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Senate OKs gay rights bill banning discrimination

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved legislation outlawing workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, demonstrating the nation’s quickly evolving attitude toward gay rights nearly two decades after Congress rejected same-sex marriage.

Texas appeals court overturns DeLay conviction

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas appeals court overturned the money laundering conviction of former Republican U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on Thursday, saying there was insufficient evidence. The Texas 3rd Court of Appeals said in a 2-1 ruling that it decided to “reverse the judgments of the trial court and render judgments of […]

Dyess’ 7th Bomb Wing commander can handle all national security threats, including zombies

If hordes of the walking dead ever rush the main gate at Dyess Air Force Base, Abilenians can rest easy: The commander of the 7th Bomb Wing has a plan.

Egypt slaps nighttime curfew on Cairo, 10 regions

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s government has slapped a monthlong nighttime curfew on Cairo and 10 provinces.

Indian official: all 18 on submarine feared dead

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian naval official says all 18 sailors on board a submarine are feared dead after twin explosions and a fire ripped through their vessel in a Mumbai harbor.

Officials: UPS cargo jet crashes in Ala.; 2 killed

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A UPS cargo plane crashed and burned Wednesday morning on the outskirts of an Alabama airport, killing two crew members and scattering boxes and charred debris across the grassy field, officials said.

Tech pleads guilty in NH in hepatitis C outbreak

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A traveling hospital technician accused of causing a multistate outbreak of hepatitis C last year pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal drug charges in New Hampshire under an agreement that calls for him to serve 30 to 40 years in prison.

Hawk found shot at Texas park heals, released

MATHIS (AP) — A red-shouldered hawk that was shot with a BB gun and suffered wing damage has been returned to the wild after months of rehabilitation in South Texas.

Utility worker from Calif. electrocuted in Texas

VICTORIA (AP) — A 24-year-old utility worker from California has been electrocuted after coming in contact with power lines in South Texas.

Experts: Cuba arms shipment explanation troubling

HAVANA (AP) — North Korea on Wednesday repeated Cuba’s assertion that the antiquated weapons systems found on a cargo ship in Panama were headed to the Asian county for repair. But while the explanation is potentially credible, it leaves troubling questions unresolved, international arms experts say.

Marathon bombing suspect on Rolling Stone cover

BOSTON (AP) — A Rolling Stone cover story on Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev isn’t on the stands yet but it’s already generating controversy, with at least two New England-based retailers announcing Wednesday that they will not carry the issue.

Trial in Texas seeks registration of cloned horses

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — The quarter horse association fighting to keep clones out of its register already allows other breeding technologies and by excluding clones is operating a monopoly, an attorney for two breeders suing the organization told jurors in opening statements Wednesday.

38 die in mental hospital fire outside Moscow

MOSCOW (AP) — A fire swept quickly through a psychiatric hospital outside Moscow early Friday, killing 38 people, some of them sedated and in their beds, officials said.

Big brands rejected Bangladesh factory safety plan

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — As Bangladesh reels from the deaths of hundreds of garment workers in a building collapse, the refusal of global retailers to pay for strict nationwide factory inspections is bringing renewed scrutiny to an industry that has profited from a country notorious for its hazardous workplaces and subsistence-level wages.

Woman, 80, swallows diamond at Fla. charity event

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The idea behind the Tampa Women’s Club charity event was simple. For $20, you could buy a flute of champagne and a chance to win a one-carat, $5,000 diamond.

Boston Marathon bombing suspect out of hospital

BOSTON (AP) — The surviving Boston Marathon bombings suspect has been released from a civilian hospital and transferred to a federal medical detention center in central Massachusetts.

Ex-military leader in Texas gets jail for abuse

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — An ex-trainer at a South Texas military installation has been sentenced to five months in jail and booted from the service for using bleach to abuse recruits.

George Jones, country superstar, has died at 81

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — George Jones, the peerless, hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets and peaked with the heartbreaking classic “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” has died. He was 81. Jones died Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, according to his publicist Kirt Webster. He had […]

No panic in NKorea despite talk of missile test

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — As the world braced for a provocative missile launch by North Korea, with newscasts worldwide playing up tensions on the Korean Peninsula, the center of the storm was strangely calm. The focus in Pyongyang on Wednesday was less on preparing for war and more on beautifying the capital ahead of […]

Alberta premier: US pipeline rejection would hurt

TORONTO (AP) — If the Obama administration rejects the Keystone XL pipeline, it would be a significant thorn in Canadian-U.S. relations, Alberta’s premier said Wednesday. Premier Alison Redford was in Washington for her fourth trip to lobby on behalf of a pipeline that Canada sees as critical to its economic well-being. The Obama administration is […]

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