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US government: North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rights

Emery P. Dalesio and Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:50pm

A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws and can't be enforced, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday, putting the state on notice that it is in danger of being sued and losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding.

Utah governor drops Common Core support, calls for repeal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:41pm

Republican Gov. Gary Herbert is asking the state school board to repeal Utah's adoption of the Common Core education standards after his re-election challenger made it a key campaign issue.

Prosecutors charge man in Wisconsin interstate shooting

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:40pm

Wisconsin prosecutors filed charges Wednesday against a 20-year-old man accused of killing a woman in a random drive-by shooting along an interstate while she was driving home to Illinois with her husband and two children.

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Official: Teacher violated policy with racially charged word

Hallie Golden, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:32pm

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

California governor approves bill increasing age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:30pm

California governor approves bill increasing age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21.

Judge blocks child-care license for family detention center

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:30pm

A judge has blocked a temporary residential child-care license for one of the nation's largest detention centers for families caught crossing the southern U.S. border illegally.

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Air bag recall doubles in size, taxes overloaded industry

Tom Krisher and Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:30pm

Prodded by the U.S. government, Takata agreed Wednesday to add up to 40 million air bag inflators to an already massive recall, raising questions about the auto industry's ability to produce and distribute the necessary replacement parts.

Bill allowing armed police on campuses moves to governor

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:20pm

Connecticut lawmakers have given final legislative approval to a bill that ultimately allows the state's community colleges to form special armed police forces to patrol the campuses.

Authorities: Pair lived in camper, daughters in filthy house

Rachel D'Oro, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:20pm

An Alaska couple faces child neglect charges after authorities said their two teenage daughters lived in the basement of a filthy, mold-filled house without heat or power while the couple stayed in a camper in the driveway.

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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 - 6:20pm

Donald Trump's last Republican foe, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, ended his quixotic presidential campaign Wednesday, cementing Trump's remarkable triumph as his party's presumptive nominee and launching him toward a likely fall battle with Hillary Clinton. Some Republican leaders began reluctantly rallying around Trump, but others agonized over their party's future.

Judge: Plan for restoring Northwest salmon runs not enough

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:20pm

A massive habitat restoration effort by the U.S. government doesn't do nearly enough to improve Northwest salmon runs, a federal judge ruled Thursday, handing a major victory to conservationists, anglers and others who hope to someday see four dams on the Snake River breached to make way for the fish.

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

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:11pm

Sipping filtered city water to show it's again drinkable, President Barack Obama promised Wednesday to ride herd on leaders at all levels of government until every drop of water flowing into homes in Flint, Michigan, is safe to use.

Effort to revive stalled bill with sex ed provisions falters

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:11pm

An effort to revive a stalled education bill that limits who can teach sex education in public schools faltered in the Alaska House on Wednesday.

Former Alamo managers say they've overcome Texas 'bullying'

Michael Graczyk, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:01pm

A group that served as guardian of the Alamo for more than a century says it has prevailed over the "bureaucratic bullying" of a Texas agency now that the state has acknowledged that about 38,000 books and artifacts at an Alamo library don't belong to the state.

The Latest: NC gov says federal warning on law 'overreach'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:00pm

The Latest on the U.S. Justice Department's letter Wednesday stating that a North Carolina law that limits protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws (all times local):

The Latest: Police kill unarmed driver fleeing traffic stop

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:00pm

The Latest on a police officer shooting during a Philadelphia traffic stop (all times local):

FBI: Man admits to contaminating food at Michigan stores

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 5:51pm

A man is in custody after he admitted to spraying a contaminant that officials believe contained mouse poison on unpackaged food at several Michigan grocery stores, authorities said.

The Latest: Lawmakers end Douglas-Board of Education fight

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 5:51pm

The Latest on a bill ending a fight between the state's top school official and the Board of Education (all times local):

Planned Parenthood sues Kansas for ending Medicaid funds

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 5:50pm

Two Planned Parenthood affiliates filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday over a decision by Kansas to cut off Medicaid reimbursements to the abortion provider that was largely based on allegations lodged against its affiliates in other states.

Agency: Eagle hit Alaska plane before crash that killed 4

Mark Thiessen, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 5:50pm

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.