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Official: Prison chief, 11 others put on leave after escape
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The superintendent at the prison where two killers broke out has been placed on leave along with his security chief and 10 other staff members amid an internal investigation into how the inmates pulled it off, a state official said Tuesday.... 6/30/2015 9:38 PM

Same-sex marriage fight turns to clerks who refuse licenses
MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) -- Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis shut her blinds at work Tuesday to block the view of rainbow-clad protesters outside. They carried flowers and flags and signs saying "you don't own marriage." They chanted "do your job."... 6/30/2015 9:48 PM

California governor signs strict school vaccine legislation
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown wasted no time Tuesday in signing a contentious California bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country following an outbreak of measles at Disneyland late last year.... 6/30/2015 8:07 PM

Residents return to smoldering ruins after damaging wildfire
WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) -- Surveying the smoldering ruins of his upscale home in this central Washington city, Vern Smith pointed to what had been his garage.... 6/30/2015 8:18 PM

Theater shooter's attorneys focus on his dazed, sullen look
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- Attorneys for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes are showing video footage of him looking sullen and dazed after the attack in their effort to show he was insane.... 6/30/2015 9:03 PM

Oregon growers look forward to new era of retail marijuana
WILLIAMS, Ore. (AP) -- On the third Thursday of each month, veteran medical marijuana growers and hopeful newbies gather in the old Williams Grange hall in a small rural Oregon valley long known for growing some of the best cannabis on the planet.... 6/30/2015 8:08 PM

In Supreme Court loss, death penalty foes see an opening
ATLANTA (AP) -- A strongly worded dissent in the U.S. Supreme Court's narrow decision this week upholding the use of an execution drug offered a glimmer of hope to death penalty opponents in what they considered otherwise a gloomy ruling. One advocate went so far Tuesday as to call it a blueprint for a fresh attack on the legality of capital punishment itself.... 6/30/2015 9:35 PM

O say can you breathe? Fireworks pollute air, study says
NEW YORK (AP) -- July Fourth fireworks fill the skies across the nation with more than sparkling bursts of color. They spew pollution, too.... 6/30/2015 6:19 PM

Pope to meet with homeless, prisoners and immigrants in US
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis will meet with homeless people, immigrants and prisoners during his upcoming trip to Cuba and the United States and become the first pope to address the U.S. Congress. He'll also preside over a meeting about religious liberty - a major issue for U.S. bishops in the wake of the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision.... 6/30/2015 7:09 PM

Oklahoma court: Ten Commandments monument must come down
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds is a religious symbol and must be removed because it violates the state's constitutional ban on using public property to benefit a religion, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.... 6/30/2015 8:04 PM

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