- Groups ask judge to order gay-marriage licenses in Alabama
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A group of civil rights organizations filed a motion Friday asking a federal judge to order Alabama probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and to expand a suit challenging the state's gay-marriage ban.
- US Sen. Menendez: I have behaved appropriately in office
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, under federal investigation for his relationship with a Florida doctor and political donor, defiantly said Friday he has always been honest in office even as a person familiar with the matter said he's expected to face criminal charges soon.
- Ohio terrorism suspect says he would have shot Obama
CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol called a television station from jail and said if he hadn't been arrested, he would have gone to Washington and put a gun to President Barack Obama's head.
- Obama: Ferguson report exposed racially biased system
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Racial discrimination from police in Ferguson, Missouri, was "oppressive and abusive," President Barack Obama said Friday as he called for criminal justice reform as part of the modern struggle for civil rights.
- Ferguson police chief stays on the job after federal report
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson was still on the job Friday, two days after a government report blasted his beleaguered department for years of racial profiling, and the mayor refused to speculate about the chief's future, saying his role was not to "just chop heads."
- Why 5.5 percent unemployment isn't as great as it seems
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment in the U.S. has dropped to a seven-year low of 5.5 percent — a level normally considered the mark of a healthy job market. Yet that number isn't as encouraging as it might sound.
- NTSB has plenty of questions to answer in NYC runway slide
NEW YORK (AP) — As the National Transportation Safety Board begins its investigation into a Delta jetliner that slid off a runway while landing during a snowstorm at LaGuardia Airport, there is no shortage of questions to pursue:
- Witness: Hernandez DNA matched marijuana butt at crime scene
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's DNA was found on a marijuana joint at the scene of a killing near his home, a crime lab scientist testified Friday.
- Doctor helping downed pilot is shocked to find Harrison Ford
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dr. Sanjay Khurana was close to finishing a golf game when a vintage plane clipped a tree and "dropped like a rock" onto the next hole's green. He rushed to the crash, finding a pilot bleeding from a deep gash in his head.
- AP PHOTOS: Ringling Bros to retire elephants; tradition ends
POLK CITY, Fla. (AP) — Elephants have always been part of The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, ever since showman P.T. Barnum brought Jumbo, "a massive 12-foot African elephant," to America in 1882 to star in the "Greatest Show on Earth." Whenever the circus came to town, parades of pachyderms heralded its arrival, drawing patriotic crowds that boosted sales and even attracted vote-hungry politicians. Feld Entertainment, which owns the circus, still keeps 43 elephants, 13 of which are performing. But years of pressure from activists alleging abuse have caused a "mood shift" among consumers, circus executive Alana Feld told The Associated Press, and the Feld family would rather spend money on elephant care than lawyers. The Felds say they'll phase out elephant acts by 2018 as the remaining performers retire to their 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in central Florida.