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TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017

Balloons spell out the word “love” over the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday June 26, 2015, after the court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the U.S. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press)

TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017, 11:57 A.M.

Same-sex marriage laws helped reduce suicide attempts by gay, lesbian and bisexual teens, study says

Guess what? It did get better for gay, lesbian and bisexual high schoolers when the states they were growing up in changed their laws to allow same-sex marriage, a new study finds. More specifically, in a 16-year period during which changes in state marriage laws were sweeping the nation, states that adopted laws allowing same-sex marriage saw an immediate decline in suicide attempts by gay, lesbian and bisexual high school students – a group in which attempted suicide is two to seven times more common than among their heterosexual peers.

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An orange alligator suns itself by a pond in this Feb. 9, 2017, file photo in Hanahan, S.C. (Leroy Burnell / Associated Press)

TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017, 11:52 A.M.

Second orange alligator pops up in the Carolinas

CALABASH, N.C. – For the second time this month, a rust-colored alligator has turned up in the Carolinas. The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported Tuesday that some residents of a Calabash, North Carolina, neighborhood have named the pumpkin-colored alligator ...

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People walk through toppled graves at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, where almost 200 gravestones were vandalized over the weekend. (Robert Cohen / St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017, 10:44 A.M.

Up to 200 headstones damaged at Jewish cemetery in Missouri

As many as 200 headstones at a Jewish cemetery were toppled over the weekend here in a case that is making national headlines. Anita Feigenbaum, executive director of the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, said officials will be cataloging the damage Tuesday and notifying relatives whose families are affected. A monument company will decide which headstones need to be replaced and which need to be reset, she said.

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In this Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, photo, debris is piled on the ground awaiting pickup by cleanup crews at the Dakota Access oil pipeline protest camp in southern North Dakota near Cannon Ball. (Blake Nicholson / Associated Press)

UPDATED: TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017, 3:37 P.M.

Corps won’t extend deadline for protest camp disbanding

The Army Corps of Engineers says it won’t extend a deadline for Dakota Access oil pipeline opponents to vacate their encampment in North Dakota. The Corps early this month told the few hundred people remaining in camp that they must take their possessions and leave by 2 p.m. Wednesday.

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The Wednesday Slice question

What if industrialist Henry Kaiser. a onetime Spokane resident, had decided to build his stylish 1940s-1950s automobiles at a plant in Spokane Valley?

Parting Shot — 2.21.17

Cleone Hermsen, of Carroll, Iowa, expresses her criticism while listening to Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, during a veterans roundtable event at Maquoketa City Hall on Tuesday in Maquoketa, Iowa. Iowa’s ...