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Alabama probate judges ordered to halt gay wedding licenses

Posted 3/4/2015 in National

Probate judges must again decide whether to issue wedding licenses to gay couples after the Alabama Supreme Court ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage is legal, despite a federal court's decision to the contrary.

In Ferguson, scathing US report brings pressure for change

Posted 3/4/2015 in National

A Justice Department report says blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, are disproportionately subject to excessive police force, baseless traffic stops and citations for infractions as petty as walking down the middle of street.

 

US running out of room to store oil; price collapse next?

Posted 3/4/2015 in National

The U.S. has so much crude that it is running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months.

 

 

Obama announces new education effort to 'let girls learn'

Posted 3/4/2015 in National

Saying every girl "has value," President Barack Obama announced a more focused government effort Tuesday to help tens of millions of girls around the world attend and stay in school.

 

 

Ex-CIA chief admits sharing military secrets with mistress

Posted 3/4/2015 in National

Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an affair with his biographer, has agreed to plead guilty to charges he gave her classified material -- including information on war strategy and identities of covert operatives -- while she was working on the book.

 

 

High court takes up fight over health law subsidies

Posted 3/4/2015 in National

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a major test of President Barack Obama's health overhaul that threatens insurance coverage for millions of people.

 

 

Congress sends Homeland bill to Obama without conditions

Posted 3/4/2015 in National

Bitterly admitting defeat, the Republican-controlled Congress sent legislation to President Barack Obama on Tuesday that funds the Department of Homeland Security without any of the immigration-related concessions they demanded for months.

 

 

US considers banning type of popular rifle ammo

Posted 3/3/2015 in National

The Obama administration is considering banning a type of ammunition used in one of the most popular types of rifles because it says the bullets can pierce a police officer's protective vest when fired from a handgun.

 

 

Bill Gates repeats at top of Forbes' list of billionaires

Posted 3/3/2015 in National

The world's richest person got even richer this year. And a basketball superstar-turned-owner made the list for the first time.

 

Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies

Posted 3/2/2015 in National

In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, "I Am Not Spock" -- an attempt to show the world he had many more facets than the pointy-eared character that had come to define him.

Some in GOP say DHS funding lapse worth a fight, no big deal

Posted 2/27/2015 in National

Republican leaders eager to avert a partial government shutdown are getting heat from conservative colleagues who ask what the fuss is all about.

 

Automakers hire rocket firm to probe air bag problems

Posted 2/27/2015 in National

The auto industry, fed up with slow progress toward finding out why some air bags explode with too much force, has hired a Virginia rocket science company to investigate the matter.

 

 

Feds: Three accused in Islamic State plot had vocalized beliefs

Posted 2/27/2015 in National

Two men arrested on charges of plotting to help the Islamic State group were vocal both online and in person about their commitment and desire to join the extremists.

 

 

Activists: Number of Christians abducted by IS rises to 220

Posted 2/26/2015 in National

he number of Christians abducted by the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria has risen to 220 in the past three days, as militants round up more hostages from a chain of villages along a strategic river, activists said Thursday.

 

 

White House threatens veto of bill to overhaul education law

Posted 2/26/2015 in National

The White House threatened Wednesday to veto a Republican bill to overhaul the widely criticized No Child Left Behind law, calling the effort "a significant step backwards."

 

 

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