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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California by holding that defenders of California's gay marriage ban did not have the right to appeal lower court rulings striking down the ban. The court's 5-4 vote Wednesday leaves in place the initial trial court declaration that the ban is unconstitutional. California officials probably will rely on that ruling to allow the resumption of same-sex unions in about a month's time.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court says legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. The court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday that has prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people. The vote was 5-4. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
Update 10 a.m.: ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was taken from his home in handcuffs Wednesday morning, more than a week after a Boston semi-pro football player was found dead in an industrial park a mile from Hernandez's house. Less than two hours later, the Patriots announced they had released Hernandez. Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player for the Boston Bandits, was found slain June 17. Officials ruled the death a homicide but did not say how Lloyd died.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 1.8 percent in the first three months of the year, significantly slower than first thought. The steep revision was mostly because consumers spent less than previously estimated, a sign that higher taxes could be having a deeper impact on growth.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Across the South, Republicans are working to take advantage of a new political landscape after a divided U.S. Supreme Court freed all or part of 15 states, many of them in the old Confederacy, from having to ask Washington's permission before changing election procedures in jurisdictions with histories of discrimination.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Despite barely beating a midnight deadline, hundreds of jeering protesters helped stop Texas lawmakers from passing one of the toughest abortion measures in the country.
MIAMI (AP) — Marcell Ozuna has given the Miami Marlins big hits and some hope for the future. The 22-year old rookie outfielder drove in two runs to help the Marlins to a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night in interleague play. “He’s put together a lot of great at-bats, big at-bats, and he did again tonight,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. Ozuna is hitting .438 (21 for 48) with runners in scoring position driving in 22 runs for the last-place Marlins. “Just going to home plate and thinking see the ball up a little bit and if it’s in the middle, swing or if it’s aw
Comparing the championship runs of the NBA’s Miami Heat and the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks: By Tim Reynolds, AP Basketball Writer Unbeatable Both teams had long runs of success on their way to the respective titles, though Miami’s was actually unblemished while Chicago’s was a bit less shiny. The Heat put together the second-longest winning streak in NBA history during the regular season, 27 consecutive games.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sales of new homes rose in May to the fastest pace in five years, a solid gain that added to signs of a steadily improving housing market.