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Indiana's religious freedom bill among host of new laws
ATLANTA (AP) -- Just days after a historic U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, Indiana's religious freedom law took effect Wednesday amid an ongoing national debate over gay rights and religious objections....
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Fire crews make gains against damaging Washington wildfire
WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) -- Surveying the smoldering ruins of his upscale home in this central Washington city, Vern Smith pointed to what had been his garage....
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Another black church in South Carolina burns; cause unknown
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- An African-American church in South Carolina that was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995 caught fire again Tuesday night, though authorities said it was too soon to say what caused the latest blaze, which broke out on a night of frequent storms. No one was believed to be inside at the time....
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West and Russia duel over whether Srebrenica was a genocide
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Western nations and Russia are dueling over whether the U.N. Security Council should call the Srebrenica massacre during the Bosnian war a genocide in a resolution commemorating the 20th anniversary of Europe's worst mass killing since World War II....
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Hawaii lawmaker assaulted at homeless camp
HONOLULU (AP) -- A Hawaii state lawmaker is recovering from injuries after being assaulted at a homeless camp in Honolulu....
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Official: Prison chief, 11 others put on leave after escape
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The superintendent at the prison where two killers broke out has been placed on leave along with his security chief and 10 other staff members amid an internal investigation into how the inmates pulled it off, a state official said Tuesday....
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Environmentalists want California to stop offshore fracking
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Environmentalists Tuesday called on Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for months of hydraulic fracturing in the waters off Southern California, warning that it could lead to chemical pollution or an oil spill....
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Authorities: Gay slur carved into Utah man's arm was staged
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A man who reported someone beat him and carved a homophobic slur into his arm staged the attacks, authorities in rural Utah said Tuesday....
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Plea deal appears to be in works for ex-California senator
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A former California state senator charged in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown may have reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors....
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Investigator: Removal of Alaska plane wreckage weeks away
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- It could be weeks before the wreckage of a sightseeing plane that crashed in steep, rugged terrain in southeast Alaska, killing nine people, is recovered....
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10 Things to Know for Wednesday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:...
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Widow of prominent Ky. defense lawyer sues over his killing
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- A prominent Kentucky defense lawyer's widow is suing psychiatrists and a hospital over their treatment of a patient who pleaded guilty but mentally ill in the lawyer's fatal shooting last year....
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Family of immigrant killed by Wash. police gets documents
PASCO, Wash. (AP) -- The family of an unarmed Mexican immigrant fatally shot by police in Pasco, Washington, has been given forensic reports and other documents from the investigation into his death....
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Service honors last of 9 Charleston church shooting victims
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Public officials paid tribute to longtime pastor Daniel L. Simmons Sr. in the last of the services for the nine victims of a shooting at a predominantly black Charleston church....
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White House intruders beware: New fence to have metal spikes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Secret Service says it will install sharp metal spikes on the White House fence after intruders scaled it twice in less than a year....
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