James Foley case lays bare debate over paying ransom
WASHINGTON -- The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf's increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a desperate attempt to free citizens. The dilemma: How to sav ...
U.S. judge declares Fla. gay marriage ban unconstitutional
MIAMI -- A federal judge on Thursday declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining judges across the country who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot.
U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle in Tallahassee ruled that the ban added to Florida's constitution by vot ...
Some colleges suspend study abroad programs in Israel over Gaza conflict
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Some U.S. colleges are pulling students from overseas study programs in Israel as the Gaza war rages, though the relative calm beyond the immediate battle areas is raising questions in some quarters about why they had to leave.
Colleges say security was the top concern, citing ad ...
School integration still issue in Ark.
Associated Press
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A federal judge Thursday ended a large part of an Arkansas desegregation case rooted in the Little Rock Central High School crisis of 1957 but a lawyer for black schoolchildren said inequalities remain in the state's largest district.
U.S. District Judge D.P. ...
Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson
FERGUSON, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago.
Since the guard's arrival Monday, flare-ups in ...