Police say teen who searched for missing pal was his killer

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A 16-year-old who was part of a search party looking for a missing high school sports star led the group to discover the boy’s body but investigators suspect he was the person who fatally stabbed his longtime friend and left his body in bushes near a riverbed, Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives said Thursday.

Raul Castro retires as Cuban president, outlines future

HAVANA (AP) – Raul Castro turned over Cuba’s presidency Thursday to a 57-year-old successor he said would hold power until 2031, a plan that would place the state the Castro brothers founded and ruled for 60 years in the hands of a Communist Party official little known to most on the island.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – California is doing a poor job of sheltering the nation’s largest homeless population and needs to provide statewide leadership to address the problem, the state auditor said Thursday in a report that also singled out problems with homeless services in Los Angeles County.

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – A Fresno State lecturer who says he was demoted after posting a tweet that Donald Trump "must hang" says the university president is again failing to defend academic freedom, this time over a professor who called former First Lady Barbara Bush an "amazing racist."

Arizona senator vows school safety plan protects gun rights

PHOENIX (AP) – The Republican chair of the Arizona Senate committee considering Gov. Doug Ducey’s wide-ranging school safety proposal vowed Thursday to ensure that any plan that passes the GOP-controlled Legislature would protect gun rights and have support from the National Rifle Association.