Protesters stare at a line of police officers and National Guard soldiers during a protest to demand justice for the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown, outside the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson, Missouri November 28, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Ferguson police racially biased: Justice Department

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department has concluded that the Ferguson, Missouri, police department routinely engages in racially biased practices.   Full Article 

Alabama high court orders halt to same-sex marriage licenses 5:40am EST

- The Alabama Supreme Court ordered probate judges on Tuesday to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in apparent defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court, underscoring the depth of opposition to gay matrimony in the socially conservative state.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (C) returns to his office after a visit to the House floor for procedural votes for legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security, at the Capitol in Washington, March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

House passes security funding bill

WASHINGTON - A chaotic three-month-long fight in Congress over funding the domestic security agency ended, but not before it highlighted House Speaker John Boehner's inability to halt the Republican Party's further descent into disorder.  Full Article 

Miners arrive to help with the rescue effort in Zasyadko coal mine in Donetsk March 4, 2015. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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More than 30 killed in coal mine blast in Ukraine

DONETSK, Ukraine - A blast at a coal mine in the eastern Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk killed more than 30 people, a local official said, with dozens more miners unaccounted for.  Full Article 

Greg and Roger prepare to marry each other in a park outside Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham, Alabama February 9, 2015. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry

Alabama court halts gay marriage licenses

The Alabama Supreme Court ordered judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in apparent defiance of the Supreme Court.   Full Article