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U.S. Supreme court divided on gay marriage case

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court appeared sharply divided on Tuesday on whether the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage, but pivotal Justice Anthony Kennedy seemed to inch cautiously toward legalizing gay nuptials nationwide.

Avian flu cases probable in Iowa, millions of birds affected

CHICAGO -- Initial tests have found five probable new cases of the rapidly spreading avian influenza on commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting more than 6 million birds, the state's agriculture department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday.

Baltimore erupts in riots after man’s funeral

BALTIMORE -- Rioters hurled bricks, looted businesses and set fires in Baltimore on Monday in violence that injured at least seven police officers following the funeral of a 25-year-old black man who died after he was injured in police custody.

U.S. strike inadvertently killed U.S., Italian hostages

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A U.S. drone strike in January targeting an al Qaeda compound in Pakistan near the Afghan border inadvertently killed an American and an Italian who had been held hostage for years by the group, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

White House: Job is not done in Yemen

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yemen remains unstable and much more work needs to be done in the region, despite a declared halt to the Saudi-led bombing campaign in the country, the White House said on Wednesday.

Judge may reconsider stiff cheating sentences

ATLANTA — Three former Atlanta public school administrators who received the stiffest prison terms among educators convicted in a test cheating scandal involving thousands of students could see their sentences reduced next week.

Study shows how human bodily bacteria is changing

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Everyone’s body is brimming with bacteria, and these microbes do plenty of good things like building the immune system and helping digestion. But modern diets, antibiotics and hygiene seem to be reducing the range of microbes occupying our anatomy.

Kraft revamping iconic macaroni & cheese

Kraft Foods Group Inc. on Monday said it is revamping its family-friendly macaroni and cheese meal, removing synthetic colors and preservatives from the popular boxed dinner.

Clinton floating tax-code changes

KEENE, New Hampshire — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Monday she would consider changes to the U.S. tax code to reward companies that produce goods and services as opposed to trading, which she likened to “playing games.”

Bush to visit Germany, Estonia, Poland

WASHINGTON — Republican Jeb Bush will visit three U.S. allies, Germany, Poland and Estonia, in early June to get a first-hand view of European economic and security challenges as he explores a run for his party’s presidential nomination in 2016, a Bush aide said on Monday.

Women getting bad info on birth-control coverage from ACA insurers

Women in Washington state seeking birth-control coverage through the health-benefit exchange created under the Affordable Care Act are receiving false or misleading information from their insurance carriers, who are bound by the federal law to provide no-cost access to approved methods.

U.S. sued to curb deaths of sea turtles by shrimping industry

Environmentalists seeking to curb the deaths of an estimated 53,000 sea turtles each year from getting caught in commercial shrimp nets off the southeastern United States sued federal regulators on Wednesday for stronger protections.

Snoring, apnea linked to earlier memory decline in elderly

Older people who have sleep apnea, which can be marked by heavy snoring, tend to begin experiencing cognitive decline about ten years earlier than those without the disorder, or those who use a breathing machine to treat their apnea, according to a new U.S. study.

Study reveals secret behind knuckle-cracking

Some people like the sound of knuckle-cracking and others loathe it, but for years there has been disagreement among scientists about what actually causes it.