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PONTIAC, Ill. (AP) — It's the latest front in the continuing battle over organized labor's influence, but what's happening in Illinois looks nothing like the juggernaut unleashed in other Midwestern states where conservative statehouses have stripped power from unions with...
PHOENIX (AP) — Vexed by the litter caught in cactus and shrubs, one Arizona city banned plastic bags on Earth Day last year. Two others considered similar bans as part of a growing trend around the country to outlaw the single-use of plastic bags at checkout counters. Those...
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Messenger spacecraft is ending its four-year tour at Mercury with a crash landing. Messenger is expected to slam into Mercury Thursday afternoon. It will be traveling more than 8,750 mph (14,081 kph) when it plunges from orbit, creating a...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque's former police chief potentially violated city and state ethics rules by influencing a no-bid $1.95 million contract to purchase body cameras before going to work as a consultant for the supplier, the New Mexico state auditor reported...
BOSTON (AP) — A retired FBI agent who was once second in command in the agency's Boston office was arrested Thursday on perjury charges and accused of lying on the stand during the trial of gangster James "Whitey" Bulger. Robert Fitzpatrick surrendered to U.S. marshals after...
NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Sofia Vergara's former fiance says in an op-ed that he sued the "Modern Family" star to protect their frozen embryos because he longs to become a parent and doesn't want the "two lives" they created to "be destroyed or sit in a freezer until the end of...
10:30 a.m. The Rev. Al Sharpton and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake are scheduled to lead a summit on improving relations between police and the community after the death of a black man who was in police custody. Among those joining Thursday's meeting will be NAACP...
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Supreme Court says a Michigan man must pay for the cost of his rescue from the White Mountain National Forest. Edward Bacon of Northville, Michigan, was on a five-day solo hike in September 2012 when he dislocated his hip and had to be...
BALTIMORE (AP) — Having weathered two all-night curfews with no major disturbances, Baltimore officials are now trying to manage growing expectations they will immediately decide whether to prosecute six police officers involved in the arrest of a black man who later died of...