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Utah Supreme Court clears way for adoption by partners of same-sex spouses

Utah SC okays gay adoptionsThe Utah Supreme Court on Thursday lifted an order that had blocked spouses in same-sex marriages from adopting their partners' children, state officials said.

The state's highest court had imposed a stay on the adoptions in May, while Utah appealed a federal ruling last year that permitted same-sex marriages for 17 days before the Supreme Court halted them pending appeal.

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California Prisons to Desegregate

Clifornia prisons desegregateCalifornia officials agreed Wednesday to end a policy in which it segregated prison inmates after riots based on their race as a way of preventing further violence.

Officers have frequently locked inmates in their cells based on which races were involved in the riot, even if individual inmates of that race were not directly implicated.

The 21-page settlement of a lawsuit first filed in 2008 says future lockdowns may not be imposed or lifted based on race or ethnicity.

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Intruder caught after scaling White House fence

White HouseA 23-year-old Maryland man was in the custody Wednesday night after he climbed over the White House fence and was swiftly apprehended on the North Lawn by uniformed Secret Service agents and their dogs.

The incident came roughly a month after an intruder armed with a knife scaled the White House fence and made it inside the executive mansion, raising questions about security levels at the heavily guarded complex and spurring the resignation of Secret Service Director Julia Pierson after 18 months on the job.

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Fake classes, inflated grades: Massive UNC scandal included athletes over 2 decades

UNC althetic fraudA scandal involving bogus classes and inflated grades at the University of North Carolina was bigger than previously reported, encompassing about 1,500 athletes who got easy A's and B's over a span of nearly two decades, according to an investigation released Wednesday.

At least nine university employees were fired or under disciplinary review, and the question now becomes what, if anything, the NCAA will do next. Penalties could range from fewer scholarships to vacated wins.

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Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies

Ben BradleeBen Bradlee, the hard-driving editor who reigned over the Washington Post newsroom with the style of a well-dressed swashbuckler and the profane vocabulary of dockworker as the newspaper helped topple President Richard Nixon in the Watergate scandal, died on Tuesday at age 93.

Bradlee's death at his Washington home of natural causes was announced by the Post, which reported late last month that its former editor had begun hospice care after suffering from Alzheimer's disease for the past several years.

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Wyoming, scene of notorious 1998 hate crime, accepts gay marriage

Wyoming accepts same sex marriageWyoming has become the latest state to allow gay marriage, bringing the national wave of expanded rights for same-sex couples to a state where the 1998 beating death of Matthew Shepard still influences national perceptions.

State lawyers filed a legal notice on Tuesday morning that said they will not defend a recently overturned Wyoming law that defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman, meaning county clerks can begin to issue marriage licences to gay couples and the state will recognise same-sex unions performed legally elsewhere.

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Marijuana decriminalized in Philadelphia

Philly decriminalizes potA veteran of the U.S. Marines who is now an advocate for marijuana became the first person Monday to get a ticket under Philadelphia's new law.

The citation was arranged in advance between Mike Whiter and the Philadelphia Police Department. At 8 a.m., he lit a joint in the City Hall courtyard and was promptly given a ticket carrying a $100 fine.

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