Tennessee bill would allow counselors to deny services

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill that would allow mental health counselors to turn patients away based on the counselors' religious beliefs and personal principles has passed in the House in Tennessee, the latest state to introduce measures that opponents say legalize discrimination against gays, bisexuals and transgender people.

  • Written by SHEILA BURKE, Associated Press

Allergan, Pfizer call off proposed $160B merger

Top U.S. drugmaker Pfizer and Irish rival Allergan are charting independent futures after scrapping a record $160 billion deal torpedoed by new Treasury Department rules meant to block American companies from moving their corporate addresses overseas — on paper — to avoid U.S. taxes.

  • Written by LINDA A. JOHNSON, AP Business Writer

Country icon Merle Haggard, champion of the underdog, dies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country giant Merle Haggard, who rose from poverty and prison to international fame through his songs about outlaws, underdogs and an abiding sense of national pride in such hits as "Okie From Muskogee" and "Sing Me Back Home," died Wednesday at 79, on his birthday.

  • Written by KRISTIN M. HALL, Associated Press

First Syrians arrive in US under surge resettlement program

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The first Syrian family to be resettled in the U.S. under a speeded-up "surge operation" for refugees left Jordan on Wednesday and arrived in Kansas City, Missouri, to start a new life.

  • Written by KHETAM MALKAWI, Associated Press

Facebook rearranging notification buttons to highlight video

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook is rearranging the notification panel on its mobile apps in an effort to broaden the audience creating, watching and reacting to live video on its social network.

  • Written by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer