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Appeals Court Will Hear Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Case In May

A federal appeals court has tentatively scheduled May arguments on Virginia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.

The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals outlined a schedule that will expedite the case to the Richmond court, with briefs scheduled for later this month. The court will hear appeals of a federal judge's ruling declaring the state's ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional.

The expedited review had been sought by two same-sex couples who challenged the ban as well as Attorney General Mark Herring.

A federal judge in Norfolk ruled the state ban unconstitutional but delayed her ruling while it is appealed.

That means gay couples in Virginia still can't marry until the case is ultimately resolved. The Virginia challenge could end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Baltimore Artist Joyce J. Scott Pushes Local, Global Boundaries

The MacArthur Foundation named 67-year-old Baltimore artist Joyce J. Scott a 2016 Fellow -– an honor that comes with a $625,000 "genius grant" and international recognition.


A History Of Election Cake And Why Bakers Want To #MakeAmericaCakeAgain

Bakers Susannah Gebhart and Maia Surdam are reviving election cake: a boozy, dense fruitcake that was a way for women to participate in the democratic process before they had the right to vote.

So, Which Is It: Bigly Or Big-League? Linguists Take On A Common Trumpism

If you've followed the 2016 presidential election, you've probably heard Donald Trump say it: "bigly." Or is that "big-league"? We asked linguists settle the score — and offer a little context, too.
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Twilight Warriors: The Soldiers, Spies And Special Agents Who Are Revolutionizing The American Way Of War

After the 9/11 attacks, U.S. intelligence, military and law enforcement agencies were forced to work together in completely new ways. A veteran national security reporter on how America has tried to adapt to a new era of warfare.

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