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Obama rejects criticism over border crisis 09 Jul 2014

DALLAS/WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama rejected demands from Texas Governor Rick Perry and others that he visit the border where a child migrant crisis is unfolding and said his critics should get behind his request for $3.7 billion if they want to solve the problem.

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Judge strikes down Colorado gay marriage ban, stays ruling

DENVER - A state judge struck down Colorado's gay marriage ban on Wednesday, saying the prohibition violated constitutional rights, but put his ruling on hold pending appeal.

U.S., Subjects, Gay Marriage 09 Jul 2014

Lawmakers differ on how to stop abusive patent-demand letters

WASHINGTON - Members of a U.S. House of Representatives panel disagreed on Wednesday on elements of a bill to rein in companies that demand licensing fees for invalid patents or are otherwise dishonest in writing what are known as "demand letters."

09 Jul 2014
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Utah to appeal gay marriage ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's attorney general will appeal directly to the U.S. Supreme Court over last month's ruling by a federal appeals court that backed gay marriage in the conservative, heavily Mormon state, his office said on Wednesday.

U.S., Subjects, Gay Marriage 09 Jul 2014
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Former New Orleans Mayor Nagin gets 10 years in corruption case

NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced on Wednesday to 10 years in federal prison for corruption during the critical years of rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005.

U.S., Natural Disasters 09 Jul 2014

Congress seen unlikely to block threatened New York transit strike

NEW YORK - Congress will likely not intervene to prevent a threatened strike this month that would shut down the Long Island Rail Road, the country's largest commuter rail system, a U.S. representative from New York said on Wednesday.

U.S. 09 Jul 2014