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    The downtown segment of the Interstate 35 reconstruction project through Waco is beginning to take shape. Crews last week finished installing beams on the 11th-12th Street overpass and will follow suit with the Fourth-Fifth Street bridge next week.

    Police say portions of South Mountain Park and Preserve in Phoenix have been temporarily closed as investigators search for evidence in a homicide. A hiker reported finding a human skull at the preserve on Jan. 14. During a search Saturday, police say detectives located additional human remains and those have been turned over to the Maricopa County Forensic Medical Center. Due to signs of trauma appearing on the skull, police say the death is being investigated as a homicide. They say detectives are actively following up on all leads and are working with the county medical examiner’s office to identify the victim.

    Family members are questioning why Kansas City police didn't find a man's body in the cargo area of his own SVU until after they towed it to a Missouri police station earlier this month. Police are defending how they handled the situation. They say they didn't have a search warrant at the time the vehicle was towed on Jan. 17 and the dead man, Adam “A.J.” Blackstock Jr., hadn't been officially reported missing then. Blackstock's family says they just wants answers about what happened to the 24-year-old. The case is being investigated as a homicide.

    One of North Carolina’s largest school systems has backed off an academic calendar for next year that would have openly defied a state law that directs when classes can start and end.  The Union County Board of Education voted Friday to rescind a 2023-24 school calendar approved last month that would have brought back students on Aug. 9. The school calendar law tells districts that in nearly all cases students can’t return each year until later in August. Some parents had sued over the original calendar. Other smaller districts have carried out or approved calendars that run counter to the law.

    Authorities say they are looking for a man who threw a Molotov cocktail at the front door of a synagogue in New Jersey. Police in Bloomfield in Essex County said officers responded at about 9:30 a.m. Sunday to a report of property damage at Temple Ner Tamid, where surveillance video showed a man approaching shortly before 3:30 a.m. Sunday, lighting a Molotov cocktail and tossing it at the door. Police said the glass bottle broke but didn’t cause any damage to the temple, and the suspect fled. Police opened an attempted arson and bias incident investigation. County prosecutors, the FBI and other federal authorities are also investigating.

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