MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Despite a sternly worded ruling from a federal judge that many of Minnesota's sex offenders who've served their sentences could be long overdue for release, they're likely to spend many more months — maybe even years — in the state's civil commitment program.
A bipartisan panel of state lawmakers and advisers to Gov. Tom Wolf gave unanimous approval Thursday to a new formula to distribute aid to Pennsylvania's 500 public school districts, a model that would funnel more money to districts with rising enrollment and more students whose families are deeper in poverty.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors asked a federal appeals court Thursday to reinstate the murder conviction of a man who spent 24 years in prison for his daughter's death in a fire, saying they remain convinced of his guilt even though much of their evidence has been debunked.
The fires, spread by wind and exacerbated by very dry conditions, have already consumed more than 100 structures in Alaska, and were threatening others in drought-hit California and Arizona. In Oregon, officials imposed new 12-county restrictions on the use of flammables such as fireworks. In a national forest outside Los Angeles, some 500 firefighters backed by air tankers and bulldozers were battling the timber-and-grass fueled Lake Fire, which was raging across some 1,500 acres (600 hectares) and was just 5 percent contained, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said.
In a sweeping environmental manifesto aimed at spurring action, Pope Francis called Thursday for a bold cultural revolution to correct what he said was a "structurally perverse" economic system in which the rich exploited the poor, turning Earth into an "immense pile of filth."
Hundreds of law enforcement officials have joined the hunt for the men who escaped, but investigators have also turned their attention to conditions inside the prison before and during the breakout, including a look at Racette's management of the facility. Authorities have charged a female prison worker with smuggling hacksaw blades to the inmates, who cut through steel walls, squeezed through a steam pipe and emerged from a manhole outside the maximum security prison's walls. At some point, the county prosecutor said, Joyce Mitchell, 51, who worked in the prison tailor shop, discussed plans with the inmates, David Sweat, 35, and Richard Matt, 48, to murder her husband, who also works at the prison.