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High court struggles with funeral protest case

WASHINGTON – Supreme Court justices on Wednesday pondered the vexing question of whether the father of a dead Marine should win his lawsuit against a fundamentalist church group that picketed his son's funeral.

Virulent skin germ grates on Maine lobstering isle

PORTLAND, Maine – A strain of a drug-resistant skin disease that has afflicted sports teams, prisons and military units is now proving a persistent pest among lobstermen and their families on a Maine island.

Nevada Tea Party chairman quits after tape flap

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The chairman of the Tea Party of Nevada resigned Tuesday after a recording was made public capturing Republican Sharron Angle badmouthing GOP leaders during a meeting with the shadowy group's U.S. Senate candidate.

Bank bailout supporters struggling for re-election

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government's giant bank bailout may well have averted a second Great Depression, economists say, but a lot of voters aren't buying it.

Closing arguments held at NYC temple plot trial

NEW YORK (AP) -- Four men accused of plotting to blow up synagogues and shoot down military planes believed that the scheme concocted in a government sting would kill innocent New Yorkers, a prosecutor said Monday in closing arguments at the me

Japan warns about Europe terror; tourists are calm

PARIS (AP) -- Japan and Sweden joined the U.S. and Britain on Monday in warning citizens about traveling in Europe because of concerns about a terror attack.

New drilling rules require oil rigs to practice for spills

WASHINGTON — The Interior Department on Thursday issued two new rules to improve safety on offshore oil and gas rigs, bringing the Obama administration a step closer to lifting its ban on drilling in deep waters in the Gulf of Mexico.

Car bombs kill 8, mar Nigeria 50th ceremony

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Two car bombs exploded Friday as Nigeria celebrated its 50th independence anniversary, killing at least eight people in an unprecedented attack on the nation's capital by militants from the oil-rich southern delta reg

Family sues over Pa. man's unheeded 911 calls

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The children of a man who died after waiting 30 hours for help despite 10 calls to 911 during a record-setting February snowstorm are suing, saying his death happened because of a total breakdown of the emergency medical syst

Private moment made public leads to a fatal jump

It started with a Twitter message Sept. 19: “Roommate asked for the room till midnight. I went into molly’s room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with a dude. Yay.”