• Christie defends Indiana governor on religious objection law

    Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has broken with some other potential 2016 Republican contenders over an Indiana law that gives heightened protections to businesses or people objecting to providing certain services on religious grounds. Christie told The Wall Street...

  • Judge ends Maine man's attempt to salvage Cape Cod shipwreck

    Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A treasure hunter's effort to salvage what he calls $3 billion in platinum from a World War II shipwreck off Cape Cod has been ended by a federal judge. Greg Brooks' company Sea Hunters LP is no longer allowed to salvage additional items from the S.S. Port...

  • New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on corruption charges

    Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    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...

  • Key provisions of California's new water cuts

    Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday ordered California's first mandatory, statewide water cutbacks by cities and towns as the state's nearly 40 million people head into a fourth summer of severe drought. Here's a look at Brown's plan for achieving an overall...

  • Arkansas Senate takes up religion bill at governor's request

    Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away Wednesday from his promise to sign a controversial religious-objections bill, bowing to pressure from critics of the measure, including his own son and some of the state's biggest employers, who say the legislation is...

  • Victims' family at exec's crash sentencing: You're heartless

    Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) — Family members of a Vermont couple killed in a car crash were unflinching during a sentencing hearing Wednesday as they poured out their anger toward a New Hampshire man who admitted causing the wreck, which also killed their unborn fetus. Prosecutors have...

  • Police: 4 dead in Tulsa home in apparent murder-suicide

    Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The bodies of four people, including two young boys, were discovered in a Tulsa home in what police suspect was a murder-suicide. Sgt. Dave Walker told the Tulsa World newspaper that all four apparently died from gunshot wounds and that police were not seeking a...

  • Getty oil heir's death latest in string of family tragedies

    Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a family name that has long been associated with unimaginable wealth and sometimes unspeakable tragedy. The mysterious death of J. Paul Getty's grandson Andrew Getty is just the latest example of the latter. Andrew Getty, 47, was found dead Tuesday after...

  • Johns Hopkins sued over sexually transmitted disease study

    Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) — More than 750 plaintiffs are suing the Johns Hopkins Hospital System Corp. over its role in a series of medical experiments in Guatemala in the 1940s and 1950s during which subjects were deliberately infected with venereal diseases without their consent. The lawsuit...

  • Missouri Senate OKs tax amnesty proposal to raise up to $60M

    Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Delinquent Missouri taxpayers could get their first chance since 2002 to pay back taxes without facing penalties under a proposal given initial approval in the Senate Wednesday. The tax amnesty proposal would bring in an estimated $60 million for fiscal year...

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