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Routine grounds work at cemetery alarms some

PRESTON, Idaho — A Idaho cemetery undergoing springtime maintenance is dismaying passers-by who have taken notice of oversized dirt clods and dug-up gravestones.The warmer weather clean-up is a yearly ritual at Preston Cemetery, where workers unearth headstones each fall and replace them in ...

Judge rules Texas gay marriage ban is illegal

HOUSTON — A federal judge in San Antonio said Wednesday that Texas’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and should be blocked while opponents seek to overturn it, granting a victory to supporters of gay unions in the nation’s second-largest state.U.S. District Judge Orlando ...

Deadly Ore. avalanche leaves injured skiers stranded

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Crew worked Wednesday to rescue two backcountry skiers with broken bones from a steep slope in northeastern Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains, after an avalanche killed two of the skiers’ companions and forced them to spend a cold and snowy night bundled in rescue ...

Wisconsin’s criminal gay marriage ban challenged by AClU

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was sued Monday by four same-sex couples seeking the right to marry and overturn a law that threatens imprisonment to those who seek legal recognition in other states.The complaint, filed in Madison federal court by the American Civil Liberties Union, is the latest ...

92 officers linked to Air Force test scandal

WASHINGTON — At least 92 Air Force officers assigned to the nation’s nuclear arsenal have been implicated in a proficiency-test cheating scandal and temporarily relieved of their duties, officials said Thursday, announcing that they had temporarily taken out of commission nearly one-fifth ...

Winter storm causes wrecks, gridlock in the South

ATLANTA — Atlanta highways instantly became clogged with commuters who left work at the first sign of snow, bronze statues of civil rights heroes were encrusted, and snowplows that hardly ever leave the garage were sent rolling through the city.At one point, traffic in the business capital of ...

National Parks flourish in 2013 despite dysfunctional Congress

JACKSON, Wyo. -- Congressional stubbornness didn’t stop Grand Teton National Park from having a record year in 2013.An improving economy and heightened consumer confidence helped bump visitation by 5 percent in a year where the partial federal government shutdown, sequestration and stagnating ...

Fierce winter storm pushes into the Northeast

BOSTON, Conn. — A storm expected to bring more than a foot of snow in places along with strong winds and punishing cold pushed into the Northeast on Thursday, extending Christmas break for some students while posing the first test for New York’s new mayor and perhaps the last challenge for ...

Senate moves budget bill along

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan budget bill that would ease some but not all of painful budget cuts that would otherwise slam the Pentagon and domestic agencies passed a pivotal test in the Senate on Tuesday.The Senate advanced the measure over a filibuster threshold on a 67-33 vote that ensures the ...

Newtown’s year of mourning: Everyone refers to tragedy as “12/14”

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- A year later, inside the big house on Berkshire Road, dolls fill the shelves of a living room and flowers and rainbows decorate a kitchen window, next to a little girl's name: Avielle.Outside, all around town, Christmas lights shimmer again. But so, too, do the 26 bronze stars ...