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  • Obama delivers passionate race lecture at eulogy

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama delivered a passionate discourse on America’s racial history Friday in his eulogy for a state senator and pastor, slain along with eight other …


  • US lets in Thai fish caught by slaves despite law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In its first report on trafficking around the world, the U.S. criticized Thailand as a hub for labor abuse. Yet 14 years later, seafood caught by slaves …


  • On Auschwitz anniversary, leader warns Jews again targets

    BRZEZINKA, Poland (AP) — A Jewish leader stood before 300 survivors of the Nazis’ most notorious death camp on Tuesday and asked world leaders to prevent another Auschwitz, warning of …


  • Pope: Catholics don’t have to breed ‘like rabbits’

    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis is firmly upholding church teaching banning contraception, but said Monday that Catholics don’t have to breed “like rabbits” and should instead practice …


  • Rome’s mayor defiantly registers 16 gay marriages

    ROME (AP) — Rome’s mayor has registered 16 gay marriages entered abroad in open defiance of Italy’s Interior Ministry. Gay marriage is illegal in Italy. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano recently …


  • In sharp turn, gay couples marry in Arizona

    PHOENIX (AP) — Gay marriage has become legal in Arizona after the state’s conservative attorney general said Friday that he wouldn’t challenge a federal court decision that cleared the way …


  • Jean-Claude Duvalier, ousted Haitian dictator known as “Baby Doc,” dies at 63

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Jean-Claude-Duvalier, the self-proclaimed “president for life” of Haiti whose corrupt and brutal regime sparked a popular uprising that sent him into a 25-year exile, died Saturday …


  • Teacher in accidental shooting in good condition

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Officials say a Utah teacher is in good condition after accidentally shooting herself in the leg with a concealed firearm in a faculty bathroom at …


  • Federal judge upholds La. same-sex marriage ban

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has upheld Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriages, as well as the state’s refusal to recognize gay marriages legally performed in other states. U.S. …


  • Mourners urge black Americans to take action

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The mourners filled an enormous church to remember Michael Brown — a “gentle giant,” aspiring rapper and recent high school graduate on his way to a …


  • Health-care fears loom large in gay marriage cases

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Niki Quasney felt a piercing pain in her ribcage in March, the oncologist treating her advanced ovarian cancer told her to get to an emergency room …


  • French Jews leave for Israel in increasing numbers

    PARIS (AP) — Increasing numbers of French Jews are leaving for Israel, citing dim economic prospects and a sense of being caught between an increasingly influential far right and militant …


  • Uncertainty for gay couples married in Wisconsin

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal judge’s order for Wisconsin officials to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses didn’t address the legal status of the more than 550 gay marriages conducted in …


  • NAACP selects Brooks as new president and CEO

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The NAACP on Saturday announced that lawyer and activist Cornell William Brooks would become its new national president and CEO. The selection of Brooks came as the …


  • Suspect in Kansas shootings faces murder charges

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Kansas prosecutors filed state-level murder charges Tuesday against the white supremacist accused in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in …


  • Judge to Ohio: Recognize out-of-state gay marriage

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered Ohio authorities to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states, the latest court victory for gay rights supporters. …


  • Stern Israeli airport security measures questioned

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Jack Angelides was about to board a flight out of Israel’s international airport when he was given a curious choice that baffles him to this day. Traveling …


  • Mob attacks alleged gays in Nigerian capital

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A mob armed with wooden clubs and iron bars, screaming that they were going to “cleanse” their neighborhood of gay people, dragged 14 young men from …


  • Giffords to attend gun show under NY sales model

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt in 2011, is set to tour a New York gun show, the first such visit since …


  • More armed security at schools after Newtown

    MIAMI (AP) — In the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Pembroke Pines, students returning to school this year are being greeted not only by their teachers and principal. They’re also meeting …


  • Russia will enforce anti-gay law during Olympics

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will enforce a new law cracking down on gay rights activism when it hosts international athletes and fans during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, the country’s …


  • Court wins drew big crowds to gay pride parades

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gay rights supporters crowded parade routes in San Francisco, New York and other major U.S. cities on Sunday — but this year’s pride celebrations were especially …


  • Obama tells leaders to follow Mandela’s example

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — President Barack Obama encouraged leaders in Africa and around the world Saturday to follow former South African President Nelson Mandela’s example of country before self, as the …


  • Gay rights supporters erupt in cheers over ruling

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Chanting “DOMA is Dead,” supporters of same-sex marriage burst into cheers Wednesday at news of the Supreme Court’s decision invalidating part of a law denying gay marriage …


  • Supreme Court clears way for gay marriage in Calif

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California by holding that defenders of California’s gay marriage ban did not have the right to …


  • South Africa: Mandela still in critical condition

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela’s condition in a Pretoria hospital remained critical for a second straight day Monday, said South Africa’s president who described the stricken anti-apartheid hero as being …


  • Russian NGO forcibly evicted from Moscow office

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian law enforcement officers have forcibly evicted the head of one of Russia’s leading human rights organizations and about a half dozen staff from their Moscow office. …


  • Minnesota Gov. Dayton signs gay marriage bill

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday signed a bill making gay marriage legal in Minnesota, the 12th state to take the step, as thousands of onlookers …


  • Senate blocks expanded gun sale background checks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans, backed by rural-state Democrats, blocked legislation Wednesday to tighten restrictions on the sale of firearms, rejecting personal pleas made by families of the victims of …


  • SAfrican official: Mandela better from pneumonia

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela is breathing “without difficulty” after having a procedure to clear fluid in his lung area that was caused by pneumonia, the spokesman for South Africa’s …


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