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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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National Museum of African American History Opens Its Doors

More than 100 years after it was originally proposed, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is opening its doors in Washington, D.C.
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While Everyone Was Partying At Woodstock, I Was Stuck At Schrafft's

The chain restaurant that catered to women helped redefine how Americans eat, according to a new book. For NPR's Lynn Neary, it also defined how she did and didn't fit with the counterculture.
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Newspaper Endorsements Matter Most When They're Unexpected

The New York Times endorsed Hillary Clinton on Saturday, but an endorsement that came the day before from a smaller paper may matter more to its readers, for the simple fact that it was unexpected.
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As Our Jobs Are Automated, Some Say We'll Need A Guaranteed Basic Income

How will the economy provide economic opportunities if employers need fewer workers in the future? A growing number of people in Silicon Valley are saying the only realistic answer is a basic income.

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