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March 3, 2015 - 3:10pm
1 day 11 hours ago

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Three lawmakers refused to attend the Idaho Senate's daily invocation after objecting to the offering of a Hindu prayer.

Rajan Zed, guest chaplain, gave a lengthy prayer in both English and Sanskrit on Tuesday that focused on selflessness and peace. Senators from both sides of the aisle shook his hand and thanked him for coming.

However three lawmakers, all Republican, only came back onto the floor once the prayer was over: Sens....

March 3, 2015 - 3:07pm
1 day 11 hours ago

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's war crimes prosecutors have charged five people with abducting 20 people from a train in eastern Bosnia in 1993 and brutally killing them — a wartime massacre that traumatized the Balkans.

The War Crimes Prosecutor's office said in a statement Tuesday that the indictment presents the first step in reaching truth and justice for the victims and their families.

It says ten more people are being investigated in Bosnia....

March 3, 2015 - 3:01pm
1 day 11 hours ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Several confused drivers describe a chaotic scene in emergency calls shortly after the robbery of millions of dollars in gold bars from a truck on a North Carolina interstate.

On Tuesday, Wilson County authorities released three 911 calls describing the aftermath of the heist. All three people describe seeing the guards from the truck tied up.

In the longest of the calls, a male driver says the two guards ran into the road...

March 3, 2015 - 3:00pm
1 day 11 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling the Senate have moved to try to reverse a new National Labor Relations Board rule that would shorten the time between a union's request for representation and the vote on whether to certify a union.

The White House promised to veto the measure just before the Senate's 53-45 party-line vote.

Senate Republicans are employing a little-used process to that allows Congress to pass a bill to try to reverse agency...

March 3, 2015 - 2:59pm
1 day 11 hours ago

The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Feb. 23 to Sunday, March 2 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.

UNITED STATES

1. Matoma, "Old Thing Back (feat. Ja Rule and Ralph Tresvant)" (Big Beat Records)

2. Nate Ruess, "Nothing Without Love" (Fueled By Ramen)

3. Skrillex, "Where Are...

March 3, 2015 - 2:57pm
1 day 11 hours ago

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — National railroad regulators are asking local police departments to issue more tickets to drivers who ignore warnings at crossings.

The Federal Railroad Administration says it's the first step in a safety campaign. The campaign was spurred by accidents last month in Valhalla, New York, and Oxnard, California, that killed seven people. The engineer in the California crash died Tuesday.

The agency is calling for greater police...

March 3, 2015 - 2:52pm
1 day 11 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Insurance coverage for millions of people is riding on the latest politically charged Supreme Court clash over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

The case being argued Wednesday focuses on who's eligible for federal tax subsidies intended to make health coverage affordable. Three years after Chief Justice John Roberts saved Obama's health law in an epic, election-year fight over its constitutionality, the chief justice could again hold the...

March 3, 2015 - 2:51pm
1 hour 34 min ago

The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Feb. 23 to Sunday, March 2 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.

UNITED STATES

1. Ellie Goulding, "Love Me Like You Do - From "Fifty Shades Of Grey"" (Republic Records)

2. Mark Ronson, "Uptown Funk" (RCA Records)

3. Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out...

March 3, 2015 - 2:42pm
1 day 11 hours ago

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — When the nation's first black president steps onto the Edmund Pettus Bridge this weekend to honor the marchers beaten there 50 years ago, he'll be standing on a structure that's at once synonymous with the civil rights struggle and a tribute to a reputed Ku Klux Klan leader.

Now a student group wants to rename the bridge that will serve as backdrop when President Barack Obama visits Selma on Saturday.

An online petition launched by...

March 3, 2015 - 2:27pm
1 day 11 hours ago

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs say they will seek permission to work longer hours on renovations at Wrigley Field, but not to work 24 hours a day.

The comment Tuesday from the Cubs came after Mayor Rahm Emanuel said city building ordinances prohibit work being done at all hours.

Cubs officials suggested Monday they would ask for city permission to work around the clock on the massive renovation project to get the iconic ballpark ready for the April...

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