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Evacuation orders lifted after California storm
Residents in three California foothill communities headed home Sunday after a powerful storm that threatened to unleash mud on neighborhoods beneath unstable hills scarred by recent wildfires.
Sunken Great Lakes oil pipeline raises spill fears
A freshwater channel that separates Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas is a premier Midwestern tourist attraction and a photographer’s delight.
Winter-weary Americans plead: Get me out of here
Shannon Frauenholtz has had it with winter. Barely able to stomach the television news with its images of snowbound cars, she heads to the tanning salon, closes her eyes and imagines she’s back in Mexico, where she’s already vacationed once this winter.
Arizona governor’s veto aimed at own party’s right
Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer slapped down the right wing of her own party, vetoing a bill pushed by social conservatives that would have allowed people with sincerely held religious beliefs to refuse to serve gays.
Phone system failed in LAX shooting
A Los Angeles International Airport police dispatcher who received a call seconds after a gunman opened fire last year didn’t know where to send officers because no one was on the line and the airport communications system didn’t identify that the call was coming from a security checkpoint emergency phone, two officials told The Associated Press.
Obama seeking $300 billion for roads, railways
President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $300 billion to update roads and railways, arguing the taxpayer investment will help put Americans to work.
Texas gay marriage ban latest to be struck down
A federal judge declared a same-sex marriage ban in deeply conservative Texas unconstitutional on Wednesday, but will allow the nation’s second-most populous state to enforce the law pending an appeal that will likely go to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Holder: Discriminatory laws don’t need defending
State attorneys general are not obligated to defend laws in their states banning same-sex marriage if the laws discriminate in a way forbidden by the Constitution, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told his state counterparts Tuesday.
Couple stumbles upon $10 million in rare coins
A Northern California couple out walking their dog on their property stumbled across a modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree.
Brief in Oklahoma gay marriage ban lawsuit expected
Lawyers for a Tulsa County Clerk face a Monday deadline to file a brief outlining an appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that overturned Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage.
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