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Federal appeals court: Gays have right to marry

  DENVER (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled for the first time Wednesday, June 25 that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry, extending the movement’s legal winning streak and bringing the issue a big step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court. The three-judge panel in Denver ruled 2-1 that states cannot deprive [...]

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Dallas, Cleveland finalists for GOP convention

  BOSTON (AP) — Just two cities remain in the sweepstakes to host the Republican Party’s next presidential nominating convention. Republican National Committee members on Wednesday, June 25 named two finalists: Dallas and Cleveland. The decision eliminates Denver and Kansas City, Missouri from the running. Several cities have been competing for months to host the [...]

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Boehner says House plans to sue Obama

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The House will vote next month on legislation authorizing a campaign-season lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to carry out the laws passed by Congress, Speaker John Boehner announced on Wednesday. In a memo distributed to House members, Boehner, R-Ohio, accused Obama of “aggressive unilateralism” and said if left unchecked, [...]

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Explosion rocks mall in Nigerian capital

  ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — An explosion blamed on Islamic extremists rocked a shopping mall in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, on Wednesday, June 25, and police said at least 21 people have been killed. The blast came as Nigerians were preparing to watch their country’s Super Eagles play Argentina at the World Cup in Brazil. Many [...]

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Judge strikes down Indiana ban on gay marriage

  INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge struck down Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday, June 25, in a ruling that immediately allowed gay couples to wed. The court clerk in Marion County, home to Indianapolis, began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couple about an hour after U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled that the [...]

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Appeals court: States can’t ban gay marriage

  DENVER (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, June 25, that states must allow gay couples to marry, finding the Constitution protects same-sex relationships and putting a remarkable legal winning streak across the country one step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court. The three-judge panel in Denver ruled 2-1 that states cannot deprive [...]

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Cochran wins Miss. runoff, edges tea partyer

  WASHINGTON (AP) — In a remarkable political turnaround, six-term Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi edged out tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel Tuesday night in a bruising, costly Republican runoff that pitted Washington clout against insistence on conservative purity. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Cochran had 51 percent to McDaniel’s 49 percent, three weeks [...]

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Report: Polish minister calls US ties worthless

  WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish magazine said Sunday it has obtained recordings of a private conversation in which the foreign minister says Poland’s strong alliance with the U.S. was worthless and “even harmful because it creates a false sense of security.” In a short transcript of the conversation, a person identified as Foreign [...]

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Putin: cease-fire in Ukraine should be extended

    MOSCOW (AP) — The weeklong cease-fire declared by the Ukrainian president should be extended and accompanied by talks between the government and the rebels, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday. The seven-day cease-fire Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced Friday wasn’t enough, Putin said on a trip to Vienna, adding that the end of [...]

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Malaysia: “Allah” can not be used by non-Muslims

  KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s top court weighed in Monday on the country’s longstanding fight over the word “Allah,” saying non-Muslims cannot use it to refer to God. But the government said hours later the judgment applied only to one newspaper at the center of the case, adding still more confusion to a [...]

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SC drama shows second-in-command not always wanted

  COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For weeks, political intrigue swirled in South Carolina over a part-time position no one seemed to want, especially for just six months. How hard was it to find someone to become lieutenant governor in South Carolina? Well, Republicans in line for the job refused. And Democrats — who haven’t won [...]

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