• In this file photo combination Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, right, serves the Christmas Mass in the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 and Pope Francis prays during an audience at the Vatican on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in a historic step to heal the 1,000-year-old schism that divided Christianity between East and West, both churches announced Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev/Andrew Medichini, Files)

    Church talks help make Cuba ‘perfect place for negotiations’

    HAVANA (AP) — The heads of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches will hold a historic meeting Friday in the threadbare international airport of an officially secular, communist-run tropical island.

    Updated: 10:13 pm

  • The Latest: Ex-sheriff’s attorney to ask for no prison time

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca’s agreement to plead guilty to lying during a federal probe of corruption at the jails he ran (all times local):

  • New Mexico prison guards caution against tougher sentences

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico corrections officers and their union leaders are concerned that a slate of legislative proposals for tougher criminal sentencing could aggravate safety problems at understaffed state prisons.

  • Evangelist Rev. Franklin Graham leads a "prayer rally" at Liberty Plaza near the state Capitol, in Atlanta, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, a day after the New Hampshire presidential primaries. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)  MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

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  • GOP lamaker puts New Mexico bail bond proposal on hold

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker on Wednesday asked the House to suspend action on a proposed constitutional amendment he drafted to allow judges to deny bail to defendants deemed a flight-risk or danger to the public.

    Updated: 6:28 pm

  • NMAA apologized to girls team over Navajo hair buns issue

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Activities Association has apologized to the Dulce High School girls’ basketball team after referees made players undo their traditional Navajo hair buns over safety concerns.

  • In this Feb. 6, 2016, file photo, North Carolina head coach Roy Williams looks on during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game agaist Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. North Carolina’s long-running academic fraud scandal case seems stuck in procedural limbo.  The NCAA charged the school in May with five violations, including lack of institutional control, but there has been little movement since.  Williams has said he wished there was a way to reach a "speedier" conclusion in the NCAA's academic investigation at UNC. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)

    North Carolina’s NCAA academic case stuck in holding pattern

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s long-running academic fraud scandal case seems stuck in procedural limbo.

    Updated: 6:41 pm

  • Virginia House OKs electric chair as backup in executions

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A bill that would allow Virginia prison officials to execute inmates in the electric chair if lethal-injection drugs are unavailable sailed through the state’s Republican-dominated House of Delegates on Wednesday.

  • Judge: new order against enforcing Louisiana abortion law

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge in Louisiana has issued a new order blocking the state from enforcing a law that he says would keep most women from getting abortions.

    Updated: 5:34 pm

  • Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington,Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, about Ferguson, Missouri. The federal government sued Ferguson on Wednesday, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Ferguson is defiant again in deal with Justice Department

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The federal government sued Ferguson on Wednesday, one day after the City Council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb.

    Updated: 6:21 pm