Supreme Court Extends Gay Marriage Nationwide

Posted by Associated Press on June 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Same-sex couples won the right to marry nationwide Friday as a divided Supreme Court handed a crowning victory to the gay rights movement, setting off a jubilant cascade of long-delayed weddings in states where they had been forbidden.

“No longer may this liberty be denied,” said Justice Anthony Kennedy.

The vote was narrow — 5-4 — but Kennedy’s majority opinion was …

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Obama Health Care Law Survives Second Supreme Court Fight

Posted by Associated Press on June 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court sent a clear message Thursday that President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is here to stay, rejecting a major challenge that would have imperiled the landmark law and health insurance for millions of Americans.

Whether you call it the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, or in the words of a dissenting justice, SCOTUScare, Obama’s signature domestic achievement …

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Prayer Vigil for Victims

Posted by Mike Turner on June 18, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. — Church leaders held a vigil to remember the victims in Wednesday’s shooting that killed nine people at a Charleston, South Carolina church.

Hundreds of people attended the public vigil Thursday at Portland’s Bethel AME Church in Northeast Portland and lighted candles at the end.

Nine Killed in Shooting At Historic Black Church

Posted by Associated Press on June 18, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A white man was arrested Thursday in the slayings of nine people, including the pastor, at a prayer meeting inside a historic black church in downtown Charleston.

Dylann Storm Roof, 21, stayed for nearly an hour inside the church Wednesday night before shooting six females and three males at a prayer meeting, Police Chief Greg Mullen said.

Roof put …

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‘King of Blues’ B.B. King Has Left Us At 89

Posted by Associated Press on May 15, 2015

LAS VEGAS — B.B. King believed anyone could play the blues, and that “as long as people have problems, the blues can never die.”

But no one could play the blues like B.B. King, who died Thursday night at age 89 in Las Vegas, where he had been in hospice care.

Although he kept performing well into his 80s, the 15-time Grammy …

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