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US court: Va. gay marriage ban unconstitutional
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, the latest in a string of decisions overturning bans across the country.... 7/28/2014 1:59 PM

Suspect dead, 2 marshals and cop wounded in NYC
NEW YORK (AP) -- A fugitive task force and a sex-assault suspect got into a shootout Monday in Greenwich Village, leaving the suspect dead and two federal marshals and a police detective wounded, authorities said.... 7/28/2014 2:42 PM

Tornado rips off roofs, downs trees near Boston
REVERE, Mass. (AP) -- A storm system that wreaked havoc across the eastern half of the U.S. spawned a tornado just north of Boston on Monday, causing extensive damage in Revere, where roofs were ripped off buildings and dozens of large trees were uprooted.... 7/28/2014 1:46 PM

Should the condemned suffer? Victim families torn
Randy Browning watched from behind the glass as Kimberly McCarthy slipped quietly into unconsciousness, snored briefly, then finally stopped breathing. It didn't matter to him that this woman - who'd brutally stabbed and mutilated his beloved godmother and mentor - was allowed a peaceful, painless death.... 7/28/2014 4:51 AM

Report says surveillance is hampering journalists
NEW YORK (AP) -- Revelations over the past few years about how U.S. security officials have the ability to track people through phone, email and other electronic records are making it harder for journalists to report on what the government is doing, two human rights groups say.... 7/28/2014 10:37 AM

Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bipartisan deal to improve veterans' health care would authorize at least $17 billion to fix the health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays, the bill's chief supporters said Monday.... 7/28/2014 2:50 PM

West's largest coal-fired plant on track to close
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- The largest coal-fired power plant in the West will produce one-third less energy by 2020 and is on track to cease operations in 2044 under a proposal that the federal government adopted to cut haze-causing emissions of nitrogen oxide at places like the Grand Canyon.... 7/28/2014 2:50 PM

Drone almost blocks California firefighting planes
PLYMOUTH, Calif. (AP) -- Fire officials say a private drone trying to record footage of a Northern California wildfire nearly hindered their air assault.... 7/28/2014 2:23 PM

Man dies after lightning hits California beach
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A 20-year-old man died after lightning from a rare summer thunderstorm jolted a Southern California beach, injuring or rattling more than a dozen people, authorities said.... 7/28/2014 3:41 AM

Police investigate deaths of family of 5 in Maine
SACO, Maine (AP) -- A family of five found shot to death in their Maine apartment had moved from Arizona because of the sour economy and had financial problems, according to a relative.... 7/28/2014 1:48 PM