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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) \u2014 Puerto Rico's new governor on Friday rejected orders from a federal control board in the first clash over how best to tackle the government's deep financial crisis after a decade-long economic slump in the U.S. territory.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello called the board's demands unacceptable and said they differ greatly from his vision to promote economic growth.

\"Any fiscal plan premised exclusively on a reduction in the health, well-being, and living standards of the people of Puerto Rico through health care delivery cutbacks, current retiree pension reductions ... and layoffs is by its nature unacceptable,\" he said in a letter to the board.

Rossello's reply comes as his administration faces pressure to submit a revised fiscal plan this month and next month's expiration of a stay on lawsuits filed by creditors. The governor has asked for an extension on both deadlines, and the board said earlier this week that it was inclined to grant them.

The board also ordered Rossello's administration to present a plan that would generate $4.5 billion a year in revenue or savings through 2019. Board members said Puerto Rico should reform its tax system and reduce health care and higher education spending as well as minimize the size of government in part by reducing payroll costs by 30 percent, among other things.

\"Puerto Rico faces a daunting fiscal challenge,\" the board said. \"Unless significant fiscal and structural measures are implemented, the government will have an annual average fiscal gap of $7.0 billion from fiscal year 2019 to fiscal year 2026.\"

This is in addition to a nearly $70 billion public debt load that Puerto Rico is seeking to restructure. The board has said the government should set aside $800 million in annual debt service, which would represent a nearly 80 percent shortfall on payments due, but Rossello has said the administration will pay based upon resources available at the time. He has said he is willing to keep negotiating with creditors, many of whom have filed lawsuits following multimillion-dollar defaults by the previous administration.

Rossello and others have criticized board members for their demands, saying they are putting too much pressure on a wobbly economy that has prompted more than 200,000 Puerto Ricans to move to the U.S. mainland in recent years. Economist Vicente Feliciano said that if the board's demands were implemented, the local economy could contract up to 16 percent in a worst-case scenario.

\"That's the sort of contraction you get in a civil war or an Ebola epidemic,\" he said in a phone interview. \"The proposals are extreme.\"

He said that while major adjustments are needed, the board and Rossello's administration need to reach a consensus: \"Any debt renegotiating right now is a waste of time.\"

A spokesman for the board did not respond to a request for comment.

Rossello has already taken several steps to help offset the government's financial crisis, including signing executive orders to reduce spending per agency by 10 percent as well as ordering a 10 percent cut in contracts for professional services. The board has previously stated that those measures are not enough.

\"We must be candid and stress that, to get closer to fiscal balance, a lot more will need to be done beyond the measures already adopted by your administration,\" said the board, which was created last year after President Barack Obama signed a rescue package for Puerto Rico.

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WEST LIBERTY, Ohio (AP) \u2014 The Latest on an Ohio school shooting that injured one student (all times local):

6:10 p.m.

The family of a student injured in an Ohio school shooting is asking for prayers for him and the shooter.

Sixteen-year-old Logan Cole's family says in a statement released by a Columbus hospital where he's being treated it thanks friends, relatives and the community for their support.

The statement encourages prayer for the shooter and his family. It says Cole's family is certain the shooter's family also has been deeply hurt.

The Cole family thanks God for protecting their son and say they're confident God has a purpose and plan through the tragedy.

Authorities say Cole was shot more than once with a shotgun wielded by a 17-year-old student at West Liberty High School on Friday morning. They say the shooter is in custody.

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4:50 p.m.

Authorities say staff at an Ohio school where a junior was shot overpowered the armed student and prevented what could have been a far worse situation.

Champaign County Sheriff Michael Melvin says more people would have been wounded at the West Liberty school building on Friday morning without the intervention because the shooter's intent was to harm more people.

West Liberty school superintendent Kraig Hissong (HIS'-song) identified the injured student as 16-year-old junior Logan Cole.

Cole is in critical but stable condition at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, about 50 miles southeast of the school.

The sheriff says Cole was shot more than once.

Champaign County Prosecutor Kevin Talebi (tuh-LEE'-bee) says a 17-year-old student is in custody and charged with felonious assault.

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11:05 a.m.

Officials say a male student who was shot and wounded at an Ohio school is being treated at a hospital, and another student suspected in the shooting is in custody.

The West Liberty-Salem Local School District superintendent says the shooting occurred as classes began Friday at the school complex roughly 45 miles northwest of Columbus.

Authorities haven't released information about the shooter.

Senior Ashley Rabenstein (RAY'-behn-steen) says she was in class down the hall from the shooting. She says her teacher threw desks against the door to block it, and students fled through the windows and ran to nearby houses to regroup.

Superintendent Kraig Hissong says teachers and students followed their emergency training.

Students were later bused away from the site so they could be picked up by their parents.

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9:35 a.m.

Authorities responding to a shooting at an Ohio school say one student was hurt and one person is in custody.

The shooting was reported Friday morning at the complex for both high school and elementary students in the West Liberty-Salem Local School District, roughly 45 miles northwest of Columbus.

Local media report the Champaign County sheriff's office confirmed the wounded person is a student but didn't immediately release other details. Local media said initial reports indicated that someone was shot through a window of a boys restroom in the high school.

Parents were told to pick up their children. A State Highway Patrol spokesman says troopers were helping with student pickups as the sheriff's office handles the investigation.

The superintendent's office didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.

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8:50 a.m.

Authorities responding to a reported shooting at a western Ohio school say one person was hurt and one person is in custody.

The shooting was reported Friday morning at the complex for both high school and elementary students in the West Liberty-Salem Local School District, roughly 45 miles northwest of Columbus.

No confirmed details were immediately available about the suspect, the injured person or the circumstances of the shooting. Local media said initial reports indicated that someone was shot through a window of a boys' restroom in the high school.

Parents in the district were being told to pick up their students at a nearby grocery store.

The superintendent's office didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) \u2014 More than 20 people escaped injury Friday when a flood swept cabins and vehicles down a coastal canyon as the second in a trio of storms drenched California with heavy rain and brought more snow to the mountains.

A swollen creek lifted five cabins off their foundations at midmorning and swept 22 vehicles down El Capitan Canyon in Santa Barbara County, fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni said.

Firefighters rescued one person from a vehicle and another person got out of another vehicle on their own, he said. Neither was harmed.

About 20 people stuck in the canyon were rescued from the private campground above a state beach about 115 miles northwest of Los Angeles, Zaniboni said.

Five of the vehicles and part of a cabin were found on the beach, he said.

By early afternoon the latest storm system had dumped more than 5 inches of rain in Refugio Pass in the Santa Ynez Mountains just to the northwest of El Capitan Canyon.

A sheriff's helicopter returning to an airport after the canyon incident spotted a car swamped by water and a woman screaming for help from higher ground nearby was hoisted to safety, Zaniboni said.

Throughout the day, forecasters issued a flurry of flash flood warnings and lower level advisories as the storm moved from north to south down the length of California with high rates of rainfall.

\"Storm #2 packing some punch,\" the Los Angeles-area National Weather Service office wrote.

In Northern California, a section of state highway flooded in Sonoma County and water rose to the wheel hubs of cars along low-lying streets in and around Santa Cruz.

Runoff and rockslides in the Santa Monica Mountains west of Los Angeles forced the California Highway Patrol to close all canyon roads in the Malibu area.

Forecasters warned of potential debris flows from wildfire burn scars in Southern California.

Storm warnings were also posted up and down the Sierra Nevada after the second storm dropped nearly 2 feet of snow at higher elevations.

The mountains of Southern California have also been accumulating snow on peaks that were barren in years of drought.

Along the coast, big surf was rolling ashore, and forecasters said waves could build to 30 feet on the Central Coast.

The third storm was forecast to be the strongest of the trio.

The National Weather Service says winds could gust up to 140 mph over the Sierra ridgetops Saturday night and Sunday.

Storms since the fall have caused drought to retreat from nearly half the state.

As of Thursday night, downtown Los Angeles had received 9.82 inches of rain since the start of the water year on Oct. 1, nearly 4 inches above normal to date and well above the 3.76 inches that had fallen in the same period a year earlier.

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AP writer Scott Sonner in Reno, Nevada, contributed to this story.

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WEST LIBERTY, Ohio (AP) \u2014 A school shooting that left one student hospitalized and others scrambling out classroom windows could have been far worse if not for the heroics of staff members who stopped the shooter and had him pinned down when police arrived, authorities said.

The shooter, a 17-year-old senior, used a shotgun and intended to harm more than the student who was hit, Champaign County Sheriff Matthew Melvin said.

The shooter was in custody facing a preliminary charge of felonious assault, with an initial hearing scheduled Monday, authorities said.

