SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon has enacted a first-of-its-kind insurance law that will allow women to obtain a year's worth of birth control at a time, expanding coverage that previously needed to be renewed every 30 or 90 days.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man was sentenced Thursday to 27 months in federal prison for what authorities said was a plot to blow up a police station, kill officers and trigger an anti-government uprising.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Under a law that took effect Thursday in North Carolina, employees who issue marriage licenses can refuse to complete paperwork for gay couples by invoking their religious beliefs — a move that could mean longer waits at courthouses for all those who want to wed, especially in rural counties with small staffs.
A blood-covered baseball bat was recovered from the torched Washington mansion where four people were found slain last month, a newly unsealed search warrant revealed on Thursday. Daron Wint, 34, of Lanham, Maryland, is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of businessman Savvas Savopoulos, his wife, son and housekeeper. Wint is accused of holding captive Savopoulos, his wife, son Philip, 10 and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, 57, until he got $40,000 in cash, then killing them and setting fire to the house.
By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee is set to hold a hearing next month on the deadliest-ever outbreak of bird flu in U.S. poultry amid mounting criticism from Iowa lawmakers about the speed of the U.S. Agriculture Department's response. Sen. Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican and committee chairman, is expected to hear testimony on the USDA's response and funding for its efforts on July 7, spokeswoman Meghan Cline said. More than 47 million chickens and turkeys have been killed in the past six months because of bird flu or are set to be culled to prevent the spread of the disease.