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NBC anchor Williams: Sorry for Arsenio Hall snub

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NBC News anchor Brian Williams made an on-air apology to Arsenio Hall for leaving him out of a photo gallery of late-night hosts. In his newscast Wednesday, Williams responded to the complaint that Hall had lodged the night before on “The Arsenio...

Investigation into NC coal ash spill widens

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors widened their investigation triggered by a massive coal ash spill in North Carolina, demanding reams of documents and ordering nearly 20 state environmental agency employees to testify before a grand jury. The subpoenas were made...

Obama defends US process on Keystone XL

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, left, watches as Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto speaks to U.S. President Barack Obama, before they speak during the seventh trilateral North American Leaders Summit Meeting in Toluca, Mexico Wednesday Feb. 19, 2014. This year’s...

Federal Suit Aims To Reverse Ohio Gay Marriage Ban

A gay married couple has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit asking a judge to overturn Ohio’s statewide gay marriage ban because they say it’s preventing them and their daughter from enrolling as a family under President Barack Obama’s health care law....

Obama condemns violence in Ukraine and Venezuela

TOLUCA, Mexico (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. strongly condemns violence taking place in Venezuela and Ukraine. Obama is speaking at a joint news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. He says the...

Lane: Drug legalization claims are cloudy

A new conventional wisdom is on the rise: Drug prohibition, or “the war on drugs,” is a costly flop. It not only failed to cut drug use and associated social ills significantly but has also imposed additional social costs — or “catastrophic harm,” as my colleague Radley Balko put...

Dionne: Repeal stand-your-ground laws

The law is supposed to solve problems, not create them. Laws should provide as much clarity as possible, not expand the realms of ambiguity and subjectivity. Laws ought to bring about the practical results their promoters claim they’ll achieve. And at its best, the law can...

Ohio Lawmakers Approve Mental Illness Treatment

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers have approved a bill that could lead to more people with severe mental illness receiving court-ordered outpatient treatment. The legislation clarifies that outpatient treatment is an option that judges can consider for patients along with...

Ohio House To Vote On 2 Election-related Bills

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House plans to vote on proposals to trim early voting and set rules for mailing unsolicited absentee ballot applications. Ohioans can cast an absentee ballot by mail or in person without giving any reason. Currently, early voting starts 35 days...

Editorial: Va. Republicans flinch at restricting guns for criminals

IN VIRGINIA, about 5,600 people were convicted in 2011 and 2012 on misdemeanor counts of assaulting a member of their family or household. During the same period, the state’s courts found 171 individuals guilty of misdemeanor stalking charges and 158 guilty of misdemeanor...