\"As tragic as this situation is, we are very, very fortunate,\" prosecutor Kevin Talebi said. \"It could have been much worse. I'm very, very thankful that, as bad as it is, it didn't escalate to a much more tragic incident.\"

Authorities identified the victim as 16-year-old junior Logan Cole, who was hospitalized in Columbus in critical condition.

The shooting, in a common hallway, was reported Friday morning just as classes were getting underway at the school complex, which is surrounded by farm fields 45 miles northwest of Columbus.

Superintendent Kraig Hissong called Cole \"a good kid.\"

\"He's a great student and a real positive person to have in our school system,\" Hissong said. \"Our hearts are out with his family right now and with him as he's trying to recover from this.\"

The shooter had no significant disciplinary issues, Hissong said.

Senior Ashley Rabenstein said she was in class down the hall at the time. When students first heard an odd noise, they weren't sure what it might be because construction has been occurring at the property, she said.

She said her teacher checked the hallway, then ran back and said there was a shooter and threw desks against the door to block it. Students fled through the windows and ran through a cornfield to regroup at nearby houses, Rabenstein said.

\"Especially in ... such a small town like this, where you pretty much know everyone who lives in the town, you just never think that stuff like this is going to happen,\" she said.

Hissong said teachers and students followed their emergency training, barricading doors and then fleeing if possible.

The district evacuated the school three or four school buses at a time over several hours, loading up students and taking them to a park in nearby West Liberty, where they were met by families.

Parent Emily Thornburg was waiting there for her daughter, a fourth-grader. She said the community was very \"tight-knit\" and everyone was rallying to help each other.

Thornburg, who works at a candy store, described how she felt when she heard about the shooting.

\"I just thought about how scared my kids probably were and that I couldn't be there to grab them,\" Thornburg said.

Parent Jason Dillon was at work at the East Liberty Honda plant when the news was announced over the intercom. He said he had been waiting about two hours for his daughter, a freshman, and his son, an eighth-grader.

\"It's in the back of your mind, when you send your kids, that you want them to come home safe,\" Dillon said. \"But days like today, really, it hits home.\"

School activities were cancelled through the weekend, and administrators were deciding whether classes would resume Monday.

___

Associated Press writer Kantele Franko contributed to this report from Columbus. Find Welsh-Huggins on Twitter at https://twitter.com/awhcolumbus . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/andrew-welsh-huggins .

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BEIRUT (AP) \u2014 Islamic State militants have destroyed parts of the second-century Roman amphitheater and an iconic monument known as the Tetrapylon in Syria's historic town of Palmyra, the government and experts said Friday.

It was the extremist group's latest attack on world heritage, an act that the U.N. cultural agency called a \"war crime.\" A Syrian government official said he feared for the remaining antiquities in Palmyra, which IS recaptured last month.

The U.N. Security Council \"strongly condemned the ongoing barbaric attacks\" by the militant group in Syria, \"including the destruction of cultural heritage such as parts of the Roman Theater in Palmyra.\"

Also on Friday, Turkey's military said IS killed five Turkish soldiers and wounded nine in a bomb attack in northern Syria.

Turkey is leading Syrian opposition fighters in an offensive against the IS-held town of al-Bab in the Aleppo province, a push that has been bogged down since mid-November. Since its military intervention, Turkey has lost 54 soldiers in Syria, most of them in the al-Bab offensive.

After suffering several setbacks in Syria, IS has gone on the offensive\u2014 reclaiming ancient Palmyra in December and launching an attack on a government-held city and military air base in Deir el-Zour in eastern Syria.

On Friday, the state news agency SANA said seven civilians were killed when IS shelled a residential area in the city of Deir el-Zour.

However, IS remains under pressure in northern Syria from Turkey and U.S-backed Kurdish forces, as well as in neighboring Iraq where Iraqi troops backed by the U.S.-led coalition are fighting to retake the city of Mosul from the militants.

Palmyra, a UNESCO world heritage site that once linked Persia, India, China with the Roman empire and the Mediterranean area, has already seen destruction at the hands of the Islamic State group. The ancient town first fell to IS militants in May 2015, when they held it for 10 months. During that time, IS damaged a number of its relics and eventually emptied it of most of its residents, causing an international outcry.

Palmyra fell again to the group last month, only nine months after a Russian-backed Syrian government offensive was hailed as a significant victory for Damascus.

On Friday, Maamoun Abdulkarim, the head of Syria's antiquities department, said reports of the recent destruction first trickled out of the IS-held town late in December. But satellite images of the damage only became available late Thursday, confirming the destruction.

Abdulkarim said militants have destroyed the facade of the second-century theater, along with the Roman-era Tetrapylon \u2014 a set of four monuments with four columns each standing at the center of the colonnaded road leading to the theater.

Satellite imagery obtained by the Boston-based American Schools of Oriental Research, or ASOR, show extensive damage to the Tetrapylon. DigitalGlobe satellite imagery also shows damage to the theater facade.

ASOR said the damage was likely caused by intentional destruction from IS, but the organization was unable to verify the exact cause.

IS extremists have destroyed ancient sites across their self-styled Islamic caliphate in Syria and Iraq, perceiving them as monuments to idolatry.

UNESCO's director-general, Irina Bokova, said the new destruction in Palmyra amounted to a war crime.

\"The Tetrapylon was an architectural symbol of the spirit of the encounter and openness of Palmyra - and this is also one of the reasons why it has been destroyed,\" she said in a statement.

Abdulkarim told The Associated Press that only two of the 16 columns of the Tetrapylon remain standing.

The Palmyra Tetrapylon, characterized by its four plinths that are not connected overhead, had only one original ancient column, said Abdulkarim. The 15 other columns were modelled after the ancient one and installed by Palmyra's 81-year old distinguished antiquities scholar Khaled al-Asaad, who was killed by IS militants when they were controlling the town the last time. The militants hung his body from a Roman column.

It was not immediately clear if the original column survived the destruction, Abdulkarim said.

ASOR said new stone debris was scattered across the center stage from damage to the stage backdrop that is also the facade of the theater.

During their first stay in Palmyra, IS destroyed ancient temples \u2014 including the Temple of Bel, which dated back to A.D. 32, and the Temple of Baalshamin, a structure of stone blocks several stories high and fronted by six towering columns. The group also used the theater for public killings and posted chilling videos of the slayings.

The militants also blew up the Arch of Triumph, built between A.D. 193 and A.D. 211.

Spokesman for Russian President Dmitry Peskov said Syrian troops are continuing their efforts to take back Palmyra. Peskov called the new destruction \"barbaric,\" saying that it is a \"real tragedy for the historic heritage.\"

On Friday, Syria's state news agency said government forces and allied troops have clashed with IS militants south of Palmyra, part of a new week-old offensive to reclaim the city.

Abdulkarim said he fears for what remains of the city's ancient relics.

\"When Palmyra fell for the second time, we shed tears because we expected this terror,\" he said. \"Now we are destined to see more terror if (IS control of Palmyra) continues.\"

Palmyra, with its 2,000-year-old towering Roman colonnades and priceless artifacts, was affectionately referred to by Syrians as the \"Bride of the Desert.\"

A desert oasis surrounded by palm trees in central Syria, Palmyra is also a strategic crossroads linking the Syrian capital, Damascus, with the country's east and neighboring Iraq. Located 215 kilometers (155 miles) east of Damascus, the city was once home to 65,000 people before the Syrian civil war began.

However, most Palmyra residents did not return after it was retaken by the government. Activists estimate the city is now home to a few hundred families. Many residents tried to flee as IS recaptured the city in December.

On Thursday, reports emerged that the militant group killed 12 captives it held in Palmyra, some of them beheaded in the Roman theater.

___

Associated Press writer Lori Hinnant in Paris and Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow contributed to this report.

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 President Donald Trump has reportedly picked a fierce critic of the Obama-era \"net neutrality\" rules to be chief regulator of the nation's airwaves and internet connections.

Citing unidentified people, Bloomberg and Politico both reported Friday that the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission will be Ajit Pai, an old hand at the agency. Pai's chief of staff, Matthew Berry, declined to comment. Neither Trump administration spokesman Bryan Lanza nor FCC spokesmen immediately replied to requests for comment.

Pai is one of the two Republican commissioners on a 5-member panel that regulates the country's communications infrastructure, including TV, phone and internet service.

The Republicans' FCC majority would help them roll back pro-consumer policies that upset many phone and cable industry groups, including net neutrality rules that bar internet service providers from favoring some websites and apps over others.

AN INDUSTRY-FRIENDLY FCC

Pai has long maintained that the FCC under former chairman Thomas Wheeler had overstepped its bounds, suggesting that he would steer the agency in a direction more favorable to big phone and cable companies. In a December speech, he expressed confidence that the 2015 net neutrality rules would be undone and said the FCC needed to take a \"weed whacker\" to what he considered unnecessary regulations that hold back investment and innovation.

