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Ruling tees up gay marriage for top court

DENVER (AP) - When the U.S Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act exactly one year ago, it stopped short of saying states cannot ban gay marriage. But in a string of 17 straight rulings, judges have argued the high court's decision in U.S. vs Windsor means just that: States cannot get in the way of gay couples who want to marry.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Oil train dangers extend past Bakken

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The dangers posed by a spike in oil shipments by rail extend beyond crude from the booming Bakken region of the Northern Plains and include oil produced elsewhere in the U.S. and Canada, U.S. safety officials and lawmakers said.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Pot advocates deliver petitions for ballot

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Sponsors of an initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana traveled to Salem on Thursday to turn in boxes stuffed with enough signed petitions to bring their total signatures to 145,000 - far more than are needed for the measure to qualify for the November ballot.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Shiites pushing for al-Maliki’s removal

BAGHDAD (AP) - Prominent Shiite leaders pushed Thursday for the removal of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as parliament prepared to start work next week on putting together a new government, under intense U.S. pressure to rapidly form a united front against an unrelenting Sunni insurgent onslaught.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Sudanese Christian woman freed again

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) - A Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for apostasy was overturned was freed again on Thursday after being detained on accusations of forging travel documents.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Thousands flee Ukraine for Russia

IZVARYNE, Ukraine (AP) - As a shaky cease-fire in the east entered its final hours Thursday, thousands of Ukrainians in cars stuffed with belongings lined up at the border to cross into Russia, some vowing never to return.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Cameron isolated in EU leader search

BRUSSELS (AP) - Many political battles are ugly - but toss in 28 nations, high unemployment, angry voters and a skeptical Britain and the fight over who will be the European Union's next chief executive may have profound consequences.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Jordanian Radical cleric acquited in 1 case

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - A military court on Thursday acquitted a radical Jordanian preacher known for his fiery pro-al-Qaida rhetoric of involvement in a foiled 1999 plot to attack an American school in Amman but postponed a ruling on other terrorism charges.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


EU leaders mark WWI centennial

BRUSSELS (AP) - At a site where their countrymen once slaughtered each other with machine guns, artillery and poison gas, the leaders of Britain, France, Germany and other European nations commemorated the 100th anniversary of World War I and vowed Thursday to preserve peace on the continent.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


N.Korea fires short-range projectiles

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea fired three short-range projectiles Thursday 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.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Appeals court: States can’t ban gay marriage

DENVER (AP) - A federal appeals court ruled for the first time Wednesday that states cannot prevent gay couples from getting married, extending the movement's legal winning streak and bringing the issue a big step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.

June 25, 2014 | | Nation


States confront worries about fracking, quakes

AZLE, Texas (AP) - Earthquakes used to be almost unheard of on the vast stretches of prairie that unfold across Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma.

June 25, 2014 | | Nation


People on no-fly list must have due process

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - When it comes to its no-fly list, the U.S. government has a choice to make.

June 25, 2014 | | Nation


Emails: IRS official sought audit of GOP senator

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional investigators say they uncovered emails Wednesday showing that a former Internal Revenue Service official at the heart of the tea party investigation sought an audit involving a Republican senator in 2012.

June 25, 2014 | | Nation


RINGING DECISION

WASHINGTON (AP) - In an emphatic defense of privacy in the digital age, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police generally may not search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants.

June 25, 2014 | | Nation


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1 escaped murderer fatally shot in woods

MALONE, N.Y. (AP) - One of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape from an upstate maximum-security prison three weeks ago was shot and killed by a border patrol agent in a wooded area 30 miles from the prison on Friday, and the other was on the run, authorities said.

June 26, 2015 | | Nation


Teed off at Univision, Trump drives dispute off (golf) course

NEW YORK (AP) - Donald Trump to Univision: Get off my lawn.

June 26, 2015 | | Nation


Obama delivers race lecture at SC eulogy

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - President Barack Obama used his eulogy for a slain pastor to deliver an unvarnished lecture on America's racial history Friday, and then boldly sang "Amazing Grace," a spiritual meant to summon hope in the darkest of times.

June 26, 2015 | | Nation


Court rails against judge who didn’t show for jury duty

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A federal judge won't punish a Kansas judge who didn't show up for jury duty in federal court.

June 26, 2015 | | Nation


Video shows officer shoving man with toddler over $2.25 fare

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Security video appears to show a Philadelphia transit officer shove a man holding a toddler against the wall and grab him by the throat as they argued over whether he paid the $2.25 fare.

June 26, 2015 | | Nation


GAY MARRIAGE LEGAL

WASHINGTON (AP) - Same-sex couples won the right to marry nationwide Friday as a divided Supreme Court handed a crowning victory to the gay rights movement, setting off a jubilant cascade of long-delayed weddings in states where they had been forbidden.

June 26, 2015 | | Nation


Q&A: What the court’s ruling means

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The decades-long debate about whether same-sex marriage should be allowed in the United States was finally settled Friday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled gay and lesbian couples can get married anywhere in the country.

June 26, 2015 | | Nation


Burning Man pushes back on upgraded amenities for Bureau officials

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Burning Man festival organizers are pushing back after the U.S. Bureau of Land Management requested upgraded accommodations for its officials at this year's event in the Nevada desert.

June 26, 2015 | | Nation


Townshend to present ‘Classic Quadrophenia’

NEW YORK (AP) - On a rare day off from the first leg of The Who's 50th anniversary tour, Pete Townshend punctually enters the room with longtime partner Rachel Fuller to discuss "Classic Quadrophenia."

June 26, 2015 | | Nation


Vandals target Confederate monuments in half-dozen states

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Vandals have targeted monuments dedicated to the leaders and soldiers of the Confederacy, painting the slogan "Black lives matter" on memorials in a half-dozen states where the landmarks stand tall in parks and outside government buildings.

June 26, 2015 | | Nation


Health care law survives Court fight

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court sent a clear message Thursday that President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is here to stay, rejecting a major challenge that would have imperiled the landmark law and health insurance for millions of Americans.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


Did Oregon man kill parents, found in freezer?

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A man was accused of killing his parents after their bodies were found in a freezer at their Oregon home by police who twice checked on them but were deterred by notes saying the family was away, authorities said Thursday.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


Hundreds attend 1st funerals for church shooting victims

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A choir and band launched into one of Ethel Lance's favorite gospel tunes and roused hundreds of mourners from their seats Thursday in a crescendo of music at the first funeral for victims of the massacre at a historic black church.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


Confederate heritage group loses its Southern influence

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Sons of Confederate Veterans knew an attack on their cherished symbols would come after seeing photos of the white man accused of killing nine black churchgoers displaying Confederate battle flags. They just didn't expect it from their right flank.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


Univision dropping Miss USA pageant over Trump comments

NEW YORK (AP) - A Univision network is dropping the Miss USA pageant and the company says it will cut all business ties with Donald Trump in a spiraling controversy over comments the Republican presidential candidate made recently about Mexican immigrants.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


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