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Poll finds more gay marriages, domestic partnerships than thought

Friday, April 24, 2015

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on same-sex marriage, a new poll shows that more American adults are believed to be in gay marriages or domestic partnerships than had been previously thought. A Gallup poll released on Friday found that nearly 2 million adults are part of a same-sex couple, of whom about 780,000 are married. Those results are higher than finding by the Census Bureau and by … 0

Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex marriage next week

Friday, April 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Gregory Bourke met his husband-to-be at the University of Kentucky in 1982. Now, several social revolutions later, the 57-year-old Louisville, Ky., resident and father of two rides atop a cresting wave that’s reached the Supreme Court. Soon, justices will decide whether the Constitution compels Kentucky and other states to wed same-sex … 0

Conservatives leading push to medical research funding

Friday, April 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Deficit hawk lawmakers have found something they want to spend money on: medical research. They say they want to cure cancer and other diseases by boosting the budget for the National Institutes of Health, and they argue that investing in those cures now will save taxpayer money later by lowering health … 0

Armenia marks centennial of killing of 1.5M

Friday, April 24, 2015

YEREVAN, Armenia — The presidents of Russia and France joined other leaders Friday at ceremonies commemorating the massacre of Armenians a century ago by Ottoman Turks, an event which still stirs bitter feelings as both sides argue over … 0

Indiana sees new HIV cases daily

Friday, April 24, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana county is experiencing nearly daily increases in new HIV infections tied to intravenous drug use, and health officials hope the situation prompts other states to closely track their hepatitis C and HIV rates to … 0

Comcast abandons Time Warner buy amid gov’t pushback

Friday, April 24, 2015

NEW YORK — What killed Comcast’s $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable? Regulators’ desire to protect the Internet video industry that is reshaping TV. A combination of the two leading U.S. cable companies would have put nearly 30 percent of TV and about 55 percent of broadband … 0

Nation/world briefs, April 25

Friday, April 24, 2015

Videos show woman beaten by Calif. police LOS ANGELES — Cell phone videos show Long Beach police pulling a woman to the ground and beating her with a baton after a fight outside a bar. One video shows … 0

Wedge of warm seawater known as ‘the blob’ blamed for marine havoc

Thursday, April 23, 2015

LOS ANGELES — It’s called “the blob,” and some blame it for the thousands of dead seabirds and emaciated sea lion pups that have washed ashore on California beaches since late last year. Ever since an unusually warm … 0

Mapping the frack-quakes

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — As earthquakes triggered by oil and gas operations shake the heartland, the federal government is scrambling to predict how strong the quakes will get and where they’ll strike. The U.S. Geological Survey released maps Thursday that … 0

Hostage’s widow lashes out at US captive policies

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — The wife of an American hostage who was killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in Pakistan blames his al-Qaida captors for the death, but she also lashed out Thursday at what she called “inconsistent and disappointing” … 0

Should doctors be allowed to ask patients about their gun habits?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Physicians acknowledge that they ask their patients questions that, in any other context, would be considered nosy and meddlesome. They expect to get some pushback. But when physicians in Florida ask whether a patient — or a young patient’s parent — has a gun in the home, they … 0

Cruz skips Senate confirmation vote

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a 2016 Republican presidential candidate, skipped Thursday’s vote on confirming Loretta Lynch as U.S. attorney general after he was among her most outspoken critics. “Bringing in a new attorney general should … 0

Loretta Lynch confirmed as US attorney general

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — As attorney general Loretta Lynch assumes a portfolio that includes fighting terrorism, preventing cyberattacks and dealing with police and race — issues strikingly similar to what she’s dealt with as top federal prosecutor for much of … 0