• Q&A: What's at stake in Supreme Court gay marriage arguments

    Updated: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Just two years ago, the Supreme Court struck down part of the federal anti-gay marriage law that denied a range of government benefits to legally married same-sex couples. The decision did not address the validity of state marriage bans. But courts across the...

  • Gay mentor, belief in dignity at roots of Kennedy's views

    Updated: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Irish Catholic boy who came of age in Sacramento after World War II is an unlikely candidate to be the author of the Supreme Court's major gay rights rulings. But those who have known Justice Anthony Kennedy for decades and scholars who have studied his...

  • Stories of love, life, death in high court gay marriage case

    Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A middle-of-the night trip to the emergency room, with her 9-month-old son coughing and laboring to breathe, gave Pam Yorksmith her latest reminder of why she took up the fight for same-sex marriage. Before baby Orion could be treated for croup, the hospital had to...

  • Same-sex marriage opponents urge Supreme Court to go slow

    Updated: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Same-sex marriage opponents acknowledge they face a tough task in trying to persuade the Supreme Court to allow states to limit marriage to a man and a woman. But they are urging the court to resist embracing what they see as a radical change in society's view of...

  • Gay marriage a difficult issue for GOP White House hopefuls

    Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — For Democratic politicians, same-sex marriage has become an easy issue: They're for it. Many Republican VIPs — notably the presidential hopefuls — face a far more complicated landscape. Looming ahead for these contenders are early contests in states such as Iowa and...

  • Stories of love, life, death in high court gay marriage case

    Updated: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A middle-of-the night trip to the emergency room, with her 9-month-old son coughing and laboring to breathe, gave Pam Yorksmith her latest reminder of why she took up the fight for same-sex marriage. Before baby Orion could be treated for croup, the hospital had to...

  • Boko Haram attacks Niger army base, defense ministry says

    Updated: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Suspected Boko Haram fighters in motorized canoes attacked a Niger army base on an island in Lake Chad, the body of water touching all four countries that have been targeted by Nigeria's Islamic insurgency, Niger's defense ministry said Saturday. The army may have...

  • More than 2,200 confirmed dead in Nepal earthquake

    Updated: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A powerful aftershock shook Nepal on Sunday, making buildings sway and sending panicked Kathmandu residents running into the streets a day after a massive earthquake left more than 2,200 people dead. The cawing of crows mixed with terrified screams as the...

  • Sudan's pyramids, nearly as grand as Egypt's, go unvisited

    Updated: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    AL-BERGAWIYA, Sudan (AP) — The small, steep pyramids rising up from the desert hills of northern Sudan resemble those in neighboring Egypt, but unlike the famed pyramids of Giza, the Sudanese site is largely deserted. The pyramids at Meroe, some 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of...

  • Tufa is 1st Ethiopian winner of London Marathon in 14 years

    Updated: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Tigist Tufa became the first Ethiopian woman in 14 years to win the London Marathon on Sunday, unexpectedly ending a four-year winning streak for Kenyans. The 28-year-old Tufa won her first major marathon in 2 hours, 23 minutes, 22 seconds, with two-time winner Mary...

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