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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.... 7/1/2015 2:55 AM

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 11:09 PM

Another black church in South Carolina burns; cause unknown
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- An African-American church in South Carolina that was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995 caught fire again Tuesday night, though authorities said it was too soon to say what caused the latest blaze, which broke out on a night of frequent storms. No one was believed to be inside at the time.... 7/1/2015 7:27 AM

What's next for California's contentious vaccine law
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a hotly contested California bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in the wake of an outbreak of measles at Disneyland late last year.... 6/30/2015 11:24 PM

Trade schools have to find grads jobs, or lose financial aid
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Exotic dancers hired as admissions counselors. Recruiters told to seek out "impatient" individuals who have "few people in their lives who care about them." Military personnel still recovering from brain damage told to sign on the dotted line.... 7/1/2015 7:24 AM

Why the gov't let many trade schools become diploma mills
WASHINGTON (AP) -- How did trade schools go from being mom-and-pop shops that trained mechanics and hair stylists to making billions on Wall Street? And if the industry is as predatory as the Education Department and many lawmakers suggest, why didn't they stop it?... 7/1/2015 7:25 AM

Episcopalians to vote on allowing gay marriage in churches
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Episcopalians are set to vote Wednesday on allowing religious weddings for same-sex couples, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide.... 7/1/2015 6:58 AM

Fire crews make gains against damaging Washington 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.... 7/1/2015 6:13 AM

Theater shooter's attorneys focus on his dazed, sullen look
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- Defense attorneys trying to convince jurors that Colorado theater shooter James Holmes was insane focused Tuesday on a familiar image of him looking dazed and sullen with a shock of fiery orange hair.... 6/30/2015 10:22 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

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