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US judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban
MIAMI (AP) -- A federal judge on Thursday declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot.... 8/21/2014 3:59 PM

Supreme Court case to shape Ferguson investigation
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It started with a bottle of orange juice 30 years ago.... 8/21/2014 3:24 PM

Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago.... 8/21/2014 4:10 PM

Ice bucket challenge goes awry, firefighters hurt
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The president of a college in central Kentucky says two firefighters were injured while using their fire truck ladder to help the school's marching band take part in an ice bucket challenge.... 8/21/2014 4:21 PM

Guilty plea from marathon bombing suspect's friend
BOSTON (AP) -- A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges.... 8/21/2014 3:39 PM

Torture anime banned at woman's kidnap-rape trial
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A young woman charged with abducting a 5-year-old Philadelphia girl from school and raping her had frequently viewed Japanese anime depicting sexual torture, prosecutors disclosed Thursday.... 8/21/2014 4:01 PM

American Ebola doc: 'I am thrilled to be alive'
ATLANTA (AP) -- Calling it a "miraculous day," an American doctor infected with Ebola left his isolation unit and warmly hugged his doctors and nurses on Thursday, showing the world that he poses no public health threat one month after getting sick with the virus.... 8/21/2014 3:37 PM

Ohio diocese discourages ALS ice bucket challenge
CINCINNATI (AP) -- A Roman Catholic diocese in Ohio is discouraging its 113 schools from participating in the ice bucket challenge to benefit the ALS Association, saying the group's funding of embryonic stem cell research is "in direct conflict with Catholic teaching."... 8/21/2014 4:21 PM

Hearing set in Amish girls' kidnapping in NY
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A woman accused along with her boyfriend of abducting two young Amish sisters from a farm stand and sexually abusing them is due in court for a preliminary hearing.... 8/21/2014 6:20 AM

Some US colleges calling students back from Israel
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Some U.S. colleges are pulling students from overseas study programs in Israel as the Gaza war rages, though the relative calm beyond the immediate battle areas is raising questions in some quarters about why they had to leave.... 8/21/2014 2:28 PM