WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans support allowing businesses to refuse wedding-related services to same-sex couples on religious grounds, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll conducted earlier this year.
The issue has become a topic for heated debate after critics of Indiana's recently adopted Religious Freedom Restoration Act charged that the law was intended to permit discrimination against gays and lesbians.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bob Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants who rose to become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic members of Congress, was charged Wednesday with accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for a stream of political favors.
Glover was shot outside a strip mall being guarded by police four days after levee failures during Hurricane Katrina led to catastrophic flooding, covering 80 percent of the city in water, knocking out all utilities and leaving tens of thousands stranded — some in their homes, some on rooftops amid the flooding, and many in the Superdome and the New Orleans convention center.
BOSTON (AP) — A disabled Canadian replica pirate ship whose nine crewmembers were rescued by the Coast Guard has been towed to a southern Maine shipyard.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Ross Ruddell says a fishing vessel took the charter schooner Liana's Ransom to the Kittery Point Yacht Yard in Eliot late Tuesday.
Prosecutors are likely to focus on their contention that the brothers were partners in the plan to bomb innocent people to get back at the U.S.
The Kankakee County Sheriff's Office issued a missing person alert Wednesday for the girl.
The 23-year-old Taylor was awaiting sentencing when authorities say he beat a guard into unconsciousness, took his keys and uniform and sped off in his SUV Wednesday.
ATLANTA (AP) — Eleven former Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of participating in a test cheating conspiracy that drew nationwide attention were convicted Wednesday of racketeering charges.
Prosecutors claimed the former educators participated in a conspiracy to cheat on standardized tests dating back to 2005, motivated by pressure to meet federal and APS standards and receive bonuses or keep their jobs.
(AP) — A daughter of the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the Southern California televangelist who founded the world-famous Crystal Cathedral, says her father is ailing and could be in his final days.
CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) — The number of people taking high school equivalency exams in the U.S.
DETROIT (AP) — The federal government said Wednesday that it is listing the northern long-eared bat as threatened, giving new protections to a species that has been nearly wiped out in some areas by the spread of a fungal disease.
Prosecutors say the wealthy Florida eye doctor provided the senator with luxury vacations, airline travel and tens of thousands of dollars in contributions to a legal defense fund.
The heart of the charges is that Menendez advocated for Melgen's personal and business interests in exchange for travel — including at least 20 flights — and political and legal-defense contributions.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans' coroner has classified the death of a man shot by a police officer in the chaos following Hurricane Katrina as a homicide.
The New Orleans district attorney's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Days later, the 1-year-old bully breed mix showed up sickly and covered in dirt at a nearby farm.
The dog used to roam the streets getting scraps of food from people in Moses Lake, a farm town about 100 miles west of Spokane.
NEW YORK (AP) — In its five short years of life, Pinterest has become 'the' place where brides-to-be create wish boards of wedding china photos and do-it-yourself home renovators bookmark shiny turquoise tiles for bathrooms.
In an executive order issued Wednesday, Brown ordered the state water board to implement reductions in cities and towns to cut usage by 25 percent.
Brown made the announcement as state officials conducted the winter's final manual survey of the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Engineers have come up with a motor-free device to make walking more efficient and easier — something scientists once thought couldn't be done.
The prototype exoskeleton boot runs from just below the knee to the ankle, and when you strap on a pair, you can reduce the energy it takes to walk by 7 percent.
PHOENIX (AP) — Four Peaks Brewing Co. has grown over the last two decades from a historic red-brick microbrewery and restaurant into an Arizona staple that served nearly 1 million gallons of beer last year, including its popular Kilt Lifter ale.
BALTIMORE (AP) — The driver killed in a violent confrontation at a National Security Agency gate identified as transgender and was a sex worker in Baltimore, according to a friend.
The three boys, now high school seniors, and other teens are expected to deliver uncomfortable and emotional testimony about the party where Audrie was sexually assaulted after passing out drunk and other events leading up to her death.
Starting in the post-Soviet economic crisis of the 1990s as homey, bed and breakfast-style alternatives to Cuba's generally grim state-run hotels, "casas particulares," or private homes, have expanded into an industry with options ranging from small apartments in central Havana to multi-room beach houses with top-notch food and maid service.
NEW YORK (AP) — A detective heard on video berating an Uber driver and asking, "How long have you been in this country?" was stripped of his gun and badge Wednesday and will be transferred from the police anti-terrorism division, officials said.
NEW YORK (AP) — Doctors traced an Arkansas man's kidney failure to an unusual cause — his habit of drinking a gallon of iced tea each day.
Black tea has a chemical known to cause kidney stones or even kidney failure in excessive amounts.
NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's says it's raising pay for workers at its company-owned U.S. restaurants, making it the latest employer to sweeten worker incentives in an improving economy.
In addition to wage increases, McDonald's says workers at company-owned stores will get paid time off.
An SUV had plowed into the family's storage shed, killing Carlos' brother and his pregnant girlfriend.
The couple had been using the shed outside the mobile home as a makeshift bedroom, sleeping inside on a mattress and hoping to save money, Carlos said.
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's new $15 minimum wage law began going into effect Wednesday, nearly a year after this pricey West Coast city was celebrated by activists as the first metropolis to push employers into providing higher wages.
After a six-year moratorium, the federal government is increasing the price of admission at some of its public lands and raising the fees charged for camping, boating, cave tours and other activities.
(AP) — Arkansas Gov.
NEW YORK (AP) — Tidal, the music and video streaming service co-owned by Jay Z, Rihanna, Madonna and other artists, is inviting more performers to join the company and earn equity.
UNION, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Kean University has cancelled hip-hop artist Common as commencement speaker after police voiced concerns over a song about a convicted cop killer who fled to Cuba.