San Diego clerk withdraws bid to revive Prop. 8

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego County government official in charge of issuing marriage licenses has withdrawn a legal bid to stop gay marriage because another group already has a similar challenge pending. San Diego County Clerk…
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Topeka man escapes from minimum security prison

A Topeka man is on the run after escaping from a minimum security unit at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility where he was being held on burglary and shoplifting convictions.…

NC civil rights leader Julius Chambers dies at 76

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Julius Chambers, a Charlotte attorney whose practice was in the forefront of the civil rights movement in North Carolina, has died. He was 76. A statement issued Saturday by his law firm said Chambers…

McConnell, Senate challengers share stage in Ky.

FANCY FARM, Ky. (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell largely ignored his challengers at Kentucky’s premier political showdown Saturday, aiming his criticism instead at President Barack Obama while touting his GOP leadership role. His Democratic rival in…

Honduras to militarize main prison after clash

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduran President Porfirio Lobo ordered the militarization of the country’s main prison on Saturday after a riot there left at least three gang members dead and three guards injured. The aim of the measure,…

1 dead from exposure to carbon monoxide at NC farm

FRANKLIN, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in western North Carolina say one person died and 16 others were hospitalized after being exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide in a packing facility at a farm. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports…

‘Love Potion No. 9′ singer sues over Clovers’ name

WASHINGTON (AP) — Harold Winley sang “Love Potion No. 9″ and other hits with the R&B group The Clovers in the 1950s, but now the 80-year-old says another group is trying to keep him from performing using the…

Dying 2-year-old is Pa. couple’s best man

JEANNETTE, Pa. (AP) — Looking dapper in a tiny tan pinstripe suit and orange shirt, a 2-year-old boy with only weeks to live served as the best man Saturday afternoon for his parents’ Pennsylvania wedding. Christine Swidorsky carried…

From soybeans to baseball, Henry has had success

BOSTON (AP) — John W. Henry took a backward ballclub in a dilapidated park and transformed it into a two-time World Series champion that is one of baseball’s model franchises. As the owner of The Boston Globe, he…

Drug suspension will define A-Rod’s career

NEW YORK (AP) — On the day Alex Rodriguez was the No. 1 pick in the baseball draft two decades ago, his high school coach predicted a flashy future. “He has a great work ethic, humility, confidence,” Rich…

Algeria: Public lunch protests mandatory fasting

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — About 300 people in a restive northern region of Algeria joined a public lunch Saturday during Ramadan to protest what they say is persecution of people who refuse to observe the religious fast. The…

Democratic governors nervous about health plan

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Democratic governors say they are nervous about getting the new federal health care law implemented but add they will be better positioned in next year’s elections than many of their Republican counterparts who have resisted…

Obama administration overrules Apple import ban

President Obama’s trade representative has vetoed a ban on imports of some Apple iPads and older iPhones, reversing a ruling in favor of rival Samsung Electronics. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Saturday overruled a June decision by…

From recession’s wake, education innovation blooms

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Hundreds of investment bankers, venture capitalists and geeky tech entrepreneurs gathered near the pool of the Phoenician, a luxury resort outside Phoenix. The occasion? A high-profile gathering of education innovators, and as guests sipped…

From recession’s wake, education innovation blooms

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — On a warm spring evening, hundreds of investment bankers, venture capitalists and geeky tech entrepreneurs gathered near the pool of the Phoenician, a luxury resort outside Phoenix. The occasion? A high-profile gathering of education…