MADISON, Wis. (AP) — For two years, Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who became a national conservative hero after his confrontation with public employee unions in Wisconsin, has insisted that he didn't know that some of his aides were improperly doing political work on government time when he was the top official in Milwaukee County.
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit's emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, filed a plan Friday for restructuring the city's $18 billion debt as it begins to emerge from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. A look at the plan's effects on key people and places:
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A paratrooper with the Army's famed 82nd Airborne Division has been killed in an explosion during a training exercise at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
CHICAGO (AP) — Same-sex couples in Illinois' largest county began receiving marriage licenses immediately after a federal judge's ruling Friday that some attorneys said could give county clerks statewide justification to also issue the documents right away.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Countless people in Philadelphia walked by a snow-covered sedan with dark windows and a slew of parking tickets before police this week found the body of a young mother inside.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Railroads that haul volatile crude shipments have reached an agreement with U.S. transportation officials to adopt wide-ranging, voluntary safety measures after a string of explosive and deadly accidents.
By Emily Le Coz JACKSON, Mississippi (Reuters) - The University of Mississippi wants to question three white male students who may have been involved in draping a noose over a statue of James Meredith, the African-American student who braved segregationist mobs to integrate the school in 1962, campus police said on Friday. Calvin Sellers, university chief of police, said attorneys for the three 19-year-old freshmen from Georgia wanted campus police to produce an arrest warrant before they would allow them to question the students about the act of vandalism on Sunday. Sellers said the three students failed to appear at a pre-arranged meeting on Thursday. "The University Police Department had gathered enough evidence by late Wednesday to bring charges through the student judicial process against two of the students, and both state and federal authorities were working in close coordination to determine whether criminal charges were applicable," the university said in a statement on Friday.
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's new Corrections Department director is promising to reform solitary confinement policies after spending the night in an isolated cell, an experiment he said left him "feeling twitchy and paranoid."
DENVER (AP) — Two Western states with some of the nation's lowest smoking rates are considering cracking down even more by raising the tobacco age to 21.
DETROIT (AP) — State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr says both Detroit pension systems need to agree to his restructuring plan to fund them in order for it to work.
By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - A Missouri man was charged with involuntary manslaughter on Friday in the beating death of a football fan in the stadium parking lot outside a Kansas City Chiefs game. Joshua Bradley, 25, is accused of striking Kyle Van Winkle, 30, multiple times after an argument on December 1, 2013 outside the National Football League game at Arrowhead Stadium in Missouri, the Jackson County prosecutor said in court records. The criminal charge comes a day after two men were sentenced to prison in California for the severe beating of a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles in 2011.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The company at the center of West Virginia's chemical spill that contaminated drinking water for 300,000 people is selling the rest of its chemicals, helping its 51 employees find new jobs and winding down operations.
By Teresa Carson PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - Four Portland teenagers have been charged with luring another teen into a shed, hitting him with a crowbar, shooting him with a BB gun, forcing him to eat cat feces and carving a swastika on his forehead, court documents provided on Friday revealed. The documents indicated the victim in the case, Dustyn Murrain, was lured to the shed earlier this month by a girl and then attacked by the other teens. Jenna Montgomery and Blue Kalmbach, both 15, and Jess Taylor, 17, were charged on Wednesday with assault, kidnapping, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and robbery in connection with the February 10 incident, authorities said. Although some reports have said the swastika indicated the four teens were white supremacists, Portland Police Bureau Sergeant Pete Simpson said on Friday that does not appear to be the case, although he did not elaborate.
ALTURAS, Calif. (AP) — A former tribal leader killed her brother, nephew, niece and a worker at the headquarters of a small Indian tribe that was evicting the suspect and her son from its land in far Northern California, police said on Friday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal law enforcement authorities on Friday announced multiple charges of bribery and cover-ups against a Democratic state lawmaker and his brother, the result of a long-running corruption investigation that has tarnished the state's majority party.
LORMAN, Miss. (AP) — M. Christopher Brown II was regarded as a rising star in the world of historically black universities and a transformational leader at Mississippi's Alcorn State University. Hired at just 38, he and the university were winning awards and Alcorn's profile was on the rise.
Two longtime opponents of the U.S. gay-rights movement on Friday announced formation of a coalition that will seek to persuade more countries around the world to follow Russia's example in passing laws that restrict gay rights.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man considered a bully by some of his St. Louis neighbors has been sentenced to one year of probation for harassment.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that former mayor Michael Bloomberg helped reduce carbon emissions in New York and he is now counting on the billionaire philanthropist "to work for humanity" in his new job as United Nations Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change.