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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

Iraqi officials believe Saddam’s top deputy killed

Friday, April 17, 2015

BAGHDAD — He was the last member of Saddam Hussein’s inner circle still on the run, depicted with his distinctive red moustache as the “king of clubs” on the U.S. military’s deck of cards of most-wanted Iraqi regime … 0

Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing

Friday, April 17, 2015

ATLANTA — Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance. This “opt-out” movement remains scattered but is growing fast in … 0

Volunteer deputy sold company, went back to police work

Friday, April 17, 2015

TULSA, Okla. — After he sold his insurance company for around $6 million, Robert Bates sought to return to a profession he tried for a year in his early 20s: law enforcement. Bates — the 73-year-old Tulsa County … 0

Gulf oil spill, 5 years later

Friday, April 17, 2015

Five years after the BP well explosion, there is no single, conclusive answer to how the Gulf of Mexico is doing, but there are many questions. Here are some of them: Scientists The Associated Press surveyed 26 marine … 0

After Alps crash, experts ponder pilotless planes

Friday, April 17, 2015

NEW YORK — To improve airline safety, maybe we need to remove the pilots. That radical idea is decades away. But following the intentional crashing of Germanwings Flight 9525 by the co-pilot, a long-running debate over autonomous jets … 0

Unprecedented germ diversity found in remote Amazonian tribe

Friday, April 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a remote part of the Venezuelan Amazon, scientists have discovered that members of a village isolated from the modern world have the most diverse colonies of bacteria ever reported living in and on the human … 0

Dog flu spread at doggie day cares

Friday, April 17, 2015

CHICAGO — Many urbanites use doggie day cares while they work long hours. While usually a healthy experience for the dogs, the day care environment, with dozens of pets mingling, contributed to an epidemic of dog flu in … 0

Out of the ordinary

Friday, April 17, 2015

2 minor league teams to test game with 5-pitch rule CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — This isn’t your grandparents’ baseball game. Minor league teams from New York and Connecticut will play an experimental game this weekend aimed at finding ways to speed their pace. The Long Island Ducks and … 0

Secrecy shrouds decade-old oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

Thursday, April 16, 2015

OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO — Down to just one full-time employee, Taylor Energy Co. exists for only one reason: to fight an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico that has gone largely unnoticed, despite creating miles-long … 0

Climate censorship gains steam in red states

Thursday, April 16, 2015

While plenty of people found humor in the recent news that officials in Florida and Wisconsin are censoring state workers’ ability to talk about, much less work on, climate change, other states are not necessarily laughing. In fact, several political and environmental experts told InsideClimate News they could … 0