• Emu jumps fence, escapes from farm when noise spooks bird

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — An emu jumped a fence and escaped from a farm in North Carolina when it was spooked by a loud piece of farm equipment. Owner Melvin Smith tells WITN in Greenville that (http://bit.ly/1EO2ExG) the emu jumped a fence Tuesday. Smith takes care of the bird for his...

  • State pulls teens from rural Nevada juvenile camp after riot

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — The state of Nevada has removed all youths in its custody from a juvenile rehabilitation center about 70 miles southeast of Reno where a riot erupted over the weekend. Nevada Division of Child & Family Services spokeswoman Chrystal Main told The Associated Press...

  • Q&A: In Alabama, state court vs. federal courts. Who wins?

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court is in a showdown with a federal judge who ruled that the state's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. The state's justices say they remain the authority on state law, at least until the U.S. Supreme Court settles the question of whether the...

  • Mormon church backs Utah LGBT anti-discrimination bill

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers introduced a landmark bill Wednesday that bars discrimination against gay and transgender individuals while protecting the rights of religious groups and individuals. The measure has a rare stamp of approval from the Mormon church and stands a high...

  • Guards ferrying gold bars get robbed on N. Carolina roadside

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    WILSON, N.C. (AP) — The crew of a truck carrying a load of gold bars had just pulled off the interstate in North Carolina when, the two men told police, a seemingly ordinary episode of carsickness turned into a multimillion dollar heist. As soon as the guards stopped on the shoulder,...

  • Student arrested while photographing cop takes suit to trial

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A college student arrested as he photographed a Philadelphia police encounter with a homeless woman said Wednesday he tried to be "a fly on the wall" until he was put in handcuffs. However, a city attorney described then-photojournalism student Coulter Loeb as "a...

  • Latest on Boston bombing trial: Victim says she saw pal die

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    5:10 P.M. A spectator at the 2013 Boston Marathon has testified that she watched her close friend die on the pavement next to her after the first bomb exploded. Karen Rand McWatters spoke Wednesday at the federal death penalty trial of Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR'...

  • California mom charged with manslaughter in death of infant

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    WOODLAND, Calif. (AP) — The mother of an infant found dead near the Sacramento River was charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter and abusing or endangering the health of a child. Samantha Green, 23, of Woodland was expected to make her first court appearance later in the day....

  • Florida drops appeals in welfare drug testing case

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott will not seek U.S. Supreme Court review of a law that would have required applicants for welfare benefits to submit to mandatory drug testing The law, a top priority of the Republican governor's first term, was ruled unconstitutional by two federal...

  • Obama signs Homeland Security funding bill into law

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed a law funding the Homeland Security Department through the end of the budget year. The president signed the bill Wednesday afternoon in the Oval Office with a small group of photographers present. The White House wouldn't permit...

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