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Picasso valued at $140M heading to NYC auction

(NEW YORK, AP) — Christie’s auction house has announced it will offer a 1955 masterpiece by Pablo Picasso for an estimated $140 million. “Women of Algiers (Version O)” will hit…

NY marks 25th anniversary of social club fire that killed 87

By VERENA DOBNIK (NEW YORK, AP) — Twenty-five years ago, what was then the biggest mass murder in U.S. history turned a New York City dance club into a smoky,…

State bills would limit access to officer body camera videos

By RYAN J. FOLEY (IOWA CITY, Iowa, AP) — State legislators are pushing to make it much harder to release police officer body camera videos, undermining their promise as a…

Schools nationwide struggle with substitute teacher shortage

By TOM COYNE (SOUTH BEND, Ind., AP) — Carrie Swing wasn’t alarmed when her fifth-grade daughter, Ivy, spent a day in a first-grade classroom at her San Francisco school, filling…

First direct flights between New York and Cuba taking off

(NEW YORK, AP) — The first direct charter flights between New York City and Cuba are now taking off. Cuba Travel Services has started offering a weekly Tuesday charter between…

Utah set to bring back death sentence by firing squad

By KELLY CATALFAMO and MICHELLE L. PRICE (SALT LAKE CITY, AP) — Utah — the only state in the past 40 years to carry out a death sentence by firing squad…

Official: 11 service members missing in crash presumed dead

By MELISSA NELSON-GABRIEL (PENSACOLA, Fla., AP) — Seven Marines and four soldiers aboard an Army helicopter that crashed over waters off Florida during a routine night training mission were presumed…

It’s not just right-to-work: Bills targeting unions multiply

By JONATHAN MATTISE and NICHOLAS RICCARDI (CHARLESTON, W.Va., AP) — It’s not just Gov. Scott Walker. Republican lawmakers in statehouses nationwide are working to weaken organized labor, sometimes with efforts that…

Anniversary of Selma march rekindles Ferguson comparisons

By JESSE J. HOLLAND (WASHINGTON, AP) — In only a few minutes on national television, the beatings of civil rights marchers by police on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma,…

DOJ: Ex-CIA chief admits mishandling classified information

(CHARLOTTE, N.C., AP) — Former CIA Director David Petraeus has agreed to plead guilty to mishandling classified materials, the Justice Department said Tuesday. A Justice Department statement says a plea…