Consumer advocates have been concerned that a deregulation-minded FCC could potentially allow more huge mergers, overturn new protections for internet users and lead to higher costs for media and technology companies that rely on the internet to reach consumers.

Pai opposed online privacy regulations that force broadband providers to ask consumers for permission before using their data, saying they are more onerous than the requirements for internet companies like Google and Facebook.

He voted against approving Charter Communication's $67 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable and a smaller company, Bright House \u2014 not because he opposed the merger, but because he thought some of the conditions required by the FCC, like barring data caps on home internet service, amounted to government meddling in business.

PAI VS. THE ZERO RATING

Pai also criticized an FCC report on \"zero rating\" earlier this month, characterizing it as a meaningless document that won't influence the FCC under Trump. The report, issued in the last days of the Obama administration, took issue with the way companies like AT&T and Verizon exempted their own video services from wireless data caps, effectively making them cheaper to stream on phones and tablets than rival services such as Netflix.

Future big media and telecom mergers may get a friendlier review under a Pai-led FCC. Pai voted to approve AT&T's 2015 acquisition of DirecTV. And while he told the Wall Street Journal in December 2013 that the Obama administration was likely to oppose Comcast's failed effort to acquire Time Warner Cable \u2014 he was right \u2014 he added that a Republican administration would be more likely to approve it.

The FCC currently has a 2-1 Republican majority and two empty seats, which will be filled by one Republican and one Democrat.

Pai, an Indian-American from Kansas, has been an FCC commissioner since 2012. During his roughly 15 years in government, he's been a Senate staffer and worked at the FCC and the Justice Department. He was also a lawyer for Verizon and an attorney at the law firm Jenner & Block.

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Donald Trump built his campaign on early morning tweet storms and hashtag-worthy slogans. Now president, he's in control of the White House's powerful social media arsenal, including the official @POTUS Twitter account that has nearly 14 million followers.

The technological transition came just as Trump took the oath of office Friday, giving him a clean digital slate while preserving hundreds of tweets and posts made during President Barack Obama's time in office.

The White House's official Twitter and Facebook accounts were quickly purged and rebranded for the new administration \u2014 the first time social media accounts have been a part of the transition.

Trump didn't rush to use the @POTUS account.

Trump sent his first tweets as president from @realDonaldTrump, the personal account where his thousands of candid on everything from immigration to golf course conditions helped propel him into a political force.

\"We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth - and we will bring back our dreams!\" Trump told his 21 million followers about an hour into his presidency.

A few hours later, the @POTUS account sprung to life with a photo of Trump being introduced at the swearing-in ceremony and a link to a Facebook post on the occasion. The same image appeared on the White House's newly scrubbed Instagram account.

Tweets generated during the Obama administration have been archived and moved to separate accounts such as @FLOTUS44, @VP44 and @ObamaWhiteHouse.

The same went for official White House accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Medium, Tumblr and YouTube.

Turning over social media accounts is a modern twist on the complex presidential transition \u2014 the 21st century version of handing over nuclear codes and the keys to the Oval Office.

The White House's digital transition plans, announced a week before the election, stressed that the National Archives would preserve social media content in a similar fashion as paper records.

Twitter, which helped transition White House accounts on its platform, said anyone who started following POTUS during Obama's presidency would automatically start following POTUS44, too.

\"Citizens and their elected leaders around the world have come to rely on Twitter as an instantaneous, direct means of communication,\" Twitter's Colin Crowell said. \"The transparency and accountability that this global, open Twitter conversation fosters are a benefit to all, and we're glad to see today's smooth @POTUS transition.\"

Obama presided over the White House's push into social media. The first official White House account, @whitehouse, was created in April 2009, his third month in office. The @POTUS account didn't come around until June 2013.

Obama sent a farewell tweet from @POTUS on Friday morning and followed up a few hours later with one from his @BarackObama account.

\"Hi everybody! Back to the original handle,\" Obama wrote. \"Is this thing still on?\"

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LOS ANGELES (AP) \u2014 The Latest on California's latest storm (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

Authorities say four students have been injured after being struck by a toppling tree near a middle school in the San Diego area.

Chula Vista Police Lt. Dan Peak says a 50-year-old pepper tree came crashing down around 1:30 p.m. Friday near Chula Vista Middle School.

He says four students who were walking nearby suffered minor injuries and were taken to a hospital for observation. Peak says a backpack saved one of them from being seriously hurt.

He says the city is experiencing flooding because of heavy rainfall. Authorities believe that caused the large tree to fall.

Officials said tree limbs also fell on cars near the University of California, San Diego campus. Local attractions, including SeaWorld and the Legoland theme park, were also closed Friday due to the storm.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for San Diego County.

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1:15 p.m.

The Lake Tahoe region remains under a winter storm warning into Monday after the second of a trio of storms dumped nearly 2 feet of snow on the top of the Sierra Nevada.

Sugarbowl ski resort reported Friday it has received 22 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours near U.S. Interstate 80 west of Truckee, California. Sixteen inches of new snow was reported at Heavenly ski resort at South Lake Tahoe, and a foot at Tahoma on Tahoe's west shore.

The National Weather Service says the strongest of the three storms arrives Saturday night and continues into Monday morning, with winds gusting up to 140 mph over the Sierra ridgetops Saturday night and Sunday.

As much as 6 feet of snow is expected in the mountains around Lake Tahoe, and 2 to 4 feet at lake level. Up to 8 inches of snow is forecast in Reno, Nevada.

By Monday, forecasters expect many parts of the Sierra are expected to have the maximum springtime snowpack level typically not reached until April 1.

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Noon

A flood on the southern Santa Barbara County coast has swept cabins and vehicles down a narrow canyon as the latest storm drenches California.

County Fire Department Capt. Dave Zaniboni says a creek overflowed at midmorning Friday and swept five cabins and 15 vehicles down the canyon which lies just above El Capitan State Beach.

Firefighters rescued one person from a vehicle and another person got out of a vehicle on their own. Neither was injured.

Zaniboni says a dozen people are stuck up El Capitan Canyon but none are injured. Authorities are trying to determine how to get those people out.

The canyon contains a private campground with 200 cabins.

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11:25 a.m.

Flash flood warnings have been issued for parts of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties as the second in a trio of storms brings rain to California.

The National Weather Service issued the warnings Friday morning as radar indicated rain fall rates in excess of 1 inch per hour.

Forecasters warn that mud and debris flows will be possible across wildfire burn areas.

Flood advisories have been posted for the San Joaquin Valley, the Central Coast counties, all of Los Angeles County and parts of Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties.

Flood warnings issued earlier remain in effect for locations in Sonoma, Santa Cruz and Mendocino counties.

___

The second in a trio of storms has arrived in California.

Rain, heavy at times, is overspreading the state early Friday and a flash flood warning has been issued for southeastern Sonoma County.

The National Weather Service has also issued a flood advisory for San Luis Obispo County as moderate to heavy rain falls on the Central Coast.

Storm warnings are posted up and down the Sierra Nevada and across the mountains of Southern California.

Big surf is also rolling in, and forecasters say waves could build to 30 feet on the Central Coast.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) \u2014 A fight over name-calling between girlfriends promoted a fight that resulted in the death of a Missouri State University football player outside his Las Vegas home, according to a police report about the arrest of a teenager charged Friday as an adult with murder.

Richard Allan Newsome Jr., 17, stood in shackles and wasn't asked during a brief initial court hearing to enter a plea in the killing last weekend of Richard J. Nelson.

A judge scheduled a Feb. 6 preliminary hearing of evidence in the case. Prosecutors might also take the case to a grand jury.

Defense attorney John Momot said outside court that Newsome plans to plead not guilty. He called the shooting \"an unfortunate incident.\"

A group of Newsome's friends and relatives who attended the hearing declined in a hallway to comment.

Newsome remains jailed without bail.

The slaying has drawn intense interest in Las Vegas, where family members said Nelson died trying to protect his older sister, and in the Missouri State college community, where a campus memorial service is scheduled Jan. 29.

Nelson was a star student athlete at Chaparral High School in Las Vegas before moving to Springfield, Missouri. He was a redshirt freshman tailback last season for the Bears.

Nelson was home for winter break when witnesses told police he came out of his mother's house and intervened Jan. 14 in a curbside fracas stemming from earlier name-calling involving Nelson's sister, her girlfriend and Newsome's sister.

The scuffle escalated when Nelson's sister and girlfriend tripped on a curb during a hair-pulling scuffle and fell to the ground. Newsome's mother, sister and brothers joined the fight.

