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Oregon gay marriage ban gets day in court
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Lawyers for four gay and lesbian couples and the state of Oregon urged a federal judge Wednesday to strike down Oregon's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.... 4/24/2014 3:23 AM

In Disney's shadow, homeless families struggle
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- When they moved from Georgia to the theme park playground of central Florida four years ago, Anthony and Candice Johnson found work at a barbecue restaurant and a 7-Eleven. Their combined salaries nevertheless fell short of what they needed to rent an apartment, so the couple and their two children have instead been hopping among cheap motel rooms along U.S. 192.... 4/24/2014 4:30 AM

Images released of shipwreck in San Francisco Bay
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The first images of the newly discovered wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, killing 16 people, were released Wednesday by federal ocean scientists.... 4/24/2014 5:32 AM

Biologists watching fish runs after deadly slide
DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) -- Fisheries biologist Pete Verhey waded through the cold, clear creek that feeds into the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, scanning riffles and side channels looking for evidence of fish eggs.... 4/24/2014 6:26 AM

Vermont moves toward labeling of GMO foods
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont lawmakers have passed the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods as such, setting up a war between powerful lobbyists for the behemoth U.S. food industry and an American public that overwhelmingly says it approves of the idea.... 4/24/2014 1:58 AM

Cleared of murder, man starts fresh 24 years later
NEW YORK (AP) -- The day Jonathan Fleming was cleared of the murder that put him behind bars for almost 25 years, he strode out of a courthouse to congratulations from passers-by, a steak dinner with his family and the start of a new life.... 4/24/2014 6:21 AM

Camilla's brother dies in New York of head injury
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Prince of Wales and his wife, Camilla, are "utterly devastated" by the death of her brother, who fell outside a hotel bar and suffered a head injury, British royal officials said.... 4/24/2014 6:03 AM

Witness: Iraqi teens posed no threat before death
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) -- The Army already looked into allegations that Sgt. 1st Class Michael Barbera killed two unarmed Iraqi boys in 2007. Commanders gave him a letter of reprimand.... 4/24/2014 2:33 AM

Wyoming gas explosion prompts evacuation of town
OPAL, Wyo. (AP) -- Residents and emergency crews were waiting for a fire to burn itself out after an explosion at a natural gas processing plant in a small town in southwestern Wyoming.... 4/24/2014 1:38 AM

Oklahoma court rejects death-row inmates' claims
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that two death row inmates are not entitled to know the source of the drugs that will be used to kill them, putting them back on track to be executed as early as next week.... 4/24/2014 2:35 AM