PHOENIX (AP) - The potential for Arizona teachers to launch a first-ever statewide strike has school districts, parents and education officials making contingency plans despite a lack of clarity about what may happen and when.
MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Police say an Indiana man is facing charges after his 3-year-old daughter accidentally shot her pregnant mother with a gun he left in the woman's car. Merrillville police say Menzo Brazier of Michigan City was charged Thursday with criminal recklessness and neglect of a dependent. The 21-year-old is currently jailed.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Some Illinois lawmakers want to give extra money to schools that replace armed security officers with unarmed social workers and behavior therapists, an approach to safety that's far different than a national push to add police or arm teachers following a mass shooting at a Florida high school.
AUBURN, Mich. (AP) - Officials say a potential threat has forced the closure of a central Michigan high school where students parked their pickup trucks adorned with Confederate flags outside for two days. Bay City Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Bigelow tells The Bay City Times he has canceled classes Thursday at Bay City Western High after being informed about rumors that people planned to confront students.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A package bomber who created a wave of terror across the South in the 1980s is scheduled to be executed in Alabama. The execution is set to happen nearly 30 years after Walter Leroy Moody Jr. killed a federal judge with a bomb mailed to his home. The 83-year-old Moody is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Thursday. Moody was convicted of killing Judge Robert S. Vance.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Texas company that owns an oil pipeline that spilled 140,000 gallons of crude along the California coast faces a criminal trial three years after the disaster. Jury selection began Thursday in Santa Barbara County Superior Court in the case against Plains All American Pipeline. The company faces a 15-count indictment that includes three felonies for releasing more than 140,000 gallons (53,000 liters) of oil on May 19, 2015.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The top military leaders of the Navy and Marine Corps said Thursday they have seen no discipline, morale or unit readiness problems with transgender troops now serving openly in the military.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Latest on two men arrested at Philadelphia Starbucks (all times local): 12:20 p.m. Philadelphia's police commissioner is apologizing to two black men who were arrested at a Starbucks in the city. Commissioner Richard Ross, who is black, apologized to the two men on Thursday after he previously staunchly defended police for their handling of the incident.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Latest on the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia (all times local): 12:45 p.m. Southwest Airlines sought more time to inspect fan blades like the one that snapped off during one of its flights and caused an engine breakup that left a passenger dead.