- Madison bans discrimination against atheists, non-religious
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — While conservatives in Indiana and Arkansas were explaining last month why their new religious objections laws weren't invitations to discriminate against gays, the leaders of Wisconsin's capital city were busy protecting the rights of another group: atheists.
- Ohio clinics close, abortions decline amid restrictions
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The number of abortion providers in Ohio has shrunk by half amid a flurry of restrictive new laws over the past four years, and the number of the procedures also is declining, according to a review of records by The Associated Press.
- Pace of death sentences, executions slows in Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A prosecutor's decision not to seek a death penalty for the man accused of abducting and killing a University of Virginia student is emblematic of capital punishment's decline across the country and in the state that once operated one of the busiest execution chambers in the nation.
- Slain trooper's parents say they forgive suspected ambusher
TOBYHANNA, Pa. (AP) — The parents of a slain Pennsylvania State Police trooper said Sunday they have forgiven his alleged killer and are relying on their deep faith to get them through the loss.
- NYPD officer shooting suspect faces attempted murder charges
NEW YORK (AP) — A man accused of shooting a New York City police officer in the head will be arraigned Sunday on charges including two counts of attempted murder of a police officer, officials said.
- Baltimore mayor lifts curfew 6 days after riots
BALTIMORE (AP) — Six days after the death of Freddie Gray sparked riots in Baltimore, the city's mayor lifted a citywide curfew on Sunday morning, signaling an end to the extraordinary measures taken to ensure public safety amid an outcry over police practices.
- Google embeds engineers as professors
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Howard University freshman Alanna Walton knew something was different about the professor teaching her introduction to computer science course.
- Defense faces challenges as theater shooting victims testify
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Half-empty tissue boxes littered the floor of Courtroom 201 after a day in which survivors told stories of heartbreak, revulsion and horror about the night James Holmes shot scores of people inside a packed a suburban Denver movie theater.
- Joyful noise or unholy din? New church 'bells' mean discord
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The sound system next door is making it hard for Olga Lopatina to love thy neighbor: Christ the King church.
- Texas the front line on high school ECG debate
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Cody Stephens was trying to shed some of the 290 pounds from his 6-foot-9 frame before graduating high school and attending his first college football training camp three summers ago when he took a nap and didn't wake up. The autopsy showed he had an enlarged heart, which gave out.