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Abortion rights supporters (foreground) try to disrupt an anti-abortion march to the Texas Capitol during a Texas Rally for Life on Jan. 24 in Austin, Texas.
Wed, 06/10/2015 - 09:36

A federal appeals court has upheld sweeping abortion restrictions in Texas that supporters say protect women's health. Opponents say the decision could leave just seven or eight clinics open.

FIFA Secretary-General Jérôme Valcke (right) and FIFA President Joseph "Sepp" Blatter attend a news conference in 2014.
Wed, 06/10/2015 - 09:05

The organization's secretary-general said it would be "nonsense" to begin the bidding process amid the turmoil. FIFA said its executive committee would discuss the process at a meeting later.

Health plans begun under the Affordable Care Act are required to cover FDA-approved contraceptive methods without cost to members. Older plans are exempt from that rule.
Wed, 06/10/2015 - 07:37

These older policies existed before the health law was enacted in 2010 and haven't change much. They cover about a quarter of insured workers, and aren't subject to the same rules as Obamacare plans.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is meeting Wednesday with Italian officials and Pope Francis, as the U.S. seeks to encourage the Vatican to join the West in condemning Moscow's actions in Ukraine.
Wed, 06/10/2015 - 07:34

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to bring up the crisis in Ukraine. The meeting will be the second between the two men.

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 06:36

The troops would beef up the effort to train more Iraqi forces to fight the Islamic State. Some 3,000 American troops are already in Iraq to provide security or to train and advise Iraqi forces.

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 06:34

The nation's high school graduation rate is at a record-high 81 percent. Why? Because states are doing good things ... or using some sleight of hand.

That little red "message" light may not be as ubiquitous in offices as it used to be.
Wed, 06/10/2015 - 04:03

It was a workplace necessity not long ago. Now voice mail is the latest mode of communication to be phased out by the digital age. Companies big and small are cutting it to save time and money.

Cartons of eggs are stacked on shelves at Laurenzo's Italian Center, May 21, 2015, in Miami.
Wed, 06/10/2015 - 04:03

Commercial bakers and restaurants use liquid egg in dozens of foods, from cakes to mayonnaise. But the price has shot up 240 percent since May, as U.S. poultry farms reel from an avian flu outbreak.

Juan Felipe Herrera won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2008 for his collection <em>Half of the World in Light.</em>
Tue, 06/09/2015 - 23:08

Already California's poet laureate, the prolific Chicano writer bears an enduring fascination for his native state — and a passion for teaching that's likely to shape his time in the new role.

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots Tuesday against Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors in the second quarter during Game Three of the NBA Finals in Cleveland.
Tue, 06/09/2015 - 22:57

As the playoffs began, the Warriors were viewed as nearly unstoppable, particularly against an inferior Eastern Conference team in the NBA finals. The Cavaliers dominated most of Tuesday's game.

A still from a video showing Cpl. Eric Casebolt forcing a teenager to the ground in McKinney, Texas. Casebolt has resigned as an investigation continues.
Tue, 06/09/2015 - 18:39

Police were called to break up a fight at a neighborhood pool. One officer ended up forcing a girl to the ground and pulling his gun on two other unarmed teens.

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 17:16

Up to half of all results from biomedical research laboratories these days can't be replicated by other science teams. Why not? Myriad flubs slow progress in the hunt for cures.

Susan Prescott, Apple vice president of product management and marketing, demonstrates the News app during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco on Monday.
Tue, 06/09/2015 - 17:07

With its new News app, Apple is doing something that has already been done. But it has an undeniably large built-in consumer base: hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users.

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 16:52

The joint NPR/ProPublica probe found that the charity raised nearly half a billion dollars after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti but has little to show for it.

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 16:28

Vincent Musetto, who wrote what some consider one of the best headlines of all time, died Tuesday at the age of 74.


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