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- The former owners of an Oregon bakery have been ordered to pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple who were refused a wedding cake, in the latest front in the battle between religious liberty and individual rights.
- Health insurance companies around the country are seeking rate increases of 20 percent to 40 percent or more, saying their new customers under the Affordable Care Act turned out to be sicker than expected. Federal officials say they are determined to see that the requests are scaled back.
- Offshore drilling is an issue that has the potential to have a major impact on North Carolina. Some say that impact will benefit the state and move it forward, others argue it could have disastrous results and jeopardize our very way of life.
- Local and regional authorities say they haven't ruled out any potential causes in a fire that destroyed a black church in South Carolina, but a federal official tells The Associated Press that preliminary indications show the blaze was not the work of an arsonist.
- New rules from the Education Department are going into effect for any college offering a career-training program: They have to prove their graduates earn enough money to repay their student loans.
- A Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds is a religious symbol and must be removed because it violates the state's constitutional ban on using public property to benefit a religion, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
- Next month's federal trial challenging several provisions of North Carolina's 2013 elections law won't consider challenges to the state's upcoming voter identification requirement in light of recent changes to the mandate.
- A sheriff says the second of two convicted killers who staged an elaborate escape from a maximum-security upstate New York prison three weeks ago has been shot and taken into custody.
- Univision is dropping the Miss USA pageant and says it will cut all business ties with Donald Trump in a spiraling controversy over comments the Republican presidential candidate made recently about Mexican immigrants.
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