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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

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

Inmate overpowers guard, escapes from eastern Illinois jail
KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) -- A convicted murderer awaiting sentencing escaped from a jail in eastern Illinois Wednesday after beating a guard into unconsciousness, taking his keys and uniform and speeding off in his SUV.... 4/1/2015 6:42 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

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 6:33 PM

California governor orders mandatory water restrictions
ECHO LAKE, Calif. (AP) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered state officials to impose mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as the state grapples with a serious drought.... 4/1/2015 6:33 PM

SUV crashes into shed, killing sleeping man, pregnant woman
PALMETTO, Fla. (AP) -- When a horrific boom ripped Cristian Carlos out of a deep sleep early Wednesday, he wasn't sure what to think.... 4/1/2015 6:44 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

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