RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The number of North Carolina magistrates refusing to perform weddings has more than doubled in recent weeks.
EVERGREEN, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado man who shot two bears cubs rummaging in his trash has been charged with illegally discharging a firearm and aggravated cruelty to animals.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two St. Louis men were ordered Thursday to spend seven years in federal prison for planning a foiled bomb attack targeting the Ferguson police chief, the county's prosecutor and other officials after last year's police shooting death of Michael Brown.
ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — 5 deputy clerks agree to issue marriage licenses in Kentucky, despite jailed clerk's refusal.
DENVER (AP) — Strangers from across the world sent Colorado theater shooter James Holmes money, photos and letters of support during his three years in a county jail.
LATIMER, Miss. (AP) — A grand jury will consider whether there was any wrongdoing by a Mississippi sheriff's deputy who shot and wounded a 51-year-old man who officials say refused to drop a gun.
A federal judge has approved a deal between the U.S. Justice Department and Arizona's Maricopa County to resolve accusations of civil rights abuses and dismissed the department's lawsuit against controversial sheriff Joe Arpaio and his deputies. The move by U.S. District Court Judge Roslyn Silver ended a long legal battle over the 2012 lawsuit in which the federal government accused the Maricopa County sheriff and his office of abuses including racial profiling of Latinos, improper workplace immigration raids and retaliation against public officials. In a written ruling issued late on Wednesday, Silver formally approved the settlement between the Justice Department, Arpaio and the county under which the county agreed to federal oversight and will implement new policies, procedures and training to remedy the claims.
BOSTON (AP) — Two brothers charged with beating a homeless Mexican man after being inspired in part by Donald Trump's views on immigrants were ordered held without bail Thursday.
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit dog owner has pleaded guilty in the brutal mauling of a man who was attacked while feeding a pack of pit bulls.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Attorneys for BP told a federal appeals court Thursday that the company should be able to seek restitution of some of the money it paid in economic damage claims to businesses and individuals under a settlement arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Officials at Howard University on Thursday met with students who have been complaining about rats, mold, high tuition and other issues at the school, one of the oldest historically black U.S. colleges. Howard students first vented complaints on Twitter using the hashtag #TakeBackHU, which started trending nationally on Wednesday. University officials are aware of the issues and met with student leaders on Thursday to discuss their concerns, university spokesman Anthony Owens said in a statement.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The FBI has more than a dozen rifles, handguns and shotguns belonging to Oklahoma City bombing co-conspirator Terry Nichols, who wants the guns turned over to his ex-wife because he owes child support, court records show.
VILLA RICA, Ga. (AP) — The pastor of a Georgia church involved in a mass baptism before a high school football practice said Thursday the school had nothing to do with the ritual, except that it took place on a school football field.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of military and diplomatic family members near Incirlik air base in southern Turkey are being told they can leave the country, U.S. officials said Thursday, citing increased worries about violence in the region.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A French Quarter commission has voted to remove a 124-year-old obelisk monument dedicated to the White League's brief, and bloody, overthrow of a biracial Reconstruction government after the Civil War.
NEW YORK (AP) — Trump signs GOP loyalty pledge to back party's 2016 nominee, forego potential third-party bid.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The selection of the U.N. secretary-general has been largely secretive for 70 years. A vote in the General Assembly next week could begin to change that.
MIAMI (AP) — A fifth person has been arrested in the machete-slaying of a vocational school student who was allegedly killed by his own classmates.
Texas abortion providers asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to hear their challenge to the state's Republican-backed restrictions on abortions that they contend are aimed more at shutting clinics than protecting women's health. If the Supreme Court hears the appeal, it would be one of the most anticipated cases of the court's next term, which starts in October. "We have to understand that what happens in Texas won't stay in Texas," said Amy Hagstrom Miller, founder of abortion provider Whole Woman's Health, a plaintiff in the case.
Leon Gorman, former president and chairman of family-owned L.L. Bean Inc, Maine's trademark outdoor gear and clothing company, has died of cancer, the company said on Thursday. Gorman, known among employees for his soft-spoken manner and for often bringing his hunting dogs into the office, helped to take the family business from a folksy $4.8 million catalog company to a $1.61 billion retailer with retail stores in Japan and across the United States. After retiring as president in 2001, he became the company’s chairman and increasingly focused his attention on volunteer and philanthropic causes, giving his time and money to conservation groups as well as many charities in Maine, where he lived with his wife, Lisa.