Ted Cruz defended Texas ban on the sale of sex toys in state

AP Photo/Mel Evans AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Defending a Texas state law banning the sale of sex toys, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz argued in a 2007 court brief that individuals have no legal right to use them, even in the privacy of their own bedrooms. Prior to...

1 Maryland firefighter dead, another injured after shooting

TEMPLE HILLS, Md. (AP) — One of two firefighters shot Friday night while making a welfare check in a Maryland suburb of Washington has died and another remains in serious condition, officials said. John Ulmshneider, 39, died Friday night, according to Prince George’s...

After apology, Philly among many Jackie Robinson tributes

AP Photo/Matt Rourke PHILADELPHIA (AP) — As cities across the country honored Jackie Robinson’s pioneering baseball career, one also apologized for its racist treatment of Major League Baseball’s first black player nearly 70 years ago. When Robinson’s...

Wearing Saints black and gold, fans of Will Smith pay homage

AP Photo/Gerald Herbert METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Wearing black and gold jerseys and bowing their heads, fans of slain former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith paid homage to the star on Friday, almost a week after he was shot and killed during a traffic dispute....

Boston marks 3rd anniversary of deadly marathon bombings

AP Photo/Michael Dwyer BOSTON (AP) — Boston marked the third anniversary of the deadly 2013 marathon bombings Friday with subdued, silent remembrances. Victims’ families laid wreaths at the spots where two pressure cooker bombs detonated near the Boylston Street...

Lawyers: Inmate in terror case in coma after suicide attempt

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who admitted plotting to bomb New York City synagogues has tried to kill himself in prison after guards tormented him because of his terror case, his lawyers said. Ahmed Ferhani is in a medically induced coma after trying to hang himself in New...

As clinic access tightens, group touts pregnancy-ending drug

NEW YORK (AP) — The tightening of restrictions on abortion clinics in many states has emboldened some abortion rights advocates to launch an outreach effort, reminding women they have relatively safe and effective means of ending a pregnancy on their own through use of a...

Boston marks 3rd anniversary of deadly marathon bombing

AP Photo/Michael Dwyer BOSTON (AP) — Boston marked the third anniversary of the deadly 2013 marathon bombings with subdued remembrances and acts of kindness and generosity. The governor and mayor joined victims’ families Friday morning for a brief and quiet ceremony...

The Latest: Wrongly convicted man is released in Illinois

SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on a retired Washington state police officer who an Illinois prosecutor says was wrongly convicted in a 1957 slaying (all times local): 2 p.m. A 76-year-old Washington state man has been released from prison in Illinois after a prosecutor...

The Citadel considers exception to allow Muslim headscarf

AP Photo/Mic Smith CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — An incoming freshman female student at The Citadel has asked the military college to let her wear a traditional Muslim headscarf when she begins classes in the fall, the first time such a request has been made at the school known...