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Atheist loses bid to ban flag salute in schools

BOSTON (AP) - The Pledge of Allegiance does not discriminate against atheists and can be recited at the start of the day in public schools, Massachusetts' highest court ruled Friday.

May 09, 2014 | | Nation


GOP split breaking down, tea party power wanes

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - It's too early to say the tea party's over.

May 08, 2014 | | Nation


Denver urges symphony to cancel cannabis concerts

DENVER (AP) - The city of Denver is urging the Colorado Symphony to call off a series of pot-themed fundraising concerts, saying that even though marijuana is now legal in the state, the drug cannot be smoked at events.

May 08, 2014 | | Nation


Superintendent criticizes unhappy parents

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland Superintendent Carole Smith has criticized a group of parents for their complaints about an African-American principal and recommended diversity training for them.

May 08, 2014 | | Nation


Cheerleaders’ Bible signs not threatened

HOUSTON (AP) - A group of Southeast Texas high school cheerleaders is no longer at risk of being kept from displaying banners emblazoned with Bible verses at football games, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

May 08, 2014 | | Nation


Outrage over shooting of woman, 93

HEARNE, Texas (AP) - Dozens of residents angry that a police officer fatally shot a 93-year-old woman marched Thursday to police headquarters in the small Texas town of Hearne, where the longtime mayor greeted them and said he will recommend that the officer be fired.

May 08, 2014 | | Nation


Accusations, death at ‘Friday Night Lights’ school

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - The Texas high school made famous in the book "Friday Night Lights" said Thursday that a longtime teacher committed suicide a day after being questioned about an alleged improper relationship with a student, the school's fifth former staffer to face such accusations in a little more than a year.

May 08, 2014 | | Nation


Teen’s shooting of dad, a veteran, justified

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A teenager's fatal shooting of a troubled Army veteran father who threatened his family then tossed the child a loaded gun was legally justified, a Vermont prosecutor said Wednesday.

May 07, 2014 | | Nation


Court upholds COPSLIE vanity plate

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - If a New Hampshire man thinks cops lie, he's free to say so on his license plate, the state's highest court ruled Wednesday.

May 07, 2014 | | Nation


93-year-old woman fatally shot by officer

HEARNE, Texas (AP) - A 93-year-old Central Texas woman was fatally shot at her home by a police officer when after she allegedly brandished a gun, the Hearne Police Department said Wednesday.

May 07, 2014 | | Nation


Tiff over handcuffing of Portland girl

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A year after Portland officers handcuffed a 9-year-old girl at her home, the Police Department said Wednesday it will review three directives on taking juveniles into custody.

May 07, 2014 | | Nation


Man killed neighbor over deer dispute

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A suburban Minneapolis man who had a long-running dispute with two neighbors over feeding deer opened fire on the couple and killed one of them, hours after his son was arrested on suspicion of threatening to burn down their house, according to criminal charges filed Wednesday.

May 07, 2014 | | Nation


Mom accused of killing kids: They were ‘mean’

TAMPA, Fla., (AP) - A Tampa mother who is accused of killing her two teenagers told a detective that her children had been "really mean" and she hoped they were dead.

May 07, 2014 | | Nation


House hold ex-IRS official in contempt

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans voted Wednesday to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify at a pair of committee hearings about her role in the agency's tea party controversy.

May 07, 2014 | | Nation


Nintendo says no to virtual equality

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nintendo isn't allowing gamers to play as gay in an upcoming life simulator game.

May 07, 2014 | | Nation


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Iran launches airstrikes in Iraq against IS

WASHINGTON (AP) - Iranian jets have carried out airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq in recent days, Pentagon officials and independent analysts say, underscoring the strange alliances generated by the war against the extremist group that has beheaded Americans and killed and terrorized Iraqi civilians.

December 03, 2014 | | Nation


Mass killings raise security concerns in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - When Kenya sent troops to Somalia in 2011 to fight Islamic extremists, the al-Qaida-linked group al-Shabab threatened to retaliate by bringing down Nairobi's skyscrapers.

December 03, 2014 | | Nation


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