• Low turnout as primary voters head to polls for Schock seat

    Updated: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    SHERMAN, Ill. (AP) — Voters in central Illinois headed to the polls Tuesday to narrow the list of candidates to replace ex-U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, once a rising Republican star who resigned amid questions about his spending for travel and the "Downton Abbey"-styled redecoration of his...

  • Tech consultant plans to challenge Duffy in Wisconsin 7th

    Updated: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    WOODRUFF, Wis. (AP) — A consultant to technology companies plans to run against Republican U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy in northern and central Wisconsin's 7th District next year. Stevens Point native Kirk Bangstad launched his campaign Tuesday. It's the Democrat's first run at political...

  • Democrat Steele aims to unseat McSally in 2nd District

    Updated: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — State Rep. Victoria Steele announced Tuesday she will seek the Democratic nomination in the 2nd Congressional District next year and hopes to take on Republican Rep. Martha McSally in the general election. The two-term Tucson Democrat said she'll remain in the Arizona...

  • Arkansas woman takes plea deal in slain realtor case

    Updated: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A woman charged in the kidnapping and killing of an Arkansas real estate agent pleaded guilty Tuesday to reduced charges in exchange for agreeing to testify against her estranged husband, who also is charged in the death. Crystal Lowery was sentenced to 30...

  • Baylor University drops 'homosexual acts' from conduct rules

    Updated: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    WACO, Texas (AP) — The world's largest Baptist university has dropped specific references to homosexual acts from its sexual conduct policy, though the new policy's application for married gay couples isn't clear. Previously, Baylor University policy listed homosexual acts with...

  • Trial alternative considered for Hawaii telescope protesters

    Updated: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    HONOLULU (AP) — Instead of a trial, most of the people arrested in April for blocking construction of a giant mountaintop telescope will likely participate in a Hawaiian culture-based form of mediation. Three defendants in the case filed a motion asking for a hooponopono...

  • Companies, countries cutting business ties with Donald Trump

    Updated: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said in his campaign kickoff speech that some Mexican immigrants to the U.S. bring drugs and crime, and some are rapists. He has been widely criticized for his June 16 statement, but he has refused to...

  • Public finally gets pathway to 'Billionaires' Beach'

    Updated: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — With a bright blue sign that reads "Beach Access" on an open gate replacing what used to be private property, the public now has access to Malibu's so-called "Billionaires' Beach." The California Coastal Commission officially opened a public path to Carbon Beach...

  • Study: More than a third of US college students transferred

    Updated: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — More than a third of college students who started in 2008 transferred to another school, according to a new national study, challenging ideas about the typical college trajectory and stoking a debate about how schools should help transfer students. Out of 3.6 million...

  • Rain makes annual Detroit-area Mud Day for kids even muddier

    Updated: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    WESTLAND, Mich. (AP) — A steady downpour made this one of the muddiest Mud Days yet. Rain before and during the 27th annual event Tuesday in suburban Detroit that is open to kids 12 and younger created conditions that were conducive for maximum filthiness. Aidan Ruggiero, who quickly...

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