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  • La. court clerks get OK to issue same-sex marriage licenses

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two New Orleans men celebrated what apparently was the first same-sex wedding in Louisiana as the last holdout state began issuing licenses to same-sex couples after the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision that marriage is a fundamental right for all Americans. Gay rights advocates said Louisiana had been the last state to...

  • UN condemns fighting by Syria and rebels in Golan Heights

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is condemning the fighting and use of heavy weapons by Syrian armed forces and opposition fighters in the area that has separated Syrian and Israel forces since 1974. A resolution co-sponsored by Russia and the United States and adopted unanimously by the council on Monday calls on parties to the...

  • Gov. Cuomo: Inmates had sights on Mexico but ride backed out

    PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Two convicted murderers who eluded a massive manhunt for three weeks planned to drive to Mexico after escaping prison but ended up walking toward Canada when their ride backed out — finally splitting up in their final days of freedom, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. David Sweat, 35, was hospitalized in serious condition...

  • Tsipras defiant as banks shut, markets rocked

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Anxious pensioners swarmed closed bank branches Monday and long lines snaked outside ATMs as Greeks endured the first day of serious controls on their daily economic lives ahead of a referendum that could determine whether the country has to ditch the euro currency and return to the drachma. Greek Prime Minister Alexis...

  • The next act: what happens now in Greece's drama

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Greece has entered the twilight zone. Out of money, cut off by its creditors, its banks shut, the struggling country will vote Sunday on whether to accept painful cutbacks in return for desperately needed financing. Between now and then Greece remains suspended between collapse and an uncertain rescue, between...

  • 'Mind blowing' flames destroy homes in Washington state

    WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — From just across the Wenatchee River, Dominick Bonny watched a whole neighborhood in his central Washington town burn as a wildfire destroyed two dozen homes and forced hundreds to flee. "With the wind blowing away from us, it was like we were watching a natural disaster within arm's reach," he said. The wildfires hit...

  • Fight over gumbo spices leads to fatal stabbing in Florida

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Police say a fight over gumbo spices ended with the fatal stabbing of a Florida restaurant worker and former Florida State mascot. Panama City police say 33-year-old Caleb Joshua Halley was working at Buddy's Seafood Market last Tuesday when he and a co-worker, 26-year-old Orlando Thompson, began arguing about how much...

  • Report gives harrowing detail of Nebraska prison 'rampage'

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A deadly rampage by several hundred inmates at an understaffed Nebraska maximum security prison in May started when too many prisoners were allowed to leave their cells at once to get medication, according to an investigative report released on Monday. Multiple inmates at Tecumseh State Correctional Institution were...

  • Families, Arizona settle suit in deaths of 19 firefighters

    PHOENIX (AP) — The state of Arizona settled a lawsuit Monday brought by a dozen families who lost loved ones when a Hotshot firefighting crew was overcome by a wildfire near the small community of Yarnell. The settlement announced by state Attorney General Mark Brnovich will pay the families $50,000 each. Some vowed to donate the money to a...

  • Survey shows enough votes to remove Confederate flag in SC

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A survey of South Carolina legislators shows there is enough support to remove the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds if all supporters cast a vote. The Post and Courier newspaper, the South Carolina Press Association and The Associated Press asked all lawmakers how they intend to vote. At least 33 senators and 83...

  • California bill seeks to make cheerleaders team employees

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill making it clear that professional cheerleaders are sports team employees. The bill approved by the state Senate on Monday would require that cheerleaders be paid at least minimum wage if they work for professional sports teams based in California. AB202 says...

  • Suriname's leader dismisses acting speaker of Parliament

    PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) — Suriname's president has dismissed the acting speaker of Parliament, asserting the firing was necessary to uphold the South American nation's constitution. President Desi Bouterse told reporters Monday that he "had no other choice than to dismiss" acting speaker Paul Somohardjo shortly after he was sworn because...

  • Jury rejects conservative's bias suit against U. Iowa dean

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The former dean of the University of Iowa law school didn't commit illegal political discrimination when she passed over a conservative lawyer for teaching jobs, a jury ruled Monday. After a six-day trial, a federal jury in Davenport rejected Teresa Manning's assertion that then-Dean Carolyn Jones rejected her for the...

  • UN chief: Climate negotiations moving at a 'snail's pace'

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday that negotiations on a new climate pact to keep global warming from reaching dangerous levels are moving at a "snail's pace" and must be speeded up. The U.N. chief stressed that only 10 negotiating days remain and key political issues are still on the table. Ban told a high-level...

  • Puerto Rico to seek debt moratorium from bondholders

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor said Monday night he will form a financial team to negotiate with bondholders on delaying debt payments and then restructuring $72 billion in public debt that he says the U.S. island can't repay. Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla made the announcement just hours after international economists...

  • Illinois' GOP governor moves to avoid government shutdown

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' Republican governor and the state's largest employee union moved Monday to avoid a partial government shutdown, with the union saying members will continue to show up for work even if the state begins operating without a budget and the governor pledging to do what he can to ensure they don't miss a paycheck....

  • Robert Redford urges global action on climate change

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Robert Redford said he came to the United Nations Monday not as an actor but as an environmental advocate, father, grandfather and concerned citizen to urge the world's nations to take action now on climate change. The 78-year-old Oscar winner said his environmental activism began more than 40 years ago and has grown...

  • Airline ops manager working on 9/11 is charged in sex sting

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — An American Airlines operations manager who was among the few people to learn of the first 9/11 hijacking before the jet struck the World Trade Center has been arrested near Pittsburgh in an online child-sex sting. Ray Howland is charged with arranging a sexual encounter with a woman and a 10-year-old girl and sent explicit...

  • Transgender immigration detainees may be housed by gender

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Immigration authorities will consider housing transgender detainees based on the gender they identify with in the wake of criticism about detention conditions for the population, officials said on Monday. Detention staff should consider transgender detainees' preferences when making decisions about housing and clothing...

  • University of California sued over sex assault claims

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Three current and former University of California, Berkeley students sued the school on Monday, accusing administrators of not doing enough to investigate their sexual assault claims and hand out punishment. The three women said the administrators mishandled their claims, failed to keep them informed about the...

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