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Ruling pushes gay marriage closer to Supreme Court

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI and BRADY McCOMBS (DENVER, AP) — The first ruling by a federal appeals court that states cannot prevent gay couples from marrying makes it more likely the Supreme…

Amtrak train hits vehicle on tracks, killing 3

(MANSFIELD, Mass., AP) — Authorities say an Amtrak train hit a vehicle that was apparently driving on train tracks late Sunday in Massachusetts, killing three people. Authorities had previously said…

Court: $1.8M house built on park must be removed

(NARRAGANSETT, R.I., AP) — A developer who mistakenly built a $1.8 million waterfront house on parkland has been ordered to remove it. The Rhode Island Supreme Court found that the…

Tornadoes flatten tiny rural Nebraska town; 2 dead

By JOSH FUNK (PILGER, Neb., AP) — A storm packing rare dual tornadoes tore through a tiny farming town in northeast Nebraska, killing two people, crumpling grain bins like discarded…

Supreme Court rules on ‘straw purchaser’ law

By SAM HANANEL (WASHINGTON, AP) — A divided Supreme Court sided with gun control groups and the Obama administration Monday, ruling that the federal ban on “straw” purchases of guns…

Coast Guard Cold War mission celebrated

By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN (NEW HAVEN, Conn., AP) — In the midst of the Cold War, a Coast Guard ship dedicated by President Harry Truman embarked on a novel mission. The…

Chicago man filling potholes, artfully

By STACY THACKER (CHICAGO, AP) — The perfect pothole might not exist for many people — but for mosaic artist Jim Bachor, it’s one with a nice oval shape. Bachor…

Vegas police killer decried government on YouTube

By MICHELLE RINDELS and JUSTIN PRITCHARD (LAS VEGAS, AP) — His face painted to look like the comic book villain the Joker, a man who would months later gun down two…

Vegas ambush deaths: 2 police, 2 shooters, 1 other

By MICHELLE RINDELS and MARTIN GRIFFITH (LAS VEGAS, AP) — Two police officers were having lunch at a strip mall pizza buffet when a man and a woman fatally shot them…

‘Heroes’ helped stop gunman at Seattle university

By MANUEL VALDES and PHUONG LE (SEATTLE, AP) — When a lone gunman armed with a shotgun at a small Seattle university stopped firing at students to reload, another student pepper-sprayed him…