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  • Republican activists push party on gay marriage

    By MICHELLE RINDELS - Associated Press

    As bans against gay marriage crumble and public opinion on the issue shifts rapidly, some Republicans are pushing the party to drop its opposition to same-sex unions, part of a broader campaign to get the GOP to appeal to younger voters by de-emphasizing social issues. Published April 23, 2014

  • California bill reignites affirmative action fight

    By JULIET WILLIAMS - Associated Press

    Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate affirmative action has sparked a backlash that is forging a new divide in the state's powerful Democratic Party and creating opportunity for conservatives. Published April 23, 2014

  • Simpsonville mayor accused of intimidating judge

    By Associated Press

    A grand jury has indicted the Simpsonville mayor after investigators said he threatened a municipal court judge. Published April 22, 2014

  • Bill making smugglers eligible for death passes

    By Associated Press

    The Arizona Legislature has approved a bill that could make human smugglers convicted of murder eligible for the death penalty, sending it to Gov. Jan Brewer for action. Published April 22, 2014

  • Kerry accuses Moscow of fomenting Ukraine unrest

    By Ashish Kumar Sen - The Washington Times

    Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Tuesday complained to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about an increase in Moscow-backed separatists' activities in Ukraine as that country's top state security official accused Russian military intelligence officers of fomenting the unrest. Published April 22, 2014

  • Republicans in NC's Senate race trade few hits

    By GARY D. ROBERTSON - Associated Press

    The candidate in North Carolina's Republican Senate primary with backing from the party's Washington establishment came under little direct criticism Tuesday night as his top rivals had their first real chance to challenge him face to face. Published April 22, 2014

  • Less silent suffering: Veterans' post-traumatic stress taken seriously

    By Maggie Ybarra - The Washington Times

    Baseball stadiums are some of the few places where Navy Cmdr. Steven Dundas feels safe, where his mind is not anxiously inching toward the past and latching onto memories of children with missing body parts and the stench of burning swamp fires. Published April 22, 2014

  • Navajo council rejects measure on term limits

    By Associated Press

    A measure to keep Navajo Nation lawmakers from serving more than 16 years in office and limit the tribal president to eight years has failed. Published April 22, 2014

  • Judge denies ex-Ohio lawmaker early prison release

    By Associated Press

    A judge has denied a former Ohio lawmaker's request for early release from prison, saying he agreed to serve three years. Published April 22, 2014

  • Schuette praises high court ruling on admissions

    By Associated Press

    Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is praising the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold the state's ban on using race in university admissions. Published April 22, 2014

  • Backers, opponents of Michigan ban react to ruling

    By ED WHITE - Associated Press

    The U.S. Supreme Court decision Tuesday upholding the state's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions comes as the University of Michigan has been taking steps to reach out to minorities and make them feel welcome on campus. Published April 22, 2014

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