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HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania prosecutor says he's cleared an Indiana Roman Catholic bishop of any criminal behavior or misconduct regarding a now-deceased county jail inmate who he counseled while serving in Harrisburg in the 1990s. Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo issued a lengthy statement Thursday that categorically cleared Fort Wayne-South Bend Bishop Kevin Rhoades and said "the leaking of what turned out to be an unfounded report did unnecessary harm." By Mark Scolforo. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words.



WASHINGTON — Being married to the vice president has its privileges. "Now people take my phone calls," Karen Pence told The Associated Press in an interview. She is using her new cachet to call around on behalf of military spouses and plans to address issues that frustrate them in a speech at Fort Carson, Colorado, on Thursday. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 550 words, photos. Will be updated from speech scheduled for 3:15 p.m.

— INDIANA LEGISLATURE-LAWMAKER INJURED — Indiana's House speaker says a top-ranking Republican lawmaker is in critical condition following a motorcycle accident in Michigan. SENT: 130 words.


— MUNCIE-NAIL GUN ATTACK: A central Indiana man accused of holding three people against their will and attacking one of them with a nail gun has been convicted of 11 felony charges.

— SHERIFF'S OFFICE-PAYROLL INVESTIGATION: A grand jury has indicted three former civilian employees of a northern Indiana sheriff's office who allegedly were compensated for work they didn't perform.

— DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT: Michigan State University says it's lining up a lawyer for trustee George Perles (PER'-lis), who's accused of covering up a rape allegation against Larry Nassar in 1992, when Perles was the athletic director and football coach. AP Photos.

— SCHOOL NURSE-THEFT: A former middle school nurse in northern Indiana has pleaded guilty to stealing students' medication as part of an agreement that could allow her to avoid jail time in the case.

— INTERSTATE 65 CLOSURES: Periodic 20-minute closures of northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 65 in northwestern Indiana are scheduled to occur early Friday, weather permitting.



LANDOVER, Md. — Fresh off being complimented by Larry Fitzgerald, Washington Redskins cornerback Quinton Dunbar gets his next big challenge when he faces Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.




Ohio State averaged 650 yards and 64.5 points against two overmatched opponents. This week Dwayne Haskins and the Buckeyes will be going against a traditionally tough defense in TCU in a game that could have playoff implications. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 575 words, photos.


The last two Big Ten champions didn't make college football's playoff, in part because of early losses against tough nonconference foes. This year, Michigan State and Michigan have already dropped games, reducing their margins for error and raising again the question of whether playing tough teams out of conference is worth the risk. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.


— FBC--T25-VANDERBILT-NOTRE DAME PREVIEW CAPSULE: Coming off ugly win, No. 8 Notre Dame hosts Vanderbilt. SENT: 375 words.


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