Witnesses told police that Nelson was shot as he pulled people off his sister.

Newsome and his mother, Tianna Thomas, 37, were gone when police arrived. They were arrested Tuesday.

Thomas, who also uses the last name Douglas, was freed on $5,000 bail pending an April 3 court appearance on a felony harboring a fugitive charge. Momot also represents her. He said she intends to plead not guilty.

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MARRERO, La. (AP) \u2014 The Latest on the shooting of a police officer in a town outside New Orleans (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

Police officers are lowering a rope to a man standing on a girder below a bridge outside New Orleans as they seek a man who fatally shot an off-duty police officer and a woman who had crashed her car.

WVUE-TV (http://bit.ly/1LcyDNV ) showed live video of the rope being lowered to the man, whom police have not identified.

Assistant Gretna Police Chief Anthony Christiana told The New Orleans Advocate (http://bit.ly/2jHRKH3) that he'd been told the incident on the bridge might be related to the shootings. Officials have not given further explanation.

State Trooper Dustin Dwight, who's on the bridge, says the man's been threatening to jump but investigators don't know his name.

Investigators say 32-year-old Sylvester Holt is wanted for questioning in Friday morning's shootings.

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4:20 p.m.

The Jefferson Parish district attorney says a rape charge against a 'person of interest' in a double shooting was dropped by his accuser.

A sheriff's office spokesman says 32-year-old Sylvester Holt is wanted for questioning in the shooting deaths Friday of a woman he'd been involved with and a police officer

He had been released from jail Jan. 7, after prosecutors withdrew a rape charge against him.

District Attorney Paul Connick Jr. says the woman who accused him told investigators repeatedly that she wanted to withdraw the charge, though she still alleged that he had raped her.

Connick says Holt said the woman had agreed to have sex with him.

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3:15 p.m.

Louisiana authorities say a woman who was fatally shot along with an off-duty police officer in a town outside New Orleans had been chased down in a vehicle by the shooter, who killed her as she lay on the ground after crashing her car.

Col. John Fortunato says witnesses say the man shot at 32-year-old Simone Veal, then chased her car in his vehicle to an intersection where she hit a truck waiting at a light.

Fortunato says that while in the intersection, the man shot Westwego Officer Michael Louviere (loo-VYEHR), then ran around the car and shot Veal as she lay on the ground. Fortunato didn't know if Veal has been hit in the earlier shooting.

Authorities have named 32-year-old Sylvester Holt as a person of interest in the investigation. Holt was released from jail on Jan. 7.

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2:15 p.m.

The off-duty police officer who was shot and killed in a New Orleans suburb was a U.S. Marine who served in Afghanistan before he embarked on a career in law enforcement.

Westwego Police Chief Dwayne Munch says the slain officer, 26-year-old Michael Louviere, joined the department in July 2015 and \"finished first in everything\" in his police academy class of roughly 20 recruits.

Munch says Louviere, a married father of a 4-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son, was a dedicated family man with a strong worth ethic and was a \"rising star\" on the police force.

Authorities say Louviere was shot in the head after he stopped to help at an accident scene Friday morning on his way home from work. The same man suspected of killing the officer also allegedly shot and killed the woman Louviere was helping.

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1:35 p.m.

The sheriff's office in a New Orleans suburb has released the name of a woman shot to death with an off-duty police officer.

Col. John Fortunato, a spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, says 32-year-old Simone Veal died from multiple gunshot wounds.

The attacker also killed an off-duty Westwego police officer who was trying to help her Friday morning.

The bridge from New Orleans' main section to a small part of the city across the Mississippi River is closed because a man is on a girder outside and below the roadway. Authorities say it may be related to the search for a 32-year-old man wanted for questioning in the double shooting.

He's identified as Sylvester Holt, who was released from jail Jan. 7 after prosecutors declined to bring a rape charge against him.

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12:45 p.m.

Authorities searching for a suspect in the killing of a police officer say they have closed off traffic because a man is standing on a girder below the railing of a bridge in New Orleans.

Assistant Gretna Police Chief Anthony Christiana told The New Orleans Advocate (http://bit.ly/2jHRKH3 ) that he'd been told the incident on the bridge might be related to the deaths of a woman and the off-duty Westwego police officer Friday morning.

The bridge was closed, backing up traffic for miles. Helicopters circled the area, and police cars swarmed.

Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the sheriff in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, said he had not been able to confirm whether the man on the bridge is 32-year-old Sylvester Holt, who's wanted for questioning in the deaths.

He says Holt was released from jail Jan. 7 after prosecutors declined to bring a rape charge against him.

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12:15 p.m.

Authorities say a man wanted for questioning in the deaths of a Louisiana police officer and another person was released from jail on Jan. 7 after prosecutors declined to prosecute him for rape.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman 32-year-old Sylvester Holt was released after prosecutors said they could not bring a rape charge against him due to \"lack of witness participation.\"

Col. John Fortunato also said several women had restraining orders against Holt.

Authorities say Westwego Officer Michael Louviere was off-duty and had stopped to help at an accident scene when he was shot in the head. A woman was shot to death. Her name has not been released. However, Sheriff Newell Normand has told news media she had been romantically involved with Holt.

Fortunato says Louviere was married and had a 4-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son, and his brother is a New Orleans police officer.

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10:45 a.m.

Louisiana authorities say that a police officer and a woman he was helping have been shot and killed.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand told local media that Officer Michael Louviere of Westwego was killed in a shooting in neighboring Marrero.

Louviere was 26.

A woman was also killed in the shooting outside of Visitation of Our Lady School, located just across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. Normand says police are looking for 32-year-old Sylvester Holt, who was romantically involved with her.

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10 a.m.

Authorities say a police officer and a woman have been shot outside a school just across the Mississippi River from New Orleans.

Col. John Fortunato, a spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, said the officer from Westwego was shot Friday in the neighboring town of Marrero. There was no immediate word on either his condition or the woman's.

Archdiocese of New Orleans spokeswoman Sarah Comiskey McDonald says it happened outside Visitation of Our Lady School. She says the sheriff's office must answer all other questions, including whether the woman was a school employee.

The school teaches pre-kindergarten through seventh grade students.

A message on its Facebook page said an incident Friday morning disrupted the school day, and children could be dropped off but all absences would be excused. It also said that a sixth-grade field trip had been canceled and all tests, quizzes and assignments would be postponed.

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9 a.m.

Abdallah Aballah works at a gas station near where a police officer was shot, just cross the river from New Orleans. He said a woman ran in about 6:30 a.m. Friday screaming for someone to call 911.

He said he and some customers made calls. Aballah says he heard two shots, and customers ran outside.

Col. John Fortunato, a spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, says a Westwego police officer was shot and that a woman also was shot in the same incident, which happened in Marrero, just across the Mississippi River from New Orleans.

There's no immediate word on the condition of the officer or the woman.

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7:45 a.m.

A spokesman says a police officer has been shot in a town outside New Orleans.

Col. John Fortunato, a spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, said in a short statement Friday morning that they had an \"officer down incident\" in which a Westwego police officer was shot.

He says a female victim was also shot in the same incident, which happened in Marrero, just across the Mississippi River from New Orleans.

There was no information on the condition of the officer or the victim.

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HONOLULU (AP) \u2014 A Hawaii lawmaker said Friday he plans to introduce legislation that could force Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg into mediation before he is allowed to buy real estate on Kauai island.

State Rep. Kaniela Ing said Hawaii's sugar barons long employed laws Zuckerberg is using to take land from Native Hawaiians. He said Zuckerberg is \"completing the theft.\"

\"Zuckerberg may be acting more transparent than folks who exploited this law in the past, but it doesn't make it right,\" Ing said. \"I just hope he understands the context of his actions in the history of our state.\"

Zuckerberg last month filed lawsuits to identify owners of 14 parcels interspersed with his 700-acre spread hugging a stunning white-sand beach so he could pay them and buy the land.

Ownership of the small lots could be split between hundreds of people \u2014 many of them unidentified.

If passed, Ing's bill would likely take effect July 1. It would apply to Zuckerberg's cases if they are still ongoing.

Ing, a Democrat who represents the southern part of Maui island, said Zuckerberg should enter mediation regardless of the legislation. He said he hopes Zuckerberg will do so if enough people in Hawaii echo this sentiment.

A Zuckerberg spokesman did not immediately return email and phone messages seeking comment.

The bill would allow a parcel's shareholders to band together in a group in mediation against the person seeking to buy the land. He said this would give people with rights to the land more bargaining power as a group against wealthy landowners like Zuckerberg.

Ing said he also wants to lessen the burden on families facing potentially costly land rights legal battles.

\"If you're a working class local family and you get sued by sixth richest man in the world, that's going to cause you a lot of stress. You're going to spend money on a lawyer no matter how expensive it is. That's the problem,\" he said.

