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July 18, 2014 - 5:31pm
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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The new leader of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization says it has moved on from the controversy that erupted 2½ years ago over its decision, quickly reversed in an onslaught of criticism, to stop giving grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings.

"I think we as an organization have moved past it and I think that's the important thing — that we keep focusing on our mission," said Judy Salerno, who was named Komen's...

July 18, 2014 - 5:29pm
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Methodist minister ousted and then reinstated after performing his son's gay marriage said Friday that a church official is appealing his refrocking.

The Rev. Frank Schaefer said he is disappointed to learn of the appeal, but not surprised.

Schaefer is moving to a California diocese this week after his decision to officiate at his son's 2007 same-sex marriage thwarted his church career in Pennsylvania. He has since become a gay...

July 18, 2014 - 5:28pm
1 week 2 days ago

WINDER, Ga. (AP) — Eleven-year-old Blake Desadier thought his mom was lying when she told him there were other kids like him with Tourette's syndrome.

Then he went to "Camp Twitch and Shout," a weeklong summer camp for children with Tourette's, a neurological disorder that makes people have different types of involuntary muscle movements or speech. The camp helps children embrace the disorder. Many of the counselors also have Tourette's.

"My mom wasn...

July 18, 2014 - 5:25pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is foregoing his usual round of weekend golf at a Washington suburban military base. Instead, he and his family are choosing what is for them a rare woodland getaway: a weekend at the presidential mountaintop retreat of Camp David.

The family was leaving Friday for the isolated and heavily guarded hideaway in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains. The White House said the family weekend had already been planned and that he would return to...

July 18, 2014 - 5:21pm
1 week 2 days ago

DENVER (AP) — The discovery of remains on Colorado's Mount Evans has brought an end to weeks of searching for a father and son from Minnesota who disappeared in April after apparently setting out on a hike up one of the state's tallest mountains.

Authorities confirmed Friday that the remains found Thursday by searchers on the 14,265-foot-peak were that of Damian McManus, 51, and Evan McManus, 18, of St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

They were last heard...

July 18, 2014 - 5:16pm
1 week 2 days ago

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than 1,000 same-sex married couples in Utah will have to wait longer for state benefits after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that state officials don't have to recognize the marriages until their appeal is heard.

The couples were wed during a 17-day stretch in December when same-sex marriages were legal before the nation's highest court put the practice on hold. They had been set to get benefits Monday.

Instead,...

July 18, 2014 - 5:08pm
1 week 2 days ago

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have filed court documents indicating that mounting gambling and credit card debt were the motive behind a deadly explosion that devastated an Indianapolis neighborhood in 2012.

Monserrate Shirley, her then-boyfriend Mark Leonard and his brother, Bob Leonard, face charges of murder, arson and conspiracy to commit arson in the Nov. 10, 2012, blast that killed two of Shirley's neighbors and wrecked dozens of houses in the Richmond Hill...

July 18, 2014 - 5:07pm
1 week 2 days ago

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Other members of Jerry Sandusky's family say they're standing by him after one of his adopted sons described to Oprah Winfrey allegations of sexual abuse by the former Penn State assistant football coach.

The family released a statement on Friday saying none of them ever saw abuse or any indication of inappropriate activity.

Matthew Sandusky said in Thursday's broadcast that his adopted father subjected him to a range of sexual...

July 18, 2014 - 5:06pm
1 week 2 days ago

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The government is rapidly expanding the number of names it accepts for inclusion on its terrorist watch list, with more than 1.5 million added in the last five years, according to numbers divulged by the government in a civil lawsuit.

About 99 percent of the names submitted are accepted, leading to criticism that the government is "wildly loose" in its use of the list.

Those included in the Terrorist Screening Database could...

July 18, 2014 - 5:04pm
1 week 2 days ago

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — "Supernatural" stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki say the TV series they started nine years ago remains just as fun today as it did at the beginning.

"We still get excited about it," Ackles told journalists Friday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

"I remember getting the last script of season nine, I got all giddy about it. I was excited to see what happens in season 10. As long as there's...

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