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Seamstress who aided escapees pleads guilty

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — A prison seamstress pleaded guilty on Tuesday to helping two murderers escape from a maximum security prison in upstate New York last month.

Seven dead in separate small airplane crashes

WISCONSIN/MINNESOTA — Seven people have been killed in two crashes of small airplanes in western Wisconsin and southwestern Minnesota, officials said on Tuesday.

Second suspect in 10 days dies in custody of Houston police

HOUSTON — Police are investigating the deaths of two suspects in their custody in the past 10 days, incidents that have come as national attention has been focused on Texas police after a black woman was found hanged in a jail cell in a nearby county.

Teen arrested after body of missing California girl found

SANTA CRUZ, California — Authorities have arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection with the death of an 8-year-old girl missing since Sunday whose body was discovered in a recycling bin at a residential complex in Santa Cruz, California, police said.

Maine farm boy turns up safe after night lost in woods

AUGUSTA, Maine — A 7-year-old Maine farm boy was found safe on Tuesday after spending a night alone in the woods in the state’s rural northeast when he lost his way looking for the family dog, authorities said.

No protests at services for Louisiana theater shooting victims

FRANKLIN, Lousiana — Members of a Kansas-based fundamentalist Christian church who threatened to stage protests at the funerals of two women fatally shot in a Louisiana movie theater failed to show up on Monday as the first of the services got underway, according to local news reports and social media.

Boy Scouts end blanket ban on gay adult leaders

DALLAS — The Boy Scouts of America have ended a blanket ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion because of their faith.

Murder charge in fatal church stabbing

MARYLAND — A Virginia man was charged with first-degree murder on Monday in connection with a knife attack at a Maryland church service in which a man was killed and his wife critically injured, police said.

Outside attorneys to aid with Texas jail death

CHICAGO — The county prosecutor investigating the death of a black woman at a Texas jail days after her arrest during a traffic stop said on Monday outside attorneys will help with the probe, which likely will go to a county grand jury in August.

Offshore wind power gets foothold in US with Rhode Island project

NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. -- Rhode Island’s Deepwater Wind will start installing the foundations for North America’s first offshore wind farm on Monday, a milestone the company says could pave the way for an industry long established in Europe but that is still struggling with opposition in the United States.

Some Guantanamo inmates would go to U.S. under new plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A plan being drafted for closing the Guantanamo military jail will call for the transfer to U.S. prisons of possibly dozens of inmates deemed too dangerous to release, President Barack Obama’s counter terrorism adviser said, setting up a fight with congressional opponents.

U.S. companies pledge support for U.N. climate deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Thirteen big name American companies on Monday were to announce $140 billion in low-carbon investments to lend support to a global climate change deal in Paris in December, the White House said.

FDA proposes food label update for added sugars

Food companies would be required to label the amount of added sugar as a percentage of recommended daily calorie intake under a proposal on Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Judge rules immigrant women, children should be released

A federal judge has ruled that hundreds of immigrant women and children in holding facilities should be released, finding their detention “deplorable” and in grave violation of an earlier court settlement.

Conflicting stories on Clinton’s Benghazi testimony

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hillary Clinton says she will testify in October at a public hearing of the House committee investigating the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya. The committee says that’s not necessarily so, because Clinton’s lawyer is still demanding conditions for her appearance.

Hundreds mourn Sandra Bland at funeral

LISLE, Ill. — Hundreds of people on Saturday attended the funeral of Sandra Bland, a black woman found dead in a Texas jail cell days after she was arrested following a minor traffic offense, an incident said by activists to be yet another example of police brutality toward minorities.