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Student loan interest rates to increase

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Interest rates go up Tuesday, July 1, for students taking out new federal loans. This hike is relatively minimal but could foreshadow more increases to come. The change stems from a high-profile, bipartisan deal brokered last year by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama that ties the rates to the [...]

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HBO film explores marriages from their start

    NEW YORK (AP) — As filmmaker Doug Block sat in a coffee shop talking about his “112 Weddings” documentary, a stranger interrupted him to talk — at great length — about the state of her marriage. She wasn’t even aware of the film, which debuts Monday,  on HBO (9 p.m. EDT). The conversation [...]

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Seoul: North Korea fires 3 short-range projectiles

  SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired three short-range projectiles Thursday, June 26th, into the waters off its east coast in a possible move to stoke tensions with Seoul, a South Korean defense official said. Pyongyang’s military later criticized alleged South Korean shelling in disputed waters. The South Korean official, who spoke on [...]

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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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Eli Wallach, veteran character actor, dies at 98

  NEW YORK (AP) — Eli Wallach, the raspy-voiced character actor who starred in dozens of movies and Broadway plays over a remarkable and enduring career and earned film immortality as a conniving, quick-on-the-draw bandit in the classic Western “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” has died. He was 98. The actor’s son, Peter [...]

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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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Fancy freebies: Tycoon treats homeless to lunch

  NEW YORK (AP) — A Chinese tycoon served up a fancy lunch Wednesday, June 25, to hundreds of homeless New Yorkers at a Central Park restaurant. Recycling magnate Chen Guangbiao selected a menu of sesame-seed-encrusted tuna, beef filet and berries with crème fraiche at The Loeb Boathouse restaurant for the residents of a Manhattan [...]

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Divergent views on exporting gas through bay

  LUSBY, Md. (AP) — Dominion Resources’ proposal to build a liquefied natural gas export facility is dividing residents of the quiet town of Lusby on the Chesapeake Bay. Some, like longtime resident Tracey Eno are worried about increased air pollution. “That can’t be good for me. I mean that’s just common sense,” said Eno, [...]

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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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