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Gay marriage issue before Supreme Court Tuesday

Gay marriage issue before Supreme Court Tuesday

The Supreme Court is wading into the fight over same-sex marriage at a time when public opinion is shifting rapidly in favor of permitting gay and lesbian couples to wed, but 40 states don’t allow it. The court’s first major examination of gay rights in 10 years begins Tuesday with a hearing on California’s ban […]

Punxsutawney Phil’s handler takes blame for blown call on Spring

Punxsutawney Phil’s handler takes blame for blown call on Spring

An Ohio prosecutor who light-heartedly filed a criminal indictment against the famous Pennsylvania groundhog who fraudulently “predicted” an early spring said he may consider a pardon now that the animal’s handler is taking the blame. Bill Deeley, president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle, told The Associated Press on Monday that the animal rightly […]

The couple in the middle of the Supreme Court fight on gay marriage

The couple in the middle of the Supreme Court fight on gay marriage

Big change is coming to the lives of the lesbian couple at the center of the fight for same-sex marriage in California no matter how the Supreme Court decides their case. After 13 years of raising four boys together, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier are about to be empty nesters. Their youngest two children, 18-year-old […]

Both sides of gun debate get loud and demanding

Both sides of gun debate get loud and demanding

Two of the loudest voices in the gun debate say it’s up to voters now to make their position known to Congress. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and National Rifle Associate Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre claim their opposing views on guns have the support of the overwhelming number of Americans. They are looking at […]

Employment of disabled in America continues to lag

Employment of disabled in America continues to lag

Whether it means opening school track meets to deaf children or developing a new lunch menu with safe alternatives for students with food allergies, recent Obama administration decisions could significantly affect Americans with disabilities. But there’s been little progress in one of the most stubborn challenges: employing the disabled. According to government labor data, of […]

Bloomberg group launches $12 million anti-gun ad campaign

Bloomberg group launches $12 million anti-gun ad campaign

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who thinks the nation’s violence ills can only be cured with tougher gun control laws, is bankrolling a $12 million national advertising campaign aimed at key members in the U.S. Senate. The Mayors Against Illegal Guns TV spots will feature a rifle-toting hunter vowing to protect the right to […]

Did Colorado governor influence release of friend’s son suspected of killing prison official?

Did Colorado governor influence release of friend’s son suspected of killing prison official?

The governor of Colorado used the case of a friend’s son, formerly in solitary confinement in the state’s prison system, to push for relaxation of the use of such imprisonment techniques while interviewing Tom Clements for the top prison job. Attorney Jack Ebel testified before the Colorado Legislature two years ago that solitary confinement in […]

Senate, narrowly, manages to pass first budget in four years

Senate, narrowly, manages to pass first budget in four years

The Senate on Saturday narrowly passed its first federal budget in four years, a move that will usher in a relative lull in Washington’s fiscal wars until an anticipated summer showdown over raising the debt ceiling. The budget plan was passed by a 50-49 vote in the Democratic-controlled chamber. Four Democratic senators facing tough re-election […]

Lawyer claims defense contractor guilty of love, not espionage

Lawyer claims defense contractor guilty of love, not espionage

An attorney for a defense contractor accused of giving military secrets to his Chinese girlfriend said Friday there was no evidence that classified information was given to China or to any other foreign country. Benjamin Bishop, 59, was in love with the 27-year-old woman, who is a student, his attorney Birney Bervar said. “He says […]

IRS admits ‘Star Trek’ video parody was a stupid idea

IRS admits ‘Star Trek’ video parody was a stupid idea

Nobody’s going to win an Emmy for a parody of the TV show “Star Trek” filmed by Internal Revenue Service employees at an agency studio in Maryland. Instead, the IRS got a rebuke from Congress for wasting taxpayer dollars. The agency says the video, along with a training video that parodied the TV show “Gilligan’s […]