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Arthur approaches N.Carolina; vacationers head out

By EMERY P. DALESIO (RODANTHE, N.C., AP) — Arthur strengthened to a hurricane early Thursday and threatened to give North Carolina a glancing blow on Independence Day, prompting a stream…

NASA launches carbon satellite after 2009 failure

(VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., AP) — A rocket carrying a NASA satellite lit up the pre-dawn skies Wednesday on a mission to track the chief culprit behind global warming.…

North Dakota seeks dismissal of gay marriage suit

By BLAKE NICHOLSON (BISMARCK, N.D., AP) — State officials are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging North Dakota’s constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriage, despite a wave of…

NASA scrubs launch of global warming satellite

(VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., AP) — The planned launch of a rocket carrying a NASA satellite designed to track global warming has been postponed. NASA writes in a tweet…

Police plan to charge gun vendor over shooting

(ORANGEVILLE, Pa., AP) — Police intend to charge a gun show vendor who accidentally shot a woman while demonstrating a concealed carry wallet holster. Geoffrey Hawk, 44, of Warminster, should…

Missouri Rep. Wagner named to House leadership

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — Missouri congresswoman Ann Wagner has been named to the Republican House leadership team. Wagner, of St. Louis County, is one of five people selected for the…

Ruling pushes gay marriage closer to Supreme Court

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI and BRADY McCOMBS (DENVER, AP) — The first ruling by a federal appeals court that states cannot prevent gay couples from marrying makes it more likely the Supreme…

Amtrak train hits vehicle on tracks, killing 3

(MANSFIELD, Mass., AP) — Authorities say an Amtrak train hit a vehicle that was apparently driving on train tracks late Sunday in Massachusetts, killing three people. Authorities had previously said…

Court: $1.8M house built on park must be removed

(NARRAGANSETT, R.I., AP) — A developer who mistakenly built a $1.8 million waterfront house on parkland has been ordered to remove it. The Rhode Island Supreme Court found that the…

Tornadoes flatten tiny rural Nebraska town; 2 dead

By JOSH FUNK (PILGER, Neb., AP) — A storm packing rare dual tornadoes tore through a tiny farming town in northeast Nebraska, killing two people, crumpling grain bins like discarded…