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Activists want gay rights on Africa summit agenda
Human rights and gay rights activists on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at next week's summit in Washington with more than 40 African leaders.... 7/29/2014 5:04 PM

Texas: Gay-marriage ban best for children
DALLAS (AP) -- Texas' ban on same-sex marriage allows the state to promote the birth and upbringing of children in "stable, lasting relationships," the state's attorney general argued Tuesday while asking a federal appeals court to reinstate the ban.... 7/29/2014 4:46 PM

Hawaii health care faces federal threat
HONOLULU (AP) -- Janice Nakamura knows the financial burden of going without health care, and she's thankful for the Hawaii law that strictly mandates expansive, employer-provided coverage for her and her family.... 7/29/2014 5:04 PM

US appeals court blocks Mississippi abortion law
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi's effort to close its last abortion clinic was overturned in federal appellate court on Tuesday. Advocates for the law said women with unwanted pregnancies could always travel to other states, but the judges said every state must guarantee constitutional rights, including abortion.... 7/29/2014 5:05 PM

Man wrongly imprisoned seeks millions from state
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut man cleared of murder and rape charges after being locked up for two decades made an emotional appeal for millions in compensation on Tuesday, telling the state claims commissioner about the fear he endured in prison.... 7/29/2014 4:44 PM

Senate bill would end NSA phone records collection
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Patrick Leahy on Tuesday introduced a bill to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records, a proposal that goes further than a similar House measure and has drawn support from civil liberties groups and the White House.... 7/29/2014 4:57 PM

APNewsBreak: Defense to oversee plagiarism probe
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- The Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation being conducted by the U.S. Army War College against Sen. John Walsh of Montana, the college's provost said Tuesday.... 7/29/2014 5:06 PM

Woman forgives husband who left son in hot car
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut woman whose 15-month-old son died this month after her husband left him in a car on a hot day said Tuesday he is an amazing father and that she forgives him.... 7/29/2014 2:06 PM

AP PHOTOS: Building boom in N. Dakota's oil patch
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) -- President Theodore Roosevelt once came to North Dakota's Badlands to find solitude and solace amid the area's "desolate, grim beauty." But Roosevelt's Dakota is barely visible today.... 7/29/2014 4:45 PM

Immigration overload: The debate in governor races
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- The federal government has placed as many as 30,000 minors who have crossed the border illegally with sponsors across the country, spurring a wide range of reactions from governors, many of whom are up for re-election this fall.... 7/29/2014 12:11 PM