- Gay rights activists mark landmark 1965 demonstration Updated: Jul-04-15 6:34 pm
PHILADELPHIA - Gay rights activists gathered in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia on the Fourth of July to mark the progress of their movement and pay tribute to those who launched it a half-century ago - but also made it clear that the fight for equality was far from over.
- Attorney asks appeals court to affirm gay marriage ruling Updated: Jul-04-15 2:14 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - The attorney representing six same-sex couples in South Dakota has formally asked an appeals court to affirm a judge's ruling that declared the state's ban on gay marriages is unconstitutional.
- Owners of former Vick dogfighting house clash with county Updated: Jul-04-15 2:06 pm
SMITHFIELD, Virginia - The black two-story shed still stands out back at 1915 Moonlight Road - a haunting reminder of the brutal dog fights that took place upstairs when NFL quarterback Michael Vick owned the place.
- After year of Washington legal pot sales, taxes top $70M Updated: Jul-04-15 12:19 pm
SEATTLE - Washington launched its second-in-the-nation legal marijuana market with just a handful of stores selling high-priced pot to long lines of customers. A year later, the state has about 160 shops open, tax revenues have soared past expectations and sales top $1.4 million per day.
- NC legislators want Medicaid reform before expansion Updated: Jul-04-15 12:04 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Despite a key win in the Supreme Court and pressure from liberal activists, North Carolina's legislative leaders said this past week that they have no plans to expand the state's Medicaid rolls through President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law.
- US flag, several others exempt from NY sales tax Updated: Jul-04-15 9:32 am
ALBANY, New York - New York tax officials are reminding buyers and merchants that state and local sales tax exemptions apply to the American flag, as well as the flags of New York state, military service and prisoners of war.
- Jackley, other AGs send religious liberty letter to Congress Updated: Jul-03-15 6:06 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - As same-sex couples begin to marry in South Dakota, Attorney General Marty Jackley wants to make sure the religious liberties of citizens who object to gay marriages are protected, the state's top law enforcement official said.
- Lawyer to seek legal fees in North Dakota gay marriage case Updated: Jul-03-15 5:46 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - The attorney who led seven same-sex couples to challenge North Dakota's ban on gay marriage plans to seek legal fees from the state now that the lawsuit he brought has been settled, he said this week.
- Who's John Jay? Scholars urge new look at forgotten founder Updated: Jul-03-15 3:28 pm
KATONAH, New York - The inner circle of founders has been set for as long as anyone can remember - Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, Hamilton and Madison.
- Official sued in landmark marriage case reads at gay wedding Updated: Jul-03-15 1:14 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio's health director, whose refusal to list a gay man as the surviving spouse on a death certificate led to last week's landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling, has delivered a Bible reading at a gay wedding.
- Judge to hear request to halt ocean blasting research plan Updated: Jul-03-15 1:01 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey - A federal judge will hear arguments this month by fishing groups who want him to shut down a research project that involves blasting the ocean floor off the coast of New Jersey with sound waves.
- Turkey reappoints former defense minister to post Updated: Jul-03-15 8:43 am
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has reappointed a 75-year-old former defense minister to the same post, to replace Ismet Yilmaz who was elected Turkey's new parliament speaker this week.
- BP to pay record $18.7 billion to states affected by spill Updated: Jul-03-15 5:15 am
NEW ORLEANS - More than five years after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history fouled beaches, coated seabirds in thick goo and threatened delicate marshes, BP has agreed to pay a record settlement to affected states in hopes of bringing an end to a legal drama that has cost the company billions.
- 2 plead guilty in federal tax fraud scheme Updated: Jul-03-15 4:08 am
NEW ORLEANS - Two Tangipahoa Parish residents have pleaded guilty in a tax refund scheme.
- Oct. 6 trial set for Phoenix man tied to Texas shooting Updated: Jul-02-15 10:19 pm
PHOENIX - A Phoenix man accused of helping orchestrate a shooting at an anti-Islam event in Texas originally planned to participate in the attack alongside the two gunmen who were eventually killed by police, according to court documents unsealed Thursday.
- Doctor linked to Sen. Menendez released from jail Updated: Jul-02-15 8:58 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida - A Florida doctor charged with corruption alongside New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez has been released under a bond agreement.
- Groups: Alabama counties complying with marriage ruling Updated: Jul-02-15 8:41 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Lawyers representing gay couples said Thursday that all Alabama counties appear to be complying with the federal ruling that made same-sex marriage the law of the land.
- Report: No evidence IRS employees told to destroy info Updated: Jul-02-15 8:24 pm
WASHINGTON - Investigators found no evidence that IRS employees were told to destroy or hide information from Congress, the Justice Department or an inspector general in the probe of erased emails related to the tax agency's tea party scandal, according to an internal report released late Thursday.
- Jackson mayor says she's pushing anti-discrimination measure Updated: Jul-02-15 8:23 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - The mayor of Jackson is pushing an ordinance to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and says she expects to have a public hearing on it in coming weeks.
- Kentucky clerk sued for not issuing gay-marriage licenses Updated: Jul-02-15 7:40 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - Four Kentucky couples are suing a clerk who is refusing to issue gay-marriage licenses - or any marriage licenses at all - following the U.S. Supreme Court decision that same-sex couples have a legal right to marry.
- Hero of marriage ruling honors early gay rights protesters Updated: Jul-02-15 6:54 pm
PHILADELPHIA - Regina Sullivan started crying as she squeezed her arms around the man behind the latest gay rights milestone: Jim Obergefell, whose lawsuit led to the Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage the law of the land.
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- Federal judge to Louisiana: Make gay marriage changes now Updated: Jul-02-15 6:25 pm
NEW ORLEANS - After waiting about as long as possible, the state of Louisiana began selling marriage licenses to same-sex couples and agreed Thursday that they could file joint income-tax returns and get both parents' names on their children's birth certificates.
- Judge rejects ex-Goldman board member's bid for exoneration Updated: Jul-02-15 6:25 pm
NEW YORK - An ex-Goldman Sachs and Procter & Gamble board member was told Thursday that he can't use a court's ruling in another case to nullify his insider-trading conviction.
- Obama draws sharp contrasts with 'mean' Republicans Updated: Jul-02-15 5:39 pm
LA CROSSE, Wisconsin - Wading into presidential politics, President Barack Obama on Thursday promoted his brand of middle-class economics by drawing sharp contrasts with "mean" Republicans in a state whose GOP governor was preparing to enter the vast 2016 presidential field.