• California bill would let birth certificates reflect same-sex parents

    Birth certificates in California would be changed to more accurately reflect families in which parents are of the same gender under a bill passed by the legislature on Wednesday. The bill, which now goes to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, would allow parents to identify themselves as father,…

  • U.S. Supreme Court puts hold on gay marriage in Virginia

    Supreme Court stopped gay marriage in Virginia from going ahead on Wednesday, staying an appeals court ruling that had struck down a state ban. The court granted a stay application filed by opponents of gay marriage. The action was not a ruling on the merits of gay marriage, but means that a July…

  • McCain calls for dramatic increase in US airstrikes against Islamic State

    By Steve Holland EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) - Republican Senator John McCain called on Wednesday for a dramatic increase in U.S. McCain told Reuters that the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants should serve as a turning point for President Barack Obama's…

  • Texas Governor Perry enters 'not guilty' plea to felony charges: newspaper

    Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible Republican candidate for the 2016 presidential race, has entered a not guilty plea to two felony counts of abuse of power, according to a legal document posted on Wednesday by a newspaper. Perry also waived his right to an arraignment scheduled for Friday,…

  • James Foley's parents: 'He was a martyr, a martyr for freedom'

    The parents of James Foley, the American journalist whose brutal execution by Islamist militants was posted on YouTube, gave an emotional press conference outside their New Hampshire home on Wednesday.

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  • Obama ‘heartbroken’ by Foley beheading but vows no letup in U.S. operations

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday declared himself “heartbroken” by the beheading of U.S. journalist Jim Foley by ISIL extremists but defiantly vowed to press on with American military operations to cut the group’s “cancer” out of the Middle East.

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  • Who is Steven Sotloff, the other U.S. journalist being held by ISIL?

    The family of Steven Sotloff — believed to be the person who appears at the end of an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant video showing the beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley — is asking the White House to do everything it can to free him.

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  • Can the police really do that?

    In the days since two reporters were arrested at a Ferguson McDonald’s during fiery protests ignited after a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old, stunned Americans watching news coverage of officers with combat gear, rifles and tear gas have found themselves asking of police…

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  • Rick Perry's Mugshot vs. Official Governor's Portrait, Which Is Better?

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry turned himself into authorities Tuesday and posed for what might be one of the best looking political mugshots in history. The question is, did Rick Perry take his mugshot with all the gubernatorial swagger expected of his office? And how does his...

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  • White House knew of recent ISIS threat to kill U.S. journalist

    ISIS had recently threatened to kill U.S. journalist James Foley to avenge airstrikes the United States has conducted in Iraq, a senior U.S. official told ABC News. The White House had been aware of the threat prior to the release of a video Tuesday night...

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  • US launches more airstrikes in Iraq

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. aircraft are continuing their assault on Islamic State militants in Iraq, conducting six airstrikes overnight to help solidify Iraqi and Kurdish forces' efforts to retake and maintain control of the Mosul Dam.

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  • Bank of America agrees to nearly $17B settlement

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

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  • Perry campaign funds to cover future legal costs

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry says any future legal bills he incurs fighting two felony indictments will be paid for with campaign funds, not taxpayer dollars.

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  • Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. It's equally unclear whether the Obama administration will be asking them to back a new U.S. approach.

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  • White House faces Democratic Senate revolt over nuclear security cuts

    Members of the Senate are asking Obama to increase spending to secure global nuclear weapons stocks

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  • State lawmakers take aim at federal gun control

    A growing collection of state legislatures seeks to disqualify federal gun control laws

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  • Evolution of public-carry laws expands gun rights

    Public-carry has moved from rare to widespread in the wake of recent shooting incidents

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