MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A man who struck and killed a New York police officer investigating an accident on the Long Island Expressway broke down in tears testifying at the trial of another driver who is charged in the officer's death, saying he had barely a second to stop before smashing his SUV into the officer and the other man's vehicle.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana may have lost as much as $60 million in hotel profits, tax revenue and other economic benefits when a dozen groups decided against hosting conventions in Indianapolis last year due at least in part to the controversy surrounding the state's religious objections law.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A push is underway in New Mexico to lengthen prison terms and let judges deny bail. The agenda is reminiscent of a wave of 1990s anti-crime laws that some states are now reversing.
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Public Schools teachers have complained for several years about poor pay, overcrowded classrooms, a lack of supplies, unsafe building conditions and uncertainty about their futures as the district struggles under a mountain of debt. Rolling teacher sick-outs have — so far in January — forced the district to close dozens of schools on some days. A preliminary hearing will be held next month on the district's lawsuit seeking to end the sick-outs.