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Judge strikes down Arizona’s ban on gay marriage

By JACQUES BILLEAUD PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge has cleared the way for legally recognized gay marriages in Arizona by ruling that the state’s ban on same-sex unions is…

Hanaway’s governor bid gets $750K from Sinquefield

By DAVID A. LIEB (JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Missouri mega-donor Rex Sinquefield has provided the bulk of the money for Republican Catherine Hanaway’s gubernatorial campaign as she seeks to…

Mo. county official’s posting on Obama questioned

(HILLSBORO, Mo., AP) — The recorder of deeds in Jefferson County, Missouri, says she used a poor choice of words in a personal Facebook posting that some interpreted as an…

Storms blamed for 2 deaths sweep across the South

By JEFF MARTIN (ATLANTA, AP) — A severe storm system roughed up much of the South for a second day Tuesday, knocking out power to tens of thousands as it…

2 Missouri firefighters honored in ceremony

(MARSHFIELD, Mo., AP) — Two Missouri firefighters who died in the line of duty were among 107 firefighters honored in a national ceremony. Lt. Matthew Blankenship of Marshfield and Fort…

Marijuana cultivation bill advances in Columbia

(COLUMBIA, Mo., AP) — A bill that would decriminalize cultivation of small amounts of marijuana in Columbia has been endorsed by one city commission. The Columbia Disabilities Commission voted unanimously…

Spiders force family from of upscale Missouri home

(WELDON SPRING, Mo., AP) — Thousands of venomous brown recluse spiders forced a suburban St. Louis family from their nearly half-million-dollar home. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/ZToLma) reports Brian and…

Kansas asks court to block gay marriage licenses

By JOHN HANNA (TOPEKA, Kan., AP) — Kansas’ attorney general has asked the state Supreme Court to block same-sex marriage licenses, hours after a court office in the state’s most…

Ebola patient’s temperature spiked to 103 degrees

(DALLAS AP) — Thomas Eric Duncan’s temperature spiked to 103 degrees during the hours of his initial visit to an emergency room — a fever that was flagged with an…

Sick journalist to get blood from Ebola survivor

(OMAHA, Neb., AP) — The first American flown back to the U.S. for treatment of Ebola this summer has donated blood to the most recent one to return from West…