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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley

Candidates for Governor Differ on Gay Marriage Ban

NATIONAL | Friday Aug 1, 2014
Gov. Nikki Haley's Democratic challenger says South Carolina should 'pause' in defending a lawsuit trying to overturn the state's gay marriage ban.

Singer Katy Perry performs her song "Roar" at an event for the Special Olympics hosted by President Barack Obama in the State Dining Room at the White House.

At White House Gala, Obama Honors Special Olympics

NATIONAL | By Josh Lederman | Aug 1
Singers Katy Perry and Stevie Wonder joined other A-list celebrities, world-famous athletes and American legends who donned their best suits and gowns Thursday as President Barack Obama hosted a White House celebration honoring the Special Olympics.

Linda Blair portrays a possessed Regan MacNeil in a scene from, "The Exorcist."

'Godfather of Makeup' Dick Smith Dead at 92

NATIONAL | By Hillel Italie | Aug 1
Dick Smith, the Oscar-winning "Godfather of Makeup" who amused, fascinated and terrified moviegoers by devising unforgettable transformations for Marlon Brando in "The Godfather" and Linda Blair in "The Exorcist" among many others, has died. He was 92.

House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor

Rep. Cantor to Resign From House Seat in August

NATIONAL | By Alan Suderman | Aug 1
After a stunning primary election loss, former Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Friday that he will resign his seat in the House of Representatives months earlier than expected.

Minnesota Gay Marriage Law Reaches Anniversary

NATIONAL | Aug 1
It's been a year since Minnesota's gay and lesbian couples got the right to legally marry.

Study: Reading 'Harry Potter' Books Leads to Tolerance in Children

NATIONAL | By EDGE | Aug 1
Forget the whole witchcraft thing. The religious right has a whole new reason to hate the "Harry Potter" series of books.

President Barack Obama signs an executive order titled "Fair Pay and Safe Workplace" Thursday, July 31, 2014, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House grounds in Washington.

Obama Order Presses Contractors to Obey Labor Laws

NATIONAL | By Bobby McGuire | Aug 1
President Barack Obama moved Thursday to require federal contractors to give their workers more rights in labor disputes, putting his pen to an executive order the day after the House voted to sue him for allegedly exceeding his presidential powers.

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her Supreme Court chambers in Washington, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Ginsburg says the Supreme Court won't duck the issue of same-sex marriage the next time a case comes to the court.

Ginsburg: High Court Won't 'Duck' Gay Marriage

NATIONAL | By Mark Sherman | Jul 31
The Supreme Court won't duck the issue of same-sex marriage the next time a case comes to the court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says.

Challenge to NJ Gay Conversion Ban for Minors is Dismissed

NATIONAL | Jul 31
For the second time in nine months, a federal judge in New Jersey has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on gay conversion therapy.

The South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, S.C.

Gay Couples Denied Marriage Licenses in South Carolina

NATIONAL | Jul 31
Five same-sex couples have been turned down for marriage licenses in a South Carolina county.

C.L.I.T.T. Goes Viral, Local Residents Confused

NATIONAL | By Bobby McGuire | Jul 31
An internet hoax that reports on a Tuscon, Arizona mass transit project with the racy and unfortunate (for some) acronym C.L.I.T.T. caught the eye of social media maven George Takei, and has local area officials up in arms.