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Federal judge rules again that gay couples have right to wed in Alabama

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- A federal judge on Thursday reaffirmed her earlier ruling that same-sex couples in Alabama have a right to wed under the Constitution, but she put the ruling on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court issues a landmark decision on gay marriage.

FBI arrests two suspected Islamic State recruits in California: NBC News

- The FBI has arrested two men in southern California, one at Los Angeles International Airport, suspected of attempting to travel abroad to join Islamic State, NBC News reported on Thursday.

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Washington state police officer shoots two men accused of stealing beer

SEATTLE - A police officer in the Washington state capital of Olympia shot and wounded two unarmed black men suspected of trying to steal beer from a supermarket on Thursday, law enforcement said, prompting protests in the city.

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Armed elderly woman in hours-long standoff with California police

- Los Angeles County authorities were in a stand-off early on Friday with an elderly woman who fired at a police robot and barricaded herself inside a mobile home in the Topanga Canyon outside the city, officials said.

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California wine country hit by 4.1 quake

SAN FRANCISCO - A 4.1 magnitude earthquake shook wine country north of San Francisco on Thursday night, the U.S. Geological Survey said, recalling a major temblor that rocked the area last summer and caused millions of dollars in damage.

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Cleanup of oil-fouled California beach could take months

SANTA BARBARA - The U.S. Coast Guard captain overseeing cleanup of oil spilled from a pipeline rupture that closed two California state beaches and fouled offshore waters near Santa Barbara said on Thursday it may take months to restore the area to its natural condition. | Video

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Washington quadruple slaying suspect arrested in city

WASHINGTON - The suspect in the killing of a Washington businessman and three others found in a torched mansion last week was arrested late on Thursday, police said.

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Boy Scouts president says ban on gay leaders needs to end

DALLAS - Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates said on Thursday the group's ban on adult gay leaders needs to end, taking a step toward dismantling a policy that has caused deep rifts in the 105-year-old organization.

21 May 2015

Exclusive: Iowa bird-flu farms fall short on containment measures

IRETON, IOWA/CHICAGO - Measures to control the worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history are not being enforced at several farms at its epicenter in northwestern Iowa, potentially increasing the risks that the disease could spread further, spot checks by Reuters show. | Video

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Baltimore grand jury indicts police in death of Freddie Gray

- A grand jury has brought charges against six Baltimore police officers in the death of a black man who suffered fatal neck injuries while in police custody, a case that touched off angry protests and a day of looting and arson in the Maryland city.

21 May 2015

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