Probate judges opposed to gay marriage stand firm
TROY, Ala. (AP) — Gay couples can petition, protest and even sue — but that won't change Probate Judge Wes Allen's mind: He is not issuing them marriage licenses, despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that marriage is a constitutional right equally held by all Americans.
Source: Fire at South Carolina black church wasn't arson
GRELLEYVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A fire that destroyed a black church in South Carolina was not the work of an arsonist, a federal law enforcement source said Wednesday.
What's next for California's contentious vaccine law
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a hotly contested California bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in the wake of an outbreak of measles at Disneyland late last year.
California legislation responds to cheerleader lawsuits
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — They boost their teams from the sidelines and promote them by appearing in calendars and at fan events, but some sports cheerleaders say they are still not considered team employees and are paid what amounts to less than minimum wage.
Trade schools have to find grads jobs, or lose financial aid
WASHINGTON (AP) — Exotic dancers hired as admissions counselors. Recruiters told to seek out "impatient" individuals who have "few people in their lives who care about them." Military personnel still recovering from brain damage told to sign on the dotted line.
Why the gov't let many trade schools become diploma mills
WASHINGTON (AP) — How did trade schools go from being mom-and-pop shops that trained mechanics and hair stylists to making billions on Wall Street? And if the industry is as predatory as the Education Department and many lawmakers suggest, why didn't they stop it?
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.
A look at wildfire hotspots around the West
People returned to find their homes reduced to rubble following a destructive wildfire in Washington state, while crews battled blazes in California and Nevada.
Official: 2 convicts practiced escape plan before breakout
DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say the two murderers who escaped from a maximum-security prison in northern New York conducted a practice run the night before they made their daring breakout.
White House to allow photos, social media on public tours
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says visitors can now take photos or use social media during public tours of the building.
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