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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

ISIS capabilities impress military experts

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

IRBIL, Iraq — The video opens with high-definition footage shot from a drone flying over an oil refinery in central Iraq, but this video isn’t from a multimillion-dollar American drone. It’s from a drone operated by the Islamic … 0

Farm interests push senators to help expand ag sales to Cuba

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. farm interests see the potential for more than $1 billion a year in sales to Cuba, a market that right now is hamstrung by restrictions that remain despite the thawing of relations between the countries. … 0

White House won’t call Armenian expulsion ‘genocide’

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — White House officials on Tuesday told representatives of Armenian advocacy groups that the Obama administration once again will avoid the word “genocide” to describe the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Armenians when they were forcibly deported from what is now Turkey during World War I. … 0

Next US president could be among oldest ever ... or youngest

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NASHUA, N.H. — The 2016 presidential race is shaping up as an epic struggle between generations. On one side are the aging baby boomers who came of age in the 1960s and whose generation now is heading toward … 0

Justice Dept. opens probe into Baltimore police killing

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BALTIMORE — Amid the public outcry over the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, the U.S. Department of Justice is opening an investigation into the incident. “The Department of Justice has been monitoring the developments in Baltimore, … 0

Nation/World Briefs

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Obama’s AG nominee heads for confirmation vote WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s long-stalled nominee for attorney general, federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch, is on her way to a confirmation vote after senators extricated themselves Tuesday from a partisan dispute … 0

6 from Minn. charged with trying to join Islamic State

Monday, April 20, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Six Minnesota men have been charged with terrorism in a criminal complaint unsealed Monday, the latest Westerners accused of traveling or attempting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group. The six, … 0

US breast cancer cases projected to rise as much as 50% by 2030

Monday, April 20, 2015

New breast cancer cases in the U.S. are forecast to rise by as much as 50 percent by 2030, government researchers reported Monday. But while the surge in cases will pose “a huge challenge” to medical providers over the coming decades, coauthor Philip S. Rosenberg, of the National … 0

2016 election: Desire for change vs. shift in demographics

Monday, April 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — Most of what grabs headlines in the coming campaign will have little or no effect on who wins, past experience has shown. But underneath the hoopla, two clashing realities will shape what is likely to be a close and hard-fought battle. Democrats will be trying to … 0

ODs fell after 2 narcotic painkillers taken off the market

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Patients got fewer narcotic painkillers and overdoses declined after two problem drugs were removed from the market in 2010, a large study of insurance claims reported Monday. The researchers looked at changes in the use of painkillers after manufacturers stopped producing propoxyphene and the original form of OxyContin. … 0