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  • new storyAP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EDT 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 6:10 am

    Crunch time in Greece as bailout due to expire, IMF loan due with no deal in sight

  • new storySioux Falls bishop talks gay marriage ruling at service 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 5:34 am

    SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls says followers should not "disown God's law" following the Supreme Court's decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry.

  • new storyUS envoy confident Australia will manage gay marriage debate 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 5:22 am

    CANBERRA, Australia - The first openly gay U.S. ambassador to Australia said on Tuesday he was confident that the "great debate" among Australians on whether to allow gay marriages would result in the best outcome for the country.

  • NC justices scrutinize makeup of coal ash, other committees 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 4:25 am

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - A lawsuit pitting Gov. Pat McCrory and two former governors against the General Assembly's top leaders could change the balance of power between the legislative and executive branches.

  • Coal industry scores a win but fate of plants still in air story has photos
    Updated: Jun-30-15 4:13 am

    BILLINGS, Montana - Coal companies and their supporters scored a courtroom victory with a U.S. Supreme Court decision that said the Obama administration failed to take potential costs into account when it decided to regulate toxic emissions from many power plants.

  • Court ruling spurs backers' hopes for redistricting changes 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 3:42 am

    WASHINGTON - Groups trying to curb the partisan sculpting of House districts are hoping their Supreme Court victory will prompt more states to create independent commissions to redraw congressional lines.

  • After mercury ruling, higher scrutiny of Obama climate rules 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 3:41 am

    WASHINGTON - Sweeping pollution limits at the center of President Barack Obama's climate change plan are facing increased scrutiny in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that showed that the justices aren't afraid to thwart perceived overreach by Obama or his Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Vermont health care case headed to Supreme Court 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 3:34 am

    MONTPELIER, Vermont - Vermont Attorney Bill Sorrell says he's pleased with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to review a case in which an insurance company sued to stop Vermont from collecting data - with personal identifiers removed - about health insurance claims.

  • La. court clerks get OK to issue same-sex marriage licenses story has photos
    Updated: Jun-30-15 12:11 am

    NEW ORLEANS - Two New Orleans men celebrated what apparently was the first same-sex wedding in Louisiana as the last holdout state began issuing licenses to same-sex couples after the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision that marriage is a fundamental right for all Americans.

  • Some counties give gay marriage licenses, others refuse 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 10:35 pm

    MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Nearly one-third of Alabama counties on Monday were not issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, or had shut down marriage license operations altogether, despite Friday's landmark U.S Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples have a fundamental right to marry.

  • High court ruling won't settle Louisiana execution questions 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 8:04 pm

    BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Disputes about Louisiana's execution method weren't settled by the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Monday that a controversial drug can continue to be used in lethal injections.

  • Clerks issuing same-sex marriage licenses in Mississippi story has photos
    Updated: Jun-29-15 7:41 pm

    JACKSON, Mississippi - In the basement of the Hinds County Courthouse, in a corner underneath peeling paint and next to a United Way poster, Michael Dorado and Aaron Polk were getting married Monday.

  • Texas issuing gay marriage licenses, despite AG's opinion story has photos
    Updated: Jun-29-15 7:30 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - Many county clerks across Texas have begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite instructions from the state attorney general that they could refuse to do so if it violates their religious beliefs. And most of the ones holding out say they are doing so for logistic - not religious - reasons.

  • Arizona death penalty unresolved after Supreme Court ruling 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 6:55 pm

    TUCSON, Arizona - The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the use of a controversial drug used in the lengthy execution of an Arizona inmate last year.

  • Judge tosses feds' terrorism allegation against Florida imam 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 6:33 pm

    ORLANDO, Florida - A federal judge says prosecutors took snippets of information out of context to create a nonexistent terrorism plot by an Islamic scholar in Florida.

  • Supreme Court power plant ruling panned in New England 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 6:20 pm

    MONTPELIER, Vermont - A U.S. Supreme Court decision against a federal crackdown on emissions from coal-fired power plants got bad reviews Monday in New England, where westerly winds sweep in pollution from many out-of-state plants.

  • Arkansas clerk will resign over same-sex marriage licenses 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 6:08 pm

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - A county clerk in Arkansas announced plans to resign effective Tuesday, saying she has a moral objection to issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

  • News Guide: What power plant ruling means for Michigan 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 5:59 pm

    LANSING, Michigan - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in favor of Michigan and other Republican-led states that challenged Environmental Protection Agency rules that would reduce mercury and other air pollution from coal-fired power plants. The regulations, announced in 2011, are different from rules proposed last year to cut carbon dioxide emissions. What the decision means:

  • Supreme Court rules Texas abortion clinics can remain open story has photos
    Updated: Jun-29-15 5:55 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court acted Monday to keep Texas' 19 abortion clinics open, amid a legal fight that threatens to close more than half of them.

  • Supreme Court upholds use of controversial execution drug story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-29-15 5:52 pm

    WASHINGTON - Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it's "highly likely" the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.

  • Agreement neared to release Fla. doctor tied to Menendez 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 5:46 pm

    WEST PALM BEACH, Florida - A Florida doctor charged with corruption alongside New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez appeared closer to being released from jail Monday as an agreement about his bond solidified.

  • Chicago's archbishop calls for compassion toward gay people 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 5:41 pm

    CHICAGO - Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago is calling on Roman Catholics to be compassionate toward gay people following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last week to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.

  • Some Supreme Court justices' views on death penalty change 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 5:41 pm

    WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg declared for the first time Monday that they believe it is "highly likely" that the death penalty is unconstitutional.

  • Trial for 5 white police supervisors moving to black suburb 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 5:32 pm

    CLEVELAND - The misdemeanor trial for five white Cleveland police supervisors accused of failing to control a high-speed car chase that led to two unarmed black people being killed in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire will be held in a predominantly black suburb, not in county court, prosecutors said Monday.

  • ND judge sides with gay marriage lawsuit plaintiffs 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 5:29 pm

    BISMARCK, North Dakota - A federal judge has ruled in favor of plaintiffs in two federal lawsuits against North Dakota's constitutional ban on gay marriage.