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Alabama County Halts All Marriages After Same-Sex Ruling

By Jay Reeves | Mar 4
The probate court in one of Alabama's biggest counties says it won't issue any marriage licenses at all after the Alabama Supreme Court disagreed with a federal court and upheld the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Gay Marriage Objections Considered By NC House Panel

NATIONAL | By Gary D. Robertson | Mar 5
Clergy and advocates differed Wednesday whether over judicial officials are obligated by law to carry out civil same-sex marriages in North Carolina even if they object to gay marriage due to their religious beliefs.

Fla. House Panel OKs Bill Restricting Public Restrooms to Birth Gender

NATIONAL | By Brendan Farrington | Mar 5
Transgender Floridians would have to use public bathrooms designated for their birth gender, unless they have a license or passport that proves they've completed their transition to their new sex under a bill that passed its first legislative committee.

UK Report: Spy Agencies Should Seek Female Recruits Online

INTERNATIONAL | By Jill Lawless | Mar 5
British lawmakers say the country's intelligence agencies, which inspired James Bond, are not doing enough to promote real-life Jane Bonds.

Trial Over Hit Song 'Blurred Lines' Drawing to a Close

NATIONAL | By Anthony McCartney | Mar 5
Marvin Gaye was part of the soundtrack of Pharrell Williams' life growing up, and the Grammy-winning singer-producer told a jury that he did not borrow from his idol's work to craft the 2013 hit "Blurred Lines."

Book by Sen. Ted Cruz to be Published June 30

POLITICS | By Hillel Italie | Mar 5
Sen. Ted Cruz's book, "A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Miracle of America," is coming out this summer.

Experts: Clinton Email Practices Risked Data Disclosures

NATIONAL | By Stephen Braun | Mar 5
Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of a private email address and private computer server for official State Department business heightened security risks to her communications, several information security experts said.

Fate of Obama Health Law Subsidies Rests With 2 Justices

NATIONAL | By Mark Sherman | Mar 5
The Supreme Court argument over subsidies that help millions of people afford their health insurance suggests that the Obama administration has two chances to attract one critical vote.

US Finds Racist, Profit-Driven Practices in Ferguson

NATIONAL | By Jim Salter and Eric Tucker | Mar 5
A federal investigation into the police killing of an unarmed, black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, lays bare what officials contend are racist, profit-driven law enforcement practices in the small St. Louis suburb.

Jurors Hear Graphic Accounts of Boston Marathon Bombing

NATIONAL | By Denise Lavoie | Mar 5
It didn't take long for prosecutors in the Boston Marathon bombing trial to convey the sense of fear, pain and grief caused by the 2013 attack. They let victims do it for them.

Alabama Justices: Until High Court Rules, We're in Charge

NATIONAL | By Jay Reeves and Bil Barrow | Mar 5
The Alabama Supreme Court has made itself an outlier in the judicial march legalizing same-sex marriages in the United States, drawing rebukes from gay rights advocates and evoking comparisons to Alabama's defiance during the civil rights movement.

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