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Indiana ethics law faulted after official cleared

| |Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

Troy Woodruff knew his family's sale of nearly 3 acres of prime land near an Indiana highway project he oversaw as a top state transportation official would raise eyebrows. He did not disclose the sale even though the agency's ethics director recommended he do so.

Nevada no lock for Tesla plant despite groundwork

| |Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

A sprawling industrial park near Reno where wild mustangs roam among the sagebrush has become the focus of the secretive site selection process for Tesla's $5 billion battery factory, but the groundwork taking place is no guarantee the plant and its 6,500 jobs are coming.

Rare whale fossil pulled from California backyard

| |Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

A rare whale fossil has been pulled from a Southern California backyard with some unusual help — a sheriff's search-and-rescue team.

Stay sought in ruling on Va. gay-marriage ban

| |Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

A county court clerk in northern Virginia on Friday sought to delay a federal appeals court ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban.

Obama adds fuel to CIA controversy by saying agency tortured terror suspects

| |Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

President Barack Obama acknowledged Friday that interrogators for the CIA tortured suspected terrorists even as he voiced “full confidence” in CIA Director John Brennan despite growing criticism from Congress and the public.

Manny Roth, founder of Café Wha?, dead at 94

| |Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

Manny Roth, founder of the Greenwich Village club Café Wha?, has died.

Fired Ohio band head's backers sets up legal fund

|Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

Friends of fired Ohio State University marching band director Jonathan Waters, who's accused of failing to stop salacious behavior among band members, have established a legal assistance fund to help him tell his side of the story.

Steps North Texas city has taken to save water

|Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

Wichita Falls in North Texas near the border with Oklahoma is dealing with a persistent drought that's in its fourth year. The main lake for residential water use was just 22 percent full Friday. The city's two reservoirs are on a trajectory to run dry by August 2016, according to the Texas Water Development Board. Here is a look at the steps the city has taken to conserve its dwindling water supply while providing water to 150,000 people in the Wichita Falls area:

Obama: We can’t control how Mr. Putin thinks

| |Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

President Obama called his Russian counterpart Friday to express “deep concerns” with what the White House says is Russia’s increased support of separatists in Ukraine.

Parched Texas city hopes to cut lake evaporation

| |Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

A North Texas city already has deployed two unusual techniques to try to cope with a persistent and lengthy drought, and Wichita Falls just added a third, more extreme tool to try to deal with its dwindling water supply.