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How state fights against same-sex marriage may backfire

Efforts by some states to challenge the Supreme Court's ruling will likely prove futile.

Survey shows enough votes to remove Confederate flag in SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A survey of South Carolina legislators shows there is enough support to remove the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds if all supporters cast a vote.

Obama signs trade bills into law, says tough battle still ahead

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama signed into law on Monday legislation that gives him "fast-track" power to negotiate trade deals and speed them through Congress, but he said he still has a battle ahead to finalize the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership deal.

Justices uphold use of drug implicated in botched executions

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the use of a controversial drug that has been implicated in several botched executions. Two of the justices said for first time that death penalty itself probably is unconstitutional.

Live at 9 a.m. ET: Katie Couric interviews Ted Cruz

The Texas Republican and presidential candidate joins Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric to discuss his campaign, his record and his new book, “A Time for Truth.”

Greece orders banks closed for a week after run on ATMs

Greece announced early Monday it will shut banks for a week and impose capital controls, pleading for calm after anxious citizens emptied cash machines in a dramatic escalation of the country's debt crisis. Banks will be closed until...Show More Summary

Texas attorney general says county clerks can refuse gay couples

The nation's top court said on Friday that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to wed, handing a victory to the American gay rights movement. Paxton said in a statement that hundreds of public officials in Texas were seeking guidance on how to implement what he called a lawless and flawed decision by an "activist" court.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes after launch

An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded just minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sunday, marking a major setback for the fast-charging company headed by Internet tycoon Elon Musk. The accident was the third in less thanShow More Summary

GOP White House hopefuls deride gay marriage ruling

DENVER (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told conservatives Saturday that the Supreme Court tried to "unwrite the laws of nature and the laws of nature's God" when it legalized gay marriage across the nation.

Hundreds injured in Taiwan water park blast 'hell'

Witnesses described the scene at a Taiwan water park as "hell" after a ball of fire ripped through a crowd, with authorities putting the injured at nearly 500 on Sunday, more than 200 of them seriously hurt.

Second New York prison escapee shot, hospitalized: reports

David Sweat, one of two New York state inmates who escaped from prison three weeks ago, was rushed to a local hospital on Sunday after being shot by police near the Canadian border, two days after his accomplice was killed, according to media reports. Show More Summary

Activist takes down Confederate flag outside South Carolina capitol

An activist climbed a flagpole outside the South Carolina state capitol early on Saturday and took down the Confederate flag, state officials said, a day after U.S. President Barack Obama called the banner a symbol of racial oppression. Show More Summary

More than 500 injured as fire hits Taiwan water park party

A fire on a music stage spread into a crowd of spectators at a party Saturday night at a Taiwan water park, injuring more than 200 people, authorities said.

French terror suspect took selfie with beheaded victim

A detained truck driver with a history of radical Islamic ties is refusing to speak to police investigators over his implication in an explosion and beheading in southeastern France, a French official said Saturday, adding that one of the other suspects initially arrested has been released without charge.

Parliament approves referendum; Greece's future in balance

Greece's place in the euro currency bloc looked increasingly shaky on Saturday after eurozone nations rejected a monthlong extension to its bailout program and the prime minister called for a risky popular vote on the country's financial future.

Tunisia to boost security, arm tourist police after attack

Tunisia said Sunday it would arm tourism police and deploy hundreds of reinforcements as authorities moved to boost security after a jihadist gunned down 38 people at a seaside resort. Police on horseback and quad bikes patrolled the beach at Port El Kantaoui north of Sousse where the worst jihadist attack in Tunisia's history took place on Friday. Show More Summary

Police: Surviving escapee could face a harder time alone

The shooting death of one escaped killer brought new energy to the three-week hunt for a second escaped murderer as helicopters, search dogs and hundreds of law enforcement officers converged on a wooded area 30 miles from the priso...

Tourists describe scenes of panic in Tunisia attack

British holidaymakers told how they fled in panic from Friday's gun massacre on a Tunisian beach resort, screaming and running for cover when they realised they were under attack. Frightened tourists hid in their hotel rooms and barricaded themselves in, while a pregnant woman went into labour in the confusion. Show More Summary

Escaped NY state inmate Sweat shot and in custody: reports

(Reuters) - Escaped New York state prison inmate David Sweat is in custody after being shot by police near the Canadian border, according to media reports on Sunday.

Manhunt for remaining New York prison escapee intensifies

By Pete DeMola MALONE, N.Y. (Reuters) - A manhunt for a convicted murderer who escaped from a New York state maximum security prison focused on a rural area near the Canadian border on Saturday, a day after his fellow escapee was killed. Show More Summary

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