Ing said he also plans to introduce legislation that would require that people must own at least a 50 percent share in a property before they can launch a legal case seeking to establish other owners and potentially buy them out.

He said the Zuckerberg case brought attention to the ongoing situation of the so-called kuleana lands, which are small parcels awarded to Native Hawaiian commoners when the Kingdom of Hawaii established private property rights in the mid-19th century.

He said lawmakers have not discussed the issue for decades, and Native Hawaiians have lost land on every island as a result.

In the 1800s, Hawaii's King Kamehameha III intended for the land reforms to divide property equally among the monarch, other royals and the commoners who fished and farmed the land. Only about 28,000 acres went to commoners in the end. Millions went to the king, government and royals.

Today, much of Hawaii's land is controlled by large landowners and federal, state and local governments.

Zuckerberg's property was once part of a sugar plantation called Kilauea Sugar Co., which stopped operating in 1971. He bought the estate in 2014 for $100 million, Forbes has reported.

King Kamehameha IV sold the original 3,000-acre ahupuaa, or traditional Hawaiian land division, of Kilauea to an American businessman, Charles Titcomb, for $2,600 in 1863, according to the Kilauea Neighborhood Association's website.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) \u2014 Michigan announced Friday that it plans to close up to 38 underperforming schools in Detroit and other urban communities, potentially affecting 18,000 students and marking the first time that the state could close traditional public schools explicitly for academic reasons.

Despite the announcement, some schools likely will remain open. State officials next will determine whether a closure would be an \"unreasonable hardship\" for children with no better schools to attend. Lawsuits challenging any closures also are likely.

The announcement came in conjunction with the release of Michigan's school rankings, which are based on standardized test results, students' improvement over time and the gap between the best and worst pupils. Michigan law says the state can close schools that have been in the bottom 5 percent for at least three consecutive years if other forms of state intervention have not worked.

State-ordered closings appear to be rare nationally. Texas has closed entire school districts for failing to meet attendance and other standards. Other cities such as Detroit and Chicago have closed several schools at a time to address falling enrollment, sparking protests for safety and other reasons.

Fewer than half of states have school accountability systems that allow for closures and the option \"has been used infrequently by states,\" said Jennifer Thomsen with the Education Commission of the States. \"It seems to happen more at the individual district level.\"

Twenty-four of the schools targeted for closure are in Detroit, a predominantly black city with the worst academically performing school district of its size in the U.S. The rest are in cities such as Kalamazoo and Saginaw.

The plan drew sharp criticism from teachers' groups.

\"Simply closing schools and upending the lives of students won't fix any problems if the root causes are adequately addressed,\" said Steven Cook, president of the Michigan Education Association, the state's largest teachers' union.

The move follows attempts by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder to use state law to exert near-total state financial control of some cities, resulting in successfully guiding Detroit through bankruptcy but also the man-made Flint water disaster.

In 2015, Snyder took over the office charged with turning around the lowest-performing schools by transferring its functions to a department that reports to him instead of the elected state Board of Education. He cited unsatisfactory progress and said no schools in the bottom 5 percent had been placed in a state turnaround district as authorized under a 2009 law.

The law lets the state impose one of four intervention models, including closure, if a school's \"redesign\" plan is not working. Last week, a GOP state senator introduced legislation to repeal the intervention law, calling it defective and in need of a fix now that state powers are being used more aggressively.

In deciding which schools will actually close, state officials in the coming weeks will look at whether there are nearby schools that rank higher academically and could handle additional enrollment.

\"Our goal is to make sure that every kid in the state of Michigan has access to a quality education so they have the skills necessary for a high-wage job, a career or college. That's the only way really to end multi-generational poverty for a large majority of the children in the schools that we're serving,\" said Natasha Baker, the state's school reform officer.

The Education Achievement Authority, the state-run entity that was intended as a turnaround district for Detroit's lowest-performing schools when Snyder created it in 2011, said it was disappointed to see eight of its 14 schools on the list for possible closure. The other 16 Detroit schools on the list are in the Detroit Public Schools Community District.

\"Today's public announcement comes without input from districts, educators or community. This should make us all question the validity of this action,\" said Education Achievement Authority Chancellor Veronica Conforme.

She and Chris Wigent, executive director of the Michigan Association of School Administrators, said the state used flawed data. State assessments have changed every year since the 2014-15 academic year, \"so there is no consistent data upon which to base these closings,\" Wigent said.

Until Friday, the state had only once before ordered school closings for academic reasons. Those closures in 2010 and 2011 involved two charter schools, which are independent public schools that are especially prevalent in Detroit. Other charters have been closed by universities and others who run them.

The state's charter school group, the Michigan Association of Public School Academies, backed Friday's announcement.

\"Nobody likes to see a school close, but we support the state taking this responsibility seriously,\" said Dan Quisenberry, president of the group. \"Our kids deserve better.\"

___

Williams reported from Detroit. Associated Press writers Will Weissert in Austin, Texas, and Don Babwin in Chicago contributed to this report.

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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) \u2014 Authorities at Camp Lejeune say a Marine colonel accused of sexually assaulting a child is facing more charges.

A statement from the base said an investigation shows Col. Daniel H. Wilson is now charged with sexual assault, assault consummated by battery and absence without leave.

Allegations of sexual misconduct remain under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigation Service field office.

Last week, the 55-year-old Wilson was placed in the brig at Camp Lejeune as a result of new allegations of misconduct. He was already faces multiple charges, including three counts of sexually abusing a child and nine counts of conduct unbecoming an officer.

Wilson's Article 32 hearing, similar to a grand jury proceeding in civilian court, is scheduled for Jan. 31 at Camp Lejeune.

He is from Mason, Washington.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) \u2014 The Latest on a suspended University of Wisconsin student accused of sexual assault and harassment involving several woman (all times local):

4:10 p.m.

A judge has ordered a suspended University of Wisconsin-Madison student to stand trial on charges that he sexually assaulted and harassed multiple women.

Alec Cook, of Edina, Minnesota, faces 21 charges involving 10 women. The counts include sexual assault, stalking and strangulation. Sixteen counts are felonies; the rest are misdemeanors.

The 20-year-old Cook appeared in Dane County court Friday for a preliminary hearing, the step in the legal process where a judge decides whether there's enough evidence to proceed to trial on felony counts.

Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie Baily-Rihn ruled after an hours-long hearing Friday that the state's case is plausible and ordered Cook to stand trial on the felony counts. Defendants aren't entitled to a preliminary hearing on misdemeanor counts.

___

12:20 p.m.

A judge has refused to dismiss four charges against a suspended University of Wisconsin-Madison student accused of sexually assaulting and harassing multiple women.

Twenty-one-year-old Alec Cook was in court Friday. He faces a total of 21 charges stemming from cases dating back to March 2015.

His attorneys asked Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn to dismiss two counts of stalking, a sexual assault charge and a disorderly conduct charge. They argued that some of Cook's actions were no worse than \"Happy Days\" television character Arthur Fonzarelli's antics.

State attorneys said evidence standards aren't based on Hollywood's version of a fictional 1950s Milwaukee.

Bailey-Rihn ruled Friday that the charging complaint lays out enough detail to show that Cook's alleged stalking victims suffered emotional distress and that Cook should have known he was causing them stress.

The judge said the charging complaint also provides enough details to support the disorderly conduct and sexual assault counts.

___

9 a.m.

A suspended University of Wisconsin student accused of sexually assaulting and harassing several women is asking a judge to dismiss four of the 21 charges against him, arguing that some of his actions were no worse than \"Happy Days\" television character Arthur Fonzarelli's antics.

Twenty-year-old Alec Cook is due in court Friday. He's also charged with stalking, strangulation and false imprisonment in cases dating to March 2015.

Cook says one stalking charge should be tossed because he only called the alleged victim beautiful and repeatedly put his arm around her, which Cook's attorneys compared to Fonzarelli's flirting.

Cook also wants the judge to dismiss a sexual assault charge, arguing the alleged victim couldn't say whether he grabbed or slapped her, along with a disorderly conduct charge for allegedly making sexual remarks in a grocery store and another stalking charge.

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Materials companies led U.S. stocks modestly higher Friday, recouping much of the market's loss from a day earlier and snapping a 5-day losing streak for the Dow Jones industrial average.

