press

Attorneys for the U.S. government and some New Orleans area property owners met behind closed doors with a judge Wednesday to discuss possible damages arising from a ruling last week that a federally built navigation channel contributed to flood damage from Katrina and other hurricanes.

House Democrats reject Rauner's proposed human services cuts

- Associated Press

Democrats who control the Illinois House sent a clear message Wednesday to GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner that they oppose his proposed cuts to human services in next year's budget, foreshadowing what could be weeks of tense negotiations before the Legislature's scheduled May 31 adjournment.

3 accused of operating fictitious police department

- Associated Press

Three people, one an aide to California Attorney General Kamala Harris, were arrested after claiming to operate a police department with jurisdiction in 33 states and Mexico and that traces its roots back 3,000 years.

AP EXPLAINS: What's next for jury in missing NYC boy case?

- Associated Press

The haunting case of missing first-grader Etan Patz has endured for almost four decades, and deliberations in the long-awaited murder trial stemming from his 1979 disappearance are enduring extraordinarily long, too.

Recent examples of arrests in 'homegrown terrorism' cases

- Associated Press

This week's attempted attack on a cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, raised concerns about the threat of terrorist activity by individuals in the U.S. inspired by the propaganda of the Islamic State group and other extremist organizations. Some other recent cases: