Thursday, July 2, 2015

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ASHLAND, N.H. - Gov. Christie, on his first full day on the presidential campaign trail, said Wednesday that personal objections shouldn't exempt government officials from issuing licenses for same-sex marriages.
RUTLEDGE, Tenn. (AP) - An East Tennessee hardware store owner who put up a "No Gays Allowed" sign in response to the Supreme Court decision allowing same-sex marriage says he decided to take a "bold" stand for his beliefs.
LONDON (AP) - He was just a 29-year-old clerk at the London Stock Exchange when he faced the challenge of a lifetime. Traveling with a friend to Czechoslovakia in 1938, as the drums of impending war echoed around Europe, Nicholas Winton was hit by a key realization.
BERLIN (AP) - A 94-year-old former SS sergeant who served in Auschwitz testified Wednesday he helped the death camp function in his role sorting cash and valuables seized from Jews after they arrived in cattle-cars.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Federal authorities in Nevada say they arrested a Las Vegas man with seven registered guns and charged him with making Facebook threats to harm President Barack Obama.
SEATTLE (AP) - The Girl Scouts of Western Washington says it has returned a $100,000 donation because it came with the provision that the money couldn't be used to support transgender girls.
NEW DELHI (AP) - Toilets are taken for granted in the industrialized West, but still are a luxury for a third of the world's people who have no access to them, according to a report by the World Health Organization and UNICEF.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Episcopalians voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, solidifying the church's embrace of gay rights that began more than a decade ago with the pioneering election of the first openly gay bishop.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - An official says Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has fired a long-time critic from the No. 2 job in the Palestine Liberation Organization in what is seen as his latest move to sideline potential rivals.
NEW YORK (AP) - Donald Trump's lawyers say Trump and the Miss Universe pageant have sued Univision for $500 million in a New York court, claiming Trump's First Amendment rights were violated when the company declined to air the Miss USA contest.
WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has earned nearly $28 million since leaving the Florida governor's mansion and has paid an average federal income tax rate of 36 percent in the last three decades, according to tax returns released by his campaign Tuesday.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Asian stocks were higher on Thursday as strong U.S. payroll data overshadowed worries about Greek debt.
PARIS (AP) - Simply by playing ball, Melissa Mayeux is busting through barriers.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Western nations and Russia may be dueling over whether the U.N. Security Council should call the Srebrenica massacre during the Bosnian war an act of genocide but at Wednesday's General Assembly commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Europe's worst mass killing since World War II there was no doubt.
HAVANA (AP) - As Havana and Washington move to restore full ties, Cubans are watching closely. Some hope rapprochement will help them make a small business prosper or keep in touch with relatives in Florida, while others doubt it will do anything to improve their lives.
BERLIN (AP) - WikiLeaks published a list of German phone numbers Wednesday that it claimed showed the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on senior German officials beyond Chancellor Angela Merkel.
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) - The internationally recognized prime minister of Libya says he is "aspiring" to sign a peace agreement with representatives of the rival Islamist-led Tripoli government in Morocco on Thursday.
N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) - Chad's chief prosecutor says that security forces have arrested one of the leaders of the Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram.
BERLIN (AP) - A robot has killed a contractor at one of Volkswagen's production plants in Germany, the automaker said Wednesday.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The United Nations Security Council has agreed to impose sanctions on six generals from South Sudan for fueling the ongoing conflict there.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - Jamaican government officials, lawyers and creative types have held a reggae conference to hash over ways of securing a competitive advantage with the homegrown music that long ago went global.
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) - Police in Burundi say six people have been killed as protesters clashed with security forces in a neighborhood southeast of the capital, Bujumbura.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - As Argentines closely watch the financial turmoil in Greece recalling their own worst crisis 14 years ago, the architect of the South American country's recovery has a message for the European nation: renegotiate your debt.
SAO PAULO (AP) - Brazilian police say six men were shot to death in a low-income working class district on the outskirts of Sao Paulo.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Police in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez say they have detained three men who were pushing a car laden with explosives.