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White, wealthy communities are forming their own school districts

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Private prisons help with overcrowding, but at what cost?

By Ivette Feliciano, Zachary Green and Sam Weber IVETTE FELICIANO: Tucked between oil fields in Central California’s Kern Valley is the Taft Correctional Institution.

Big cases, retirement rumors as Supreme Court nears finish

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court enters its final week of work before a long summer hiatus with action expected on the Trump administration’s travel ban and a decision due in a separation of church and state case that arises from a Missouri church playground.

Will a new law hold the VA more accountable?

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London evacuates 650 apartments overnight during fire inspection blitz

Hundreds of people had to evacuate their towers in London overnight because inspectors found their buildings to be too vulnerable after a fire erupted in a high-rise last week and killed at least 79.

This archive holds a history of LGBTQ trailblazers in Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Academy of Music revealed its newly-digitized archive this week, a collection of thousands of images, clippings and performances dating back to the 1860s.

CIA chief: Intel leaks on the rise, cites leaker ‘worship’

WASHINGTON — CIA Director Mike Pompeo says he thinks disclosure of America’s secret intelligence is on the rise, fueled partly by the “worship” of leakers like Edward Snowden.

Illinois could be 1st state with ‘junk’ credit due to budget

CHICAGO — Illinois is on track to become the first U.S. state to have its credit rating downgraded to “junk” status, which would deepen its multibillion-dollar deficit and cost taxpayers more for years to come.

Column: Chinese courts call for death penalty for researchers who commit fraud

An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth — a life for a lab book? In the past few months, China has announced two new crackdowns on research misconduct — one of which could lead to executions for scientists who doctor their data.

After demands aired, solution to Qatar crisis seems far off

WASHINGTON — Faced with a sweeping set of demands, Qatar insisted Friday it can indefinitely survive the economic and diplomatic steps its neighbors have taken to try to pressure it into compliance, even as a top Emirati official warned the tiny country to brace for a long-term economic squeeze.

Five GOP senators now oppose health care bill as written

WASHINGTON — Nevada Republican Dean Heller became the fifth GOP senator to declare his opposition to the party’s banner legislation to scuttle much of Barack Obama’s health care overhaul on Friday, more than enough to sink the measure and deliver a stinging rebuke to President Donald Trump unless some of them can be brought aboard.

Three high-profile police shooting trials ended this week. Here’s what happened

Three police brutality trials concluded this week, all of them without a conviction for the officers involved.

The nation’s biggest drug lobby remains silent on GOP health care bill

Stephen Ubl of PhRMA took no formal position on the Republican health care bill making its way through Congress — in contrast to other major players in the health industry, like the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association and the AARP.

Military chiefs want 6-month delay on transgender enlistment

WASHINGTON — Military chiefs will seek a six-month delay before letting transgender people enlist in their services, officials said Friday.

Why offshore wind turbines can’t handle the toughest hurricanes

Offshore wind developments are rapidly expanding. But most wind turbines are not built to withstand a direct hit from the strongest hurricanes, according to a new study in Geophysical Research Letters that models the worst-scenarios caused by category-5 storms.

How to build the perfect sandcastle with science

Whether we prefer water sports or relaxing with a good book, the humble sandcastle is often a seaside must.

Why the actors behind popular video games are on an epic strike

The gaming world put its best and brightest new offerings on display at the 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo (or E3) last week.

Second mistrial declared in Ohio officer’s fatal shooting of Sam DuBose

An Ohio judge declared a mistrial Friday in the retrial of a former University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot Samuel DuBose in July 2015 during a traffic stop after his vehicle was flagged for a missing license plate.

LISTEN LIVE: Spicer expected to address Senate health care plan

White House press secretary Sean Spicer is expected to address the Senate’s health care plan in his Friday news briefing.

Justices side with government in property rights case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday ruled against a Wisconsin family in a property rights case that makes it easier for government officials to restrict development in environmentally sensitive areas.