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Arkansas governor urges changes to religious-objections bill
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away Wednesday from his promise to sign a controversial religious-objections bill, bowing to pressure from critics that included his own son and some of the state's biggest employers, who say the legislation is anti-gay.... 4/1/2015 9:20 PM

11 former Atlanta educators convicted in cheating scandal
ATLANTA (AP) -- In one of the biggest cheating scandals of its kind in the U.S., 11 former Atlanta public school educators were convicted Wednesday of racketeering for their role in a scheme to inflate students' scores on standardized exams.... 4/1/2015 9:37 PM

Getty oil heir found dead wrote of serious health problem
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Andrew Getty, among the heirs in a family whose name is synonymous with elite American wealth, said in a court filing before he was found dead that he suffered from a serious health problem that could endanger his life.... 4/1/2015 8:43 PM

Inmate overpowers guard, escapes from eastern Illinois jail
KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) -- A man awaiting sentencing for murder escaped from a jail in eastern Illinois Wednesday after beating a guard into unconsciousness, taking his keys and uniform and speeding off in his SUV.... 4/1/2015 9:41 PM

McDonald's: Workers to get pay hikes at company-owned stores
NEW YORK (AP) -- McDonald's says it's raising pay for workers at company-owned U.S. restaurants, making it the latest employer to sweeten worker incentives in an improving economy.... 4/1/2015 9:43 PM

Too much iced tea caused Arkansas man's kidney problems
NEW YORK (AP) -- Doctors traced an Arkansas man's kidney failure to an unusual cause - his habit of drinking a gallon of iced tea each day.... 4/1/2015 9:26 PM

Driver killed at NSA remembered as friendly, troubled loner
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The driver killed in a violent confrontation at a National Security Agency gate was a transgender sex worker in Baltimore, according to those who knew her, and she was remembered Wednesday as a friendly but troubled loner.... 4/1/2015 8:26 PM

Coroner: 2005 post-Katrina police shooting was a homicide
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- New Orleans' coroner has classified the death of a man shot by a police officer in the chaos following Hurricane Katrina as a homicide.... 4/1/2015 9:31 PM

What happens next in marathon bomber's death penalty trial
BOSTON (AP) -- Now that the prosecution and defense have rested in the first phase of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial, there are a few steps left before jurors begin deliberating. After the jury reaches a verdict, the same jury will hear evidence in a second phase of the trial to determine whether Tsarnaev, 21, should be executed or spend the rest of his life in prison.... 4/1/2015 8:28 PM

'Miracle dog' survives being hit by car, clubbed, abandoned
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The stray dog was hit by a car, clubbed in the head and left for dead in a ditch in Washington state. Days later, the 1-year-old bully breed mix showed up sickly and covered in dirt at a nearby farm.... 4/1/2015 9:00 PM



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