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  • new storyOn-air shooter threatened to make 'headlines,' showed anger story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Aug-28-15 1:59 am

    ROANOKE, Virginia - On the day he was fired from a Virginia TV station, Vester Flanagan pressed a wooden cross into his boss' hand as two police officers walked him to the door. "You'll need this," he said.

  • new storyWhite supremacist to defend himself in Jewish site shootings 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 1:29 am

    OLATHE, Kansas - A Missouri man who says he killed three people in suburban Kansas City last year because he thought they were Jewish gets his chance to defend himself against a capital murder charge

  • new storyEx-news director says shooter was 'professional victim' 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 1:14 am

    HONOLULU - The former news director of a Virginia television station said Thursday the former employee who shot two ex-colleagues on live television had a long history of being a "professional victim."

  • ACLU sues to block sweeping Nevada education funding program 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 8:56 pm

    CARSON CITY, Nevada - A Nevada education funding program that's considered the nation's broadest school choice initiative attracted its first legal challenge Thursday, with three civil liberties groups saying it violates the state constitution by releasing public funds to religious schools.

  • Judge strikes down law to limit Medicaid funds for abortions 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 8:04 pm

    JUNEAU, Alaska - A state court judge in Alaska ruled Thursday that a law further defining what constitutes a medically necessary abortion for purposes of Medicaid funding is unconstitutional.

  • Domestic violence victim protests use of city's nuisance law 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 7:58 pm

    PHOENIX - A domestic violence victim has alleged in a lawsuit that a police officer from a Phoenix suburb pressured her landlord to evict her for repeatedly calling 911 for protection from her abusive former boyfriend.

  • Foundation supports Wyoming magistrate on gay marriage stand 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 7:47 pm

    CHEYENNE, Wyoming - A conservative law firm that has worked to oppose gay marriage initiatives nationwide is representing a Wyoming magistrate under investigation for saying she would refuse to perform same-sex marriages.

  • Events mark Emmett Till slaying 60 years later story has photos
    Updated: Aug-27-15 7:46 pm

    JACKSON, Mississippi - Sixty years after a black Chicago teenager was killed for whistling at a white woman in Mississippi, relatives and civil rights activists are holding church services and movie screenings to remember Emmett Till.

  • AP sues over access to FBI records involving fake news story 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 7:44 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Associated Press sued the U.S. Department of Justice Thursday over the FBI's failure to provide public records related to the creation of a fake news story used to plant surveillance software on a suspect's computer.

  • Texas judge clears way for removal of Jefferson Davis statue 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 7:43 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - A judge on Thursday cleared the way for the University of Texas to move a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis away from the main area of campus, despite objections from a Southern heritage group that called uprooting the monument a "cultural atrocity" and compared it to the Islamic State destroying ancient artifacts in the Middle East.

  • UN calls for panel to identify Syria chemical weapons users 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 7:14 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. chief proposed Thursday that a new international body to assign blame for chemical attacks in Syria's deadly conflict for the first time have the freedom to go anywhere and the support of all parties on the ground.

  • Standoff over gay marriage licenses wears on, despite ruling story has photos
    Updated: Aug-27-15 6:41 pm

    MOREHEAD, Kentucky - A clerk in a rural Kentucky county continued to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday in defiance of a mounting pile of federal court orders that reject her claim that her Christian faith should exempt her from licensing a gay union.

  • Polygamists ask judge to strike down Montana's bigamy laws 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 6:07 pm

    HELENA, Montana - A Billings man, his wife and his common-law wife filed a federal lawsuit Thursday that seeks to strike down Montana's bigamy laws and argues the state is unconstitutionally preventing them from legitimizing their polygamous relationship.

  • Planned Parenthood alleges 'smear' in letter to Congress 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 5:41 pm

    LOS ANGELES - Planned Parenthood Federation of America defended its practices Thursday in a lengthy letter to congressional leaders and included a report by experts it hired who found undercover videos of officials discussing fetal tissue for research were heavily altered by anti-abortion activists.

  • 'Sister Wives' cite gay marriage ruling in polygamy case 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 4:49 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - A polygamous family says the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage shows that laws restricting consensual adult relationships are outdated, even if certain unions are unpopular.

  • Veteran detained after Facebook posts wants lawsuit revived 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 4:33 pm

    RICHMOND, Virginia - A former Marine involuntarily held for psychiatric evaluation in Virginia after posting threatening anti-government messages on Facebook is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate his lawsuit.

  • ACLU of Indiana challenges state law banning ballot photos 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 3:22 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana is challenging a new state law that prohibits voters from photographing their ballots and sharing those images on social media.

  • Indiana Supreme Court hears dispute over '0INK' plate 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 3:08 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's highest court heard arguments Thursday on whether a police officer was wrongly denied a vanity license plate saying '0INK,' which state officials had deemed offensive.

  • Clinton likens GOP's views on women to those of terrorists 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 2:55 pm

    CLEVELAND - Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday drew parallels between terrorist organizations and the field of Republican candidates for president when it comes to their views on women, telling an Ohio audience her potential GOP rivals were pushing "out of date" policies.

  • 3 arrested at Kentucky State Fair breakfast 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 2:17 pm

    LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - A leading gay-rights activist and two others were arrested for protesting at the Kentucky Farm Bureau's Country Ham Breakfast and Auction, an event at the state fair that draws many of the state's top political leaders.

  • The Latest: Kentucky clerk again refuses to grant license 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 1:44 pm

    MOREHEAD, Kentucky - The latest in the refusal of a Kentucky county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples (all times local):

  • German justice minister asks Facebook to delete racist posts 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 12:43 pm

    BERLIN - Germany's justice minister says he wants Facebook to delete racist content faster amid a surge in anti-migrant pages and comments on the social networking site.

  • Worker awarded $586,860 in religious discrimination suit 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 12:41 pm

    CLARKSBURG, West Virginia - A judge has awarded more than $586,000 in pay and benefits to a retired CONSOL Energy worker who had accused the company of religious discrimination.

  • Film about town versus white supremacist showing in state 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 10:43 am

    BISMARCK, North Dakota - An award-winning documentary about a small North Dakota town's struggle to block a white supremacist from establishing an Aryan enclave on their doorsteps will be shown in theaters in the state next month.

  • The Latest on TV shooting: Boyfriend remembers last text story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Aug-27-15 9:56 am

    ROANOKE, Virginia - The latest on the on-air killing of two TV station employees in Virginia (all times local):