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McDonnell Removed From Lawsuit Challenging Same-Sex Marriage Ban

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A judge has removed Virginia's governor from a lawsuit challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban but is allowing the case to continue with two other defendants.

U.S. District Judge Michael Urbanski said in Monday's ruling that Governor Bob McDonnell is protected by the constitutional doctrine of sovereign immunity.

But he refused to dismiss the case against Staunton Circuit Court Clerk Thomas Roberts. Janet Rainey, the state registrar of vital records, is the other defendant.

The lawsuit was filed by two couples who claim Virginia's constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage — and denying recognition of such unions sanctioned by other states -- violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the Constitution.

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Barry Meier: "Missing Man"

Nine years ago, former FBI agent Robert Levinson disappeared in Iran while on a mission for the CIA. The story of his secret journey to Iran, the CIA cover-up that followed and efforts to rescue the longest-held U.S. hostage.

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5,000-Year-Old Chinese Beer Recipe Revealed

Researchers discovered ancient "beer-making tool kits" in underground rooms built between 3400 and 2900 B.C. Analyses of funnels, pots and jugs show the brewers were using pretty advanced techniques.
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The Fight for D.C.'s Budget Freedom

Last week, a House committee with oversight of the District passed legislation that would block the ability of the Council to spend its own tax dollars.

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The U.S. Expands Ties To Vietnam

President Barack Obama lifts the embargo against U.S. arms sales to Vietnam. We discuss what closer ties between the U.S. and Vietnam mean for trade, leverage on human rights and growing concerns over China's military expansion.

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