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The crowd celebrates outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday June 26, 2015, after the court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the US. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

50% of Republican and conservative voters believe states have right to ignore federal court rulings

- The Washington Times

Likely Americans voters are warming to the idea that individual states should have the right to turn their backs on the federal courts in the wake of recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings on Obamacare and gay marriage. A third of likely U.S. voters now believe that states should have the right to ignore federal court rulings if their elected officials agree with them according to a Rasmussen Reports survey released Friday. Among GOP voters and conservatives, the number is much higher.

Hispanic leaders say Republican Party must condemn Donald Trump

- Associated Press

Hispanic leaders are warning of harm to Republican White House hopes unless the party’s presidential contenders do more to condemn Donald Trump, a businessman turned presidential candidate who’s refusing to apologize for calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers.

President Obama waves as he boards Air Force One, Thursday, July 2, 2015, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to La Crosse, Wis., where he is to speak at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse about economy and to promote a proposed Labor Department rule that would make more workers eligible for overtime. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama blasts Scott Walker’s policies in visit to Wisconsin

- The Washington Times

President Obama gave a ringing endorsement for unions and more overtime pay in Wisconsin Thursday while attacking the polices of Republican Gov. Scott Walker, a labor foe who filed papers on the same day to officially launch his bid for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders shakes hands with supporters after speaking at a political rally in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, July 1, 2015. (Michael P. King/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Bernie Sanders gains on Hillary Clinton in Iowa: poll

- The Washington Times

Sen. Bernie Sanders is gaining on front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic presidential race in Iowa, more than doubling his support among likely participants in the state’s first-in-the-nation nominating contest, said a new poll released Friday.

Citizens and legislators rebel against American flag desecration while Americans themselves continue to be patriotic. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

A patriotic flap: American Legion, lawmakers step up to protect Old Glory from desecration

- The Washington Times

It’s quite an ironic flap: Disarm NYPD, a New York-based anarchist group that burned an American flag in a Brooklyn park earlier this week, ultimately needed the protection of the New York Police Department themselves. When the anarchists lit Old Glory on fire in a portable barbecue, a group of bikers, military veterans and assorted opponents descended to stop the process.

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Arizona appeals ruling over its work-related ID theft laws

Associated Press

Lawyers for the state of Arizona have asked an appeals court to reverse a ruling that prevents Maricopa County officials from enforcing two identity-theft laws that have been used to convict hundreds of immigrant workers.

News briefs from around Kentucky at 1:58 a.m. EDT

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San Francisco: No 'legal basis' to hold shooting suspect

Associated Press

A man suspected in the shooting death of a woman at a busy San Francisco tourist destination has seven felony convictions and has been deported five times, most recently in 2009, a federal agency said Friday.

News from around Wisconsin at 5:58 p.m. CDT

Associated Press

Opposition mounted Friday to a surprise Republican budget measure that would exempt from Wisconsin open records laws nearly everything created by state and local government officials, including drafts of legislation and communications with staff.

Arkansas leaders try to diffuse war of words on gay marriage

- Associated Press

Opposition from Arkansas legislative leaders to the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling lifting the ban on gay marriage nationwide bubbled over into a war of words late Thursday between the state's legislative and executive branches.

President Barack Obama is greeted by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as he arrives on Air Force One at La Crosse Regional Airport, Thursday, July 2, 2015, in La Crosse, Wis. The president is en route to the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse where he is to speak about the economy and promote a proposed Labor Department rule that would make more workers eligible for overtime. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Backlash over Wisconsin GOP plan to tighten open records law

- Associated Press

Opposition mounted Friday to a surprise Republican budget measure that would exempt from Wisconsin open records laws nearly everything created by state and local government officials, including drafts of legislation and communications with staff.

FILE  - In this Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, file photo, a sign for Aetna Inc., sits atop a building at the company headquarters in in Hartford, Conn. Health insurer Aetna Inc. has made a deal to buy competitor Humana Inc. in a $37 billion deal the companies say would create the second-largest managed care company, it was announced Friday, July 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Aetna to buy Humana as health insurer landscape shifts

- Associated Press

Aetna aims to spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul.

Hassan likely to veto bill removing concealed gun license

- Associated Press

New Hampshire's gun laws are likely to be the center of debate next week as Gov. Maggie Hassan takes action on a bill that would make it easier for people to carry hidden guns. She has said she'll veto it.

News from around Wisconsin at 5:28 a.m. CDT

Associated Press

The Legislature's finance committee finally completed its revisions to Gov. Scott Walker's state budget plan after a five-week delay early Friday morning, clearing the way for votes in the full Senate and Assembly.

Republicans approve limiting public access to records

- Associated Press

Nearly all records created by state and local government officials, including bill drafts and communications with staff, would not be subject to the Wisconsin open records law under a sweeping surprise change Republicans introduced in committee Thursday as an amendment to the state budget.