Top Headlines for U.S. News From the Associated Press

Michigan House passes $500M Detroit schools restructure plan
By MICHAEL GERSTEIN 05 May 2016 11:28

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....

Consumer watchdog proposes ban on some arbitration clauses
By KEN SWEET 05 May 2016 08:48

NEW YORK (AP) -- If government regulators get their way, it's going to become a lot easier to sue your bank....

Ex-Utah Sen. Bob Bennett, ousted in tea party wave, has died
By MICHELLE PRICE 05 May 2016 07:39

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Former U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett, of Utah, who shied away from the spotlight but earned a reputation as someone who knew how to get things done in Washington, has died. He was 82....

Florida Supreme Court considers overturning death sentences
05 May 2016 07:36

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....

North Carolina leaders denounce federal threat on LGBT law
By GARY D. ROBERTSON and EMERY P. DALESIO 05 May 2016 07:23

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....

Doctor called to help Prince is a longtime pain specialist
By ERIC RISBERG and JANIE HAR 05 May 2016 06:39

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) -- The Northern California doctor who was asked to help Prince before his death is an addiction and pain specialist who has championed the use of a semi-synthetic opiate to treat pain....

Questions: Did Prince's call for help get right response?
By CARLA K. JOHNSON 05 May 2016 06:25

CHICAGO (AP) -- Dramatic details emerging about how a California doctor reacted to a desperate call for help from Prince's staff a day before the musician was found dead have drawn criticism from experts in addiction medicine....

Clock starts for voters to reject new California tobacco age
By ALISON NOON 05 May 2016 06:12

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California has become the second state in the nation to raise the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21, starting the clock for opponents to ask voters for a reversal this November....

Kansas City streetcars making comeback after 6-decade hiatus
By BILL DRAPER 05 May 2016 05:44

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....

MTA: 1 -year or 3-year shutdown for L train repairs
05 May 2016 05:06

NEW YORK (AP) -- The lone subway tunnel connecting some of Brooklyn's hippest, youngest neighborhoods to New York City's commercial heart in Manhattan will either be closed entirely for 18 months, or see extremely limited service for three years, under two possible plans for repairing damage caused by Superstorm Sandy....

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