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Alabama seeks to stay order overturning gay marriage ban

gay marriage The Alabama attorney general is asking a federal judge to stay a ruling that overturned Alabama's ban on gay marriage, as advocates cheer what once seemed an improbable victory in the deeply conservative state.

Attorney General Luther Strange's office asked a federal judge on Friday to put the ruling on hold since the U.S. Supreme Court plans to take up the issue of gay marriage this term, "resolving the issues on a nation-wide basis."


Americans Keep Trying to Board With Guns

Americans bring gns on planesA record 2,212 firearms — most of them loaded — were discovered in travelers' carry-on bags at U.S. airports last year, according to 2014 statistics released today by the Department of Homeland Security.

Transportation Security Administration officers found an average of six firearms per day in passengers' carry-on bags or on their bodies. More than 80% of the guns were loaded. The total number of firearms discovered at airport security checkpoints rose 22% from 2013, the DHS statistics show.


Deere to lay off more than 1,000 workers in Iowa, Illinois

John DeereDeere will lay off about 910 workers indefinitely from factories mostly in Iowa and sideline another 500 employees in Illinois until late summer, as the agricultural equipment maker continues its adjustment to demand for its products.

The Moline, Illinois, company also said Friday that it is adding 220 jobs at construction and forestry factories in Iowa. It plans to fill nearly all those positions with workers were laid off at agricultural equipment factories last year.


Texas' open carry cop-watchers tote AK-47s

Cop watching groups in TexasKory Watkins’ police scanner crackled to life. He rushed to a traffic stop in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant, sprang from the car and darted toward the flashing police lights and started recording video. Fellow members of his North Texas cop-watch group trailed behind.

Groups that monitor the police have attracted more attention nationwide since white officers killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York. But Watkins is an unlikely ally of the movement. He carries his AK-47 assault rifle while on patrol.


Top N.Y. lawmaker arrested on corruption charges

silverThe New York Assembly's speaker engaged in a scheme since at least 2000 to defraud the public and use his power to obtain at least $6 million from two outside law firms, the U.S. Attorney's Office alleged in court papers Thursday.

Assemblyman Sheldon Silver, a Manhattan Democrat, was charged in a five-count criminal complaint and was taken into custody shortly before 8 a.m. ET, an FBI spokesman confirmed. The arrest rocked the state Capitol, and some lawmakers called on Silver to step down as speaker, a post he has held since 1994.


‘Ag-gag’ proposal meets torrent of opposition in Washington state

animal abuse lawRiver’s Wish Sanctuary is where forgotten animals are found again — horses that were tied to trees and neglected, dogs from puppy mills and rabbits, cats, pigs and ducks left behind when owners moved away.

But Kit Jagoda, a co-founder and the director of River’s Wish, a 65-acre rescue center in eastern Washington, says “ag-gag” legislation introduced earlier this week in the Washington House of Representatives would, if passed, prevent her from saving some animals.


Justice Department Said Ready To Clear Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson

Darren WilsonThe U.S. Justice Department is about to close the investigation into the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, and clear the white police officer involved of any civil rights charges, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.

The newspaper quoted law enforcement officials as saying that federal prosecutors had begun work on a legal memo recommending no civil rights charges against the officer, Darren Wilson, after an FBI investigation found no evidence to support charges against him.


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