Country artists condemn LGBT laws, but labels silent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Several country music artists and songwriters have condemned proposed laws that critics say discriminate against LGBT people, but anyone looking for reaction from the record labels and production companies on Nashville's Music Row has heard only the sound of silence.

  • Written by KRISTIN M. HALL, Associated Press

Verizon workers go on strike amid contract dispute

NEW YORK (AP) — About 39,000 Verizon landline and cable workers on the East Coast walked off the job Wednesday morning after little progress in negotiations since their contract expired nearly eight months ago.

  • Written by MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press

Mississippi church a window into national gay rights debate

BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — On many Sundays, conservative Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant can be found in the sanctuary at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, almost always in his trademark suit and boots, often among those helping pass the offering plates.

  • Written by DAVID BRANDT, Associated Press