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May 28, 2015 - 12:23pm
1 day 4 hours ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators have agreed to give some court officials the option to refuse to carry out same-sex marriage duties based on religious objections.

The House gave final approval to the Senate measure Thursday. The bill now goes to Gov. Pat McCrory, who has expressed concerns over giving exemptions to people who take government oaths. McCrory could veto the measure.

Utah is the only other state that's approved such an...

May 28, 2015 - 12:05pm
1 day 4 hours ago

BALTIMORE (AP) — Police say they found a woman and a boy around 8 years old shot to death in southwest Baltimore.

They say the 31-year-old woman and the young boy were shot in the head Thursday, becoming Baltimore's 37th and 38th homicide victims so far this month. With one weekend left to go, Baltimore is already suffering its deadliest month in 15 years.

Officers say they responded to a report of a shooting on Upmanor Road Thursday morning and...

May 28, 2015 - 12:03pm
1 day 4 hours ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are moderately lower in midday trading, a day after the Nasdaq composite closed at a record high.

Energy stocks were among the biggest losers Thursday as the price of oil fell.

The Dow Jones industrial average was down 81 points, or 0.5 percent, to 18,081 as of 11:45 a.m. Eastern time Thursday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost nine points, or 0.4 percent, to 2,114. The Nasdaq composite fell 19...

May 28, 2015 - 12:03pm
1 day 3 min ago

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor says charges are expected after the death of a 5-year-old Michigan girl who was found malnourished, dehydrated and physically abused in a Port Huron home.

St. Clair County Prosecutor Mike Wendling said Thursday that the charges could come Friday morning and will be followed by an arraignment.

The girl's father and stepmother were arrested after police found her unresponsive Tuesday night. She was pronounced dead...

May 28, 2015 - 12:02pm
1 day 4 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. research institute says satellite imagery shows significant new construction at North Korea's main rocket launch site.

That's a sign of leader Kim Jong Un's determination to pursue a space program despite international censure.

The U.S.-Korea Institute said Thursday that the North completed expansion of the launch tower at the western coast site of Sohae late last year. Recent imagery shows that the North has since been...

May 28, 2015 - 11:54am
1 day 5 hours ago

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A September trial date has been set for a University of Virginia student whose bloody arrest outside a bar sparked a public uproar.

Martese Johnson's arrest in March gained widespread attention when photos and videos on social media showed the 20-year-old from Chicago's face bloodied and him pinned on the ground by a state Alcohol Beverage Control Department agent.

Johnson is black and has called the police racist. Johnson...

May 28, 2015 - 11:52am
1 day 5 hours ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the Federal Communications Commission is proposing that the government agency expand a phone subsidy program for the poor to include Internet access.

The FCC chairman, Tom Wheeler, has called broadband a critical service for modern life.

But many low-income people don't have access. According to a Pew Research Center report from 2013, 70 percent of U.S. adults have a high-speed Internet connection at home. Only 54 percent...

May 28, 2015 - 11:49am
1 day 5 hours ago

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's Battery Park has gone back to using its historic name: The Battery.

The Battery Conservancy and the New York City Department of Parks announced the change this week. The 25-acre public park on the southern tip of Manhattan sees about 6 million visitors a year.

A decades-long rehabilitation is nearly complete. It includes perennial gardens, a fountain, waterfront promenade, and bike and pedestrian paths....

May 28, 2015 - 11:48am
1 day 5 hours ago

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Supporters of former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley are launching a super PAC to raise money for his expected presidential campaign.

Organizers announced the Generation Forward PAC on Thursday, two days before a scheduled a news conference in Baltimore where O'Malley is set to announce his plans for 2016.

Super PACs can raise and spend unlimited donations to advocate for and against candidates.

O'Malley, who...

May 28, 2015 - 11:47am
1 day 5 hours ago

CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago contractor has pleaded guilty to setting a fire at a radar facility that disrupted air traffic throughout the country.

Brian Howard entered the plea Thursday in federal court in Chicago. Prosecutors told the judge Howard may be responsible for more than $100 million in restitution. According to a plea agreement, Howard will face at least a mandatory decade in prison.

Defense attorney Ronald Safer previously said the...

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