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WASHINGTON (AP) The head of the Washington, D.C., police union is decrying the police chief's public criticism of a detective for pulling a gun during a snowball fight. Videos of the plainclothes officer holding a gun and telling people he pulled the weapon after getting hit by snowballs circulated widely on the Internet after the Saturday confrontation.

WASHINGTON (AP) The District of Columbia is asking a judge to throw out a lawsuit by opponents of same-sex marriage. The plaintiffs, led by local pastor Bishop Harry Jackson, are seeking to get their proposed ban on gay marriage on the ballot. They are suing after the Board of Elections and Ethics turned them down.

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