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Tornado shelters face dilemma with pet lovers
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Jerry Starr thought he was taking the safe approach when a twister was reported heading toward his suburban neighborhood outside Oklahoma City last May. He grabbed his teenage daughter Dyonna and his dog and drove to the local City Hall, which serves as a public storm shelter....

Business window stickers protest Mississippi law
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- In conservative Mississippi, some business owners who support equal treatment for gays and lesbians are pushing back against a new law that bans government from limiting the free practice of religion....

Northwestern players vote on union question
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Northwestern football players will file into an on-campus hall adjacent to their home stadium to cast secret ballots Friday on whether to form the nation's first union for college athletes....

Cover Oregon board to decide exchange's future
DURHAM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon is set to make a final decision on whether to become the first state in the nation to drop its problem-plagued online health exchange and link up with the federal website....

Yurok Tribe to release condors in California
Yurok tribal tradition holds the California condor as sacred, with ancient stories saying the giant birds fly closest to the sun and are the best messengers to carry prayers....

Where will calorie labels appear? Not just menus
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Diners could soon see calorie counts on the menus of chain restaurants....

Scientists want to breed fish to be better biters
In a lifetime of fishing for winter steelhead on Oregon's Alsea River, Stan Steele has seen it get harder and harder to hook into hatchery-bred fish. Instead, he has found he is more likely to hook the wild variety, whose numbers have declined....

Number of military suicides dropped last year
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Suicides across the military dropped by more than 15 percent last year, but new detailed data reveals an increase in the number of Army National Guard and Reserve soldiers who took their own lives....

Nevada rancher defends remarks, loses supporters
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Nevada rancher who became a conservative folk hero for standing up to the government in a fight over grazing rights lost some of his staunch defenders Thursday after wondering aloud whether blacks might have had it better under slavery....

12 hurt, 3 critical in California school bus crash
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- A fast-moving school bus carrying middle school students jumped a curb, plowed into trees and a lamp post, and came to rest tilting sideways, leaving 12 people injured, three of them critically, authorities said....

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