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HOUSTON (AP) — Houston city attorneys have withdrawn subpoenas that sought speeches and other information from five pastors who publicly opposed an ordinance banning discrimination of gay and transgender residents, the mayor said Wednesday. Mayor Annise Parker said the subpoenas...
NEW YORK (AP) — NASA pays it billions. Its rockets sport mythical names like Minotaur and Pegasus. And its $2 billion deal to resupply the International Space Station had gone well — until this week. Aerospace company Orbital Sciences Corp. suffered a big failure late Tuesday...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that there was an obvious need for "wholesale change" in the Ferguson, Missouri, police department. The Justice Department is conducting a broad investigation into the practices of the police department following the...
BELMAR, N.J. (AP) — The second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy arrived Wednesday in a region where recovery in New Jersey and New York is happening unevenly, with many houses, boardwalks and businesses rebuilt but many people still unable to return to their homes. U.S. Housing...
The nation's preparedness effort to fight outbreaks of Ebola and other infectious diseases has been under-funded and lacking in political will and commitment. "We don't really have a pharmaceutical response for Ebola," said retired Air Force Col. Randall Larsen, the former...
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's sole abortion provider stopped providing medication abortions Wednesday in the wake of a state Supreme Court ruling that blocked the use of pregnancy-terminating drugs, though surgical abortions were still being provided, the clinic's...
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — A man with a history of psychiatric problems decapitated his mother and then killed himself by walking into the path of an oncoming train, police said Wednesday. Neighbors initially took the woman's killing as a macabre Halloween prank. Patricia Ward, a...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that there was an obvious need for "wholesale change" in the Ferguson, Missouri, police department. The Justice Department is investigating the practices of the police department following the Aug. 9 police shooting...
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Police are investigating a possible connection between a man who was fatally struck by a train and a woman who was found decapitated on a suburban New York street. The slain woman was found on a street in a working-class neighborhood in Farmingdale, Long...