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  • Gun control supporters send message to NRA 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:56 pm
  • INDIANAPOLIS - Gun control supporters gathered Thursday on the eve of the annual National Rifle Association convention in downtown Indianapolis to plead for the gun rights organization's help in stemming a rising tide of homicides in the host city.

  • Inmate injured in assault at Goose Creek prison 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:55 pm
  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An inmate was hospitalized after he was assaulted at the Goose Creek Correctional Center, the third man attacked by another inmate this month and the second that day.

  • Ex-Indiana Blind School teacher strikes plea deal 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:55 pm
  • INDIANAPOLIS - A former teacher at the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired has pleaded guilty to a single count of sexual misconduct with a minor after allegedly having sex with a student.

  • UN chief: Syria war threatens Lebanon's stability 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:53 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. secretary-general is warning that the 3-year-old conflict in Syria poses a serious threat to the stability of neighboring Lebanon, as thousands of refugees stream into the small country and weapons and fighters are transferred out.

  • Judge hears arguments in abortion lawsuit 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:41 pm
  • MADISON, Wisconsin - A state attorney urged a judge Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to void statutes that require doctors to decide if a woman is consenting voluntarily to an abortion and to be present when the woman gets abortion-inducing drugs.

  • Iowa Senate passes marijuana oil legalization bill 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:40 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Senate has passed a bill legalizing the use of a form of marijuana to treat chronic epilepsy.

  • Missouri House passes cannabis extract legislation 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:35 pm
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missourians whose epilepsy isn't relieved by other treatments could start taking a cannabis extract under legislation approved Thursday by the state House.

  • House speaker says world wants US to lead 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:32 pm
  • MIDDLETOWN, Ohio - House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that allies of the United States want America to show strong leadership globally, and that he wants some of his congressional colleagues to stop shying away from immigration reform.

  • Court won't rehear case on Ohio exotic animals law 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:32 pm
  • COLUMBUS, Ohio - A federal appeals court in Ohio has denied a request to rehear a challenge to the state's law on dangerous, wild animals.

  • Fake mayoral Twitter account yields no charges 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:28 pm
  • PEORIA, Illinois - No charges will be filed over a fake Twitter account that purported to be a central Illinois mayor's lewd thoughts on sex and drugs.

  • Senators kill proposal to raise minimum wage 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:28 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Senators have rejected a proposal that could have increased the minimum wage in Louisiana, a vote that's expected to shelve the debate for the legislative session.

  • Postal workers unions protest Staples program 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:05 pm
  • NEW YORK - Postal workers around the country protested in front of Staples stores on Thursday, objecting to the U.S. Postal Service's pilot program to open counters in stores, staffed with retail employees.

  • Senate report criticizes former DHS watchdog 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 2:52 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The former internal watchdog for the Homeland Security Department was too cozy with senior agency officials and improperly rewrote, delayed or classified some critical reports to accommodate President Barack Obama's political appointees, according to a Senate report released Thursday.

  • Senators reject repeal of law on class materials 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 2:52 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - An attempt to repeal a six-year-old law that permits public school science teachers to use material outside a classroom's adopted textbook has been rejected by the Senate Education Committee.

  • Philadelphia newspaper guild won't bid for company 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 2:49 pm
  • WILMINGTON, Delaware - Workers at Philadelphia's two largest newspapers won't be able to mount a bid for their troubled company, after a wealthy potential backer balked at the projected $77 million opening price.

  • Massachusetts governor signs anti-bullying bill 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 2:41 pm
  • BOSTON - Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill designed to build on the state's 2010 anti-bullying law by strengthening protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and students with disabilities.

  • Seattle mayor to unveil $15 minimum wage plan 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 2:32 pm
  • SEATTLE - Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is scheduled Thursday to release his plan on how to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

  • Dozens protest postal service's Staples program 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 2:22 pm
  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Dozens of postal workers and their supporters chanted and marched outside a Rhode Island Staples to protest the opening of postal counters in Staples stores that are staffed with retail employees.

  • Drive-by shooting kills prep basketball player 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 1:59 pm
  • MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Michigan - A 17-year-old boy was fatally shot just a few hours before he was to be honored at a high school sports banquet in western Michigan.

  • Iowa teen faces charges in death of infant son 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 1:42 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - A 17-year-old Iowa boy faces charges in connection to the death of his 4-month-old son, weeks after the baby was adopted and then returned to his birth mother.

  • Deal signs bill restricting some abortion coverage 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 1:40 pm
  • ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill into law restricting abortion coverage in plans for state employees and those sold on the insurance exchange as part of the federal health care law.

  • NRA seeks universal gun law at national meeting 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 1:40 pm
  • INDIANAPOLIS - With concealed weapons now legal in all 50 states, the National Rifle Association's focus at this week's annual meeting is less about enacting additional state protections than on making sure the permits already issued still apply when the gun owners travel across the country.

  • Arizona Legislature adjourns after 101 days 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 1:38 pm
  • PHOENIX - It took 101 days, one week of national outrage and countless battles.

  • Neon Trees singer is 1 of few gay celeb Mormons 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 1:02 pm
  • NEW YORK - When Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees announced last month that he's gay, the bigger headline behind his revelation was that he is one of the few publicly out Mormons.

  • Lawyers release church official's deposition 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 12:58 pm
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Lawyers for alleged victims of sexual abuse by priests say a former top official in the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese denied and minimized the problem.