Transgender student suit goes to Maine high court

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Lawyers for a transgender girl and a Maine school that required the fifth-grader to use a staff bathroom instead of the girls restroom differ over whether the student’s rights were violated. The state’s highest…
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Kids Learn Healthy Eating

A summer park program teaches children about growing their own veggies and eating healthy. …

Southern Baptists urge reporting of abuse claims

HOUSTON (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention has passed a resolution calling on all Southern Baptists to report allegations of child abuse to authorities. The nation’s largest Protestant denomination has resisted implementing some type of database of ministers…

Exhibit glorifies Palestinian suicide bombers

PARIS (AP) — A state-funded museum in Paris is causing outrage among France’s Jewish community for a photo exhibit that calls Palestinian suicide bombers “martyrs.” The exhibit of work by Palestinian photographer Ahlam Shibli, which started last week…

Pa. girl who took on donor rules gets adult lungs

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl whose efforts to qualify for a transplant drew public debate over how organ donation should be done is getting a new lung. A spokeswoman for Sarah Murnaghan’s family said that Murnaghan,…

Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Fogel dies

CHICAGO (AP) — A Nobel Prize-winning University of Chicago economist whose work on the economics of slavery triggered a furious national debate has died. The university says in a statement that Robert Fogel died Tuesday after a brief…

Rare Superman comic book sells for $175,000

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A rare copy of the comic book featuring Superman’s first appearance that went undiscovered for over 70 years in the insulation of a Minnesota house has been sold for $175,000. Stephen Fishler, CEO of ComicConnect.com,…

Panel OKs Education Department to build schools

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel has voted to allow the Department of Education to fund new construction projects for districts that have seen traumatic events in their schools. The voice vote Wednesday in the Senate education committee…

NYC police search for killing suspect, to no avail

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police officers are involved in a standoff with a suspect in the 2010 killing of a college student. NYPD spokesman Paul Browne says a squad went to arrest the man in…

Reggae star stabbing death inquest opens in UK

LONDON (AP) — A British coroner has opened an inquest into the 2011 death of reggae star Smiley Culture, who was fatally stabbed in the heart during a police raid on his home. Police say the London-born musician…

Surveillance reports spark sales of ’1984′

NEW YORK (AP) — The country’s book-buyers are reading up on being watched. Sales for dystopian classics such as George Orwell’s “1984″ and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” have been strong since news broke last week that the…

Boehner says he will support farm bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says he will vote for a wide-ranging farm bill headed to the House floor this month, a major boost for the five year, half-trillion dollar legislation that stalled in the House…

NE Pa. lawmaker settles trip-and-fall lawsuit

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A northeastern Pennsylvania legislator has settled a trip-and-fall lawsuit involving an uneven sidewalk. State Rep. Marty Flynn was running fo……

Pa. company to weave Star Spangled Banner replica

YORK, Pa. (AP) — A company in eastern Pennsylvania is at work replicating the giant flag that inspired the U.S. national anthem. The Maryland Historical Society has co……

DA invokes Melvin to rebut sister Jane Orie appeal

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The district attorney is quoting former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin in his response to an appeal filed by her sister — former state Se……

NSA leaker Snowden says he’s not avoiding justice

HONG KONG (AP) — The former CIA employee who leaked top-secret information about U.S. surveillance programs has said in a new interview in Hong Kong that he is not attempting to hide from justice there but is using…

Report: Rampant child abuse at ex-home in Vienna

An Austrian investigative commission says children at a former city-run home in Vienna were rampantly abused, both physically and sexually. The commission says some of the former wards of the home were raped and subjected to other forms…

US stock indexes head lower in afternoon trading

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is edging up Wednesday after two days of losses. Trading has turned choppy in the past three weeks as traders have started preparing for a time when the Federal Reserve and…

Soledad O’Brien joining HBO’s ‘Real Sports’

NEW YORK (AP) — Soledad O’Brien is joining her former “Today” show colleague Bryant Gumbel at HBO’s “Real Sports.” HBO said Wednesday that O’Brien will be a reporter on the monthly magazine show. Her first story, due later…