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September 2, 2015 - 2:56pm
14 hours 13 min ago

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The latest on a county clerk in Kentucky who has repeatedly refused to issue marriage licenses (all times local):

6:12 p.m.

The Republican president of the Kentucky state Senate has asked a federal judge to withhold his ruling ordering a county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples against her religious beliefs.

Republican Senate President Robert Stivers said in a court filing on Wednesday...

September 2, 2015 - 2:40pm
17 hours 23 min ago

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Defense witnesses testifying in the trial of a 13-year-old boy who killed another boy at a Michigan playground say he's had a rough childhood and is a victim of abuse.

The teen's stepfather told a Kent County jury on Wednesday that he would beat the boy with a belt if he misbehaved.

The 13-year-old is charged with murder in the fatal stabbing last summer of 9-year-old Michael Connor Verkerke at a Kentwood playground, near...

September 2, 2015 - 2:16pm
17 hours 43 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Israeli official says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will continue fighting against the nuclear agreement signed by Iran, the United States and five other world powers.

The Israeli leader has been personally lobbying U.S. lawmakers to block the nuclear pact -- but supporters now have the 34 votes in the Senate that would be needed to back President Barack Obama when he vetoes a resolution of disapproval.

The agreement limits...

September 2, 2015 - 2:15pm
17 hours 43 min ago

ATLANTA (AP) — Leaders of an Atlanta museum want the space focused on modern and historic civil rights to contribute to a national push to ensure LGBT rights, particularly in southern states.

Wednesday marks the formal launch of the LGBT Institute, housed at the Center for Civil and Human Rights. The museum opened in June 2014. The space includes galleries on LGBT issues, but officials say they're following through on calls to do more.

Ryan Roemerman...

September 2, 2015 - 2:11pm
17 hours 43 min ago

CRANFORD, N.J. (AP) — Officials at a New Jersey day care center are apologizing to parents after two workers were accused of instigating scuffles among the young children as part of a "Fight Club."

After the workers were charged Tuesday with child abuse, the Lightbridge Academy center in Cranford said in a statement that it was "shocked and saddened by this isolated incident."

Center officials say they learned of the allegations in mid-August and...

September 2, 2015 - 2:00pm
17 hours 23 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve's latest look at business conditions nationwide found that the economy kept expanding during the summer, driven by robust housing and auto sales.

However, manufacturers were starting to feel pressures from an economic slowdown in China. The oil industry was also being hit by the sharp drop in energy prices.

The Fed said Wednesday that 11 of its 12 regional banks found that the economy was growing at either a...

September 2, 2015 - 1:53pm
18 hours 3 min ago

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Officials at Yosemite National Park have found the body of a man who was missing for more than three weeks.

Park spokesman Scott Gediman says the body of 39-year-old James Michael Millet Jr. was found above Yosemite Valley on Tuesday.

Millet had planned a day hike to Upper Yosemite Fall on Aug. 11 and never returned to his vehicle.

When his car was recently noticed along a road in the park,...

September 2, 2015 - 1:47pm
18 hours 3 min ago

Illinois officials are reporting six new cases of Legionnaires' disease at a state veterans home where seven residents have already died.

The Wednesday update from the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and the state Department of Public Health brings the total number of residents sickened in the outbreak at the facility in Quincy to 45.

The victims had underlying medical conditions that made them more susceptible to the disease, a form of...

September 2, 2015 - 1:45pm
18 hours 13 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge says he plans to push ahead with a challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone data on hundreds of millions of Americans, even as the program is set to expire at the end of November.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon said Wednesday he has no intention of allowing the Obama administration to use legal maneuvering to "run out the clock" on a lawsuit filed by a conservative activist challenging the USA...

September 2, 2015 - 1:34pm
18 hours 43 min ago

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Officials have lifted the suspension of a fraternity chapter at Middle Tennessee State University that placed a sexually suggestive sign placed outside an off-campus house.

The Daily News Journal ( cited a statement from the Sigma Pi national office that says the members who participated in putting up a sign that read "Freshman Girls Info Center" had been disciplined. The statement also says the chapter will work to...

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