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  • Jamaican ends legal challenge to anti-sodomy law

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A young Jamaican gay rights activist who brought an unprecedented legal challenge to the Caribbean island's anti-sodomy law has withdrawn the claim after growing fearful about violent backlashes, advocacy groups and colleagues said Friday. Last year, Javed Jaghai made...

  • Obama to raise federal, military pay by 1 percent

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is offering civilian federal workers and members of the military a 1 percent pay increase in 2015, the same raise he offered last year citing efforts to keep government costs down during the economic recovery. The new pay raises reflect what Obama...

  • Washington judge upholds small city's pot shop ban

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A state judge said Friday that a small city can continue to ban state-licensed marijuana businesses, in a case with big implications for Washington's experiment in legal pot. Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper issued the ruling after extensive arguments...

  • Woman killed by NYC taxi; bystanders lifted cab

    NEW YORK (AP) — A woman struck by a taxi in Manhattan on Friday died despite the efforts of about a dozen bystanders who rushed in and turned the vehicle on its side to free her. Police said the woman, 58, was crossing Madison Avenue on the Upper East Side around 2 p.m. when the cab ran her...

  • Casino hostess banned from contact with ex-clients

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A casino hostess accused in a lawsuit of stealing a list of high-rolling clients from a Maryland casino where she used to work has been banned from contacting the customers until further notice. The Maryland Live Casino in Hanover sued Helena Wong, alleging that she used a...

  • Stocks end higher following strong run in August

    The Standard & Poor's 500 index delivered its fourth record high in five days Friday, ending with the biggest monthly gain since February. The milestone-crushing run capped a week when the S&P eclipsed the 2,000-point mark for the first time. And the index ended August with a gain of 3.8...

  • Court agrees to review Alaska Roadless Rule case

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A full panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will review the decision that allowed the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska to be exempt from federal restrictions on road-building and harvesting of timber. A brief announcement Friday says a...

  • 2 Guard troops along border getting financial help

    PHARR, Texas (AP) — The Texas National Guard says at least two of its troops have requested financial assistance after deployment to the Texas-Mexico border in response to a surge of children pouring illegally into the United States. Spokeswoman Lt. Col. Joanne MacGregor says the National Guard...

  • Joe Biden to New Hampshire --- again

    The White House announced late Friday that Vice President Joe Biden, often the distant runner-up to Hillary Clinton in 2016 Democratic primary polls, is heading to New Hampshire, home to the first and sometimes deciding primary.

  • Stock market closes at record high

    The Standard & Poor's 500 is ending the week at a record high after a day of quiet trading. Chip maker Avago Technologies jumped nearly 8 percent after reporting earnings that beat analysts' estimates. The latest reports on the U.S. economy were mixed. Consumer sentiment improved in August,...

  • Strategy irony: Obama declares 'National Preparedness Month,' 'PrepareAthon'

    President Obama declared September "National Preparedness Month," a time when he wants the nation to set their own strategy for dealing with a killer crisis -- like climate change.

  • California mentally ill inmates get special units

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State corrections officials have agreed to shift mentally ill inmates into specialized housing units instead of placing them in isolation, a decision that marks a major shift in how the system deals with such prisoners. The agreement filed Friday in U.S. District Court...

  • California will shift mentally ill inmates into separate isolation units, offer more treatment

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will shift mentally ill inmates into separate isolation units, offer more treatment.

  • Judge dismisses Chris McDaniel's challenge of runoff results

    Judge Hollis McGehee sided with Sen. Thad Cochran's legal team. They had asked McGehee to dismiss the case because McDaniel did not file it within the period designated under Mississippi law.

  • Pentagon pressed on why there's no strategy to defeat ISIS

    President Obama's gaffe Thursday that "we don't have a strategy" for a broader fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is putting pressure on the Pentagon as reporters ask: Why not? "The question presumes that we're not doing anything, that there's no sense of urgency in the...



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