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Probate judges opposed to gay marriage stand firm
TROY, Ala. (AP) -- Gay couples can petition, protest and even sue - but that won't change Probate Judge Wes Allen's mind: He is not issuing them marriage licenses, despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that marriage is a constitutional right equally held by all Americans.... 7/1/2015 9:13 AM

2 convicted murderers practiced night before prison breakout
DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) -- One of two convicted murderers who broke out of a maximum-security prison in June told police that they conducted a practice run the night before their daring escape, a district attorney said.... 7/1/2015 3:18 PM

Official: Fire at South Carolina black church wasn't arson
GREELEYVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Local and regional authorities say they haven't ruled out any potential causes in a fire that destroyed a black church in South Carolina, but a federal official tells The Associated Press that preliminary indications show the blaze was not the work of an arsonist.... 7/1/2015 3:13 PM

What's next for California's contentious vaccine law
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown has 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.... 7/1/2015 9:32 AM

Indiana's religious freedom bill among host of new laws
ATLANTA (AP) -- Just days after a historic U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, Indiana's religious freedom law took effect Wednesday amid an ongoing national debate over gay rights and religious objections.... 7/1/2015 9:11 AM

Western wildfires: Flames plague hot, dry Washington region
New flames ignited in drought-stricken Washington state, not far from where a destructive wildfire reduced homes to rubble. Crews also are battling blazes in California and Nevada.... 7/1/2015 1:44 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 2:42 PM

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 1:19 PM

California legislation responds to cheerleader lawsuits
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- They boost their teams from the sidelines and promote them by appearing in calendars and at fan events, but some sports cheerleaders say they are still not considered team employees and are paid what amounts to less than minimum wage.... 7/1/2015 8:48 AM

White House to allow photos, social media on public tours
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says visitors can now take photos or use social media during public tours of the building.... 7/1/2015 11:30 AM

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