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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 judges across the country who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot.... 8/21/2014 5:31 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 6:16 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

Marathon bombing suspect's friend pleads guilty
BOSTON (AP) -- A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty Thursday to impeding the investigation by removing incriminating evidence from Tsarnaev's dorm room several days after the deadly attack.... 8/21/2014 4:56 PM

Ice bucket challenge goes awry, firefighters hurt
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Police in Kentucky say two firefighters were seriously injured when the fire truck's ladder got too close to a power line as they helped college students take part in an ice bucket challenge.... 8/21/2014 5:52 PM

Questions, answers about use of force by police
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- The fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer has opened a debate over what level of force is appropriate when law enforcement confronts a citizen perceived to be a threat.... 8/21/2014 6:13 PM

Attorney: Utah eatery had other chemical burn
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The attorney for a woman who nearly died after unknowingly drinking toxic iced tea at a Utah restaurant says an employee at the eatery burned herself a month earlier on the same chemical cleaning compound.... 8/21/2014 5:27 PM

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 5:09 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 5:14 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 5:07 PM