• 8 Phoenix high school football players let go for hazing

    PHOENIX (AP) — Eight players have been kicked off a Phoenix high school football team because of a hazing incident.

  • New Mexico treatment program for teen addicts to close

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers are trying to postpone the closure of New Mexico’s only major treatment program for adolescent addicts.

  • In this photo taken Thursday, July 21, 2016, Anthony Villarreal ties his running shoe at his home in Citrus Heights, Calif. Villarreal had been a long distance runner for William Jessup University's country and track teams, before he was expelled in 2013, which, he says, was because the school found out he is gay. Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens introduced SB1146 which would expand state LGBT protections by removing the state's exemption for religious colleges and universities for anti-discrimination policies. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    Bill would prevent LGBT discrimination at religious schools

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The conflict between religious freedom and gay rights has a new battleground — California’s religious colleges and universities.

    Updated: 12:43 pm

  • In this July 25, 2016 file photo, actress Eva Longoria speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. "So when Donald Trump calls us criminals and rapists, he's insulting American families," Longoria, politically active for a number of years, said during her speech to the Democratic convention. "My father is not a criminal or rapist. In fact, he's a United States veteran." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    Outrage, caution from Latino stars in critical election year

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Celebrities are known to jump on political bandwagons, whether it’s Oprah Winfrey cheering candidate Barack Obama in 2008 or Clint Eastwood and his GOP convention monologue deriding the president in 2012.

  • In this Feb. 23, 2016 file photo, protesters burn an American flag in Chicago. Champaign County Ill., State's Attorney Julia Rietz was alerted on July 4, 2016, that police had just arrested a resident on suspicion of burning an American flag. Rietz said she knew "immediately" that the Urbana Police Department needed to release him. The state law used to jail him, though clear in its prohibition of desecrating either the U.S. or state flags, is unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

    States’ flag-burning laws unconstitutional, but persist

    URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz had just finished walking in a July 4th parade when her assistant told her a central Illinois man had been arrested on suspicion of burning an American flag.

    Updated: 12:20 pm

  • This undated file photo shows Alabama inmate Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., a one-time Ku Klux Klansman convicted in the 1963 church bombing that killed four black girls in Birmingham, Ala. Alabama's parole board is scheduled to consider Blanton for early release during a meeting on Aug. 3. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP)

    Former KKK member convicted in deadly bombing up for parole

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr. was a young Ku Klux Klansman with a reputation for hating blacks in 1963, when a bomb ripped a hole in the side of 16th Street Baptist Church, killing four black girls during the civil rights movement.

  • Pope Francis walks with nuns as he arrives at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow, Poland, Saturday, July 30, 2016, on the fourth day of his visit to Poland. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

    Pope urges clergy to go into world and tend to needy

    KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — Pope Francis encouraged Catholic priests and nuns to leave their comfort zones and tend to the needy as he celebrated a Mass on Saturday in a Polish church dedicated to St. John Paul II, the Polish pontiff whose staunch defense of workers’ rights in the 1970s and ’80s challenged his nation’s then-Communist rulers.

    Updated: 12:20 pm

  • This undated photo posted on Facebook on April 30, 2016, shows Micah Johnson, who was a suspect in the slayings of five law enforcement officers in Dallas, July 7, 2016, during a protest over recent fatal police shootings of black men. Johnson, the Army reservist who killed five Dallas police officers, had kept an unauthorized grenade in his room on an Afghanistan base in 2014, according to a report released Friday, July 29, by Army officials investigating a sexual harassment complaint against him. (Facebook via AP)

    Army report: Grenade found in room of Dallas gunman in 2014

    DALLAS (AP) — The Army reservist who killed five Dallas police officers had kept an unauthorized grenade in his room on an Afghanistan base in 2014, according to a report by Army officials investigating a sexual harassment complaint against him.

  • Chicago Man charged in slaying of basketball standout

    CHICAGO (AP) — In a story July 29 about the arrest of a Chicago man in the slaying of a former high school basketball player, The Associated Press misspelled the suspect’s first name. It is Travell, not Travel.

    Updated: 11:44 am

  • The Latest: 6 public workers charged in Flint water crisis

    FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on criminal charges connected to the lead-contaminated water crisis in Flint (all times local):