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Adobe joins push in increasing maternity, parental leave

NEW YORK -- Software company Adobe Systems Inc. said on Monday it is doubling the maternity leave it grants, making it the third company in the U.S. technology industry in a week to give new parents more paid time off.

Life without parole for Colorado gunman

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — A Colorado jury sentenced movie rampage gunman James Holmes to life without parole on Friday, rejecting the death penalty for the 27-year-old who entered a midnight screening of a Batman film wielding a semi-automatic rifle, shotgun and pistol and killed a dozen people.

Officer shoots dead unarmed black student

A Texas police officer fatally shot an unarmed, black 19-year-old college football player suspected of driving a car through the window of a Dallas-area car dealership, authorities said on Saturday.

Four dead after plane crashes in New York

Four bodies were found in the wreckage of a small plane that crashed in New York’s Adirondack Mountains, the New York State Police said on Saturday.

McConnell says Obama’s choice on Iran deal ‘absurd’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday rejected President Barack Obama’s pitch for the Iran nuclear deal, saying it was “absurd” to argue that lawmakers must essentially choose between the agreement or going to war.

Suicide bomber kills 15 in Saudi security site mosque

CAIRO — A suicide bomber killed at least 15 people in an attack on a mosque used by members of a local security force in southwest Saudi Arabia on Thursday, the interior ministry said, an assault that an online statement said was carried out by Islamic State.

Senator seeks documents on human trafficking report

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A powerful Senate committee demanded on Thursday that the State Department hand over all the documents used to rank countries in its annual human trafficking report as lawmakers expressed concern it had been watered down due to political considerations.

Firefighters turn corner in Rocky blaze

LOS ANGELES — The battle to tame California’s fiercest wildfire this year, the big Rocky blaze north of Napa Valley wine country, neared a turning point on Thursday as ground crews fighting the flames for an eighth day steadily extended their control lines.

Senate report seeks transparency in air fares

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A U.S. Senate report called for greater transparency in air fares after finding that some airline fees, such as change and cancellation penalties and preferred seating, are hiding the true cost of air travel.

GOP tangles over next steps on Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Conservative Republicans in the U.S. Congress want to keep pressing the attack on Planned Parenthood by trying to cut off its federal funds, but Republican leaders are sounding wary with crucial tax and budget issues looming ahead.

FBI hopes video helps solve $500 million art heist

BOSTON — Federal investigators in Boston on Thursday released 25-year-old surveillance video showing a security guard admitting a man to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum the night before it was robbed of $500 million worth of art in the largest such heist in U.S. history.

Ferguson braces for protests on anniversary of shooting

FERGUSON, Mo. — One year after the police shooting of an unarmed black teen thrust Ferguson, Missouri, into the national spotlight, the St. Louis suburb is bracing for a weekend of protests over continued complaints of police violence.

Victim’s daughter says family ‘broken’ by gunman

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — The teenage daughter of a Colorado movie rampage victim broke down repeatedly on Wednesday as she described how she saw her father murdered beside her, and told jurors how her family was “broken” by James Holmes’ 2012 massacre.

Injury toll in deadly circus tent collapse tops 50

CONCORD, N.H. — Authorities on Wednesday raised the number of people injured in the deadly collapse of a circus tent to more than 50, while the circus operator said it was canceling upcoming performances in the state.

Poll: Eleanor Roosevelt a favorite for new $10 bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than one in four Americans are hoping the soon-to-be redesigned $10 bill will feature Eleanor Roosevelt, according to a McClatchy-Marist poll released Wednesday.

Appeals court strikes down ‘discriminatory’ voter ID law

AUSTIN, Texas — A U.S. appeals court struck down a Texas law on Wednesday requiring voters to show authorized identification before casting ballots, saying the measure violated the U.S. Voting Rights Act through its “discriminatory effects.”

Obama defends Iran nuclear agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama defended the U.S.-led international nuclear deal with Iran on Wednesday against a furious lobbying effort by political opponents and Israel and said abandoning the agreement would open up the prospect of war.

Property losses from Calif. wildfire nearly double

SAN FRANCISCO — The tally of property losses from California's largest and most destructive wildfire this year nearly doubled on Wednesday as the week-old blaze raged through dry scrubland north of Napa Valley wine country.