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  • Arkansas, Mississippi gay marriage bans overturned

    Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:44:53 GMT

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas and Mississippi became the latest two states Tuesday to have their gay marriage bans overturned by federal judges, but there are no rushes to the altar as both orders are on hold so the states can consider appeals.

  • Cardenas leaves Mexico leftist party he founded

    Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:27:53 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A pillar of leftist politics in Mexico and son of a revered former president has resigned from the political party he founded, citing disagreements with its leadership.

  • More National Guard troops roll into Ferguson

    Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:25:23 GMT

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds of additional National Guard troops rolled into Ferguson on Tuesday, a day after protesters looted businesses and set fire to buildings in a night of rage against a grand jury's decision not to indict the white police officer who killed Michael Brown.

  • Cleveland crowd protests over boy shot by police

    Wed, 26 Nov 2014 02:59:33 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Several hundred people marched down an exit ramp and temporarily blocked rush-hour traffic on a busy freeway on Tuesday while protesting a police officer's fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy who had brandished a realistic-looking novelty gun.

  • Hong Kong police arrest 116 at protest site

    Wed, 26 Nov 2014 02:58:47 GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities cleared street barricades from a pro-democracy protest camp in the volatile Mong Kok district for a second day Wednesday after a night of clashes in which police arrested 116 people.

  • AP sources: EPA to propose stricter smog standard

    Wed, 26 Nov 2014 02:39:52 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Coming full circle on a campaign promise, the Obama administration will propose Wednesday to reduce the amount of smog-forming pollution allowed in the air, which has been linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems.

  • Brown family blasts prosecutor; Wilson speaks

    Wed, 26 Nov 2014 02:23:39 GMT

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds of additional National Guard troops rolled into Ferguson on Tuesday, a day after protesters looted businesses and set fire to buildings in a night of rage against a grand jury's decision not to indict the white police officer who killed Michael Brown.

  • Anger at Ferguson case based on emotion, evidence

    Wed, 26 Nov 2014 02:21:40 GMT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Anger and despair swept through many parts of America after a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer, for killing Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old.

  • Report says abusers remain in Australian military

    Wed, 26 Nov 2014 02:15:37 GMT

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A government investigation into sexual misconduct, assault and bullying in the Australian military over decades reported Wednesday that more than 1,100 alleged perpetrators remained in the ranks or reserves, some holding senior positions.

  • Tough to make a case against police in shootings

    Wed, 26 Nov 2014 02:06:21 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a policeman for the killing of Michael Brown illustrates the difficulty of making a case against officers in fatal shootings and points to the likelihood of a similar outcome for a federal civil rights probe of the case.

  • 10 Things to Know for Wednesday

    Wed, 26 Nov 2014 02:02:55 GMT

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:

  • Judge overturns Mississippi same-sex marriage ban

    Wed, 26 Nov 2014 02:01:51 GMT

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge has overturned Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage, but he is putting his order on hold for two weeks so the state can appeal.

  • Ferguson protesters rally across US for second day

    Wed, 26 Nov 2014 02:01:13 GMT

    People protesting the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decision took to the streets in cities across the U.S. for a second day Tuesday, showing that the racially charged case has inflamed tensions thousands of miles from the predominantly black St. Louis suburb.

  • Ebola isolation at US base 'pretty much vacation'

    Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:52:31 GMT

    HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — With plenty of flat screen TVs, game nights and even an outdoor fire pit, life in isolation for members of the U.S. military who have returned from the Ebola mission in West Africa can look a lot like summer camp.

  • Holder: 'Disappointed' by violence in Ferguson

    Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:42:57 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday he was "disappointed" by the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, that followed a grand jury's decision not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson for killing 18-year-old Michael Brown.

  • Report finds abusers remain in Australian ranks

    Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:32:56 GMT

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A government investigation into sexual misconduct, assault and bullying in the Australian military over decades says that more than 1,100 alleged perpetrators remain in the ranks or reserves, some holding senior ranks.

  • Obama takes on hecklers over immigration policy

    Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:14:47 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Taking on the hecklers who've been interrupting his speeches lately, President Barack Obama argued back Tuesday with a point-by-point rebuttal of their arguments and suggested they "get the facts."

  • UN: 12.2 million Syrians need humanitarian help

    Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:48:15 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An estimated 12.2 million Syrians need assistance because of increasing violence and deteriorating conditions in the country, up from 10.8 million in July, the U.N. humanitarian chief said Tuesday.

  • AP sources: Top candidate for defense job bows out

    Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:41:07 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michele Flournoy, a main contender to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, has taken herself out of consideration for the Pentagon's top job, people familiar with the process said Tuesday.

  • Federal judge overturns Arkansas' marriage ban

    Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:40:17 GMT

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge struck down Arkansas' voter-approved gay marriage ban Tuesday but stopped any rush to the altar by putting her order on hold so the state can consider an appeal.

  • Utah to scrap parts of immigration law under deal

    Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:34:52 GMT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In the latest sign that the anti-immigrant sentiment has faded in conservative Utah, state officials agreed Tuesday to scrap three key provisions in its controversial 2011 immigration law and limit another in a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union.