Teacher fired after fight with female student

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — An instructor at a California college says he has been fired after being accused of slamming a female student to the ground during a fight. The Fresno Bee reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/13mFZTT) that Brian Calhoun,…

Futuristic voting pondered at presidential panel

DENVER (AP) — Voters could one day print ballots at home like airline boarding passes, or skip traditional precincts for weekend voting at vote centers. But first, elections administrators nationwide must stop trying to fix problems of the…

2 suspects in Boston Marathon bombing indicted

BOSTON (AP) — Two friends of the suspected Boston Marathon bomber have been indicted on obstruction conspiracy charges. Dias Kadyrbayev (DYE’-us kad-uhr-BYE’-ev) and Azamat Tazhayakov (AHZ’-maht tuh-ZAYE’-uh-kov) are accused of trying to dispose of evidence from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s…

Vote suppression alleged in close Fla. election

SOPCHOPPY, Fla. (AP) — A small Florida Panhandle town best known for its annual Worm Grunting Festival is at the center of an investigation into charges the white city clerk suppressed the black vote in an election where…

Ruling allows Hawaii dam break lawsuits to advance

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A state appeals court ruling has cleared the way for stalled lawsuits involving a deadly 2006 Kauai dam breach to move forward. The state Intermediate Court of Appeals on Wednesday sent the case back…

Retail workers’ union to rejoin AFL-CIO

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United Food and Commercial Workers union is rejoining the AFL-CIO, giving the labor federation more power and resources to help revitalize the struggling union movement. The move comes eight years after UFCW and six…

Daughter of Pa. cyanide suspect with grandparents

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The 6-year-old daughter of a University of Pittsburgh medical researcher and the neurologist wife he’s accused of poisoning should continue to live with the victim’s parents until his trial, a judge ruled. Allegheny County Judge…

Arizona sheriff’s employee shot in driveway

PHOENIX (AP) — An employee of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona was hospitalized in extremely critical condition after being shot in the driveway of his home on Thursday, authorities said. The worker was shot while apparently…

Ex-Detroit mayor’s corruption conviction remains

DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge has refused to acquit or grant new trials to former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, his father and a city contractor. The decision Thursday clears the way for Kilpatrick’s sentence for corruption on…

NOAA trims forecast for busy hurricane season

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal forecasters are slightly reducing their prediction for a busy Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration updated its hurricane season forecast Thursday, trimming back the number of hurricanes they expect this year…

An early gain evaporates on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — An early gain on Wall Street has faded, leaving the stock market little changed at midday. A slump in telecommunications stocks held the market back. AT&T and Verizon each fell about 1 percent. Miners…

Boardwalk crash suspect had gone to job center

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A transient charged with ramming his car through a weekend crowd on the Venice Beach boardwalk chatted cheerfully with regulars at a Southern California job center and gave no indication of a problem hours…

Ohio man who held 3 captive is moved to 2nd prison

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Ohio man who held three women captive in his home for a decade and repeatedly raped them has been moved from one state prison to another where he is being held in protective custody,…

Missouri school transfer ruling opens old wounds

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — Beth Gratta has heard the whispers, read the venomous online comments and watched with dismay as some of her friends and neighbors publicly condemned a plan to bus 475 students from a distressed…