Another crop of encouraging company earnings news helped lift the market, but investors were mostly focused on events in Washington as Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

The major stock indexes pulled back slightly as Trump delivered remarks after taking the oath of office. Among topics of particular interest to Wall Street, the speech touched on trade and the Trump administration's intention of protecting the U.S. from \"the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs.\"

\"The market is still embracing the Trump agenda, based on the market's reaction to the speech,\" said Quincy Krosby, market strategist at Prudential Financial. \"Now the question the market has is, specifically, what does all of that mean in terms of trade?\"

The Dow rose 94.85 points, or 0.5 percent, to 19,827.25. The Standard & Poor's 500 index gained 7.62 points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,271.31. The Nasdaq composite index added 15.25 points, or 0.3 percent, to 5,555.33.

Despite Friday's gains, the three major stock indexes ended the week lower.

Stocks have slowed in 2017 after surging for several weeks following Election Day on investor optimism that a Trump administration and Republican Congress would usher in business-friendly policies. But the possibility of increased tariffs or trade restrictions has also loomed as a potential drag in profits for big U.S. companies.

\"Historically, the market has performed best in the November-April time frame,\" said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA Research. \"The Trump victory added a tailwind to this traditional seasonal factor.\"

Typically, stocks don't do well on inauguration day. Going back to 1928, the S&P has averaged a drop of 1.05 percent on inauguration days, according Bespoke Investment Group.

Beyond the presidential transition in Washington, investors pored over the latest batch of corporate earnings Friday, bidding up shares in companies that reported results that beat Wall Street's expectations.

Skyworks Solutions jumped 13 percent, the biggest gainer in the S&P 500. The stock climbed $10.21 to $88.67. Citizens Financial Group gained $1.09, or 3.1 percent, to $35.82.

Traders also drove up shares in Procter & Gamble after the consumer goods maker released a strong growth forecast. The stock added $2.75, or 3.2 percent, to $87.45.

Strong subscriber numbers helped lift AT&T, giving a boost to phone company stocks overall. AT&T added 45 cents, or 1.1 percent, to $41.45.

Some companies' earnings failed to impress the market.

General Electric slid 2.2 percent after the conglomerate reported fourth-quarter revenue that fell short of analysts' forecasts. The stock gave up 68 cents to $30.53.

Investors sold off Bristol-Myers Squibb after the drugmaker said it won't pursue accelerated regulatory approval for a two-drug lung cancer treatment. The stock was the biggest decliner in the S&P 500 index, shedding $6.26, or 11.3 percent, to $49.23.

Major stock indexes overseas were mixed Friday.

Germany's DAX rose 0.3 percent, while Britain's FTSE 100 fell 0.1 percent. France's CAC 40 added 0.2 percent. In Asia, Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.7 percent after the Chinese government said the economy grew at a 6.8 percent annual rate in the last quarter, even as full-year growth increased 6.7 percent, the weakest in three decades. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index rose 0.3 percent.

Benchmark U.S. crude rose $1.05, or 2 percent, to close at $52.42 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, added $1.33, or 2.5 percent, to close at $55.49 a barrel in London.

In other energy trading, wholesale gasoline gained 3 cents to $1.57 a gallon and heating oil rose 3 cents to $1.65 a gallon. Natural gas slid 16 cents, or 4.9 percent, to $3.20 per 1,000 cubic feet.

Bond prices were little changed. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note held steady at 2.47 percent. Yields have been rising as investors expect inflation to increase.

In currency trading, the dollar fell to 114.31 yen from Thursday's 114.80 yen. The euro rose to $1.0707 from $1.0659. The British pound edged up to $1.2378 from $1.2337.

Gold dropped $3.40 to settle at $1,204.90 an ounce, while silver fell 3 cents to $17.03 an ounce. Copper slipped a penny to $2.63 a pound.

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Stocks closed modestly higher Friday, recouping much of the market's loss from a day earlier. The gains, which snapped a 5-day losing streak for the Dow Jones industrial average, came against the backdrop of the inauguration of Donald Trump as U.S. president. Investors also had their eye on the latest batch of corporate earnings.

On Friday:

The Dow gained 94.85 points, or 0.5 percent, to 19,827.25.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 7.62 points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,271.31.

The Nasdaq composite added 15.25 points, or 0.3 percent, to 5,555.33.

The Russell 2000 index picked up 6.10 points, or 0.5 percent, to 1,351.85.

For the week:

The Dow is down 58.48 points, or 0.3 percent.

The S&P 500 is down 3.33 points, or 0.2 percent.

The Nasdaq is down 18.78 points, or 0.3 percent.

The Russell 2000 is down 20.20 points, or 1.5 percent.

For the year:

The Dow is up 64.65 points, or 0.3 percent.

The S&P 500 is up 32.48 points, or 1.5 percent.

The Nasdaq is up 172.22 points, or 3.2 percent.

The Russell 2000 is down 5.28 points, or 0.4 percent.

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DALLAS (AP) \u2014 A Texas inmate who was imprisoned for 35 years while waiting for a new trial after a court overturned his murder conviction should be set free, an appellate court ruled.

Jerry Hartfield was finally convicted again in 2015 in the 1976 killing of 55-year-old Eunice Lowe, but a court ruled Thursday that his constitutional right to a speedy trial was violated. The Court of Appeals for the 13th District of Texas reversed the conviction and ordered that the case against Hartfield, now 60, be dismissed.

\"The State's negligence in this case created a criminal justice nightmare for Hartfield and the system at-large, as he sat in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for thirty-two years without a conviction,\" the panel wrote, adding later that release was the only remedy. \"We are deeply mindful that our conclusion today means that a defendant who may be guilty of murder may go free.\"

It was not clear Friday when or if Hartfield could be released or if the state would appeal the decision to the Court of Criminal Appeals, Texas' highest criminal court. A phone message left with a spokesman for the Texas attorney general's office was not immediately returned.

Hartfield originally was sentenced to death in the slaying of Lowe, a bus ticket saleswoman in Bay City, about 100 miles southwest of Houston. A jury heard testimony that Lowe had been beaten to death with a pickaxe, some of her valuables had been stolen and that her body had been sexually abused.

But that conviction was thrown out on appeal because of a problem with jury selection and a retrial was ordered. In 1983, Gov. Mark White commuted Hartfield's death sentence to life in prison in an effort to avoid the retrial, but courts recently found the sentence had already been overturned and vacated by the time he issued the commutation.

Hartfield's attorneys tried to have the indictment set aside before his 2015 retrial, but the lower court denied his claim he had been denied a speedy trial, saying he had failed to raise the issue for more than 23 years. A jury subsequently convicted him of a lesser murder charge and sentenced him to life in prison.

One of Hartfield's attorneys, Jeffrey Newberry, said Friday he didn't know whether Hartfield knows about the decision yet. He said he's requested a phone call with Hartfield, who is at the state's Allred Unit in Iowa City, near the Oklahoma border.

\"The things that happened in this case \u2014 critical evidence was lost, the murder weapon was lost, the vehicle the state alleges he took was lost long ago ... these are the reasons we have a Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial. The framers realized that your ability to defend yourself diminishes as time passes,\" he said. \"We're very happy with the court's decision, but it's definitely a tragedy that it took ... 30 years.\"

___

Associated Press writer Michael Graczyk in Houston contributed to this report.

___

This story has been corrected to show the inmate's last name is Hartfield, not Hartsfield.

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GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) \u2014 North Carolina authorities say a man fatally shot his wife after he mistook her for a burglar.

News outlets cite the Wayne County Sheriff's Office as saying that 48-year-old Gina Williams had been working an evening shift at a hospital and wasn't expected home until Friday morning. They said when Williams arrived home early and tried to get into the house, it startled her daughter and prompted her husband, Billy Williams, to grab his gun.

Police say Billy Williams opened the front door, saw a figure in the dark and fired a shot, hitting Gina Williams in the neck. She died at the scene.

No charges have been filed against Billy Williams as the investigation continues.

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 In a scene U.S. authorities had dreamed of for decades, Mexican drug lord and escape artist Joaquin \"El Chapo\" Guzman was hauled into an American courtroom Friday and then taken away to an ultra-secure jail that has held some of the world's most dangerous terrorists and mobsters.

Holding his unshackled hands behind his back, a dazed-looking Guzman quietly entered a not-guilty plea to drug trafficking and other charges at a Brooklyn courthouse ringed by squad cars, officers with assault rifles, and bomb-sniffing dogs.

\"He's a man known for a life of crime, violence, death and destruction, and now he'll have to answer for that,\" Robert Capers, the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, said at a news conference.

The court appearance came hours after Guzman's Thursday night extradition from Mexico, where he had become something of a folk hero for two brazen prison escapes.

Guzman, who is in his 50s, was ordered held without bail in a special Manhattan jail unit where other high-risk inmates \u2014 including Mafia boss John Gotti and several close associates of Osama bin Laden \u2014 spent their time awaiting trial.

\"It is difficult to imagine another person with a greater risk of fleeing prosecution,\" prosecutors wrote in court papers.

