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Will Alabama Courts Issue Marriage Licenses To Gay Couples?

Mon, 2015-02-09 04:21

Alabama is set to become the 37th state to recognize same-sex marriage Monday. But its chief justice says probate courts should not follow federal rulings on the issue.

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Snow Hits The Northeast (Again), As Pacific Storms Bring Floods To The West

Mon, 2015-02-09 03:32

Two large storms are bracketing the upper corners of the continental U.S., with heavy rains bringing flooding to the Northwest and California as a snow storm hits the Northeast.

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Papal Group Considers Sanctions On Bishops Who Cover Up Abuse

Mon, 2015-02-09 00:59

A commission advising Pope Francis on how to tackle clerical sex abuse of minors has completed its first full meeting at the Vatican. The commission has been criticized for its slow start.

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Oil Price Dip, Global Slowdown Create Crosscurrents For U.S.

Sun, 2015-02-08 23:34

The big drop in oil prices is a gift to consumers that should propel the U.S. economy, analysts say. But those lower prices are hurting the energy sector and consumers continue to be cautious.

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Harnessing The Immune System To Fight Cancer

Sun, 2015-02-08 23:33

Our immune systems constantly fight off disease — protecting us from colds, flu and infection. An experimental treatment called immunotherapy is helping patients' immune systems fight off cancer.

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Leaked HSBC Documents Shed Light On Swiss Banking Industry

Sun, 2015-02-08 21:44

The documents were downloaded by a former computer security expert at the giant bank HSBC. They were released over the weekend by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

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Alabama Chief Justice Tells Probate Judges To Refuse Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Sun, 2015-02-08 20:00

Alabama is set Monday to become the 37th state where gays can legally wed, but the state's chief justice made an 11th-hour attempt late Sunday to keep the weddings on hold.

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Sam Smith Wins 4 Grammy Awards, Including Song Of The Year

Sun, 2015-02-08 17:20

The British singer also won Best New Artist and Record of the Year, for "Stay With Me." Beck won Album of the Year for his subdued, folky Morning Phase.

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Civil Rights Attorneys Sue Ferguson Over 'Debtors Prisons'

Sun, 2015-02-08 17:03

NPR got an advanced look at a civil rights lawsuit being filed that claims Ferguson, Mo., residents who can't afford to pay their court fines are illegally held in jail.

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To End Solitary Confinement, Rikers Steps Out Of The Box

Sun, 2015-02-08 14:57

Last month, with a single move, Rikers Island prison has taken the lead on prison reform on one issue: They banned the use of solitary confinement for inmates under 21 years old.

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More Than Two Dozen Killed In Riot At Egyptian Soccer Match

Sun, 2015-02-08 14:04

A riot outside of a major soccer match broke out in Egypt Sunday night. Authorities said the stampede and fighting between fans and police killed at least 25 people.

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Cities Argue For a Bigger Share Of Pot Tax Revenue

Sun, 2015-02-08 12:54

In Washington and Oregon, local governments argue they should get more tax funds from marijuana, because legalized pot will increase their expenses. States say cities' costs will actually fall.

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16 Years After Its Inception, 'GoreSat' Set For Launch

Sun, 2015-02-08 10:59

In 1998, then-Vice President Gore proposed the satellite, which has since been repurposed for NOAA's needs.

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Colombian Rebels Invite Miss Universe To Join Peace Talks

Sun, 2015-02-08 09:08

Paulina Vega, 22, said in interviews that she wanted to help end her country's 50-year civil war. So, FARC asked her to attend talks in Havana.

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Al-Jazeera English Journalists To Get Retrial In Egypt

Sun, 2015-02-08 07:52

The announcement of a retrial comes days after the journalists' colleague, Australian Peter Greste, was suddenly released and deported.

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McConnell's Call For 'Regular Order' May Not Mean What It Used To

Sun, 2015-02-08 06:56

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to restore "regular order" to the Senate, making it more bipartisan and productive. Five weeks into the new session, the dream remains elusive.

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Legendary UNC Basketball Coach Dean Smith Dies At 83

Sun, 2015-02-08 06:26

When he retired, Smith was the winningest coach in history, bringing the Tar Heels men's team to two national titles and ending his career with a 879-254 record.

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Next Witness: Will The Yellow Smiley Face Take The Stand?

Sun, 2015-02-08 06:12

Emojis have popped up in a handful of court cases across the country. Could the ubiquitous yellow face, a sad kitty head or a dancing alien decide a defendant's fate?

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In A Twist, Greeks Demonstrate In Favor Of Their Government

Sun, 2015-02-08 05:54

Greeks are eager to see how their new minister, elected just two weeks ago, plans to revive the country's ravaged economy while also ending deeply unpopular austerity measures.

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Leaders Plan For New Minsk Summit On Ukraine

Sun, 2015-02-08 05:01

A revival of peace talks in the capital of Belarus is aimed at resuscitating a widely violated truce agreed there in September.

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