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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, including some of the state's biggest employers, who say the legislation is anti-gay.... 4/1/2015 8:28 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 9:11 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 its company-owned U.S. restaurants, making it the latest employer to sweeten worker incentives in an improving economy.... 4/1/2015 8:53 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

Police find teenage girl they had thought was with inmate
KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) -- Authorities say they've found a 15-year-old girl who they had thought to be in the company of convicted murderer who escaped from jail.... 4/1/2015 9:06 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

'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

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

California governor orders mandatory water restrictions
ECHO LAKE, Calif. (AP) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered officials Wednesday to impose statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as surveyors found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping.... 4/1/2015 8:46 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 7:51 PM

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