Rowan County clerk closes office ahead of gay rights protest

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — The Rowan County clerk at the center of a conflict over same-sex marriage and religious conscience closed her office on Saturday ahead of a rally protesting her refusal to issue marriage...

Berkshire Hathaway builds stake in refiner Phillips 66

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett's company has amassed a stake worth nearly $4.5 billion in Phillips 66 more than a year after trading a chunk of its holding in the oil refiner for a chemical business...

Pro teams push California to offer high-stakes raffles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The pitch is for charity, but the call could favor California's professional sports teams.

California's major league sports clubs and a leading raffle vendor are lobbying state...

Health, election work elevated Jimmy Carter post-presidency

ATLANTA (AP) — To Azaratu Zakaria, Jimmy Carter's battle against the Guinea worm is represented by a scar.

Zakaria was the last person to be declared disease-free in Ghana after more than 20 years of work...

Golf club owner agrees to pay $100,000 over manure incident

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) — The owner of a Southern California golf club, who raised a stink by spreading chicken manure on the course, has agreed to pay $100,000 to air pollution regulators.

The San Diego...

Illinois will be first state to lock painkiller pill bottles

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois will be the first state in the country to test out a pilot program that will put locking devices on some prescription painkillers to make it harder for people to abuse the...

In Alaska, Obama to walk fine line on climate change, energy

WASHINGTON (AP) — With melting glaciers and rising seas as his backdrop, President Barack Obama will visit Alaska next week to press for urgent global action to combat climate change, even as he carefully...

Oregon hemp farmer says startup going slow

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — One of Oregon's first hemp farmers says a lack of seed is making it tough to get going.

Josephine County Commissioner Cheryl Walker says that fertile seed is expensive and hard to...