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A sign is pictured at the entrance to a Planned Parenthood building in New YorkPlanned Parenthood says at least 24 states have cut its clinics of funding since mid-2015, when anti-abortion activists released videos purporting to show group officials negotiating prices for aborted fetal tissue. The footage gave rise to accusations that Planned Parenthood trafficked in body parts, which the group denies. Abortion laws in Kansas are among the strictest in the United States. . . more
Downtown Detroit is seen from a vacant lot, looking south along Woodward AvenueBy Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - The Michigan House of Representatives approved on Thursday a $500 million spending package for Detroit schools, which could run out of money to pay employees at the end of June. The legislation, which still needs approvals from the state Senate and Governor Rick Snyder, was passed early Thursday morning after hundreds of Detroit teachers called in sick over paycheck concerns, a move that closed nearly all of the district's 97 schools on Monday and Tuesday. Detroit school teachers returned to their classrooms on Wednesday following the "sick-out" after receiving assurances from officials that they will be paid for their work. . . more
China Railway High-speed Harmony bullet trains are seen at a high-speed train maintenance base in WuhanHigh-speed rail advocates had hoped the line, supported by more than $13 billion in state and federal money, would inspire similar government-financed projects. Companies in Texas, Minnesota and Nevada all plan to tap private cash from investors globally, with help from foreign train makers and governments eager to export train technology. The United States is the Holy Grail of deployment for Japan, China, France, Germany and Spain, said Tim Keith, Texas Central CEO. . . more
Search continues for escaped inmate in NJ; schools are openAs police in Ocean County, New Jersey continue their search for an escaped inmate, they say schools will be open on Thursday, but are on alert. . . more
BEIJING (AP) China's government health care regulator on Thursday ordered hospitals not to outsource medical services or promote false advertising amid a public outcry over the death of a young man who received expensive but ineffective treatments for a rare form of cancer. . . more
ATLANTA (AP) Federal authorities are seeking a DNA sample along with hair samples and fingerprints from at least one suspect as they continue investigating the theft of 130 guns from firearms dealers in several cities across Georgia. . . more
MINETTO, N.Y. (AP) A central New York teacher has been accused of dragging a disruptive second-grader to the principal's office and throwing the boy over a counter. . . more
PHILADELPHIA (AP) A Philadelphia police officer wounded during an ambush while he was sitting in his patrol car in January has received a "Man of the Year" award in New York City. . . more
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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would not bail out Puerto Rico if he were in the White House. Asked in an interview with CNN what he would do to help the U.S. commonwealth, Trump said "No, I would not bail out Puerto Rico," saying it had too much debt. It owes another $1.9 billion on July 1 that Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla says it cannot pay. . . more
LANSING, Mich. (AP) After 15 hours of mostly private meetings, the Michigan House approved a $500 million restructuring plan for the ailing Detroit Public Schools early Thursday. . . more
Crash cleared on I-95 SB near 320 in Delco; lanes still jammedAn accident halted traffic in the southbound lanes of Interstate-95 near Route 320 in Chester, Pennsylvania. . . more
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. . . more
Crash cleared on I-95 SB near 320 in Delco; lanes still jammedAn accident has halted traffic in the southbound lanes of Interstate-95 near Route 320 in Chester, Pennsylvania. . . more
The building housing the office of Dr. Howard Kornfeld appears, Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Mill Valley, Calif. Minneapolis attorney William Mauzy, who represents Kornfeld, said Wednesday that singer Prince had arranged an initial meeting with him the day before he died. Mauzy said Kornfeld had never met or spoken to Prince before the singer's representatives reached out to him on April 20. Mauzy said Kornfeld wasn't able to travel immediately to Minnesota, so arranged for his son Andrew to go instead. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)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. . . more
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory pauses while making comments concerning House Bill 2 during a government affairs conference in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, May 4, 2016. A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws and can't be enforced, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday, putting the state on notice that it is in danger of being sued and losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)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. . . more
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Residents escape burning home in Port RichmondA fast-moving fire damaged a house in Philadelphia's Port Richmond section. . . more
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BARNEGAT TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) Police in New Jersey say security footage has captured images of an inmate walking into a pharmacy a day after vanishing from a state prison. . . more