Prosecutors described Guzman as the murderous overseer of a three-decade campaign of smuggling, brutality and corruption that made his Sinaloa cartel a fortune while fueling an epidemic of cocaine abuse and related violence in the U.S. in the 1980s and '90s.

Guzman faces the possibility of life in prison. To get Mexico to hand him over, prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty. They are also demanding he forfeit $14 billion in assets.

Outside court, Guzman defense attorney Michael Schneider said: \"I haven't seen any evidence that indicates to me that Mr. Guzman's done anything wrong.\" He also said he would look into whether his client was extradited properly to New York.

The U.S. has been trying to get custody of Guzman since he was first indicted in California in the early 1990s.

American authorities finally got their wish on the eve of Donald Trump's presidential inauguration, though it was not clear if the timing of the extradition was intended as a sign of respect to the Republican or some kind of slap, perhaps an effort to let outgoing President Barack Obama take the credit.

When Guzman got off a plane in New York, \"as you looked into his eyes, you could see the surprise, you could see the shock, and to a certain extent, you could see the fear, as the realization kicked in that he's about to face American justice,\" said Angel Melendez, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent.

While Guzman faces federal charges in several U.S. states, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn won the jockeying to get the case. The U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn has substantial experience prosecuting international drug cartel cases and was once led by outgoing U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

New York City also boasts one of the most secure lockups in the United States, the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan. The drab-looking building is protected by steel barricades that can stop up to 7 1/2 tons of speeding truck, and the area is watched by cameras capable of reading a newspaper a block away.

The jail's inmates have included Ramzi Yousef, who was the architect of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and Ponzi king Bernard Madoff.

In the special high-security wing for the riskiest inmates, around a dozen prisoners spend 23 hours a day in roughly 20-by-12-foot cells, prohibited from communicating with one another. Meals are eaten in cells, and exercise is in a recreation area specifically for these inmates.

Only a limited number of carefully vetted jailers would be allowed access to an inmate with Guzman's wealth and potential to corrupt people, said Catherine Linaweaver, a former Metropolitan Correction Center warden who retired in 2014.

The special unit's strict confinement drew criticism from the human rights group Amnesty International in 2011.

The jail saw an audacious escape attempt in 1982, when two armed people in a hijacked sightseeing helicopter tried to pluck an inmate off a roof. Four years earlier, three prisoners broke out by cutting through window bars.

Guzman, whose nickname means \"Shorty,\" presided over a syndicate that funneled tons of cocaine from South America into the U.S. via tunnels, tanker trucks, planes, container ships, speedboats and even submarines, prosecutors said.

Initially arrested in 1993, he broke out of a maximum-security Mexican prison in 2001, apparently in a laundry cart, and became a folk legend among some Mexicans, immortalized in song.

He was caught in 2014 but escaped again, this time through a hole in his prison cell shower. A specially rigged motorcycle on rails whisked him to freedom through a mile-long tunnel. He was recaptured in a January 2016 shootout that killed five associates.

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Associated Press writers Verena Dobnik, Larry Neumeister and Jake Pearson contributed to this report.

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ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) \u2014 In living rooms, cafes and offices, people across America watched Donald Trump become the nation's 45th president.

Among them was a retired autoworker in Michigan who was awe-struck by the inauguration, another retiree from Kentucky who planned to counter protest in support of Trump and a Mexican immigrant in Phoenix worried about the future. Others avoided watching the ceremony altogether, underscoring America's deep political divide.

Here's what they had to say:

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'WHAT A MOMENT'

Gary Krohn watched the proceedings at a Fraternal Order of Eagles chapter in Adrian, Michigan, an iced tea in front of him.

\"This is history in the making right here,\" the 69-year-old General Motors retiree said as he watched dignitaries walking through the Capitol building with President Barack Obama on a TV affixed to a wall.

\"These pictures are priceless,\" Krohn said.

Krohn said Trump wants to make \"this country great again, not for himself, but for all Americans.\"

When Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts shook Trump's hand following the oath, Krohn slowly shook his head and said: \"What a moment.\"

About a dozen people joined Krohn at the Eagles hall to watch, most of them sitting at the bar. Krohn and a fellow Trump supporter clapped enthusiastically during the ceremony.

Krohn, who was named for film star Gary Cooper and worked for GM for 30 years, said he is counting on Trump to fulfill his pledge to bring more jobs to America.

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'REFORM, YES, LET'S DO IT'

Luis Padilla immigrated to the United States from Honduras 20 years ago. But the economy, not immigration, was his main reason for supporting Trump. Padilla, who is 50, said he respects Trump's business background.

\"When he talks about (how) he's going to bring jobs, as a worker I like that because people need jobs,\" said Padilla, who graduated from college and lives and works as a school counselor in Broadway, Virginia.

On Friday, he roamed the National Mall with a broad smile on his face, wearing a red \"Trump 2016\" hat and a leather jacket with American-flag sleeves. He politely chatted with anti-Trump protesters and praised them for exercising their right to free speech.

Padilla said he also expects Trump to push for comprehensive immigration reform that benefits hard-working, law-abiding people.

\"Reform, yes, let's do it,\" he said. \"People who've been here for years, with no criminal background, they should be able to have something.\"

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'MY COMMUNITY IS SCARED'

Claudia Faudoa watched nervously as Trump was sworn in, fidgeting and occasionally commenting on her worries.

Faudoa, a 44-year-old immigrant from Mexico who has been living in the United States without legal status for 23 years, is an organizer with the immigration advocacy group Promise Arizona. She watched the inauguration at the group's office in a Phoenix church.

She teared up as she spoke about her concerns over Trump's immigration positions, including a promise to dismantle the Obama administration program that provides protection to young people who lack legal status. As the mother of three U.S.-born children, Faudoa said she also worries about a similar program that would have benefited parents like her who lack legal status but have citizen children. That program has been on hold while it is challenged in court.

\"My community is scared. We don't know what's going to happen. So we're going to defend and resist here,\" she said.

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'A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL BE IGNORED AND HURT'

In an Oakland, California, living room, 42-year-old Melissa Crisp-Cooper watched Trump speak about bringing power back to the people and assuring them they will never be ignored again.

\"I think a lot of people will be ignored and hurt,\" said Crisp-Cooper, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. She describes herself as an idealistic Bernie Sanders fan and talked back at the television frequently during Trump's 16-minute speech.

Crisp-Cooper does not feel like she's a part of Trump's America. She said she is \"terrified\" the country will slide back on progress it has made in rights for women, immigrants, gays and the disabled.

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'I FEEL GOOD ABOUT AMERICA AGAIN'

Roy Nichols said Trump's victory has given him a new optimism about the country's future.

\"I feel good about America again,\" Nichols said outside Union Station in Washington, D.C. The 64-year-old retiree from Paducah, Kentucky, traveled to Washington to be a counter protester supporting Trump and planned to be at Saturday's women's march as well.

He said his son had completed multiple military deployments to the Middle East, and he particularly admired Trump's hard-line stance against the Islamic State group.

\"At least give him a chance,\" Nichols said.

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'LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING PROUD TO BE AMERICAN AGAIN'

Trump wasn't Sue Moore's first or even second choice as the Republican Party's presidential nominee.

But during Trump's inauguration, the 57-year-old GOP activist chanted \"We will make America great again!\" She was surrounded by about 100 other people inside Pete's Greek Town Cafe in Denver who also enthusiastically chanted during Trump's inaugural address.

\"He killed it. He knocked it out of the park,\" Moore said as others shouted and exchanged high-fives.

For Moore, a residential landlord, Trump's presidency marks a collective coming-out party of sorts: \"We are not ashamed for being exceptional anymore,\" Moore said. \"I'm looking forward to being proud to be American again. It's OK to be successful and to be proud of it. I'm tired of America having to apologize around the world.\"

Moore is a self-described \"Ron Paul acolyte\" who's socially liberal but fiscally conservative. She hopes that Trump can ease the nation's divisions by generating jobs and a stronger economy.

\"Hopefully he'll create jobs, and everyone will jump on board,\" she said.

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'IT'S REALLY HAPPENING'

Elisa Catrina Chavez skipped watching the inauguration and instead attended a concert and sing-along in Seattle. The concert was dubbed a \"bed-in\" after John Lennon and Yoko Ono's protest of the Vietnam War.

The 28-year-old artist who was born and raised in Texas described feeling ill on election night. While attending the concert, Trump's swearing-in lingered in her mind.

\"I felt a little ill again thinking, it's really happening,\" she said.

Chavez is chiefly worried about the Affordable Care Act being repealed. For now, she's pinning her hopes on state politics, where she wants Democrats to retake the state Senate.

