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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas became the first southern state to expand its Medicaid program in a way that many Republicans found acceptable. The state bought private insurance for low-income people instead of adding them to the rolls of the Medicaid system, which GOP...
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A judge has overturned the murder conviction of a 14-year-old black boy who was executed in 1944 in the deaths of two white girls in segregated South Carolina. Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen ruled the state did a great injustice when it put George Stinney in...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration will move to prohibit fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique. Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens said Wednesday that he was...
PHOENIX (AP) — Republicans will have their largest U.S. House majority in 83 years when the new Congress convenes next month after a recount in Arizona gave the final outstanding race to the Republican challenger. Martha McSally won a House seat over Democratic incumbent Ron...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Richard C. Hottelet, the last of the original "Murrow's Boys," the pioneering group of wartime journalists hired by CBS radio newsman Edward R. Murrow, has died. He was 97. CBS News spokesman Kevin Tedesco said that Hottelet died early Wednesday morning at...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A man known as the prison Houdini might finally see freedom after more than 35 years — this time without an elaborate escape. Florida's parole commission voted Wednesday to move Mark DeFriest's potential release date from 2085 to March 2015. DeFriest was...
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Alan Gross has called himself a "trusting fool" for going to Cuba in the first place. Family and friends described him with other words: gregarious and outgoing, with a talent for picking up and playing any musical instrument. Gross, 65, was freed from...
ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — A former justice of the peace in North Texas was sentenced to death Wednesday for killing a district attorney's wife in what prosecutors described as a revenge plot that left three people dead. Eric Williams was convicted Dec. 4 of capital murder in the...
ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — A former justice of the peace in North Texas was sentenced to death Wednesday for killing a district attorney's wife in what prosecutors described as a revenge plot that left three people dead. Eric Williams was convicted Dec. 4 of capital murder in the...