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Officials say juvenile started California wildfire

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 02:52 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Investigators who spent weeks examining photos and tips from the public have identified a juvenile as a suspect for intentionally starting the most destructive of nearly a dozen wildfires that ripped through Southern California this spring, officials said Wednesday.


Rift over religious exemption in anti-bias order

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 02:49 PM

In the intensifying debate over religious liberty, President Barack Obama faces pressure from opposite flanks as he prepares to issue an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against gay and transgender people in hiring.


Top Senate Democrat blocks votes on gun proposals

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 02:42 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blocked a parade of campaign-season votes on gun rights Wednesday that could have been a political thorn for Democrats seeking to retain control of the chamber in this fall's elections.

The Nevada Democrat used Senate procedures to prevent votes on any amendments to a bipartisan measure expanding hunters' access to public lands and renewing land conservation programs. The dozens of thwarted proposals included Republican efforts to expand gun owners' rights and Democratic attempts to toughen firearms restrictions.


Rift over religious exemption in anti-bias order

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 02:42 PM

In the intensifying debate over religious liberty, President Barack Obama faces pressure from opposite flanks as he prepares to issue an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against gay and transgender people in hiring.

Many religious leaders and conservative groups want him to exempt religious organizations from the order. Liberal clergy and gay-rights groups adamantly oppose such an exemption.


Police: Substitute teacher had sex with 2 students

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 02:40 PM

NEW BRIGHTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania high school substitute English teacher has been charged with having sex with two 18-year-old students days before they graduated.

The attorney for 26-year-old Tiffany Leiseth, of Moon Township, didn't immediately return a call for comment.

Eighteen-year-olds can legally consent to sex in Pennsylvania, but police say she committed a crime because the encounters with the male students occurred when Leiseth still had a teacher-student relationship with them.


Dodgers found partly responsible in fan beating

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 02:27 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage in a beating in a Dodger Stadium parking lot won his negligence lawsuit Wednesday, with a jury agreeing that the Dodgers didn't provide adequate security and were partly to blame for the attack.

Bryan Stow's father said his son probably wouldn't understand the details of the settlement that will give him about $14 million from the Dodgers, "but Bryan will know that he got some help today."


Senate confirms head of US Humanities Endowment

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 02:21 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate has voted to confirm the former president of Colby College as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Following Wednesday's vote, William "Bro" Adams will become the 10th chairman of the endowment, which is an independent grant-making agency of the government. The humanities endowment supports research, education and preservation programs.


Correction: North Dakota Saltwater Spill story

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 02:20 PM

MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — In a July 10 story about a North Dakota pipeline leak of saltwater generated by oil drilling, The Associated Press erroneously reported the names of the pipeline owner and its parent company. The pipeline owner's name is Arrow Pipeline LLC, not Aero Pipeline LLC, and its parent company is Crestwood Midstream Partners LP, not Crestwood Midstream Services Inc.

A corrected version of the story is below:

ND pipeline leaks about 1M gallons of saltwater


What's up and what's down at the summer box office

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 02:19 PM

Two months into its most lucrative season, Hollywood's summer is down nearly 20 percent from last year at North American theaters.

WHAT'S WORKING


Kentucky effort to resume executions hits snag

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 02:18 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's efforts to resume executions appeared to hit a snag Wednesday after a judge said he was concerned that officials want to use the same method that led to an execution that took 26 minutes in neighboring Ohio.

The issues raised by Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd could prolong the decade-long legal fight over how Kentucky puts condemned inmates to death.


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