Hobby Lobby accused of hypocrisy amid smuggling case

Hobby Lobby, the arts-and-crafts chain whose devout Christian owners won a landmark Supreme Court ruling on religious freedom, is caught up in an antiquities-smuggling scandal that has opened the company to accusations of hypocrisy.

  • Written by By KELLY P. KISSEL , Associated Press

Maine governor suggests he makes up stories to mislead media

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage lashed out at the media for reporting he planned to leave the state during a budget impasse, and he suggested he sometimes concocts stories to mislead reporters.

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Ex-Gitmo inmate gets multimillion-dollar payment from Canada

TORONTO (AP) — A former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who pleaded guilty to killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan received an apology and a multimillion-dollar payment from the Canadian government after a court ruling said his rights were abused.

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  • Written by By ROB GILLIES , Associated Press

'We made it:' Somali refugee arrives in US before new rules


SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ali Said fled his war-torn Somalia two decades ago after his right leg was blown off by a grenade. Last year, the father of seven was shot in his other leg by robbers while living in a Kenyan refugee camp.

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  • Written by By JULIE WATSON , Associated Press

GOP leader says he'll rework health bill, but offers Plan B


GLASGOW, Ky. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he plans to produce a fresh bill in about a week scuttling and replacing much of President Barack Obama's health care law. But he's also acknowledging a Plan B if that effort continues to flounder.

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  • Written by By BRUCE SCHREINER and ALAN FRAM , Associated Press