Western senators seek to restore minerals payments

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — U.S. senators from Wyoming and New Mexico said Tuesday they plan to roll out legislation this week to restore about $110 million in cuts to a federal minerals payment program that hit their states…

Prosecution rests in Tenn. nuclear plant break-in

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have rested their case in the trial of an 83-year-old nun and two follow nuclear weapons protesters accused of intruding at a Tennessee plant. The trio is accused of painting slogans and…

Jindal-backed private tuition vouchers take a hit

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s Supreme Court says the funding method for a private school tuition voucher program pushed through the Legislature last year by prominent Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal violates the state constitution. The voucher program was…

Mueller to Moscow; bombing probe discussed

FBI director Robert Mueller discussed the Boston Marathon bombings investigation with his Russian counterparts during a trip to Moscow and engaged in talks on security cooperation between the two countries.…

Suspect in killings of 3 in Wisconsin now charged

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A man accused of killing three people in a Wisconsin farmhouse last month told investigators he broke into their house for warmth and then used a fireplace poker to kill the victims as they returned…

Minnesota appears poised to legalize gay marriage

Minnesota appears poised to legalize gay marriage, as the Democratic speaker of the state House said Tuesday that a gay marriage bill endorsed by the governor and likely to pass in the state senate.…

Investigation retraces lines of Texas plant blast

WEST, Texas (AP) — Almost a month into their review of the deadly blast at a Texas fertilizer plant, investigators hope to diagram how the plant looked before the explosion. They’ll take that aerial picture and compare it…

Vegas hep-C co-defendant called forgotten person

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A defense attorney has cast a former endoscopy clinic employee as a forgotten person as he and his former employer stand trial on murder and other charges in a hepatitis C outbreak. Attorney Frederick…

Hazing: Famed Marching 100 band gets new director

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida A&M University on Tuesday announced the hiring of a director for its famous Marching 100 band, bidding to rebuild and relaunch the band suspended after a 2011 hazing scandal. Sylvester Young, a 66-year-old…

RI prayer banner case student to get Playboy award

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — An atheist student who fought to have a prayer banner at her Rhode Island public high school removed is getting an award named for Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. WPRO-AM reports (http://bit.ly/10ngeRr) Jessica Ahlquist is…

Family shares letters from American held in Iran

DETROIT (AP) — An ex-Marine incarcerated in Iran for nearly two years says in the first letters written to family in Michigan that he is praying for his ailing father and that his grieving mother should not come…

United to resume 787 flying on May 20

CHICAGO (AP) — United Airlines says it expects to start flying its Boeing 787s again on May 20. The 787s had been grounded because of concerns about smoldering batteries, but they have been returning to the skies. Ethiopian…

Updated: 3 bodies found on farm in east-central Kansas

OTTAWA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities on Tuesday were investigating the deaths of three people whose bodies were found on a rural property in eastern Kansas, a day after friends of the residents called police to report a foul…

Delaware becomes 11th state with gay marriage

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A divided Delaware state Senate voted Tuesday to make their state the 11th in the nation to allow same-sex marriage, after hearing hours of passionate testimony from supporters and opponents. The Senate’s 12-9 vote…

GOP: Stronger borders or immigration bill will die

WASHINGTON (AP) — Landmark immigration legislation is doomed to fail in Congress unless border-security provisions are greatly strengthened, Republican senators bluntly warned on Tuesday. “If in fact the American people can’t trust that the border is controlled, you’re…