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Same-sex marriage ban struck down for Miami area
MIAMI (AP) -- A Florida judge on Friday overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage in a ruling that applies to Miami-Dade County, agreeing with a judge in another county who made a similar ruling last week.... 7/25/2014 6:45 PM

Transcript shows concerns during Arizona execution
FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) -- U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake was attending a ceremony for a judicial colleague when he received an urgent - and unusual - request: Lawyers for a condemned inmate wanted him to stop an execution that didn't seem to be working.... 7/25/2014 11:30 AM

Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands
CHICAGO (AP) -- Fast food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers will discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years.... 7/25/2014 5:51 PM

Feds 'closely monitoring' NY police custody death
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday the Justice Department is "closely monitoring" New York City's investigation into the death of a man who was placed in an apparent chokehold by a police officer arresting him on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.... 7/25/2014 7:10 PM

Official: Hospital gunman intended to kill others
MEDIA, Pa. (AP) -- A psychiatrist's patient ranted about a gun ban at a suburban medical complex before opening fire there, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back, authorities said Friday.... 7/25/2014 5:45 PM

Judge says Texas man innocent in rape
DALLAS (AP) -- A Dallas man who prosecutors say did not commit a 1990 rape for which he served 12 years in prison should be exonerated based on recent DNA testing he did not request, a judge recommended Friday.... 7/25/2014 6:16 PM

Carjacked SUV hits crowd, killing 3 young siblings
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Two men carjacked a woman at gunpoint but soon sped out of control, killing three children Friday as they plowed into a group selling fruit to raise money for their church, Philadelphia police said.... 7/25/2014 6:43 PM

Large Sandy-struck family splits $20M lottery win
BEACHWOOD, N.J. (AP) -- A lottery-playing tradition started by the matriarch of a large New Jersey shore family paid off for her 17 children this week when the group won a $20 million jackpot that will partly be used to help family members recover from 2012's Superstorm Sandy.... 7/25/2014 5:09 PM

Judge dismisses lawsuit over Amelia Earhart search
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) -- A federal judge on Friday dismissed a Wyoming man's claims that an aircraft recovery group secretly found wreckage of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart's missing airplane in the South Pacific but kept it quiet so it could continue raising funds for the search.... 7/25/2014 6:12 PM

California state senator facing additional charge
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A California state senator charged in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown was also charged Friday with racketeering.... 7/25/2014 5:52 PM