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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 off the daring escape, a state official said Tuesday.... 6/30/2015 8:02 PM

Same-sex marriage fight turns to clerk who refuse licenses
MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) -- Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis shut her blinds when she arrived at work Tuesday, blocking the view of several dozen rainbow-clad protesters outside her office who chanted "do your job" and carried signs that read "You Don't Own Marriage."... 6/30/2015 6:12 PM

California governor signs strict school vaccine legislation
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown wasted no time Tuesday in signing a contentious California bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country following an outbreak of measles at Disneyland late last year.... 6/30/2015 8:07 PM

Residents return to smoldering ruins after damaging 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.... 6/30/2015 8:18 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

O say can you breathe? Fireworks pollute air, study says
NEW YORK (AP) -- July Fourth fireworks fill the skies across the nation with more than sparkling bursts of color. They spew pollution, too.... 6/30/2015 6:19 PM

Pope to meet with homeless, prisoners and immigrants in US
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis will meet with homeless people, immigrants and prisoners during his upcoming trip to Cuba and the United States and become the first pope to address the U.S. Congress. He'll also preside over a meeting about religious liberty - a major issue for U.S. bishops in the wake of the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision.... 6/30/2015 7:09 PM

Oklahoma court: Ten Commandments monument must come down
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds is a religious symbol and must be removed because it violates the state's constitutional ban on using public property to benefit a religion, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.... 6/30/2015 8:04 PM

Harvard athlete among 1st openly transgender NCAA swimmers
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- Schuyler Bailar was a star recruit for the women's swimming team at Harvard University, a tough competitor with a shot at winning titles. But Bailar is opting to forgo such honors to join the men's team instead, competing as one of the first openly transgender swimmers in the NCAA.... 6/30/2015 7:43 PM

UCC church to divest over Israeli treatment of Palestinians
NEW YORK (AP) -- The top legislative body of the United Church of Christ voted Tuesday to divest from companies with business in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, in a sign of the growing momentum of a U.S. protest movement against Israeli policy.... 6/30/2015 7:13 PM

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