Gay rights ordinance in Texas draws GOP objections

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Gay rights victories in Texas haven’t come at the Capitol but at city hall. While nondiscrimination bills in the Legislature languish, Houston has a lesbian mayor and Austin offers health benefits for same-sex couples.…

Jacques Rogge

Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), listens to a reporters’ question during a news conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. During the Sept. 4-10 meetings, IOC members will elect the host city…

Judge blocks bid to force Amish girl to have chemo

A judge has again blocked an Ohio hospital from forcing a 10-year-old Amish girl to resume chemotherapy after her parents decided to stop the treatments. The order siding with the parents comes just a week after an appeals…

Report: Dead teen in wrestling mat hit on neck

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The parents of a south Georgia teen found dead inside a rolled-up wrestling mat in a high school gym want federal authorities to reopen a case that had been declared an accident, the family’s…

1,200 Calif. chickens to retire on the East Coast

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Their egg-laying days behind them, some 1,200 Northern California chickens are heading for a cozy retirement on the East Coast, where they will live outside of cages and have plenty of room to spread…

Neymar

Neymar attends a team training session in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. Brazil is scheduled to play a friendly match with Australia on Saturday in Brasilia. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)…

Brandon Allen

Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen (10) plays during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Louisiana-Lafayette in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)…

Jacques Rogge

Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), speaks during a news conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. During the Sept. 4-10 meeting, IOC members will elect the host city for the Summer Olympics…

Chris Herrmann

Minnesota Twins catcher Chris Herrmann, right, throws to first base for the out on Houston Astros’ Matt Pagnozzi in the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)…

Gerardo Parra, Ryan Goins, Mark Ripperger

Arizona Diamondbacks’ Gerardo Parra, right, steals second base as Toronto Blue Jays’ Ryan Goins, left, is unable to come up with the ball while umpire Mark Ripperger watches during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept.…

Ryan Pressly

Minnesota Twins’ Ryan Pressly delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros in the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)…

Jacques Rogge

Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), speaks during a news conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. During the Sept. 4-10 meeting, IOC members will elect the host city for the Summer Olympics…

Brian Duensing, Jose Altuve

Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Brian Duensing (52) throws to first base for the out on Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve, right, on a sacrifice bunt in the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, in Houston.…

Brian Duensing

Minnesota Twins’ Brian Duensing delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros in the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)…

Josmil Pinto

Minnesota Twins’ Josmil Pinto hits a single against the Houston Astros in the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)…