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Polygamous towns appealing overhaul of their operations

Associated Press

A polygamous community on the Arizona-Utah border is appealing an overhaul of its government operations that was ordered in response to a verdict that found nonbelievers were denied police protection, building permits and water hookups on the basis of religion.

Park would honor 19th-century lawmaker who stood up for Jews

- Associated Press

Members of Congregation B'nai Abraham in Hagerstown are backing the idea of a park across from the synagogue to honor Thomas Kennedy, a Washington County state lawmaker who pushed for the right of Jews to hold public office in the 19th century.

FILE - In this June 21, 2017 file photo, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley speaks at a news conference in St. Louis. Missouri Republicans are coalescing around Hawley as their favored candidate to challenge veteran Democratic U.S. Sen. Clair McCaskill in 2018, which would set up a marquee contest between a wily incumbent and a fresh-faced political newcomer in a state that has trended conservative. (AP Photo/Jim Salter File)

Missouri GOP coalesce around Hawley to challenge McCaskill

- Associated Press

Big-name Missouri Republicans and donors have coalesced around Attorney General Josh Hawley as their favored candidate to challenge veteran Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in 2018, which would set up a marquee contest between a wily incumbent and an up-and-coming political novice in a state that has trended conservative.

Parents who 'gifted' daughter to man get prison sentence

- Associated Press

A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday sentenced a married couple to up to seven years in prison each for giving their oldest daughter to a cult-like figure who sexually assaulted the girl and her five sisters.

Saudi accepted by Michigan college among 14 facing execution

- Associated Press

A young Saudi man who was accepted to college in Michigan and 13 other minority Shiites are facing possible execution in the kingdom in a case that has drawn the attention of a major U.S. teachers' union.