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Ireland votes in historic referendum on gay marriage

By Conor Barrins Dublin (AFP) – Ireland took to the polls on Friday to vote on whether same-sex marriage should be legal, in a referendum that has exposed sharp divisions between communities in this traditionally Catholic nation. Allowing gay couples to wed would be a seismic change in a country where homosexuality was only decriminalised in 1993, and where abortion remains illegal except where the mother’s life is in danger. “A lot of my gay friends want to get married. Continue reading

Washington state police officer shoots two men accused of stealing beer

By Victoria Cavaliere By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) – A police officer in the Washington state capital of Olympia shot and wounded two unarmed black men suspected of trying to steal beer from a supermarket on Thursday, law enforcement said, prompting protests in the city. The two brothers, aged 21 and 24, were hospitalized, one in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds, Olympia Police Chief Ronnie Roberts told a news conference Continue reading

FBI arrests two suspected Islamic State recruits in California: NBC News

(Reuters) – The FBI has arrested two men in southern California, one at Los Angeles International Airport, suspected of attempting to travel abroad to join Islamic State, NBC News reported on Thursday. NBC, which cited anonymous law enforcement officials, said the two men were unarmed and never posed any threat to the public. The other man was arrested in Orange County. Continue reading

South Korea court frees Korean Air "nut rage" executive

By YOUKYUNG LEE SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court Friday suspended the prison term of the former Korean Air executive whose onboard “nut rage” tantrum delayed a flight last year, immediately ending her incarceration. Cho Hyun-ah, who is the daughter of the airline’s chairman, did not violate aviation security law when she ordered the chief flight attendant off a Dec. 5 flight, forcing it to return to the gate at John F Continue reading

Washington quadruple slaying suspect apprehended

By Ian Simpson By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The suspect in the killing of a Washington businessman and three others found in a torched mansion last week has been taken into custody, police said late on Thursday. Washington D.C. Continue reading

Suspect arrested in D.C. quadruple murder

By BEN NUCKOLS WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Marine and ex-convict accused in the slayings of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper was arrested Thursday, a week after authorities said the family was killed in their mansion and it was set on fire. Daron Dylon Wint, 34, was arrested in northeast Washington shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday, said David Neumann, a U.S Continue reading

Federal judge rules again that gay couples have right to wed in Alabama

(Reuters) – A federal judge on Thursday reaffirmed her earlier ruling that same-sex couples in Alabama have a right to wed under the Constitution, but she put the ruling on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court issues a landmark decision on gay marriage. U.S. Continue reading

Shruggie emoticon makes guest appearance on Senate floor

Shruggie is all up in this health care debate. (Via Twitter) Thursday afternoon, an emoticon known as shruggie made a guest appearance in the Capitol during a presentation by newly minted Internet hero and Democratic Sen Continue reading

Cleanup of oil-fouled California beach could take months

By Steve Gorman By Steve Gorman SANTA BARBARA (Reuters) – The U.S. Coast Guard captain overseeing cleanup of oil spilled from a pipeline rupture that closed two California state beaches and fouled offshore waters near Santa Barbara said on Thursday it may take months to restore the area to its natural condition. Up to 2,500 barrels (105,000 gallons) of crude petroleum, according to latest estimates, gushed onto San Refugio State Beach and into the Pacific about 20 miles (32 km) west of Santa Barbara on Tuesday when an underground pipeline that runs along the coastal highway burst. Continue reading

Claims of anti-Asian discrimination at Harvard reveal a long, complicated fight over affirmative action

By Caitlin Dickson Students celebrate receiving their degrees at Harvard commencement in the Tercentenary Theatre of Harvard Yard. … Does one of the nation’s most prestigious universities really have a racially biased admissions process, or are the organizers behind such a claim merely pushing a larger, more controversial agenda? Those were the questions prompted by a federal complaint filed last week with the Departments of Justice and Education by more than 60 Asian-American organizations who say Harvard University uses racial quotas and other illegal practices to discriminate against Asian-American applicants. Continue reading