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Judge strikes down Kentucky’s gay marriage ban
A federal judge in Kentucky struck down the state’s ban on gay marriage on Tuesday, though the ruling was temporarily put on hold and it was not immediately clear when same-sex couples could be issued marriage licenses.
New recalls and questions about auto parts safety
The ignition switch recalls now engulfing General Motors and Chrysler are raising new questions about the safety of the parts across the American auto industry.
Birth control ruling sparks political clash
Republicans called it a win for religious freedom. The decision of the Supreme Court, they said, is further evidence the country’s new health care law is deeply flawed.
US plans to curb land mines, join global treaty
The Obama administration announced Friday that the United States will no longer produce or acquire anti-personnel land mines and plans to join an international treaty banning their use.
Hospitals using consumer purchase data for information on patient health
Information compiled by data brokers from public records and credit card transactions can reveal where a person shops, the food they buy, and whether they smoke. The largest hospital chain in the Carolinas is plugging data for 2 million people into algorithms designed to identify high-risk patients, while Pennsylvania's biggest system uses household and demographic data.
St. Louis challenges Missouri ban on gay marriage
St. Louis officials launched a challenge to Missouri's constitutional ban on gay marriage by issuing marriage licenses to four same-sex couples, and the state attorney general quickly went to court Thursday to try to stop it.
Federal appeals court: Utah can’t ban gay marriage
A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled for the first time that states must allow gay couples to marry, finding the Constitution protects same-sex relationships and putting a remarkable legal winning streak across the country one step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Justice limit cellphone searches after arrests
Police may not generally search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.
Investigators eye pilots’ actions in Asiana crash
Nearly a year after Asiana Flight 214 crashed while landing in San Francisco, federal accident investigators began laying out their conclusions at a meeting Tuesday on what went wrong and how to prevent similar accidents.
Justices rebuff NJ’s effort on sports betting
The Supreme Court on Monday left in place a ban on sports gambling in New Jersey, rebuffing an attempt to bring betting on professional and college sporting events to Atlantic City casinos and the state’s racetracks.
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