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July 10, 2014 - 5:24pm
1 week 5 days ago

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Catholics are decrying a recent Louisiana Supreme Court decision that reaches into the most sanctified of church places, the confessional booth.

The ruling revives a 2009 lawsuit that contends a priest should have reported allegations of sexual abuse disclosed to him during private confessions. It also opens the door for a judge to call the priest to testify about what he was told.

The lawsuit was filed by parents of a teen...

July 10, 2014 - 5:06pm
1 week 5 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. officials on Thursday turned over to the Mongolian government enough 80 million-year-old dinosaur skeletons to stock a museum, including two relics of a kind of dinosaur that a prosecutor said "memorably stampeded" in a Hollywood movie.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said the fossilized remains of more than 18 dinosaurs recovered by federal authorities were transferred after a ceremony attended by Mongolia's ambassador to the United Nations....

July 10, 2014 - 5:05pm
1 week 5 days ago

DENVER (AP) — Another Colorado county clerk says he'll start issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, even though the state's gay marriage ban is still in effect.

Pueblo County clerk Gilbert Ortiz says he'll begin giving out the licenses Friday morning.

Denver County's clerk started handing out same-sex marriage licenses Thursday after a judge's ruling regarding nearby Boulder County, where a clerk starting granting licenses to gay couples last...

July 10, 2014 - 5:03pm
1 week 4 days ago

When it comes to LeBron James, all that's certain is this: One fan base is about to feel scorned, and other is about to feel absolute joy.

Miami or Cleveland?

The same choice he faced four years ago is the one facing the four-time NBA MVP now. He became a champion in Miami. He still calls Ohio home. It's obviously not an easy decision, and the ramifications of what he's about to say — it's still unclear when any announcement will be coming, but it's...

July 10, 2014 - 5:03pm
1 week 5 days ago

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton will be in New Jersey next week on the same day that Gov. Chris Christie heads to Iowa.

Clinton is scheduled to be at Bookends in Ridgewood to sign copies of her book "Hard Choices" on Thursday. That's the same day Christie will be traveling across the early voting state of Iowa for a series of fundraisers and meet and greets.

If Christie decides to jump in the presidential race, the Republican could end...

July 10, 2014 - 5:01pm
1 week 5 days ago

MIAMI (AP) — A U.S. military judge removed himself Thursday from the death penalty trial at Guantanamo Bay for the prisoner accused of orchestrating the deadly attack on the USS Cole.

Army Col. James Pohl, a prominent judge who has presided over a number of major cases, assigned Air Force Col. Vance Spath to take over the case against Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri. The trial is scheduled to start in February but is likely to be postponed.

Al-Nashiri, a...

July 10, 2014 - 4:55pm
1 week 5 days ago

Stocks fell Thursday as worries about the soundness of a European bank spooked U.S. investors, prompting them to sell off stocks and snap up less risky assets like gold and governments bonds.

Fears emerged overnight about the financial stability of Espirito Santo International, a holding company that is the largest shareholder in a group of firms, including the parent of Portugal's largest bank, Banco Espirito Santo.

On Thursday:

July 10, 2014 - 4:38pm
1 week 5 days ago

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A passing motorist tells authorities a "boy went in the sewer" and "his mother is yelling for him" during a 911 call that prompted a frantic search for two Iowa teenagers swept into an open storm drain during a flash flood. One died and the other survived.

The female driver made the June 30 call, obtained by The Associated Press under the public records law, after being stopped by a friend of 17-year-old Logan Blake of Cedar Rapids, whose body...

July 10, 2014 - 4:35pm
1 week 5 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A powerful government workers' union will end its support for the United Negro College Fund after the group accepted $25 million from the conservative powerhouse Koch brothers and the college fund's president appeared at a Koch event.

In a letter made public Thursday, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said it will no longer partner with or raise funds for the fund, known for its iconic motto, "A mind is a terrible thing to...

July 10, 2014 - 4:29pm
1 week 5 days ago

LOBELVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police found a store of firearms Thursday at the home of a 15-year-old boy charged with shooting a longtime member of the National Guard at a Tennessee armory as investigators explored possible motives, an official said.

"Several" weapons were uncovered in the search, said Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine, and ballistic experts examined whether any were involved in Wednesday's shooting in the rural community of Lobelville,...

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