Alabama justice off bench for defying feds on gay marriage

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was removed from the bench Friday for defying the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage, more than a decade after he got in trouble for refusing federal orders to move a Ten Commandments monument.

  • Written by KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press

North Dakota tavern takes trademark as North American center

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Crediting "barstool science," a small-town tavern in central North Dakota is laying claim as the center of North America after snatching the title from a nearby city that allowed its trademark to lapse.

  • Written by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press

Volkswagen reaches $1.2B settlement with dealers in scandal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Volkswagen has agreed to pay its U.S. dealers up to $1.2 billion to compensate them for losses they said they suffered as a result of the company's emissions cheating scandal.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Researchers sample unusually rich deep-sea area off Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — Federal researchers have just returned from an expedition to study the biodiversity and mechanisms of an unusually rich deep-sea ecosystem off the coast of Hawaii's Big Island.

  • Written by CALEB JONES, Associated Press

Scientists: World likely won't avoid dangerous warming mark

WASHINGTON (AP) — A team of top scientists is telling world leaders to stop congratulating themselves on the Paris agreement to fight climate change because if more isn't done, global temperatures will likely hit dangerous warming levels in about 35 years.

  • Written by BY SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer