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Arkansas governor urges changes to religious objection bill
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday called for changes to a religious-objection measure that provoked a backlash from businesses and gay-rights groups, saying it was not intended to sanction discrimination based on sexual orientation.... 4/1/2015 5:53 PM

Driver killed at NSA identified as transgender, friend says
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The driver killed in a violent confrontation at a National Security Agency gate identified as transgender and was a sex worker in Baltimore, according to a friend.... 4/1/2015 5:25 PM

11 Atlanta educators convicted in test cheating scandal
ATLANTA (AP) -- Eleven former Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of participating in a test cheating conspiracy that drew nationwide attention were convicted Wednesday of racketeering charges.... 4/1/2015 6:19 PM

Seattle begins to phase in $15 minimum wage
SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle's new $15 minimum wage law began going into effect Wednesday, nearly a year after this pricey West Coast city was celebrated by activists as the first metropolis to push employers into providing higher wages.... 4/1/2015 6:10 PM

Crystal Cathedral megachurch founder Robert Schuller ailing
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the Southern California televangelist who founded the world-famous Crystal Cathedral megachurch, is ailing and could be in his final days, his daughter said Wednesday.... 4/1/2015 5:51 PM

Rocky first year for the new GED and other equivalency tests
CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) -- The number of people taking high school equivalency exams in the U.S. plummeted - and the percentage who passed fell, too - in the year after a revamped, Common Core-inspired GED was introduced along with two new competing tests.... 4/1/2015 3:26 PM

Adoptee from South Korea faces deportation from US
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- More than three decades ago, a 3-year-old South Korean boy and his sister flew to the U.S. to become the adopted children of American citizens, but their life together didn't last long.... 4/1/2015 4:04 PM

US gives threatened status to northern long-eared bat
DETROIT (AP) -- The federal government said Wednesday that it is listing the northern long-eared bat as threatened, giving new protections to a species that has been nearly wiped out in some areas by the spread of a fungal disease.... 4/1/2015 6:06 PM

Engineers create boot-like device to make walking easier
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Engineers have come up with a motor-free device to make walking more efficient and easier - something scientists once thought couldn't be done.... 4/1/2015 5:03 PM

States rewrite microbrew laws as demand for craft beer grows
PHOENIX (AP) -- Four Peaks Brewing Co. has grown over the last two decades from a microbrewery and restaurant in a historic red brick building into an Arizona staple that served nearly 1 million gallons of beer last year, including its popular Kilt Lifter ale.... 4/1/2015 5:45 PM



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