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Judge blocks Mississippi law on objections to gay marriage
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- A federal judge blocked a Mississippi law on religious objections to same-sex marriage moments before it was set to take effect Friday, ruling it unconstitutionally establishes preferred beliefs and creates unequal treatment for gay people....
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'Active shooter' report at military base was false alarm
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AP) -- A report of an "active shooter" at a military base outside Washington where the presidential plane Air Force One is stationed turned out to be a false alarm, though it locked down the base for more than an hour....
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Man killed by bear had plenty of backcountry experience
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- The Montana man killed by a bear near Glacier National Park was intimately familiar with both the beauty and the danger of the wild and vast forest that spreads from the shadows of the park's rugged peaks....
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Quotations in the News
"Our mission is to defend this country, and we don't want barriers unrelated to a person's qualification to serve preventing us from recruiting or retaining the soldier, sailor, airman, or Marine who can best accomplish the mission." - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, upon announcing that transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military....
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Police: Madison officer fatally shoots man in home invasion
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Madison police say an officer fatally shot a man after he emerged from a lake, broke into a home and "aggressed" toward the officer with a pitchfork....
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Mega Millions Jackpot-Largest US Jackpots
Here's a look at the 10 previous highest U.S. jackpots and the winners' home states:...
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Players have shot at $415 million Mega Millions prize
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Friday night's Mega Millions drawing will give lottery players a shot at the 10th largest jackpot in U.S. history....
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Texas abortions fell sharply under law Supreme Court voided
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Abortions in Texas plummeted about 15 percent during the first year after approval of tough restrictions that the U.S. Supreme Court has since struck down - a decline that activists say shows how hard it had become to get an abortion in America's second-largest state....
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Ruling keeps Iowa's ban on voting rights for felons in place
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- For years, critics have regarded Iowa's policy of disenfranchising felons as an outrage in a state known for landmark civil rights rulings on slavery, gender equality and gay marriage....
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Lawyer: Up to 1,000 DUI cases affected by breath test error
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia police say their breath test machines have been recalibrated and returned to service after discovering they were improperly calibrated....
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Officials: Boy, 8, critical after found in cruise ship pool
BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard says an 8-year-old boy who fell into a pool on a cruise ship off the coast of New Jersey and nearly drowned is in critical condition....
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Are we overusing the tribute of flying flag at half-staff?
NEW YORK (AP) -- Nearly every day, somewhere in the country, the Stars and Stripes was lowered to half-staff last year in one of the most significant official gestures of mourning and respect, an Associated Press analysis found....
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2 lost WWI Purple Heart medals to be returned in New York
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A National Guard soldier's ongoing campaign to return lost Purple Heart medals to veterans or their families is taking him back to northern New York where his effort began five years ago....
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Federal judge blocks new Florida abortion law
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A federal judge is blocking a new law that places restrictions on abortion clinics in Florida....
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Oklahoma skydiver safe after parachute malfunction
An Oklahoma skydiver delivering the game ball for a professional soccer match said Thursday muscle memory kicked in when his parachute malfunctioned in an incident he captured on camera....
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