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In this June 26, 2013 file photo, gay rights advocate Vin Testa waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Supreme Court weighs same-sex marriage cases

- Associated Press

Same-sex couples in 11 more states would win the right to marry, but the issue would remain unsettled nationwide if the Supreme Court were to surprise everyone and decline to take up gay marriage right now.

Tom Delay, left, arrives at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in Austin, on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Prosecutors have prepared their case to present to the highest Texas criminal court in support of reinstating the convictions of DeLay. DeLay was convicted in 2010 of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering for participating in a scheme to influence Texas elections. But a lower appeals court ruled last year that prosecutors failed to prove their case and vacated DeLay's convictions.  (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Dborah Cannon)  AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT, INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM, MAGS OUT

Texas appeals court upholds DeLay reversal

- Associated Press

The highest criminal court in Texas refused Wednesday to reinstate two money-laundering convictions against former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, ending a nearly decade-long criminal case against the one-time GOP heavyweight.

This March 25, 2013, file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Alton Nolen of Moore, Okla. Nolen was charged Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, with first-degree murder in the gruesome beheading of a Vaughan Foods worker, authorities said. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections, File)

Oklahoma man charged with murder in beheading

- Associated Press

An Oklahoma man who had been suspended from his job was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the gruesome beheading of a co-worker, who was attacked from behind as the man sought revenge, a prosecutor said.

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Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, before the House Oversight Committee as it examines details surrounding a security breach at the White House when a man climbed over a fence, sprinted across the north lawn and dash deep into the executive mansion before finally being subdued.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Julia Pierson resigns as Secret Service director

- The Washington Times 18 minutes ago

Secret Service Director Julia A. Pierson resigned Wednesday a day after failing to quell the furor over a security breach that led to an armed intruder getting into the White House last month.

Flights still canceled in Chicago after sabotage

Associated Press

Chicago Department of Aviation data show flights are still canceled at O'Hare International Airport after sabotage last week at a suburban air traffic control center.

Students and faculty move between classes at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., in this Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/The Southern, Jake Haines)

FBI: Chicago man threatened beheadings at SIU

Associated Press

Federal investigators say a Chicago man accused of mailing threats of rapes, killings, bombings and beheadings at a Southern Illinois University campus he attended brought himself to authorities' attention.

In this image provided by the U.S. Navy, the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) launches a Tomahawk cruise missile as seen from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014.  Syria said Tuesday that Washington informed President Bashar Assad's government of imminent U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State group, hours before an American-led military coalition pounded the extremists' strongholds across northern and eastern Syria. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Garst)

Defense leaders warn of Tomahawk missile shortage in Islamic State fight

As the United States steps up its battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), defense leaders on Capitol Hill are raising concerns about a looming shortage in the Tomahawk missile supply, a key offensive weapon that the Navy has deployed against militant strongholds in Syria and elsewhere.