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  • Tiny Pacific nation sues 9 nuclear-armed powers 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 6:34 am
  • NEW YORK - The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands is taking on the United States and the world's eight other nuclear-armed nations with an unprecedented lawsuit demanding that they meet their obligations toward disarmament and accusing them of "flagrant violations" of international law.

  • Electric Boat, labor union agree to new contract 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 6:34 am
  • GROTON, Connecticut - A labor union for 2,200 workers at submarine maker Electric Boat has agreed to a new, five-year contract through 2019 that includes annual pay raises of 3 percent or more.

  • Bloodied shirt, unwashed fork: JPII relics abound 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 6:29 am
  • ROME - Inside a chapel on the edge of Rome, a nun uses a key to open a wooden wall panel, revealing a hidden niche. Behind glass and stitched loosely to supporting backing hangs a relic of holy suffering: the bullet-pocked, bloodstained undershirt that John Paul II was wearing when a gunman shot him in the stomach in St. Peter's Square.

  • Better Business Bureau: Charity kept most proceeds 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 6:14 am
  • SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah Better Business Bureau is accusing a charity of raising about half a million dollars for breast cancer patients but using less than ten percent for that purpose.

  • USD students to perform comedic contemporary opera 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 5:28 am
  • PIERRE, South Dakota - The University of South Dakota Opera will perform the comedy "Too Many Sopranos."

  • 3 international officers join Army college hall 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 5:06 am
  • FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kansas - Three military officers have been chosen for induction into the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College International Hall of Fame at Fort Leavenworth.

  • Health official to discuss infant mortality at ASU 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 5:05 am
  • MONTGOMERY, Alabama - A federal health official is scheduled to speak about the state's rising infant mortality rate at Alabama State University.

  • Judge to hear arguments in abortion lawsuit 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 5:05 am
  • MADISON, Wisconsin - A Dane County judge is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging a 2012 law that sets out conditions for abortions.

  • State to hold free conference on gang prevention 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 5:04 am
  • SANTA FE, New Mexico - The New Mexico Department of Public Safety is planning a community conference on gangs.

  • Burlington library to put locks on restrooms 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 5:04 am
  • BURLINGTON, Vermont - The public library in the Vermont city of Burlington plans to put locks on its public restrooms to keep people from clogging the toilets with hypodermic needles and other drug material.

  • Teacher protest greets Brownback in western Kansas 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 5:04 am
  • HAYS, Kansas - Gov. Sam Brownback has been met on a trip to western Kansas by public school teachers and retired teachers protesting a new state law eliminating tenure.

  • Arizona Legislature adjourns after 101 days 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 4:58 am
  • PHOENIX - It took 101 days, one week of national outrage and countless battles.

  • Marijuana rally at Statehouse Thursday 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 4:37 am
  • BOSTON - Marijuana advocates are calling on Gov. Deval Patrick to make better progress on licensing medical marijuana dispensaries.

  • New Hampshire postal workers to fight retail deal 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 4:34 am
  • CONCORD, New Hampshire - Postal workers from New Hampshire are joining rallies around the nation to protests the opening of postal counters in Staples stores that are staffed with Staples employees.

  • In Disney's shadow, homeless families struggle 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 4:32 am
  • KISSIMMEE, Florida - When they moved from Georgia to the theme park playground of central Florida four years ago, Anthony and Candice Johnson found work at a barbecue restaurant and a 7-Eleven. Their combined salaries nevertheless fell short of what they needed to rent an apartment, so the couple and their two children have instead been hopping among cheap motel rooms along U.S. 192.

  • Ruling on temporary gun seizures to be reviewed 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 4:31 am
  • PHOENIX - The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to review a lower court's ruling that police can take temporary custody of a person's gun for officer-safety reasons even if the person's contact with police was voluntary.

  • Georgia Tech to host health care partnership forum 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 4:19 am
  • ATLANTA - Georgia Tech is hosting a conference focused on ways academic institutions and medical facilities can collaborate in the technology and engineering fields to solve medical problems.

  • USC health lecture on nation's tobacco policy 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 4:09 am
  • COLUMBIA, South Carolina - An international authority on the influence of public policy on individual's tobacco use is scheduled to speak at the University of South Carolina.

  • Prestigious academy adds U. of Illinois professors 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 4:08 am
  • CHAMPAIGN, Illinois - Three University of Illinois professors have been elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

  • Event in Martin Co. to commemorate War on Poverty 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 4:08 am
  • INEZ, Kentucky - An eastern Kentucky county is commemorating the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson's visit where he declared a War on Poverty.

  • Oregon gay marriage ban gets day in court 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:48 am
  • EUGENE, Oregon - Lawyers for four gay and lesbian couples and the state of Oregon urged a federal judge Wednesday to strike down Oregon's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

  • 6 fired for closing Arizona child abuse reports 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:14 am
  • PHOENIX - Five senior Arizona child welfare employees were fired for orchestrating a plan that led to more than 6,500 Arizona child abuse and neglect cases being closed without investigations, officials said.

  • Okla. lawmaker promotes Foster Care Day at Capitol 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:13 am
  • OKLAHOMA CITY - A state lawmaker is encouraging Oklahomans to participate in Foster Care Day at the Capitol.

  • W.Va. poet laureate to address W. Liberty grads 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:13 am
  • WEST LIBERTY, West Virginia - West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman will be the guest speaker at West Liberty University's spring commencement.

  • NY lawmakers to hold forum on heroin, opioid abuse 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:07 am
  • CARMEL, New York - A panel of state lawmakers looking for ways to combat the rise in heroin and opioid abuse is holding the first of two forums in the Hudson River Valley.