• Oklahoma attorney general challenges EPA's clean-air plan

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A plan by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants would threaten the reliability and affordability of electricity and cause substantial economic injury to the state, Attorney General Scott Pruitt claims in a federal...

  • Ex-Sunday school teacher convicted of child molestation

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A former volunteer Sunday school teacher in Orange County has been convicted of molesting six boys. Fifty-one-year-old Christopher McKenzie of Costa Mesa was found guilty Wednesday of 20 felony counts, including committing lewd acts on a child and possessing...

  • Federal judge: Alabama counties must allow gay marriage

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — With a handful of Alabama counties still refusing to grant gay marriages even as they issued licenses for straight weddings, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that all must abide by court decisions allowing same-sex unions. Opposition withered as some counties...

  • Mayor: Chicago school cuts include layoffs, less maintenance

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago school and city officials detailed $200 million in cuts — including layoffs, scaled-back maintenance and reduced transportation — to the nation's third-largest school district Wednesday, one day after the district paid a $634 million pension bill officials said...

  • Biker challenges judge's gag order in criminal case

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The only biker to sue in connection with a mass arrest following a deadly shootout at a Texas restaurant argued in a petition filed Wednesday that he was unfairly slapped with a gag order after publicly criticizing how the investigation has been handled....

  • 'Ant-Man' Paul Rudd gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a big honor for "Ant-Man." Paul Rudd, who plays the incredible shrinking hero in the upcoming Marvel film, got a star Wednesday on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Rudd, who's also appeared in a string of Judd Apatow movies, received star No. 2,554 on Hollywood...

  • Cavaliers break the bank on Day 1 of free agency

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert promised LeBron James he would do whatever it took financially to surround him with a team capable of ending the city's 51-year championship drought. On the first day of free agency, Gilbert spent nearly a quarter of a billion dollars to back that...

  • 1st investigations wrapping up on over-budget VA hospital

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    AURORA, Colo. (AP) — The first inquiries into what went wrong with a vastly over-budget veterans medical center outside Denver could be done soon, VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson said Wednesday. An Army Corps of Engineers review of the troubled project should wrap up in the next few...

  • Christie says his campaign for president feels familiar

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    ASHLAND, N.H. (AP) — Six years ago, New Jersey's Chris Christie was a longshot candidate for governor, taking on a wealthy incumbent in an overwhelmingly Democratic state. It's an experience, the now two-term Republican governor told potential voters in New Hampshire on Wednesday,...

  • Consider the financial implications of lengthy auto loans

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    Kevin Flores has more than six years to pay off the loan on his new Nissan Frontier pickup. That's more than double the length of the truck's bumper-to-bumper warranty. And it means the Baton Rouge, Louisiana resident will be paying roughly $2,580 in interest over the life of the...

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