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Citizens' group wants prosecution over CIA rendition program

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina state and local officials should prosecute participants in a CIA program that ferried terrorism suspects to secret sites where they were tortured, an advocacy group seeking to stir action over the former U.S. policy is demanding.

Prosecution is one of dozens of recommendations to be released Thursday by the private, 11-member North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture.

Man who lost hand in sausage-making ordeal cut off own arm

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota man who lost a hand while making sausage says he was forced to cut off his arm above the wrist with a butcher knife when it became stuck in an electric meat mixer.

In his first public comments since the Aug. 17 accident, Myron Schlafman says he knew he “was in big trouble” when he accidentally stepped on a pedal activating the machine as he was taking meat out of the mixer.

St. Louis alderwoman sues city over tear gas at protest

ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis is facing another lawsuit over the police response to protests, this time from a city alderwoman.

Democratic Alderwoman Megan Ellyia Green filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday accusing police of using tear gas on her without justification on Sept. 15, 2017, following a demonstration after a white former police officer was acquitted in the death of a black suspect.

Remains near wrecked plane in Michigan may be Florida pilot

OSCODA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Authorities believe human remains found at the site of a wrecked plane in rural northern Michigan are a pilot from Florida reported missing some hours earlier.

The wreckage of the 10-passenger twin-turboprop King Air plane was found Tuesday morning in woods several miles west of Oscoda Wurtsmith Airport, about 130 miles (210 kilometers) north of Detroit.

Drones help search for escaped kangaroo in Florida

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - A runaway kangaroo in South Florida has wildlife officers sending up a pair of drones to help search for a second day.

More than a dozen officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have been joined by state troopers and local law enforcement in the search for Storm, a 5-year-old marsupial that hopped away from a home in a Jupiter Farms subdivision, where he’s been raised alongside six other kangaroos.

Advocate: Changes needed at state-run center after suicide

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut’s child advocate is calling for immediate action to improve safety and care at a state-run psychiatric treatment center for children, in response to the suicide of a pregnant teenager and seven other suicide attempts within the past year.

Child Advocate Sarah Eagan on Wednesday released her office’s report on the Albert J.