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U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Halt Same-sex Marriages in AlabamaThe court is orders the state's probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:05:43 -0500

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. In a speech that stirred political intrigue in two countries, Netanyahu told Congress that negotiations underway between Iran and the U.S. would "all but guarantee" that Tehran will get nuclear weapons, a step that the world must avoid at all costs. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Tthe optics of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech on Tuesday were just as important as the speech itself.

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FILE - In this July 6, 2013, aerial file photo, the wreckage of Asiana Flight 214 lies on the ground after it crashed at the San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco. South Korean officials said Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, they will ban Asiana Airlines from flying to San Francisco for 45 days as punishment for a deadly crash in July last year. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, file)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 70 passengers aboard an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco two years ago have reached a settlement in their lawsuits against the airline, attorneys for the passengers and airline said in a court filing Tuesday.

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A female protester raises her hands while blocking police cars in FergusonBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has concluded that the Ferguson, Missouri, police department routinely engages in racially biased practices, a law enforcement official familiar with the department's findings said on Tuesday. The investigation into the police department began in August after the shooting of unarmed African-American teen Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson sparked national protests. Analysis of more than 35,000 pages of police records found racist comments from officers as well as statistics that showed African-Americans make up 93 percent of arrests while accounting for only 67 percent of the population in Ferguson, the official said.

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(Reuters) - The Alabama Supreme Court ordered probate judges in the state on Tuesday to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in a ruling in apparent defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court. The 7-1 ruling comes about three weeks after U.S. District Judge Callie Granade overturned the socially conservative state's ban on gay marriage in a decision that the U.S. Supreme Court declined to put on hold. "As it has done for approximately two centuries, Alabama law allows for 'marriage' between only one man and one woman," Tuesday's state supreme court ruling said.
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By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The owner of a car that spun out of control at a Los Angeles street race and crashed last week, killing two spectators, was charged on Tuesday with murder although prosecutors do not believe he was behind the wheel at the time of the crash. Henry Michael Gevorgyan, 21, was also charged with engaging in a motor vehicle speed contest causing injury for his role in the race on Thursday when his Ford Mustang struck three people, killing two, in the suburb of Chatsworth in the San Fernando Valley. "We do not believe he was the driver, but he was involved in participating in the race," said Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the District Attorney's Office. The two deaths highlighted the dangers associated with street racing, an underground practice that has for years been a sometimes deadly occurrence on Los Angeles streets.