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Michigan says 38 underperforming public schools could close

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan on Friday ordered the closure of 38 chronically underperforming public schools in Detroit and other communities, marking the first time that traditional schools will be closed explicitly for academic reasons under state law….

George H.W. Bush, wife remain hospitalized in Houston

HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, remained hospitalized in Houston on Friday, a family spokesman said….

Medical examiner: 3 of 6 victims from plane crash identified

CLEVELAND (AP) — The recovered remains of three of the six people killed when a plane crashed into Lake Erie off Cleveland last month have been identified, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner said Friday….

The Latest: Mexican druglord “El Chapo” is in US courthouse

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman facing drug trafficking and other charges in the United States (all times local):…

Freeze-dried food and 1 bathroom: 6 simulate Mars in dome

HONOLULU (AP) — Crammed into a dome with one bathroom, six scientists will spend eight months munching on mostly freeze-dried foods – with a rare treat of Spam – and have only their small sleeping quarters to retreat to for solace….

Protesters, Trump supporters clash outside ‘DeploraBall’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Protesters and supporters of President-elect Donald Trump clashed outside a pro-Trump event in Washington the night before his inauguration. Police used chemical spray on some protesters in an effort to control the unruly crowd….

‘Dance Moms’ star’s 2-day sentencing hearing set to begin

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal judge will decide if "Dance Moms" reality TV star Abby Lee Miller should be sentenced to prison or probation for concealing hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of income during her Chapter 11 bankruptcy….

Marathon bombing film productions won’t detail tax credits

BOSTON (AP) — Hollywood films about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings shot on location at the finish line and other landmarks last year to bring the story to the silver screen, but not all the for-profit productions have been forthcoming about the taxpayer-funded benefits they're seeking or have already received for filming in Massachusetts….