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Critics blast Tennessee's 'no holding-hands bill'

Updated: 06/24/2012 - NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee recently enacted a pro-abstinence sex education law that is among the strictest in the nation. The law was spurred by a classroom demonstration involving a sex toy.

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2 Ohio women in their 80s parachute for charity

Posted: 06/24/2012 - LIMA, Ohio (AP) - Two Ohio great-grandmothers in their 80s took a plunge for charity, parachuting from a plane to raise money for a veterans' food pantry in northwest Ohio.

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Sandusky jurors begin deliberating sex abuse case

Posted: 06/21/2012 - Jurors have begun deliberating in Jerry Sandusky's child sexual abuse trial, a case that could send the former Penn State assistant football coach to state prison for life.

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Judge throws out 3 of 51 counts against Sandusky

Posted: 06/21/2012 - The judge overseeing Jerry Sandusky's child sex abuse trial has thrown out three of the 51 charges in the case, leaving the former Penn State assistant football coach facing 48 counts.

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Sandusky defense rests; ex-coach won't testify

Posted: 06/20/2012 - The defense in Jerry Sandusky's child sexual abuse case has rested without the former Penn State assistant football coach taking the stand in his own defense.

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Juror excused over illness in Sandusky case

Posted: 06/20/2012 - One of the jurors in Jerry Sandusky's child sex abuse trial has been excused for an illness on what could be the final day of testimony.

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Poll: Vast support for new health care effort

Posted: 06/20/2012 - A new poll suggests that Americans overwhelmingly don't want the president and Congress to do nothing to change the health care system if the Supreme Court strikes down the 2010 overhaul.

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Explosion evacuates Opryland Hotel

Posted: 06/20/2012 - Emergency crews were called to the scene of an explosion during a sheriff's convention at the Opryland Hotel.

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Southern Baptists meet during challenging times

Posted: 06/19/2012 - The Southern Baptist Convention plans to begin its annual meeting Tuesday to elect a new leader and consider how to attract more believers in a country that's more diverse than ever.

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Tests show students struggle to explain answers

Posted: 06/19/2012 - American children do much better identifying the correct answers to simple scientific tasks than using evidence from their experiments to explain those answers.

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Ind. man gets life in prison for dismembering girl

Posted: 06/18/2012 - An Indiana man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for bludgeoning and dismembering a 9-year-old girl, then hiding her head, hands and feet in his freezer.

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Feds expand Toyota fire probe to 1.4 million cars

Posted: 06/18/2012 - The government has added 600,000 Toyota Camrys and other vehicles to an investigation of fires in power window switches. The probe now includes more than 1.4 million cars and SUVs.

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Seven Kentucky pawn shops part of First Cash acquisition

Updated: 06/18/2012 - First Cash Financial Services announced today it is acquiring 24 pawn stores in Kentucky, Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. The locations are all large format, full service pawn stores operating under the Mister Money brand. Two of the seven Kentucky locations are in Lexington.

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Los Angeles beating victim Rodney King found dead

Updated: 06/17/2012 - Rodney King, the black motorist whose 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers led to some of the nation's most destructive race riots, has died at age 47.

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U.S. coal use falls as utilities switch to gas

Posted: 06/12/2012 - The share of U.S. electricity that comes from coal is forecast to fall below 40 percent for the year, its lowest level since World War II. Utilities are aggressively ditching coal in favor of natural gas, which has become cheaper as supplies grow.

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