Federal judge upholds La. same-sex marriage ban

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge upheld Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriages on Wednesday, as well as the state’s refusal to recognize gay marriages legally performed in other states. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman’s ruling broke a string of 20-plus...
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Mission group identifies 3rd American with Ebola

Nancy Writebol, who spent weeks in isolation after contracting the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, holds a news conference, Wednesday, Sept., 3, 2014 in Charlotte, N.C. with her husband, David. This is the first time that the Charlotte woman, who was recently released from an...
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Detroit-area man gets 17 years in porch shooting

Monica McBride, mother of Renisha McBride cries during the reading of verdict of guilty of of second-degree murder and manslaughter for Theodore Wafer, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 in Detroit. Walter Ray Simmons, Renisha’s father, is at right. Wafer, 55, shot Renisha McBride...

Attorney: Plan best Detroit can offer creditors

DETROIT (AP) — An attorney representing Detroit has told a judge that the city couldn’t do any better than the amounts of money provided for creditors in its debt-restructuring plan.Bruce Bennett said Wednesday that “resolving the city’s current...

US factory orders up record 10.5 percent in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — Business orders for U.S. factory goods shot up by a record amount in July, reflecting a surge in demand in the volatile category of commercial aircraft. But outside of transportation, orders actually fell slightly during the month although the setback was...

Banks to be required to hold ‘liquid’ assets

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are set to require big banks to keep enough high-quality assets on hand to survive during a severe downturn, the latest move under congressional mandate to lessen the likelihood of another financial meltdown. The Federal Reserve and two...
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Sam’s 2nd chance comes on Cowboys’ practice squad

St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam (96) looks up at the scoreboard from the sidelines during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins defeated the Rams 14-13. (AP Photo/Lynne...
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Europe to have 5 vice captains for Ryder Cup

FILE – This is a Monday, Oct. 4, 2010 file photo of Europe team member Padraig Harrington as he holds the trophy after winning the 2010 Ryder Cup golf tournament as teammates Rory McIlroy, second right, and Ross Fisher, right, look on at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport,...
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Christie’s Mexico trip touches on trade, politics

FILE – In this Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 file photo,, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses a gathering during a town hall meeting in Ocean City, N.J. Christie is heading to Mexico officially for a trade mission typical of any governor. But Christie is a potential GOP...