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Couples wed on 1st day gay marriage is legal in NY

Related: “factbox” –> More News Hundreds of gay couples dressed in formal suits and striped trousers, gowns and T-shirts recited vows in emotion-choked voices and triumphantly hoisted their long-awaited marriage certificates on Sunday as New York became the sixth and largest state to recognize same-sex weddings. Couples began saying “I do” at midnight from Niagara Falls to Long Island, though ...

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Hotel maid goes public with allegations against ex-IMF chief

(CNN) — The maid who accused former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her in a New York City hotel room has ended her months-long silence and gone public. Nafissatou Diallo spoke to Newsweek magazine for an article posted on its website Sunday, as well as to Robin Roberts of ABC News as part of an interview ...

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Afghan insurgents hang 8-year-old boy

RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press= KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Insurgents in southern Afghanistan hanged an 8-year-old boy six days after they abducted him, the Afghan government said Sunday. The boy’s captors had demanded that his father, a police officer, supply them with a police vehicle and he refused, said a statement from President Hamid Karzai’s office. The militants hanged the boy ...

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Train collision in China kills 35, injures 191

LOUISE WATT Associated Press= BEIJING (AP) — A bullet train crashed into another high-speed train that had stalled after being struck by lightning in eastern China, causing four carriages to fall off a viaduct and killing at least 35 people and injuring 191 others, state media and an official said Sunday. It was the first derailment on China’s high-speed rail ...

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Norway suspect says attacks were ‘necessary’

The man suspected of a bombing and shooting spree in Norway has called his deeds “atrocious but … necessary,” his lawyer has said. In an interview with TV2 news on Saturday, Geir Lippestad, who is representing 32-year-old Anders Breivik, said his client was willing to explain himself in a court hearing on Monday. Lippestad said: “He has said that he believed ...

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A Tale of Two Elections: Cherokee Nation and United States

Article by WorldNews.com Correspondent Dallas Darling. When it was announced that the Cherokee Nation’s Supreme Court invalidated the results of a disputed election to determine their Chief, I remembered what Sheldon S. Wolin wrote about the 2000 presidential election and a possible Florida recount. In “Democracy Inc., Managed Democracy And The Specter Of Inverted Totalitarianism.” Wolin believes today the U.S. ...

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Recording Academy Issues Statement on Death of Grammy Winner Amy Winehouse

Just moments ago, the Recording Academy, which operates the Grammy Awards, issued a statement about the surprising news that soulful British singer Amy Winehouse died today. Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow wrote: “Five-time Grammy winner Amy Winehouse was a dynamic performer and musician who seamlessly blended rock, jazz, pop, and soul and created a sound all her own. ...

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John Boehner walks out of White House debt-ceiling talks. What now?

An exasperated President Obama virtually declared war on House Republicans in an angry and hastily called press conference Friday night, excoriating them for walking away from a deal to cut the deficit and raise the debt ceiling, saying the Republicans can't say "yes" to anything. Shortly after, House Speaker John Boehner called his own press conference to say that negotiating ...

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At least 87 dead in Norway shooting, bomb attack

OSLO (Reuters) - A gunman dressed in police uniform opened fire at a youth camp of Norway's ruling political party on Friday, killing at least 80 people, hours after a bomb killed seven in the government district in the capital Oslo. Rescue workers work at the scene of a powerful explosion that rocked central Oslo July 22, 2011. A huge explosion damaged government buildings in central Oslo on Friday including Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg's office, injuring several people, a Reuters witness said. (REUTERS/Berit Roald/Scanpix) "The updated knowledge we are sitting on now is at least 80 (dead)," police chief Oystein Maeland told a news conference. "We can't guarantee that won't increase...

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