Gov’t: LNG export decisions due by end of year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says he will move “expeditiously” to review about 20 applications to export liquefied natural gas and will make decisions by the end of the year. Moniz, who took office last month,…

US Senate confirms 2 federal judges for Pa.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Eastern Pennsylvania’s federal courts are getting two new judges following unanimous approval by the U.S. Senate. The Senate on Thursd……

Ohio officer’s sexting sentencing rescheduled

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge has rescheduled sentencing for a former Ohio school resource officer convicted of coercing sexual behavior from minors. Todd Smith coul……

Health care law’s employer requirements

WASHINGTON (AP) — Requirements that medium-sized and large employers offer insurance coverage or face fines are one of the most complicated parts of President Barack Obama’s health care law. While most of the estimated 160 million Americans with…

Obama meets with relatives of Newtown victims

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will meet Thursday with relatives of the victims of the Connecticut school shooting. Friday marks six months since the shooting that killed 20…

Husband says ricin case ‘like a really bad dream’

TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) — The Texas man whose wife is accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in an attempt to frame him says the experience has been “like a…

Cyprus court hands life sentence to ex-TV host

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ criminal court has sentenced a former television presenter, her brother and two other men to life in prison after finding them guilty of premeditated murder in the execution-style killing of the country’s most…

Feds: Traditional probe used in Ill. terror case

CHICAGO (AP) — A defense attorney says prosecutors haven’t denied that an expanded U.S. phone and internet surveillance program triggered an investigation that led to terrorism charges against a Chicago-area teenager. Thomas Durkin has told a federal judge…

‘Modern Warfare’ mastermind introduces ‘Titanfall’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vince Zampella is back at E3. After spending the past three years engaged in both legal battles and work on a new game, the “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” co-creator has returned to the…

Sportscaster Al Michaels working on memoir

NEW YORK (AP) — The sportscaster who once asked “Do you believe in miracles?” has a book deal. Al Michaels, the longtime television play-by-play man, is working on a memoir that will be released by HarperCollins imprint William…

Caterpillar drops Boy Scouts support over gay ban

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. says it will no longer give money to the Boy Scouts of America because the organization doesn’t allow homosexuals to serve as adult leaders. Caterpillar spokeswoman Rachel Potts says Thursday that the…

RI, capital settle with feds over disabled rights

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island and the city of Providence have reached a settlement with the federal government in an investigation that found they violated the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The settlement over…

Arizona Legislature ends Brewer’s special session

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Senate on Thursday is poised to approve an $8.8 billion state budget that includes the Medicaid expansion sought by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer over the opposition of most GOP legislators. The Senate previously…
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Salem Murder Details Emerge

Investigators said a woman found dead at her Salem home last week was strangled. Her estranged boyfriend has been accused in the crime.…

Photos: Wildfires in Colorado

Thousands of residents have evacuated after wildfires in Colorado continue to burn out of control.

1 dead, 77 hurt in La. plant explosion

GEISMAR, La. (AP) — Officials say ambulances and helicopters have taken at least 30 people from a burning chemical plant after an explosion in Louisiana. Residents of the community of Geismar (GYS’-mahr), about 20 miles southeast of Baton…

How the poll was conducted

The Pew Research Center survey on the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people was conducted April 11-29, 2013. The results are based on online interviews of 1,197 adults who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.…

Boxing tragedy inspires Blanchard’s first opera

NEW YORK (AP) — Jazz composer Terence Blanchard couldn’t have imagined how timely his opera about a gay boxer would become when he accepted a commission three years ago. Blanchard’s “Champion” — with a libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winning…

Survey offers complex portrait of LGBT Americans

NEW YORK (AP) — Even as they acknowledge greater acceptance by society, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans are, on average, less happy than other U.S. adults, and many report instances of rejection and harassment, according to a…