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ST. PAUL — The Como Park Zoo is opening a new $11 million home for its seven gorillas. The new outdoor primate yard is almost three times the size of the old enclosure once occupied by just a pair of gorillas at the St. Paul zoo. Minnesota Public Radio reports ( http://bit.ly/12usqqo ) that zoo officials hope it's an ideal place to raise a gorilla family. One of their males is now living with three females, so they hope to have some little gorillas running around in a couple years.
MINNEAPOLIS — A Minneapolis couple, together for 11 years, is first in line to get a Hennepin County marriage license under the state's new same-sex marriage law. Jeff Isaacson and Al Giraud arrived at the Hennepin County Government Center around 6 a.m. Thursday. It's the first day gay couples can get marriage licenses in several large Minnesota counties. Isaacson and Giraud met while living in Florida and moved back to Isaacson's home state of Minnesota in 2005.
COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France — Commemorations of the 69th annniversary of D-Day have begun with the stars-and-stripes being raised in a quiet ceremony at the American cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach. Tourists, many from the U.S. and Britain, gathered in the still morning under a brilliant spring sky to witness the flag-raising amid the neat rows of thousands of white marble crosses and stars of David marking the graves of U.S.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government has been secretly collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top secret court order, according to the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Obama administration defended the National Security Agency's need to collect telephone records of U.S. citizens, but critics said it was a huge over-reach. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Thursday that the top secret court order for telephone records is a three-month renewal of an ongoing practice.
DRESDEN, Germany (AP) -- The surging Elbe River crested Thursday in the eastern German city of Dresden, sparing the historic city center but engulfing wide areas of the Saxony capital. Residents and emergency crews had worked through the night to fight the floods in Dresden.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal appeals court has decided to permit girls of any age to buy generic versions of emergency contraception without prescriptions while the federal government appeals a judge's ruling allowing the sales. The order Wednesday was met with praise from advocates for girls' and women's rights and scorn from social conservatives and other opponents, who argue the drug's availability takes away the rights of parents of girls who could get it without their permission.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A federal judge has temporarily allowed a dying 10-year-old girl to move up the adult waiting list for a lung transplant, though an expert has questioned the decision on medical and ethical grounds. "We are beyond thrilled," Janet Murnaghan, the girl's mother, told The Associated Press on Wednesday after U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson intervened in the case.
DELANO, Minn. - Tom Emmer, the Republican who narrowly lost the last governor's race to Mark Dayton, kicked off his attempt at a political comeback Wednesday as he joined the 2014 race to succeed Michele Bachmann in Congress. Emmer launched his campaign at a riverfront park in his hometown of Delano.