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Supreme Court upholds cross on public land in Maryland

Supreme Court upholds cross on public land in Maryland

WASHINGTON — A 40-foot-tall, World War I memorial cross can continue to stand on public land in Maryland, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in an important decision about the use of religious symbols in American life.

Markets Right Now: S&P 500 index closes at a record high

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. The S&P 500 is closing at a record high and has erased all of a steep pullback it suffered in May.
Veterinarian: Bulldog swallows 19 baby pacifiers

Veterinarian: Bulldog swallows 19 baby pacifiers

BOSTON — A Boston veterinary hospital got quite a surprise recently when a family brought in their bulldog after he stopped eating. The Angell Animal Medical Center found 19 baby pacifiers in the dog's stomach.
Patriots owner pledges $20 million to fight anti-Semitism

Patriots owner pledges $20 million to fight anti-Semitism

JERUSALEM — The owner of the New England Patriots accepted Israel's prestigious Genesis Prize, known as the "Jewish Nobel," at a lavish ceremony on Thursday, where he pledged $20 million to establish a foundation dedicated to combating anti-Semitism
North Korea's Kim meets China's Xi, says awaiting US actions

North Korea's Kim meets China's Xi, says awaiting US actions

BEIJING — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, meeting in Pyongyang with Chinese President Xi Jinping, said Thursday that his country is waiting for a desired response in stalled nuclear talks with the United States.
Iran shoots down US surveillance drone, heightening tensions

Iran shoots down US surveillance drone, heightening tensions

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's Revolutionary Guard shot down a U.S.

Michigan House backs highway designation for Aretha Franklin

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Legislature is honouring the late Queen of Soul with a highway designation. The state Senate voted 32-5 on Thursday to designate a portion of M-10 in Detroit as the "Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway.
Sheer spectacle: Paris is the real star of menswear shows

Sheer spectacle: Paris is the real star of menswear shows

PARIS — The French capital, in all its splendor and architectural beauty, was the star of Paris Fashion Week Thursday as houses put on elaborate outdoor displays in some of the city's most iconic squares.
Woman whose dead babies were found in home cleared of murder

Woman whose dead babies were found in home cleared of murder

WORCESTER, Mass. — A Massachusetts woman who lived in a squalid, vermin-infested home where authorities found the remains of three babies was cleared Thursday of second-degree murder, but was convicted of lesser charges.
Texas says DNA technology jeopardizes cases

Texas says DNA technology jeopardizes cases

AUSTIN, Texas — With a name that sounds like futuristic fiction, Rapid DNA machines roughly the size of an office printer have helped solve rape cases in Kentucky, identified California wildfire victims and verified family connections of migrants at