US judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban

MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday declared Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining judges across the country who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle in Tallahassee ruled that the ban...

Ice bucket challenge goes awry, firefighters hurt

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police in Kentucky say two firefighters were seriously injured when the fire truck’s ladder got too close to a power line as they helped college students take part in an ice bucket challenge. Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette said...

Some see Qatar’s hand in collapse of Gaza talks

FILE – In this Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, shakes hands with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, right, as the then Emir of Qatar, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, looks on after signing an agreement in Doha, Qatar. The explosions...
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BofA’s $17B settlement not as large as it appears

FILE – This Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 file photo shows a Bank of America sign in Philadelphia. Officials familiar with the deal say Bank of America on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 has reached a record $17 billion settlement with federal and state authorities over its role in the...

California drought stings bees, honey supplies

LOS BANOS, Calif. (AP) — California’s record drought hasn’t been sweet to honeybees, and it’s creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers. The state is traditionally one of the country’s largest honey producers, with abundant crops...
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Las Vegas spoils Mo’ne’s night, beats Philly 8-1

Philadelphia pitcher Mo’ne Davis delivers in the first inning of a United States semi-final baseball game against Las Vegas at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Philadelphia pitcher...

Serena the singer? Tennis star does karaoke

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams replaced her tennis racket with a microphone at a karaoke event a week ahead of the U.S. Open. The top-ranked athlete performed “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” on Wednesday night at Arena in New York City. She danced...

Ex-governor at corruption trial: Wife grew anxious

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, right, arrives at federal court with his attorney, Henry Asbill, left, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Richmond, Va. The defense continues to present it’s case in the McDonnell’s corruption case. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) Former Virginia...