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February 24, 2015 - 5:36pm
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Wal-Mart is criticizing a "conscience protection" bill in the retail giant's home state of Arkansas that opponents say would sanction discrimination against gays and lesbians.

A spokesman for the Bentonville-based company said Tuesday the bill pending before a Senate panel that would prohibit state and local governments from imposing a "substantial burden" on someone's religious beliefs sends the wrong message about Arkansas and runs counter to...

February 24, 2015 - 5:32pm
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska today became the third U.S. state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults, and it has been a subdued milestone.

Unlike in Colorado and Washington state, there have been no street parties or public smoking displays in Alaska's biggest cities.

But backers of legal pot said the mild reaction was fitting because they are aiming to promote responsible consumption of marijuana as they work with lawmakers during...

February 24, 2015 - 5:30pm
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GENESEE FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A New York state park that drew national attention for its ice volcano now has a second icy spectacle: a pair of waterfalls that are nearly frozen over.

The Daily News in Batavia reports (http://bit.ly/1A3kMgn ) two of Letchworth State Park's major waterfalls on the Genesee (JEN'-uh-see) River are almost entirely encased in ice.

The frozen scenery is drawing visitors to the 107-foot middle falls and the 70-foot upper falls...

February 24, 2015 - 5:17pm
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A doctor says a Philadelphia woman charged with murder in a client's buttocks-injection death blackmailed him after their affair.

Dr. James Taterka testified Tuesday that he met Padge Victoria Windslowe in 1993 through an online ad for a prostitute.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Taterka said he gave Windslowe a car and $15,000 as veiled messages were sent to his wife or posted online.

The 45-year-old...

February 24, 2015 - 5:15pm
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Associated Press has named Claire Galofaro, a veteran newspaper reporter who has covered criminal justice and social service issues, as its administrative correspondent for Kentucky and Tennessee. She will be based in her hometown of Louisville.

The appointment was announced Tuesday by South Region Editor Lisa Marie Pane and Tennessee-Kentucky News Editor Scott Stroud.

"Claire is an exceptional journalist with an...

February 24, 2015 - 5:11pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's health secretary has told Congress that there are no administrative actions available to fix the problems that would result if the Supreme Court invalidates federal subsidies for millions of people buying health care coverage.

In a letter Tuesday, Sylvia Burwell repeated her warnings that if the court annuls the subsidies, there would be "widespread damage" to the nation's health care system. She says that's because millions of...

February 24, 2015 - 5:03pm
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BOSTON (AP) — A restaurant that was heavily damaged in the deadly Boston Marathon bombings but later reopened is closing its doors on Sunday.

The Forum's owner announced Tuesday its rent is being tripled, making it "financially impossible" to operate at the Back Bay location on Boylston Street.

The second of two pressure cooker bombs at the 2013 marathon's finish line exploded outside the Forum. Three people were killed in the attack. More than 260...

February 24, 2015 - 4:56pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — There may be a way out of the standoff in Congress over immigration and funding for the Department of Homeland Security.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he'll allow a vote on a funding measure that doesn't include any provisions overturning President Barack Obama's actions on immigration.

But it's not clear how the House will respond. It's already passed a bill that links the two issues. Speaker John Boehner's office...

February 24, 2015 - 4:55pm
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KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — Agapita Montes-Rivera's first trip to the United States included viewing the body of her son, who was shot and killed by police in Washington state in a case that has sparked protests and calls for a federal investigation.

The Parotita, Mexico, woman says the three officers involved in the shooting of her son should go to prison.

Antonio Zambrano-Montes was shot to death Feb 10 after allegedly throwing rocks at officers near a...

February 24, 2015 - 4:50pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) says Republicans are "not even close" to giving up the fight over the Keystone X-L pipeline. And he says President Barack Obama's veto today of a bill that would approve construction of the pipeline is a "national embarrassment."

Obama is offering no indication of whether he will eventually issue a permit for the pipeline. It's become a flashpoint in the U.S. debate over environmental policy and climate change....

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