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March 31, 2015 - 3:19pm
1 day 5 hours ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Religious freedom laws like the one causing an uproar in Indiana have never been successfully used to defend discrimination against gays — and have rarely been used at all, legal experts say.

However, past may not be prologue in these cases, since gays have only recently won widespread legalization of same-sex marriage, and religious conservatives are now scrambling for new legal strategies to blunt the trend.

Gay rights advocates...

March 31, 2015 - 3:15pm
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Brown University graduate student from South Korea has died after jumping from the 12th floor of a campus building.

Police officials tell the Providence Journal that the 25-year-old student's death Tuesday afternoon was a suicide. University spokesman Mark Nickel says the student plunged from the Sciences Library building.

Brown President Christina Paxson identified him in a statement on the university's website as Hyoun Ju...

March 31, 2015 - 2:54pm
1 day 6 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is releasing military aid to Egypt that was suspended after the 2013 coup in that country.

The White House says Obama is lifting the hold on sending F-16 fighter jets, tanks and other material to Egypt. The U.S. has been weighing whether to lift the hold to help combat the extremist threat spilling over from Libya and in the Sinai Peninsula.

But the White House says it is not issuing a certification that Egypt...

March 31, 2015 - 2:50pm
1 day 6 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is announcing policy changes to the federal government's asset forfeiture program as part of an ongoing review.

The policy change would restrict the government's ability to seize bank deposits to cases involving the most illegal banking transactions.

At issue are cases involving so-called structuring, a practice in which someone evades bank reporting requirements by making a series of deposits below a...

March 31, 2015 - 2:45pm
1 day 6 hours ago

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A private Pennsylvania college says it has expelled three students over a school radio broadcast in which they made racist comments and used a slur.

Bucknell University president John Bravman (BRAHV'-mehn) met with about 1,000 students and staff Tuesday, a day after sending an email to the university community informing them of the expulsions.

He says the March 20 broadcast violated university standards.

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March 31, 2015 - 2:45pm
1 day 6 hours ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The brothers of a man missing in a New York building collapse say they're clinging to hope while DNA testing determines the identity of human remains found in the rubble.

Twenty-six-year-old restaurant worker Moises Ismael Locon (moy-SEHS' ihs-MY'-ehl loh-KOHN') was reported missing after Thursday's blast.

Two bodies were discovered Sunday. One was identified as 23-year-old Nicholas Figueroa. The other is still undergoing testing....

March 31, 2015 - 2:41pm
1 day 6 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The families of three American soldiers killed during a brazen attack in Iraq are suing the Iranian government for allegedly orchestrating the raid.

Filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Washington, the lawsuit says Lt. Jacob Fritz, Specialist Johnathan Chism, and Private First Class Shawn Falter were taken prisoner and then murdered in January 2007 by Iranian-backed Hezbollah agents and the Khazali network, an Iraqi militant group.

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March 31, 2015 - 2:37pm
1 day 6 hours ago

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Protesters are preventing construction of a giant telescope near the summit of a mountain held sacred by Native Hawaiians.

Some consider the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope project as desecrating the Big Island's Mauna Kea.

Hilo newspaper Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://ow.ly/L2He7 ) reports about 15 vehicles transporting workers up the mountain were blocked Monday as more than 50 protesters formed a roadblock outside the Mauna...

March 31, 2015 - 2:22pm
1 day 6 hours ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco newspaper has received a series of emails from a person claiming responsibility for a California woman's abduction, including one demanding that police apologize to the woman for calling it a hoax.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports Tuesday (http://bit.ly/1afbb1r) the anonymous person writes that Denise Huskins' ordeal was real and they want to clear her name.

Huskins' boyfriend called police March 23 to report...

March 31, 2015 - 2:12pm
1 day 3 hours ago

POTTSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal was rushed to a hospital to be treated for complications from diabetes, according to family members and supporters who asserted Tuesday that the state prison system has been providing him with substandard medical care.

Abu-Jamal's blood sugar was dangerously high when he arrived at Schuylkill Medical Center on Monday, and he could have slipped into a diabetic coma, relatives and supporters said at a news...

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