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A look at widely criticized Indiana law on religious freedom

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence urged lawmakers Tuesday to send a bill to his desk by the end of the week to clarify the intent ... Full Story

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  • A look at widely criticized Indiana law on religious freedom
    A look at widely criticized Indiana law on religious freedom

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence urged lawmakers Tuesday to send a bill to his desk by the end of the week to clarify the intent of a new law that critics fear could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians.

  • Indiana governor wants changes to religious-objections law
    Indiana governor wants changes to religious-objections law

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence asked lawmakers Tuesday to send him a clarification of the state's new religious-freedom law later this week, while Arkansas legislators passed a similar measure, despite criticism that it is a thinly disguised attempt to permit discrimination against gay.

  • Religious freedom laws not used against gays in the past
    Religious freedom laws not used against gays in the past

    NEW YORK (AP) — Religious freedom laws like the one causing an uproar in Indiana have never been successfully used to defend discrimination against gays — and have rarely been used at all, legal experts say.

  • Defense rests in 1st phase of Boston Marathon bombing trial
    Defense rests in 1st phase of Boston Marathon bombing trial

    BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rested their case in his federal death penalty trial Tuesday, a day after they began presenting testimony designed to show his late older brother was the mastermind of the 2013 terror attack.

  • Health providers' stand could invite other execution methods
    Health providers' stand could invite other execution methods

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — With the American Pharmacists Association taking a stance this week, the medical community is now united in its opposition to playing any role in capital punishment killings.

  • Foreign adoptions by Americans reach lowest mark since 1982

    NEW YORK (AP) — The number of foreign children adopted by U.S. parents dropped by 9 percent last year to the lowest level since 1982, according to new State Department figures.

  • Police: Prisoner who stole gun, fled hospital found in DC
    Police: Prisoner who stole gun, fled hospital found in DC

    ANNANDALE, Va. (AP) — An inmate hospitalized after a suicide attempt overpowered a guard, took her gun, escaped and carjacked two vehicles Tuesday, setting off a frenzied nine-hour search that ended with his capture as he got off a bus in the nation's capital.

  • Cliven Bundy, supporters rally before Nevada lawmakers
    Cliven Bundy, supporters rally before Nevada lawmakers

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who garnered national attention a year ago when he and armed supporters engaged in a showdown with federal authorities, came to Carson City Tuesday with scores of allies to rally behind a bill seeking to reclaim land from the federal government.

  • Dress-wearing man killed by NSA police had lengthy record
    Dress-wearing man killed by NSA police had lengthy record

    FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Two cross-dressing men who were fired upon by National Security Agency police when they disobeyed orders at a heavily guarded gate had just stolen a car from a man who had picked them up and checked into a motel, police said Tuesday.

  • Pennsylvania college expels 3 for racist radio broadcast

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A private Pennsylvania college expelled three students over a campus radio broadcast in which they made racist comments and used a slur.

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