Are we overusing the tribute of flying flag at half-staff?

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly every day, somewhere in the country, the Stars and Stripes was lowered to half-staff last year in one of the most significant official gestures of mourning and respect, an Associated Press analysis found.

  • Written by JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press

Obama quickly signs Puerto Rico financial rescue bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama signed a rescue package on Thursday for financially strapped Puerto Rico, which is facing more than $70 billion in debt and a major payment due Friday.

  • Written by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Judge blocks Mississippi law on objections to gay marriage

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge blocked a Mississippi law on religious objections to same-sex marriage moments before it was set to take effect Friday, ruling it unconstitutionally establishes preferred beliefs and creates unequal treatment for gay people.

  • Written by EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press

Hong Kong pro-democracy protest draws tens of thousands

HONG KONG (AP) — Tens of thousands of Hong Kongers took to the southern Chinese city's streets for an annual pro-democracy protest march Friday, as tensions persisted over the high-profile case of a bookseller secretly detained in the mainland.

  • Written by KELVIN CHAN, Associated Press