Gov. Jan Brewer, R-Ariz., on Monday at the White House when she and other state executives met with President Obama.
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The Tucson restaurant Rocco's Pizzeria created a stir when it posted a sign in its dining room reacting to a new Arizona bill that would allow businesses to refuse to serve gays and others if they offend proprietors' religious beliefs.
Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 5:10 pm
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she has vetoed controversial legislation that would have allowed business owners in her state to refuse to serve gays and others if those customers somehow offended the proprietors' religious beliefs.
Brewer, a Republican, announced her decision at a news conference held Wednesday afternoon, following a flurry of meetings between the governor and state legislators.
Update at 7:52 p.m. ET Brewer's Comments
"I call them like I see them," Brewer said of the proposal, "despite the cheers or the boos from the crowd."
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Tensions continue to rise in Ukraine, where months of public protests led last week to the downfall of President Viktor Yanukovych's government. His opponents are now installing pro-Western ministers to replace the pro-Russian leaders who worked for Yanukovych. The interim government is expected to be in charge at least until new elections can be held, perhaps in late May.
Steve Scher talks with Michael Hanrahan who oversees the needle exchange programs for the King County's Health and Human Services. Hanrahan talks about how these exchanges work and the impact the program has made in the community.
A demonstrator confronts riot policemen during an anti-government protest in Caracas, Venezuela's capital, on Feb. 22.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (left) and Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jose Jaua have tried to improve relations between the two nations, to no avail so far. They're shown here in Guatemala in June 2013.
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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro cheers during a motorcycle rally organized in support of the government in Caracas on Monday. Although Maduro says he wants to send an ambassador to the U.S., he recently expelled three American diplomats from his country.
The escalating political crisis in Venezuela has set off alarms in Washington. But there's little the U.S. has been able to do, aside from criticize the jailing of opposition figures or the rising death toll as protesters continue to take to the streets, blaming the government for high inflation and crime.
Canada forward Sidney Crosby, far right, stands with teammates for the Canadian national anthem after beating Sweden 3-0 in the men's gold medal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.