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April 21, 2015 - 1:23am
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — After the state faced widespread backlash over measures critics cast as anti-gay, several Arkansas cities worried about the economic fallout are challenging the new laws by expanding their anti-discrimination protections.

The moves range from one city asking voters whether to defy a state law placing limits on local anti-discrimination ordinances to others expanding their own hiring policies to include sexual orientation and gender orientation....

April 21, 2015 - 1:20am
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GARNER, Iowa (AP) — Jurors are set to resume deliberating in the trial of a former Iowa lawmaker accused of sexually abusing his wife, who was suffering from dementia.

Closing arguments were delivered and jurors deliberated Monday before adjourning. They will resume at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The case centers on the question of when a person is no longer capable of giving consent for sexual relations.

Prosecutors say 78-year-old Henry...

April 21, 2015 - 1:05am
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BOSTON (AP) — Jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) are to begin hearing evidence about what his punishment should be: life in prison or the death penalty.

The penalty phase of Tsarnaev's trial is set to begin Tuesday in federal court.

Tsarnaev's lawyers are expected to continue portraying Tsarnaev's older brother as the mastermind of the attack. They say Tsarnaev doesn't deserve the death penalty...

April 21, 2015 - 12:58am
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NEW YORK (AP) — A "perfect" 100-carat diamond in a classic emerald-cut could fetch up to $25 million at a New York City auction.

Sotheby's is offering the white diamond on Tuesday.

It's an internally flawless D color stone, which the auctioneer says is considered "perfect."

Sotheby's New York jewelry department head Gary Schuler likened the stone's transparency "to a pool of icy water."

The auction record for...

April 20, 2015 - 11:11pm
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell says her public corruption convictions are based on an overly broad definition of bribery and she did not receive a fair trial due to a number of mistakes made by the presiding federal district court judge.

Her attorneys argued Monday in a 101-page court filing that McDonnell's several convictions should be overturned.

McDonnell and her husband, former Gov. Bob McDonnell, were...

April 20, 2015 - 10:22pm
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BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries is recalling all of its products on the market after two samplings of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeriosis.

Blue Bell's chief executive Paul Kruse said in a statement Monday night that the company "can't say with certainty" how the bacteria was introduced to the manufacturing line.

The company last month issued its first recall after ice cream contaminated with...

April 20, 2015 - 10:01pm
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The annual Jefferson Muzzles are out, casting a harsh light on the most egregious attempts to silence speech.

The Muzzles are issued by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression in Charlottesville, Virginia.

A sampling of the "winners" announced Monday include:

—A Pennsylvania prosecutor who went after a teenager who posted a photo of his crotch near a religious statue....

April 20, 2015 - 9:28pm
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The woman who designed the iconic neon sign that has welcomed countless visitors to Las Vegas since 1959 has died.

Betty Willis died Sunday in her Overton, Nevada, home, according to an obituary on the Virgin Valley & Moapa Valley Mortuaries web site.

The 91-year-old artist is credited with designing the famed and often mimicked "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" neon sign that sits in a median in the middle of Las Vegas Boulevard...

April 20, 2015 - 8:55pm
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RENO, Nev. (AP) — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell plans to announce Tuesday whether she will move forward with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's earlier proposal to order federal protection for a type of sage grouse found only in California and Nevada.

Jewell plans a formal announcement on a listing decision for the bistate sage grouse in Reno on Tuesday afternoon. It comes months before a more-sweeping decision is due Sept. 30 on whether to declare the greater sage...

April 20, 2015 - 8:52pm
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A spokesman for a Muslim couple in Alabama says their 20-year-old daughter left a Birmingham suburb to join Islamic State militants in Syria after being recruited via the Internet.

Attorney Hassan Shibly spoke at a Birmingham mosque on Monday on behalf of the parents of the young woman, whom he identified only as Hoda.

Shibly said Hoda left in November. He says the woman's actions go against the family's wishes and against the...

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