College student loses lawsuit over lusty writings

DETROIT (AP) — A college student suspended for writing an essay called “Hot for Teacher” has no First Amendment right to express his sexual attraction to his instructor, a judge said Tuesday. Joseph Corlett’s lawsuit was dismissed by…

Police: Car crashes into Md. store, bystanders hit

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) — Police say a Maryland man was behind the wheel of a car that slammed into a Sam’s Club wholesale store in suburban Washington, injuring three people, including a man who suffered a leg amputation.…

White House backs student loan compromise

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is urging Congress to pass a bipartisan compromise on student loans that would offer lower interest rates for the next few years. The White House on Tuesday released a statement urging swift…

NC lawmakers pass sweeping changes to gun laws

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers have approved a bill greatly expanding where concealed handguns are legally allowed. The Republican-backed bill approved by both the House and Senate on Tuesday allows concealed-carry permit holders to take firearms…

Armstrong urges judge to dismiss govt lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cyclist Lance Armstrong urged a federal judge Tuesday to dismiss the Justice Department’s False Claims Act lawsuit against him, arguing that that the Postal Service got its money’s worth out of its sponsorship deal and…

First lady asks for Latinos’ help on health care

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Michelle Obama urged Latino activists on Tuesday to help sign people up for her husband’s health care overhaul, especially the millions of younger, healthier people the system will need to offset the cost of…

2 brothers plead guilty in Denver bar killings

DENVER (AP) — Two brothers accused of killing five people at a Denver bar during a robbery and then setting the building on fire to destroy evidence have pleaded guilty in deals with prosecutors. Joseph Hill, 27, pleaded…

Explosion in at Egypt security building injures 16

CAIRO (AP) — Security officials say a bomb blast in front of a security building in one of Egypt’s Nile Delta cities has injured 16 people. The officials say the bomb exploded just after midnight Wednesday outside the…

The Romantics settle lawsuit with ex-band member

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — The Romantics have settled a lawsuit filed by a former bandmate over royalties. The Detroit News reports (http://bit.ly/15etEUA ) the agreement was reached Tuesday after nearly six hours of mediation and averted a trial…
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Photos: Rainbows

After the rain, you can always hope for colorful rainbows to appear in the sky. Residents report pictures of rainbows throughout the viewing area.…

Santos: No media show for ex-Marine’s handover

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s president says he refuses to let the country’s main rebel group make a media event of the release of a 26-year-old former U.S. Marine. President Juan Manuel Santos said Tuesday that he will…

Portland City Hall Occupy camp dispersed

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The last visible remnants of the 2011 Occupy Portland movement held court in front of City Hall for nearly two years. A community of sign-holding, slogan-chanting, pot-banging protesters brought noise and attention to the…

Review: ‘The To Do List’ is an evocative teen romp

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coming of age comedies are fraught with seemingly limitless pitfalls, necessitating a well-honed screenplay and persuasive performances to assure audience allegiance. So with consistently entertaining characters and infectious humor, writer-director Maggie Carey’s “The To…

Key alderman, city committee back Wrigley upgrade

CHICAGO (AP) — A proposed $500 million renovation of historic Wrigley Field received crucial backing Tuesday from the local alderman and a Chicago City Council committee, clearing a path for final approval. Alderman Tom Tunney said he signed…

2 shipping companies fined $10.4M in dumping case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two international shipping firms will pay $10.4 million in penalties for obstructing justice and illegally dumping pollutants. Columbia Shipmanagement, a German company, and Columbia Shipmanagement Ltd. of Cyprus were sentenced Tuesday to pay $2.6 million…

Release sought for 8 protesters detained at border

PHOENIX (AP) — A lawyer is seeking the release of eight protesters who were detained by U.S. authorities at a southern Arizona border crossing when they tried to re-enter the country from Mexico. The eight young people, who…

2 shipping companies fined $10.4M in dumping case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two international shipping firms will pay $10.4 million in penalties for obstructing justice and illegally dumping pollutants. Columbia Shipmanagement, a German company, and Columbia Shipmanagement Ltd. of Cyprus were sentenced Tuesday to pay $2.6 million…