By Jay Reeves Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabama’s stand against same-sex marriage regained ground Wednesday after the state’s highest court ruled that its ban remains legal, despite federal court pressure to begin issuing licenses to gays and lesbians. The Alabama Supreme Court ordered county probate judges to uphold the state ban pending a final […]

By James Queally and Ryan Parker Los Angeles Times (TNS) Alabama’s highest court once again ordered judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, defying a federal judge who struck down the state’s ban on such unions as unconstitutional and ignoring the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to intervene. In a 148-page ruling published Tuesday […]

Police tape surrounds one of five crime scenes near Tyrone, Mo., on Friday morning. A gunman killed seven people and wounded an eighth person in an overnight house-to-house rampage in the small town in the Missouri Ozarks before apparently committing suicide in a vehicle, authorities said Friday. (AP Photo/The Springfield News-Leader,  Nathan Papes)

By Jim Salter Associated Press TYRONE, Mo. – A man who authorities say may have been unhinged by the death of his ailing mother went on a house-to-house shooting rampage in a small town in the Missouri Ozarks, killing seven people before taking his own life. Joseph Jesse Aldridge, 36, carried out the killings with […]

Federal Communication Commission (FCC) ChairmanTom Wheeler, center, joins hands with FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, left, and Jessica Rosenworcel before the start of their open hearing in Washington on Thursday. Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile will have to act in the "public interest" when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone, under new rules voted on by the Federal Communications Commission. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

By Anne Flaherty Associated Press WASHINGTON – Internet activists declared victory over the nation’s big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic. The 3-2 vote […]

By John L. Mone Associated Press STEPHENVILLE, Texas – A former Marine was convicted Tuesday in the deaths of the “American Sniper” author and another man at a shooting range two years ago, as jurors rejected defense arguments that he was insane and suffered from psychosis. The trial of Eddie Ray Routh has drawn intense […]

By Josh Lederman Associated Press WASHINGTON – Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency. Obama offered no indication of whether he’ll eventually issue a permit for the pipeline, whose construction […]

By Eric Tucker Associated Press WASHINGTON – The Justice Department says George Zimmerman will not face federal civil rights charges in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The department announced its decision Tuesday, saying that there was not enough evidence to bring federal civil rights charges, which would have required proof that the killing […]

Ole Miss student Benjamin Milley is out of intensive care after being gored by a bull during the "Carnaval del Toro" in Ciudad Rodrigo, Spain, on Saturday. (AP)

By Ciaran Giles and Harold Heckle Associated Press MADRID – A 20-year-old Ole Miss student who was badly gored during a bull-running festival is out of intensive care and improving, a spokesman for the Clinic Hospital in western Salamanca said Monday. The hospital spokesman identified the man as Benjamin Miller and said he was out […]

By Justin Pritchard Associated Press LOS ANGELES – The nation’s top labor official is arriving in California in an attempt to resolve a damaging contract dispute between West Coast dockworkers and their employers. U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez is flying Monday to San Francisco, where negotiations between the dockworkers union and a maritime association […]