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Supreme Court rejects Louisiana gay marriage case, takes no action on four others

SC rejects Louisiana gay marriage caseThe U.S. Supreme Court, which is in the midst of deciding whether to take up the issue of gay marriage, on Monday declined to take an early look at a challenge to Louisiana’s state ban.

The court took no action on four other pending cases concerning gay marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee, but could act on those cases as soon as later this week.

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New Pennsylvania Law Causes Towns To Weaken Gun Restrictions

Pennsylvania gun regulations easedBarely a week after taking effect, a novel state law that makes it easier for gun-rights groups to challenge local firearms measures in court is already sparking change: Nearly two dozen Pennsylvania municipalities have agreed to get rid of their potentially problematic ordinances rather than face litigation.

Joshua Prince, an attorney for four pro-gun groups and several residents, cited the new law in putting nearly 100 Pennsylvania municipalities on notice that they would face legal action unless they rescinded their firearms laws.

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NASA researcher dies in L.A. plane crash

NASA rsearcher dies in plane crashAn Arizona State University researcher has been identified as the pilot who died when a small plane went down Friday on a Los Angeles street, officials said.

The deceased pilot was identified as Alberto Behar, 47, of Scottsdale, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner.

Behar was an employee at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and also a researcher at ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration, according to his profile on LinkedIn, a networking website.

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George Zimmerman arrested on aggravated assault charge

George Zimmerman arrested againFlorida authorities say George Zimmerman, whose acquittal of murdering an unarmed black teen sparked a national debate on race and self-defense laws, has been arrested on an aggravated assault charge.

The Seminole County Sheriff's Office says the 31-year-old Zimmerman was arrested in Lake Mary about 10 p.m. Friday and is being held at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility. The facility's website says Zimmerman is scheduled for a court appearance at 9 a.m. Saturday.

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Another man wrongfully convicted of murder exonerated after more than 20 years behind bars

Freed after 20 yearsA Brooklyn man who spent more than 20 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit was finally exonerated Friday — the fourth wrongful conviction that was secured by a now-discredited former NYPD homicide detective.

Derrick Hamilton, 49, wept tears of joy in the courtroom as his conviction was erased by the words of Supreme Court Justice Raymond Guzman who urged that no fault be placed on the jurors who found him guilty.

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Radical cleric Abu Hamza jailed for life by US court

Cleric gets life sentence in NYCRadical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri has been sentenced to life in prison by a court in New York for supporting terrorism.

He was convicted in May of multiple charges, including hostage-taking and plotting to set up a terrorism training camp in the US. His trial followed a lengthy extradition process from the UK.

During the sentencing, his lawyers asked the judge to take into account his missing hands and eye.

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Court to weigh overturning gay marriage bans in three southern states

Courrt weighs overturning ban on gay marriage in southern statesA federal appeals court is set on Friday to weigh whether to strike down same-sex marriage bans in the conservative southern states of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

A three-judge panel will hear arguments about gay marriage bans in the three states, setting up a possible decision that could allow gay marriages to go ahead.

The hearings before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit come as momentum builds nationwide to allow same-sex marriage, which is now legal in 36 states.

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