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US gov't says North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rights
Legislation has been proposed in states across the country to protect those who - due to religious beliefs - decline to employ or serve certain people. Critics say the laws are aimed at the LGBT community and are discriminatory. Recent laws denounced as discriminatory in North Carolina and Mississippi has prompted a growing backlash from opponents. The US Justice Department said Wednesday that North Carolina's law limiting protections for LGBT people violates federal civil rights l...
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Fired employee kills co-worker, self at Houston-area company
KATY, Texas (AP) -- A man dismissed last month from a Houston-area transportation company stormed into the facility and opened fire on Wednesday, fatally shooting a former co-worker and injuring two others before turning the gun on himself, saying his life had been ruined, sheriff's officials said....
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10 Things to Know for Thursday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:...
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After Hastert, Illinois weighs change to child sex abuse law
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A state lawmaker and former prosecutor wants to eliminate the statute of limitations on child sex crimes in Illinois, a response to the hush-money case against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert....
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Chicago Teachers Union decides against taking strike vote
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Teachers Union has decided against striking over the lack of a contract, for now....
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Judge: Plan for restoring Northwest salmon runs not enough
SEATTLE (AP) -- A massive habitat restoration effort by the U.S. government doesn't do nearly enough to improve Northwest salmon runs, a federal judge ruled Thursday, handing a major victory to conservationists, anglers and others who hope to someday see four dams on the Snake River breached to make way for the fish....
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Complaint details kidnapping death of girl on Navajo nation
SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) -- On the far side of a desert hilltop in the shadow of the Shiprock Pinnacle, a towering monolith sacred to the Navajo Nation, the stranger ignored the cries of an 11-year-old girl....
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Judge blocks child-care license for family detention center
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A judge has blocked a temporary residential child-care license for one of the nation's largest detention centers for families caught crossing the southern U.S. border illegally....
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US government: North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rights
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws and can't be enforced, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday, putting the state on notice that it is in danger of being sued and losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding....
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The Latest: Deputies couldn't detain suspect in girl's death
SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) -- The Latest on the abduction and killing of an 11-year-old girl on the Navajo Nation (all times local):...
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Prosecutors charge man in Wisconsin interstate shooting
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin prosecutors filed charges Wednesday against a 20-year-old man accused of killing a woman in a random drive-by shooting along an interstate while she was driving home to Illinois with her husband and two children....
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UN diplomat says Islamic State seeking new revenue streams
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Islamic State extremist group is looking to increase revenue from taxation, smuggling antiquities "and potentially kidnap for ransom" after losing some territory and oil revenue following the destruction of significant oil facilities, the chair of the U.N. committee monitoring sanctions against the militant group and al-Qaida said Wednesday....
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Authorities: Pair lived in camper, daughters in filthy house
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- An Alaska couple faces child neglect charges after authorities said their two teenage daughters lived in the basement of a filthy, mold-filled house without heat or power while the couple stayed in a camper in the driveway....
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Near site of 9/11 attack, courthouse gets security pavilion
NEW YORK (AP) -- A new security pavilion was dedicated Wednesday at a federal courthouse where high-profile terrorism trials have taken place blocks from where the Sept. 11 attacks downed the 110-story twin towers of the World Trade Center....
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Former Alamo managers say they've overcome Texas 'bullying'
HOUSTON (AP) -- A group that served as guardian of the Alamo for more than a century said Wednesday it had prevailed over the "bureaucratic bullying" of a Texas agency with the state's acknowledgement that about 38,000 books and artifacts at an Alamo library don't belong to the state....
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