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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

Historic eruption

Thursday, April 23, 2015

SANTIAGO — An ash cloud from the Chilean volcano Calbuco on Thursday covered several towns in Chile and across the Andes in neighboring Argentina. The Calbuco volcano in southern Chile erupted Wednesday after lying dormant for 43 years, … 0

Study: Popular pesticide hurting wild bees

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — A common type of pesticide is dramatically harming wild bees, according to a new in-the-field study that outside experts say may help shift the way the U.S. government looks at a controversial class of chemicals. But … 0

Senate Republicans seek to preserve NSA power to collect phone data

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans have launched the opening salvo in a battle over government surveillance powers, introducing a bill to preserve intact the National Security Agency’s authority to store and search domestic telephone records. Former NSA contractor Edward … 0

Ballooning down? New weight-loss method tested

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

PITTSBURGH — She’s 35 pounds overweight and has tried everything, but when that patient goes to see George Eid, a bariatric surgeon in the Allegheny Health Network, he usually has to tell her she’s not heavy enough for weight-loss surgery. Soon, though, there may be a new option … 0

Obama in Fla.: ‘Climate change cannot be edited out’

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

MIAMI — President Barack Obama on Wednesday paid his first visit to the Everglades, delivering an Earth Day speech that tied the threat rising seas pose for the imperiled River of Grass to wider climate change risks across … 0

Hello?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — The IRS’ overloaded phone system hung up on more than 8 million taxpayers this filing season as the agency cut millions of dollars from taxpayer services to help pay to enforce President Barack Obama’s health law. … 0

NFL concussion settlement gets judge’s approval

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A federal judge granted final approval Wednesday to the settlement of long-running concussion litigation between the National Football League and retired players. In a 132-page opinion in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, Judge Anita Brody called the deal … 0

Democrat division sparked by Obama’s fast-track trade plan

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — Things got off to a slow start Wednesday for President Barack Obama’s fast-track trade plan, which has emerged as one of the most divisive issues facing Democrats in the new Congress. As the Senate Finance Committee … 0

Nation/World Briefs

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Congressional Democrats reignite efforts to control money in politics WASHINGTON — A week after a Florida man illegally landed his gyrocopter at the U.S. Capitol to deliver a message on the need for campaign finance reform, U.S. House … 0

Study links Texas earthquakes to fracking activity

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

FORT WORTH, Texas — Wastewater injection wells, along with brine production related to oil and gas drilling, are the most likely cause of a rash of earthquakes in the Azle and Reno area northwest of Fort Worth a couple of years ago, according to a newly published scientific … 0