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High court blocks same-sex unions in Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Same-sex couples will have to forget their plans to marry in Virginia - at least for now - after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to delay an appeals court ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban.... 8/20/2014 6:44 PM

Holder arrives in Ferguson after police shooting
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Ferguson Wednesday to meet with federal investigators and reassure residents of the suburban St. Louis community torn by several nights of racial unrest since the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer.... 8/20/2014 5:14 PM

Picture emerges of officer in Ferguson shooting
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- A white police officer whose shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old ignited racial upheaval in a St. Louis suburb has been characterized as either an aggressor whose deadly gunfire constituted a daylight execution or a law enforcer wrongly maligned for just doing his job.... 8/20/2014 6:35 PM

AG Holder meeting with Michael Brown's parents
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is meeting with the parents of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old fatally shot by a police officer.... 8/20/2014 6:51 PM

Holder discusses police mistrust outside Ferguson
FLORISSANT, Mo. (AP) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has told members of the Ferguson community that as a black man he understands why many African-Americans mistrust the police.... 8/20/2014 6:10 PM

Officer who pointed gun at protesters suspended
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Officials say a police officer who was part of the effort to keep peace during protests in Ferguson has been suspended for pointing a semi-automatic assault rifle at demonstrators, then cursing and threatening to kill one of them.... 8/20/2014 5:35 PM

Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation's immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans' election-year criticism of the president's go-it-alone approach to immigration.... 8/20/2014 5:39 PM

Slain American journalist remembered as driven
ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- In 2011, just after he was released from the Libyan prison where he'd been held for six weeks, James Foley acknowledged the peril journalists face covering the world's most dangerous places, soberly conceding that a mistake could mean death.... 8/20/2014 3:42 PM

Flood cleanup begins in Phoenix after heavy storms
PHOENIX (AP) -- Residents began cleaning up Wednesday from devastating flooding that slammed Arizona a day earlier, trapping people in vehicles and homes and destroying up to $2 million worth of inventory at a cactus nursery north of Phoenix.... 8/20/2014 6:52 PM

Texas Gov. Perry formally enters not guilty plea
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry has formally pleaded not guilty to criminal charges of leveraging his power to try to oust a Democratic district attorney convicted of drunken driving, according to court documents obtained Wednesday.... 8/20/2014 6:10 PM