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Gay, transgender workers gain US bias protection

| |Monday, Jul. 21, 2014

President Barack Obama on Monday ordered employment protection for gay and transgender employees who work for the federal government or for companies holding federal contracts, telling advocates he embraced the "irrefutable rightness of your cause."

Wisconsin train crash hurts 2 people, spills fuel

|Monday, Jul. 21, 2014

A Canadian National Railway Co. train struck another freight train as it rolled through a small village in southeastern Wisconsin, causing cars to derail, injuring two people and spilling thousands of gallons of fuel that prompted the evacuation of dozens of homes.

Friend convicted of impeding Boston Marathon probe

| |Monday, Jul. 21, 2014

A college friend was convicted Monday of trying to protect Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by agreeing with another friend to get rid of a backpack and disabled fireworks they took from his dorm room three days after the attack.

Florida town stunned by news of police KKK ties

| |Monday, Jul. 21, 2014

Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer's home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and they, along with a half-dozen others, were initiated into the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, she says.

NASA names building for moonwalker Neil Armstrong

| |Monday, Jul. 21, 2014

NASA honored one of its most famous astronauts Monday by renaming a historic building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

U.S. officials to leaders in Central America: ‘Do you want your children back?’

| |Sunday, Jul. 20, 2014

U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, questions whether migrant children should be piled into makeshift shelters in North Texas and elsewhere.

RJ Reynolds vows to fight $23.6B in damages

| |Saturday, Jul. 19, 2014

The nation's No. 2 cigarette maker is vowing to fight a jury verdict of $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer.

US building case tying separatists to plane crash

| |Friday, Jul. 18, 2014

The United States began building a case Friday linking pro-Russian separatists to the shocking downing of a passenger jet in Ukraine. A somber President Barack Obama declared the deaths of those on board, including at least one American, an "outrage of unspeakable proportions."

Destructive Washington fire empties another town

| |Friday, Jul. 18, 2014

A massive wildfire that has destroyed at least 100 homes has forced the residents of a second north-central Washington town to leave their homes, and prompted a partial evacuation of a third community, a sheriff said Friday night.

Senators call on GM CEO to fire top lawyer

| |Friday, Jul. 18, 2014

Lawmakers demanded General Motors fire its chief lawyer and do more to help crash victims as a Senate subcommittee delved deeper into GM's mishandling of the recall of small cars with defective ignition switches.