Colo. civil union ceremonies begin after midnight

DENVER (AP) — Fran and Anna Simon were joined in Colorado’s first civil union at 12:02 this morning, as hundreds of people gathered at a downtown Denver municipal building to celebrate the legalization of civil unions in the…

After coming out, Collins needs a new NBA home

The coming-out part is over. Now Jason Collins needs a job. Collins’ stunning announcement that he was a gay athlete in a major sport won overwhelming support from other players, coaches and executives — even a phone call…
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Racino is Done Deal

Update The Ohio Racing Commission agreed Wednesday to allow Penn National to move forward with plans to build a racino in Austintown.…

Teen in Ohio slaying is incompetent for trial

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge has ruled that one of the two teens charged in the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old Ohio boy is mentally incompetent to stand trial. The Frank……

Afghan peace council official killed in south

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Insurgents ambushed an Afghan government peace negotiator on Wednesday, killing him and two bodyguards as they headed to a meeting in the south to discuss plans for local troops to take over responsibility from…

$41 million Ohio lottery jackpot claimed in trust

CLEVELAND (AP) — A $41 million Ohio lottery jackpot has been claimed in a trust in northeastern Ohio. The lottery said Tuesday the lump-sum payout, after taxes, was nea……

Ohio Amber Alert canceled after child returned

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio State Highway Patrol is canceling an overnight Amber Alert after a 4-year-old boy reportedly taken from a Columbus neighborhood by an ar……

Colorado ushers in new law with midnight unions

DENVER (AP) — The first gay couple granted a civil union in Colorado said their vows before hundreds of people early Wednesday morning at a downtown Denver municipal building, where eager couples and members of the public gathered…

Detective details financial woes of Jackson doctor

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jurors in the civil case between Michael Jackson’s mother and concert giant AEG Live got another glimpse of the singer’s private life on Tuesday through the eyes of a paramedic who described the singer’s…

Tests link deadly ricin to Obama letter suspect

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — When poison-laced letters were sent to President Barack Obama and two other officials, it didn’t take long to track down a suspect based on a phrase in one of the letters often used by…

Around the world, angry workers unite on May Day

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Thousands of low-paid workers are rallying in the streets on May Day to demand better pay and improved working conditions a week after a Bangladesh building collapse that was a grim reminder of how…
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The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Wednesday, May 01, 2013. Cold and active weather will continue for parts of the Central U.S. and Rockies on Wednesday as a strong cold front extending from the Upper Midwest and southward across the…

AP Exclusive: Calif. spends big on anti-psychotics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Under federal court oversight, California’s prison mental health system has been spending far more on anti-psychotic drugs than other states with large prison systems, raising questions about whether patients are receiving proper treatment. Figures…

May Day strike disrupts transport in Greece

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Ferry and train services in Greece have ground to a halt as unions hold a strike for May Day. And hundreds of people are gathering for planned rallies in central Athens Wednesday. The country’s…

1st Chinese automaker in US to open Calif. plants

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Chinese company whose mantra is Build Your Dreams plans to build all-electric buses in California’s Mojave Desert. Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris and officials of BYD Automotive scheduled a news conference Wednesday to…

Myanmar Muslims face uncertain future after attack

OKKAN, Myanmar (AP) — They slept terrified in the fields, watching their homes burn through the night. And when they returned Wednesday, nothing was left but smoldering ash and debris. One day after hundreds of rampaging Buddhists armed…

Seattle looks to downsize living spaces

SEATTLE (AP) — Developers in Seattle have been leading the U.S. in building hundreds of tiny apartments — some about the size of a generous parking spot — to cater to solo young workers, retirees who prefer city…

Israel: Conflict over recognition, not territory

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s military says soldiers have dispersed settlers and Palestinians who were throwing rocks at each other in the West Bank following the killing of a settler there. The military said dozens of settlers and Palestinians…