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Arkansas, Indiana lawmakers race to update religion bills

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Lawmakers in Arkansas and Indiana are scrambling to revise controversial religious objection measures as Republican governors in both states try to quell a growing backlash from businesses and other critics who have called the proposals anti-gay.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 April 2015

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California governor orders mandatory water restrictions

ECHO LAKE, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered officials Wednesday to impose statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as surveyors found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 April 2015

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Labor issues to pressure McDonald's despite pay bump

NEW YORK (AP) — A pay bump for workers at some McDonald's restaurants isn't likely to ease the pressures the chain is facing over labor issues.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 April 2015

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Thailand junta replaces martial law with absolute power

BANGKOK (AP) — The big topic of conversation in Thailand is martial law. Technically it's gone, but in reality it's still there.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 April 2015

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Obama signs order creating new cyber sanctions program

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday authorized a new U.S. government approach to deterring cyberattacks: financial sanctions against malicious overseas hackers and companies that knowingly benefit from the fruits of cyberespionage.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 April 2015

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Arkansas governor urges changes to religious objection bill

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday called for changes to a religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasn't intended to sanction discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 April 2015

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Iraq declares victory over Islamic State group in Tikrit

TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) — Iraq declared a "magnificent victory" Wednesday over the Islamic State group in Tikrit, a key step in driving the militants out of their biggest strongholds.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 April 2015

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Engineers create boot-like device to make walking easier

WASHINGTON (AP) — Engineers have come up with a motor-free device to make walking more efficient and easier — something scientists once thought couldn't be done.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 April 2015

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