• Divorce granted to Mississippi same-sex couple after appeals

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two years after their divorce filing got entangled in Mississippi’s efforts to prevent same-sex marriage, a judge Tuesday dissolved the legal union of Lauren Czekala-Chatham and Dana Ann Melancon.

    Updated: 5:01 pm

  • Tulane volleyball coach steps down

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tulane University is looking for a new coach to head its women’s volleyball program.

  • Interim chancellor: Illinois football needed stability

    URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The interim chancellor of the University of Illinois’ flagship campus says the decision to give interim football coach Bill Cubit a two-year deal was based on the program’s need for stability.

    Updated: 12:42 pm

  • In this Oct. 22, 2015, photo, Daniel Halaby, a gay Syrian man who fled from the Islamic State group, looks at his mobile phone as he stands along a riverbank in southern Turkey. Even after fleeing IS, Halaby says he is afraid of being tracked down by the militants. Other Syrian gays who escaped to Turkey have described getting death threats from militants. Halaby spoke on the condition that he be identified by the name he uses in his political activism, and that neither his face nor location be revealed. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    For gays under IS rule, isolation and fear of a cruel death

    REYHANLI, Turkey (AP) — Before a crowd of men on a street in the Syrian city of Palmyra, the masked Islamic State group judge read out the sentence against the two men convicted of homosexuality: They would be thrown to their deaths from the roof of the nearby Wael Hotel.

    Updated: 6:59 pm

  • ADVANCE FOR RUSSIA AIDS  Bishop Methodius speaks to the Associated press at the Donskoy Monastery in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Methodius says living a pure life is the best way to protect yourself from becoming infected with the HIV virus. The Russian Orthodox Church has come down strongly against comprehensive sexual education programs in schools, which are widely thought to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections including HIV. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Russia HIV infection bucks trends as World Aids Day marked

    MOSCOW (AP) — On a frigid evening on the outskirts of Moscow, two HIV-prevention activists unzip backpacks, pull out packs of hypodermic needles and start discretely approaching people leaving a nearby pharmacy with an offer that could save their lives.

  • New Mexico Rep. Javier Martinez, D-Albuquerque, left, Rep. Antonio Maestas, D- Albuquerque, center, and advocate Veronica Garcia sit at a news conference announcing new efforts to push early childhood education in Albuquerque, N.M. on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Democrats and a coalition of 40 groups say they will push again for legislation that would tap into New Mexico's permanent land fund to expand early child education. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

    Another New Mexico early child ed proposal get new push

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democrats and a coalition of 40 groups said Tuesday they will push — again — for legislation that would tap into New Mexico’s permanent land fund to expand early childhood education.

    Updated: 6:22 pm

  • Superintendent Jackie Ratliff, a coal miner of 25 years, walks towards a pile of coal waiting to be shipped at a processing plant Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in Welch, W.Va. Central Appalachia’s struggle is familiar to many rural regions across the U.S., where middle-class jobs are disappearing or gone and young people have no other choice than to leave to find opportunity. But the problems are amplified in coal country, where these difficult economic and social conditions have gripped the region for decades and where there is hardly any flat land to build anything. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Appalachia grasps for hope as coal loses its grip

    WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — The seams of coal in some of Eddie Asbury’s mines in McDowell County are so thin workers can barely squeeze down them. They enter on carts nearly flat on their backs, the roof of the mine coursing by just a few inches in front of their faces. They don’t stand up all day.

  • In this May 16, 2012, file photo, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy responds to a question during a news conference in Chicago. Chicago's mayor fired McCarthy on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015,  a week after the release of a dash-cam video that showed a white officer fatally shooting a black teenager 16 times. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

    U of Chicago threat came amid tension over police shooting

    CHICAGO (AP) — Rahm Emanuel sought for months to keep the public from seeing a video that shows a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times. Now, a week after the video’s release, the Chicago mayor has fired the police superintendent, created a new task force for police accountability and expanded the use of body cameras.

    Updated: 3:14 pm

  • Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, center, talks with reporters while surrounded by a group of African-American religious leaders in New York, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. Trump met with a coalition of 100 African-American evangelical pastors and religious leaders in a private meeting at Trump Tower. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Black pastors press Trump on tone during closed-door meeting

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of black pastors pressed Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday to address what some called his use of racially charged rhetoric, with several describing a meeting that became tense at times as attendees raised concerns about his blunt language.

  • Campus security officers on the Main Quadrangles at the University of Chicago in Chicago on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. The University of Chicago announced Sunday that all classes and other activities planned for Monday on its Hyde Park campus will be canceled after the university was informed by FBI counterterrorism officials of a gun violence threat to the campus. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune via AP)

    Bond set at $1.5M for Chicago officer who fatally shot teen

    CHICAGO (AP) — Federal authorities said an online threat that led the University of Chicago to cancel classes Monday targeted whites and was motivated by the police shooting of a black teenager, video of which was released last week and led to protests.