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Maryland Takes First Step Toward Same-Sex Marriage

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The gay marriage measure now heads to the full Senate, which could vote on it as early as next week. Supporters there say at this point they are one vote shy of the 24 needed to pass the bill.

Senate Minority Leader Nancy Jacobs says it appears any attempt to filibuster the bill will fail. Leaders in the House say they're confident the measure will pass that chamber.

The Senate committee added a clause to the bill designed to protect religious groups from having to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies or provide services for those weddings.

Gov. Martin O'Malley says he will sign the measure if it reaches him. If approved, Maryland would become the sixth state in the country to allow same sex marriage.

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Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.
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The Politics Hour - July 31, 2015

Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Investigators believe a piece of debris found on the French island of RĂ©union in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.

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