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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Many consider The Southern Poverty Law Center’s annual list of U.S. extremist groups an authoritative glimpse into racist and anti-government activity, but some of its targets contend the civil rights advocacy group is actually focused on silencing conservative viewpoints...
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — When Thomas Lewis told his South Dakota high school last year that he is transgender, teachers called him by his new name and used male pronouns when addressing him. But he says the accommodations stopped at being able to use the men’s bathroom. Instead, the 18-year-old...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — After cashing in a winning Powerball ticket for $327.8 million, a Florida couple has modest goals for their first purchases: a new car and a massage. David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith of Melbourne Beach were introduced in a news conference Wednesday at Florida Lottery...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Condoms could be coming to porn studios across California if the state agency in charge of enforcing workplace safety adopts proposed new regulations aimed at protecting actors who make adult films. The state Division of Occupational Safety and Health was scheduled to vote on...
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — While Pope Francis didn’t step foot in El Paso on Wednesday, his presence was widely felt across the West Texas city, and the pontiff even paused during his Mass in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, to acknowledge the symbiotic relationship between the two border communities....
NEW YORK (AP) — Joseph Fiennes is defending himself in the wake of criticism after being cast as Michael Jackson in an upcoming half-hour TV special, acknowledging the topic is “sensitive” but never intending it to be divisive. The white actor will play the King of Pop in the upcoming Sky Arts...
NEW YORK (AP) — Coke and Pepsi want to shake their Big Gulp image and cultivate a more hipster appeal. The two soda giants are trying to rehabilitate soda’s cheap image and fetch higher prices as Americans keep cutting back on sugary fizz. That means more stylized cans and bottles of Coke and...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police say thousands of dollars’ worth of jeans have been stolen from a luxury department store chain in downtown Philadelphia. Philadelphia police say nine males donning ski masks stole 20 to 30 pairs of jeans from a Bloomingdale’s store at around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles hospital paid a ransom of about $17,000 to hackers who infiltrated and disabled its computer network because paying was in the best interest of the hospital and the most efficient way to solve the problem, the medical center’s chief executive said Wednesday....
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve policymakers expressed growing concerns at their meeting last month about potential threats to the U.S. economy, including turbulence in financial markets, plunging oil prices and slowing growth in China and other emerging markets. Minutes of their discussions...

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