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Stage Is Set For Supreme Court Marriage Showdown — If The Justices Want It

WASHINGTON — Cases from five states are now before the Supreme Court raising the constitutional question of same-sex couples' rights to marry and have their marriages recognized, with cases from two more states on the way and a related request from an eighth state pending there as well.<p>When the …

Same-Sex Couples

Mad scramble for votes to fund government; Democrats balk at Wall Street reform rollback

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Congress is again up against the wire on a bill to avoid a government shutdown.<p>But last-minute brinkmanship, which has become the norm on Capitol Hill, could be in the rear view mirror by Thursday afternoon if House Republicans can find enough Democrats to help them approve a …

Swiss vote 'no' on immigration limits | DW | 01.12.2014

Swiss voters overwhelmingly rejected three separate proposals on Sunday under the country's system of direct democracy. The most controversial, a …

Officers sue Cleveland over 2012 police shooting

Officers involved in a 2012 shooting in Cleveland are suing the city and police officials, alleging racial discrimination.<p>They claim the defendants have a pattern of treating non-African American officers harsher than African American officers, when it comes to officer-involved shootings of African …

China jails Tibetan singer for political tone

Rights groups criticise four-year prison term given to popular musician for writing songs calling on Tibetans to unite.<p>China has sentenced a popular Tibetan singer to four years in prison for calling on Tibetans to unify and speak their language, reports said, highlighting tight cultural controls …

UN runs out of money to feed Syrian refugees

World Food Programme suspends voucher scheme, saying $64m needed to secure rations for 1.7 million refugees in December.<p>The United Nations' food agency has announced that it is suspending its food programme serving more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees because it has run out of money.<p>The World Food …

Obama: Wants to avoid 'militarized' police culture

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Monday he wants to ensure the U.S. isn't building a "militarized culture" within police departments, …

Hong Kong crackdown reveals China’s fear of contagious rebellion

Xi Jinping’s hardline stance sends fear across Taiwan, Tibet and Xinjiang, where there are other challenges to monolithic rule<p>The harsh police crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong, the most violent repression seen in the former British colony since the protests began earlier this …

Report: Obama to protect 5 million from deportation

WASHINGTON — President Obama is considering an executive order that would prevent as many as 5 million people from being deported, administration officials said Thursday.<p>But the officials — speaking on condition of anonymity, citing internal deliberations — said the details of the immigration plan …

Foreign Office issues worldwide terrorism warning for British tourists

British holidaymakers travelling anywhere in the world have been told to be vigilant as they are at risk of being attacked by Islamist terrorists.<p>The Foreign Office on Friday night issued a worldwide travel warning, saying tourists were at a risk of attack as a result of Britain’s intervention in …

'We just had a hunch': US marshals nab Eric Frein

MOUNTAINHOME, Pa. (AP) — Scott Malkowski, a task force commander with the U.S. Marshals Service, spied a figure moving from the woods toward an abandoned airplane hangar in the Pocono Mountains. Looking at his face, his black hat and fleece, and his height and weight, Malkowski was certain he had …

A majority of Scots would vote for independence now: poll

LONDON (Reuters) - A majority of Scots would back independence if another referendum were held today, according to a poll published on Saturday, just six weeks after Scotland voted against leaving the United Kingdom.<p>Pro-union protestors chant and wave Union Flags during a demonstration at George …

In Texas, A Down-Ballot Race With Big Consequences

Texas politics is about to take another big step to the right. While nobody outside Texas would describe Gov. Rick Perry or Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst as moderate Republicans, their likely replacements are considerably more conservative — especially in the powerful lieutenant governor's office.<p>The …

Mormon women's rights campaigner loses appeal against excommunication

The founder of a Mormon group who was excommunicated over her advocacy for women’s ordination within the church says she has lost her appeal.<p>Kate Kelly’s organisation, Ordain Women, said on Friday that her appeal was denied by regional church leaders in Virginia, where she used to live. Kelly, a …

Report: Armed Guard Who Rode Elevator With Obama Was Not A Convicted Felon

An armed guard who rode on an elevator with President Barack Obama and his aides at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta was not a convicted felon, as previously reported by the Washington Post.<p>The Post clarified Saturday, according to two people briefed on the September …

LAX shooting recalled on 1-year anniversary

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mayor Eric Garcetti and government officials on Saturday commemorated the one-year anniversary of a shooting attack at Los Angeles …

Twitter Sues U.S. Government Seeking Surveillance Transparency Report

Social Media<p>Twitter sued the U.S. government on Tuesday, seeking the ability to release a full report on government surveillance requests.<p>The company, in a lawsuit filed in federal court in northern California, claimed the government has been violating its free-speech rights by restricting it from …

Social Media

California Continues to Lead the Nation in Child Privacy Protection

As technology transforms every facet of our lives, educators are implementing exciting new tools that will help our children learn the critical skills they need and prepare them for the 21st Century economy. California has taken the lead once again in ensuring these new innovations are incorporated …

FBI wants help identifying ISIS jihadist in execution video

The FBI on Tuesday asked for the public's help in identifying an English-speaking militant who appeared to help execute Syrian soldiers in an ISIS recruitment video released last month.<p>In the 55-minute video titled "Flames of War," the jihadist switches from classical Arabic to perfect English with …

California adopts 'yes means yes' sex-assault rule

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed a bill that makes California the first in the nation to define when …

4 U.S. Governors Visit Afghanistan for Terror Briefings

World<p>Four U.S. governors made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Saturday as part of a delegation to receive counterterrorism briefings and greet troops stationed there. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, along with Brian Sandoval of Nevada, Bill Haslam of Tennessee and Jay Nixon of Missouri, traveled …

Afghanistan

'Occupy Central' Protest Kicks Off in Hong Kong

World<p>Leaders of a Hong Kong pro-democracy movement kicked off a long threatened mass civil disobedience protest early Sunday to challenge Beijing over its recent decision to rule out genuine democratic reforms for the former British colony.<p>Organizers of "Occupy Central with Love and Peace" said …

Storm causes power outages, delays flights in Phoenix

PHOENIX — A storm slammed the Phoenix area Saturday, leaving tens of thousands without power and causing flight delays, flooding roads, toppling trees and knocking out traffic lights.<p>More than 46,000 APS customers in the metro area were without power as of 1 p.m., spokeswoman Jenna Shaver said.<p>Salt …

Immigration Activists Are Now Furious At President Obama

"The President has shown that, once again, he has been scared out of his boots by some of the least reasonable elements within the Republican Party," Cesar Vargas, co-director of the DREAM Action Coalition, said in a statement released soon after the news broke on Saturday morning.<p>After Congress …

Egypt prosecutor orders 7 held for homosexuality

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's top prosecutor ordered Saturday seven men detained and physically examined over accusations of "debauchery," a charge often …