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  • BP to pay record $18.7 billion to states affected by spill story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-03-15 5:15 am

    NEW ORLEANS - More than five years after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history fouled beaches, coated seabirds in thick goo and threatened delicate marshes, BP has agreed to pay a record settlement to affected states in hopes of bringing an end to a legal drama that has cost the company billions.

  • Oct. 6 trial set for Phoenix man tied to Texas shooting 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 10:19 pm

    PHOENIX - A Phoenix man accused of helping orchestrate a shooting at an anti-Islam event in Texas originally planned to participate in the attack alongside the two gunmen who were eventually killed by police, according to court documents unsealed Thursday.

  • Doctor linked to Sen. Menendez released from jail 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 8:58 pm

    WEST PALM BEACH, Florida - A Florida doctor charged with corruption alongside New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez has been released under a bond agreement.

  • Groups: Alabama counties complying with marriage ruling 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 8:41 pm

    MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Lawyers representing gay couples said Thursday that all Alabama counties appear to be complying with the federal ruling that made same-sex marriage the law of the land.

  • Jackson mayor says she's pushing anti-discrimination measure 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 8:23 pm

    CHEYENNE, Wyoming - The mayor of Jackson is pushing an ordinance to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and says she expects to have a public hearing on it in coming weeks.

  • Kentucky clerk sued for not issuing gay-marriage licenses 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 7:40 pm

    LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - Four Kentucky couples are suing a clerk who is refusing to issue gay-marriage licenses - or any marriage licenses at all - following the U.S. Supreme Court decision that same-sex couples have a legal right to marry.

  • Hero of marriage ruling honors early gay rights protesters story has photos
    Updated: Jul-02-15 6:54 pm

    PHILADELPHIA - Regina Sullivan started crying as she squeezed her arms around the man behind the latest gay rights milestone: Jim Obergefell, whose lawsuit led to the Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage the law of the land.

  • 5 Things to Know in Florida for July 3 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 6:28 pm

    Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

  • Federal judge to Louisiana: Make gay marriage changes now 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 6:25 pm

    NEW ORLEANS - After waiting about as long as possible, the state of Louisiana began selling marriage licenses to same-sex couples and agreed Thursday that they could file joint income-tax returns and get both parents' names on their children's birth certificates.

  • Judge rejects ex-Goldman board member's bid for exoneration 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 6:25 pm

    NEW YORK - An ex-Goldman Sachs and Procter & Gamble board member was told Thursday that he can't use a court's ruling in another case to nullify his insider-trading conviction.

  • Obama draws sharp contrasts with 'mean' Republicans story has photos
    Updated: Jul-02-15 5:39 pm

    LA CROSSE, Wisconsin - Wading into presidential politics, President Barack Obama on Thursday promoted his brand of middle-class economics by drawing sharp contrasts with "mean" Republicans in a state whose GOP governor was preparing to enter the vast 2016 presidential field.

  • Excerpts from recent Minnesota editorials 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 4:55 pm

    Star Tribune, July 1

  • No end in sight for Yellowstone Club founder's jail time 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 4:47 pm

    HELENA, Montana - The founder of a Montana club for the ultra-rich will stay in jail until a federal judge is satisfied that he understands what happened to the money from a Mexican resort sold in violation of a court order.

  • Judge awards $134M in suit over death, injury of soldiers 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 4:46 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - A federal judge in Utah has awarded $134.2 million to an American solider injured in Afghanistan and the widow of another soldier killed there in a lawsuit filed against a Canadian man who pleaded guilty in a grenade attack involving the two soldiers when he was 15.

  • Appeals court upholds $237M judgment against SC hospital 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 3:56 pm

    RICHMOND, Virginia - A federal appeals court has upheld a $237 million judgment against a South Carolina hospital in a false Medicare claims case.

  • 3 Supreme Court justices maintain substantial stock holdings 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 2:49 pm

    WASHINGTON - New personal financial disclosures from the Supreme Court show that Chief Justice John Roberts and two other justices are maintaining significant investments in individual companies' stock.

  • Woman in Mormon church photo voices support for gay marriage 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 2:06 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - A Mormon woman whose photograph was used by her church last week on a webpage explaining the faith's belief that marriage should be between a man and woman says she supports the legalization of gay marriage.

  • Rainbow Facebook photos: Armchair activism or shifting tide? 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 10:51 am

    NEW YORK - You may have noticed your Facebook friends getting considerably more colorful.

  • French court: No compensation over faulty breast implants story has photos
    Updated: Jul-02-15 8:31 am

    PARIS - A French appeals court ruled Thursday that a German product-testing company does not have to compensate more than 3,000 women with leak-prone breast implants - and now women who sued may have to pay back 5.8 million euros ($6.4 million) in collective damages they received in a lower-court ruling.

  • Alaska officially drops lawsuit challenging gay marriage 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 7:07 am

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed the appeal of a court case that struck down Alaska's ban on same-sex marriage.

  • China gay couple holds informal marriage to push for union 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 6:22 am

    BEIJING - A prominent Chinese lesbian couple held a simple ceremony Thursday to announce their informal marriage, in their latest effort to push for the legalization of same-sex unions in China.

  • Colorado seeks 2 additional federal judges, cites backlog 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 5:05 am

    DENVER - Members of Colorado's congressional delegation have introduced a bill to create two new U.S. District Court judgeships in the state to address a large backlog of cases.

  • Episcopalians vote to allow gay marriage in churches story has photos
    Updated: Jul-02-15 3:22 am

    SALT LAKE CITY - Episcopalians voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, solidifying the church's embrace of gay rights that began more than a decade ago with the pioneering election of the first openly gay bishop.

  • 5th Circuit tells courts to issue same-sex marriage rulings 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 10:43 pm

    JACKSON, Mississippi - A federal appeals court Wednesday instructed judges in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas to wrap up gay marriage cases in their states in line with last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

  • Federal judge: Alabama counties must allow gay marriage story has photos
    Updated: Jul-01-15 9:08 pm

    BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - With a handful of Alabama counties still refusing to grant gay marriages even as they issued licenses for straight weddings, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that all must abide by court decisions allowing same-sex unions.