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Virginia's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Is Ruled Unconstitutional

"Our Constitution declares that 'all men' are created equal. Surely this means all of us," a judge writes. She postponed enforcement of her ruling, however, pending the expected appeal of her decision.
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Father And Daughter Serve Detention Together

A third-grader student was late and got detention in Plainfield, Ill. Her father said since he brings her to school, he should do the time. The school declined his offer — instead they'll serve time together.
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L.A.'s Metro Red Line Plays Cupid

Passengers interested in speeding dating can wear pink wristbands and board cars adorned with red hearts. After two minutes, they're free to find a new seatmate. Or, if the mini-date really goes off the rails — they can get off and wait for the next train.
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Obama To See California Drought Conditions Firsthand

President Obama is heading to California — the state is suffering from severe drought conditions. Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountains is less than 30 percent of what it should be this time of year. And that means farmers and ranchers will have to get by with much less water than they'd like come spring.
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St. Paul Residents Don't Just See Ice, They Hear It

In Minnesota, the coldest winter in decades is ebbing with eerie sounds in St. Paul. The howl of melting ice on the Mississippi River got people's attention.
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NBA Teams Take A Break For The All-Star Game

The NBA is approaching mid-season. We catch up on how teams are doing and which players stand out. The annual All-Star game is on Sunday.
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Virginia's Ban On Gay Marriage Is Struck Down

U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen has ruled Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. Steve Inskeep talks to Mark Herring, Virginia's attorney general, about the ruling.
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Consumer Advocates Warn Against Comcast-Time Warner Merger

The proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable by Comcast is raising concerns, not just for the mega cable provider it would create, but also because of the questions it raises about broadband access at a time of uncertainty around the future of network neutrality. More than half of Americans with broadband access are getting it from their cable provider.
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A Fiery Valentine's Day For Two Firefighters In Love

Sophy Medina and Thomas Olsen had been dating for several months when their first Valentine's Day as a couple rolled around. And it wasn't a very romantic one; after injuring themselves battling a fire, they both ended up at the same hospital, "wearing big, stinky, heavy gear."
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Rand Paul's NSA Lawsuit Helps Him Lay Claim To A Big Issue

By suing the Obama administration, including the National Security Agency, for the agency's phone call data collection, Sen. Rand Paul now has ownership of an important issue in a way no other potential 2016 presidential candidate has yet to claim.

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