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Georgia governor's vetoes on guns, faith bucked his GOP base

Ryan Phillips and Kathleen Foody, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:51pm

When Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal recently vetoed bills allowing guns on college campuses and shielding religious people who deny people services based on their faith, he was directly bucking his fellow Republican lawmakers, who overwhelmingly supported the proposals, and possibly losing points with his conservative political base.

Tarkio College plans to reopen as two-year school

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:51pm

Efforts are underway to reopen the old Tarkio College in northwest Missouri as a two-year institution.

The Latest: Georgia vetoes bucked conservative GOP base

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:51pm

The Latest on Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal's veto of a bill that would have allowed concealed handguns on college and universities (all times local):

US government: North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rights

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:41pm

The U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday that a North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws and can't be enforced.

Official: Teacher violated policy with racially charged word

Hallie Golden, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:41pm

A white Utah teacher violated school district policy by using a racially charged word in his junior high class, an official said.

University of Missouri projects low freshman enrollment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:41pm

The University of Missouri will have the smallest class of new students this fall since 2006, according to recent projections that show the loss of new enrollments could be 50 percent or higher than previous predictions.

Agency: Bald eagle caused Alaska plane crash that killed 4

Mark Thiessen, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:41pm

A small airplane hit a bald eagle before it crashed and burst into flames just north of Anchorage last month, killing all four people on board, authorities said Wednesday.

Philadelphia police kill unarmed driver fleeing traffic stop

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:41pm

The police commissioner says he's "not making any judgments" pending an investigation into the shooting death of an unarmed driver by an officer during a traffic stop, one of two police shootings the same night.

Georgia student stabbed to death while trying to help women

Jeff Martin, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:40pm

A freshman at Fort Valley State University was stabbed to death after he came to the aid of some female students who were being harassed and groped by a man outside the school cafeteria, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent said Wednesday.

Obama tells Flint residents: 'I've got your back'

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:40pm

President Barack Obama is promising the people of Flint, Michigan, that he will make sure leaders at all levels of government "don't rest" until every drop of water that flows through city pipes is safe.

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Trump's open path to nomination causes agony for some in GOP

Julie Pace and Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:40pm

Donald Trump's last Republican foe, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, was ending his quixotic presidential campaign Wednesday, cementing Trump's remarkable triumph as his party's presumptive nominee and launching him to a likely fall battle with Democrat Hillary Clinton. Trump's victory spurred some reluctant Republicans to rally around him, though others agonized over their party's future.

After Hastert, Illinois weighs change to child sex abuse law

Ashley Lisenby, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:40pm

A state lawmaker and former prosecutor wants to eliminate the statute of limitations on child sex crimes in Illinois, a response to the hush-money case against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert.

Man denies role in 1991 slaying of 5-year-old New Jersey boy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:31pm

A man who has been mentioned as an alternate suspect at a woman's New Jersey trial over the killing of her 5-year-old son has denied any role in the boy's 1991 death.

Chimp victim hospitalized with face-transplant complications

Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:22pm

The Connecticut woman who underwent a face transplant five years ago after being attacked by a chimpanzee is back in a Boston hospital after doctors discovered her body is rejecting tissue from the transplant.

Salt Lake City police launch use-of-force data website

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:21pm

Amid a growing national debate about police shootings, Salt Lake City police are launching a new website with open data about how often officers use their weapons.

US Justice Department says North Carolina's law limiting protections for LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:21pm

US Justice Department says North Carolina's law limiting protections for LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws.

Woman pleads not guilty in Oklahoma State parade crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:21pm

A woman accused of driving her car into Oklahoma State's homecoming parade, killing four people and injuring dozens, pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

Illinois families sue over transgender access to locker room

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:11pm

Dozens of families are taking legal action in a bid to stop a suburban Chicago school district from allowing a transgender student to use a girls' locker room.

Ecuadoreans in US seek immigration help after quake

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:11pm

Ecuadoreans immigrants are asking the Obama administration to allow their fellow citizens in the United States illegally to stay here and work while the South American country recovers from a magnitude-7.8 earthquake.

Lincoln authorities ID man pulled from YMCA pool

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 1:51pm

Authorities have released the name of a retired University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor who died after being pulled from a YMCA pool in Lincoln.