• In this July 5, 2012 photo, Paula Cooper poses for a photograph in the kitchen of the Rockville Correctional Facility in Rockville, Ind. In 1986, Cooper became one of the youngest inmates on death row, a year after the stabbing of 78-year-old Ruth Pelke. In 1989, the Indiana Supreme Court spared Cooper's life, citing a recent state law and a U.S. Supreme Court decision that barred executions of those under 16. (AP Photo/The Times, Sarah Tompkins)  CHICAGO LOCALS OUT; GARY OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT: THE TIMES, SARAH TOMPKINS

    Death row inmate at 16, later freed, she can’t escape past

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — She slipped out of the house before dawn, leaving behind four handwritten letters.

  • In this Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, photo, Alabama Probate Judge Nick Williams laughs in a court room at the Washington County court house in Chatom, Ala. Williams, also a Baptist minister in Washington County, is among those who have stopped issuing any marriage licenses.   (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

    Alabama judges use segregation-era law to avoid gay marriage

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — As Alabama’s all-white Legislature tried to preserve racial segregation and worried about the possibility of mixed-race marriages in 1961, lawmakers rewrote state law to make it optional for counties to issue marriage licenses.

  • Randy Scroggins, a pastor at New Beginnings Church of God, cries in his church Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Roseburg, Ore. Scroggins had just spoke on the phone with the mother of a man who was shot and killed by Chris Harper Mercer while he was near his daughter Lacey Scroggins at Umpqua Community College Thursday. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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    ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The latest on the deadly shooting at a community college in Oregon (all times local):

  • In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 photo, marijuana plants with their buds covered in white crystals called trichomes, are nearly ready for harvest in the "Flower Room" at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill. Trichomes contain cannabinoids like THC and CBD. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

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    ALBION, Ill. (AP) — A skunky aroma fills the room in which hundreds of lush marijuana plants grow, some nearly ready for harvest. Grower Ashley Thompson, a former high school agriculture teacher in this rural part of southeastern Illinois, takes the scent of weed home with her.

  • In this photo taken Wednesday, July 15, 2015, job seekers listen as Kaysara Mandry, center, talks about job opportunities at the Domino's booth during a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla.   Employers added a meager 142,000 jobs in September 2015, the government said Friday, Oct. 2. And the average job gain for each of the past three months, 167,000  is well below the 231,000 average for the previous three. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. job market no longer looks quite so robust.

  • German President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel, from left, walk through the city during celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of the German Unification in Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. (Boris Roessler/Pool Photo via AP)

    Germany marks 25 years of unity, facing new challenges

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany marks a quarter-century as a reunited nation on Saturday, with two leaders from the formerly communist east heading a country that increasingly asserts itself as Europe’s political heavyweight — and now faces a new challenge in a refugee influx that will demand deep reserves of resourcefulness and patience.

  • In this Oct. 3, 1965, file photo President Lyndon B. Johnson sits at his desk on Liberty Island in New York Harbor as he signs a new immigration bill. It was presented as a symbolic move - President Lyndon Johnson on Liberty Island, signing an immigration bill that gave people from every country in the world an equal chance to come to America. Fifty years later, there’s little that hasn’t been changed as a result of the Hart-Celler Act that Johnson signed on Oct. 3, 1965. A country that was almost entirely native-born in 1965 has a significant foreign-born population; demographic diversity has spread to every region, expanding a black-and-white racial paradigm into a multi-colored one. Americans have gleefully adopted musical genres and foods that have immigrant origins, while remaining conflicted and uneasy politically over who’s here, legally and not. (AP Photo, File)

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    NEW YORK (AP) — It was considered a symbolic move — President Lyndon Johnson going to the Statue of Liberty and signing an immigration bill that gave people from every country in the world an equal chance to come to America.

  • In this Sept. 18, 2015, file photo, Carly Fiorina speaks to supporters at the Take Back America Presidential Forum in Greenville, S.C. Fiorina has spent the last two weeks doubling down on her erroneous descriptions of videos secretly recorded by anti-abortion activists, and she shows no sign she'll back off her misrepresentations as she makes her strident opposition to Planned Parenthood a centerpiece of her 2016 campaign. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro, File)

    Fiorina makes distortion of Planned Parenthood a centerpiece

    GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina has spent the last two weeks repeating an erroneous description of videos secretly recorded by anti-abortion activists. That seems bound to continue as she makes her opposition to Planned Parenthood a centerpiece of her 2016 campaign.

  • Reporters copy photographs of three of the victims of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College that were displayed at a news conference, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, in Roseburg, Ore.  In the photos, from left, are Quinn Cooper, 18, Lucas Eibel,18,  center, and Jason Johnson, 33.  They were among those killed when Chris Harper Mercer walked into a class at the community college the day before and opened fire. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

    Oregon shooting victims: Teens just starting out, teacher

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The nine people killed after a gunman opened fire on an Oregon community college campus Thursday took different paths to the small rural college, ranging from teens starting college for the first time to adults who were seeking a second career. One was an assistant professor of English at the college.

  • A sign honoring those killed in a fatal shooting at Umpqua Community College, is displayed Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, in Roseburg, Ore.  Armed with multiple guns, Chris Harper Mercer, walked into a class at the community college, Thursday, and opened fire, killing several and wounding others.  (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    Veteran who tried to stop Oregon gunman was shot 5 times

    ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — When the gunshots started at Umpqua Community College, some people mistook them for falling books. But Army veteran Chris Mintz quickly recognized the threat.