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Associated Press journalists Jim Anderson in Denver; Janie Har in Oakland, California; Manuel Valdes in Seattle; Astrid Galvan in Phoenix; Adriana Gomez Licon in Miami; Barbara Rodriguez in Des Moines, Iowa; Mike Householder in Adrian, Michigan; Holly Ramer in Hooksett, New Hampshire; Alex Sanz in Johns Creek, Georgia; Brady McCombs in Salt Lake City; Jonthan Drew in Garner, North Carolina; Ivan Moreno in Brookfield, Wisconsin; and Alanna Durkin Richer, Ben Nuckols, Brian Witte and Alan Suderman in Washington, D.C.; contributed to this report.

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MEXICO CITY (AP) \u2014 Human rights officials said Friday an indigenous environmentalist leader shot to death over the weekend had fled his community almost 10 years ago and was killed when he returned to visit a sick relative.

Isidro Baldenegro, a leader of the Raramuri indigenous group, which is known to the outside world as Tarahumara, was the second winner of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize to be slain in two years.

The U.N. Human Rights High Commissioner and Mexico's National Human Rights Commission said Baldenegro left the community of Coloradas de la Virgin after receiving threats and was shot when he returned Sunday.

Baldenegro, 51, led an anti-logging campaign in the Tarahumara mountains, which are home to some of northern Mexico's last old-growth forests.

\"This killing is another alert about the vulnerable situation\" that activists in Mexico suffer, said Jan Jarab, the Mexico representative of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The office said in a statement that three other anti-logging activists in Baldenegro's community were killed last year. Baldenegro's father, Julio Baldenegro, an activist who opposed logging, was slain in 1987, a killing that remains unsolved.

Isidro Baldenegro was jailed in 2003 for alleged illegal arms and marijuana possession, but the charges were dropped a year later after prosecutors said police committed abuses. At the time, Baldenegro accused influential local loggers and ranchers of persuading the police to trump up charges against him.

In an interview in jail in 2003, Baldenegro said, \"If one of us dies for some reason, other people will carry on the struggle.\"

Authorities have said Baldenegro was shot to death by a 25-year-old man at his uncle's home. Prosecutors in northern Chihuahua state say they have identified the killer and are searching for him.

Honduran activist Berta Caceres, who won the Goldman prize in 2015 for organizing opposition to a hydroelectric project on her Lenca people's ancestral lands, was slain last March 3 when armed men forced their way into her home in the middle of the night and shot her four times. A visiting Mexican activist was wounded in the attack.

Observers say killings of land activists are common in Latin America. According to the London-based group Global Witness, more than 450 were slain in the region from 2010 through 2014.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) \u2014 An Alaska man convicted of illegally dumping human waste into a harbor from his floating strip club said he plans to appeal whatever sentence is imposed Friday afternoon.

Hours before his sentencing following his conviction on federal charges that could land him in prison, Darren Byler claimed in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that he was targeted because of disapproval over the business he ran on the 94-foot \"Wild Alaskan,\" a converted crabbing boat.

\"Simply put, I was selectively and maliciously prosecuted by an emotionally charged case because of what I was doing with my entertainment charter. That's just the bottom line,\" he said while waiting to catch a flight to Anchorage from Kodiak Island. \"This is all about morality police.\"

Federal prosecutors have recommended an 18-month prison sentence for Byler.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Reardon denied in an interview that Byler was targeted because of his business and said evidence showed the U.S. Coast Guard tried to work with Byler to bring his waste disposal practices into compliance.

\"This was a case, in our view, based upon all the facts, that required prosecution,\" Reardon said.

Byler's attorney, John Cashion, in a sentencing memorandum asked the judge to consider a fine and probation instead of prison time. Cashion said that Byler is \"especially needed as a partner to his wife and family in a frontier subsistence environment.\"

In a letter to U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason, Byler's wife Kimberly Riedel-Byler also asked for her husband to be kept out of prison.

Byler said he would appeal the sentence even if he only gets probation. He previously asked for a new trial but the request was denied.

Byler was convicted in December 2015 of dumping sewage in violation of the federal Refuse Act and lying to federal authorities. The maximum penalty is five years in prison for the false statements and $25,000 for each violation of the federal Refuse Act.

Riedel-Byler was found not guilty of the same charges.

According to prosecutors, Byler piped raw sewage from Wild Alaskan bathrooms into the harbor near Kodiak in 2014 instead of taking it 3 miles offshore and told the Coast Guard that the waste had been disposed of properly.

The Wild Alaskan opened for business in June 2014 and encountered problems early on.

The floating bar was briefly shut down by the Coast Guard after someone reported that an overloaded water taxi took patrons to the floating bar.

The Coast Guard also found the boat had an expired locator beacon, expired inflatable devices on two life rafts and inoperable navigation sidelights.

Byler said at the time that he believed his troubles happened because people disapproved of the exotic dancers aboard his boat.

The boat operated as a strip club until late 2014, court documents said.

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CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) \u2014 A Pennsylvania woman is facing child endangerment charges after allegedly drugging her son to calm him.

Police say a 27-year-old Cranberry Township woman admitted she gave her 10-year-old son trazodone to calm him after he fought with his siblings in December. It's a prescription narcotic to treat depression but also sometimes used to treat insomnia. WXPI reports (http://bit.ly/2jwAJwA) that the child's teachers contacted police after noticing he was lethargic and could not pay attention. The boy told police his mother gave him a white pill to go to sleep.

The Cranberry Township woman, who has not been identified to protect her child's identity, will face charges of child endangerment and delivering a controlled substance. A hearing date has not been set.

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Information from: WPXI-TV, http://www.wpxi.com

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) \u2014 A former job corps site is Arkansas has been sitting vacant but potential options for its use are an at-risk youth program expansion and a shelter for unaccompanied immigrant children being held at the U.S. border.

The property first sparked the interest of the Arkansas National Guard in December, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2jUyRxQ ) reports. The Guard wants to use the former Ouachita Job Corps site near Hot Springs to house a program that would offer life-skills lessons to at-risk youth, but spokesman Lt. Col. Joel Lynch says the majority of the details and a timeline are still unknown.

An HHS official said Friday the agency might temporarily run the shelter at the federally-owned site if the Guard doesn't plan to establish the program by summer or fall.

Such shelters are a step between the children's detentions and their long-term releases to sponsors with whom the children live while their immigration cases are heard.

According to Office of Refugee Resettlement chief of staff Andrea Helling, temporary shelters are needed as overflow centers when the number of detained children spikes.

The Garland County complex would require at least $2 million in renovation before either of the proposed uses for the facilities could be implemented.

Three members of Arkansas' congressional delegation have opposed converting the abandoned facility into a shelter for immigrant children. U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, whose district includes Garland County, and U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton issued a joint statement in December calling the proposal \"irresponsible and against the wishes of Arkansans.\"

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) \u2014 A kindergartner's mother sued her public school system in West Virginia, saying a 75-year practice of putting kids in Bible classes violates the U.S. and state constitutions.

The woman, identified as \"Jane Doe\" in the federal lawsuit backed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, said her child will be forced either to take these weekly classes at her Mercer County elementary school or face ostracism as one of the few children who don't.

\"This program advances and endorses one religion, improperly entangles public schools in religious affairs, and violates the personal consciences of nonreligious and non-Christian parents and students,\" the suit said.

The school district said the courses are voluntary electives.

According to the lawsuit, 19 elementary and middle schools in the county system offer the course, which was revised in 1986 after the parents of eight students filed complaints. Then-state Attorney General Tom McNeel issued guidelines, saying Bible instruction could be given in public schools subject to certain guidelines. Since then, the county Board of Education has administered it with standard curriculum that includes teaching creationism.

Attorney Marcus Schneider, who filed the suit this week, said Friday he wasn't immediately aware of similar classes in other West Virginia counties. He said the irony is that there will be criticism of the suit for defending the same First Amendment principle that protects the religious freedom of Christians.

The foundation currently has a dozen lawsuits in other states over issues such as prayer in school, and won a somewhat similar suit about Bible classes filed in 2002 against one Tennessee county's schools, staff attorney Patrick Eliot said. \"Something like this is extremely rare. It's not something most school districts do,\" he said.

Teresa Russell, an administrator for Mercer County Public Schools, said the Bible courses are voluntary and they haven't yet been officially notified about the suit. Data showing the number of schools and students participating hasn't yet been calculated for this year, she said.

\"I can verify that we do have a Bible in the Schools program. I can verify that we do supervise that particular program,\" Russell said. \"It is an elective course that students opt to take.\"

West Virginia's county school systems can establish the electives they choose, and Mercer County created this one, according to the state Department of Education.

\"For that reason, we do not know if any other school or county offers a course similar to the Mercer County course because it is a local decision,\" spokeswoman Kristin Anderson said.

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