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POL-Obama-Same-Sex-Marriage (will update)
President Barack Obama said Wednesday he supports same-sex marriage, raising the political stakes on an issue in which Americans are evenly split. The announcement, long sought by supporters of same-sex marriage, puts Obama squarely at odds with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
POL-Obama-Same-Sex-Reactions (will update)
Politicians and celebrities were quick to weigh in on Twitter over news of U.S. President Barack Obama's support for same-sex marriage.
In the wake of the Amendment One being passed in North Carolina Tuesday night, opposition groups have decided to take action by starting a petition to have the Democratic national convention removed.
A reaction story on what President Obama's new stance on gay marriage means for the push for financial equality for gay couples.
In an election year billed to be laser-focused on jobs and the economy, social issues like same-sex marriage have stolen the spotlight a surprising number of times. But experts say don't expect those hot-button topics to be the ultimate markers of the 2012 cycle.
John Travolta's lawyer argued a time-stamped photograph and a restaurant receipt show the actor was in not in Los Angeles when a massage therapist claims he sexually assaulted him at the Beverly Hills Hotel. "We found out the dates of the claim, we knew the story was false," Travolta lawyer Martin Singer told CNN Wednesday. The federal lawsuit, which includes claims by two men that Travolta groped them while on their massage tables, seeks $2 million in damage for each plaintiff.
Seven and a half years ago, scenes of jubilant crowds celebrating the outcome of Ukraine's Orange Revolution -- a new presidential vote after a rigged election was annulled -- filled TV screens around the world. Now the country is back in the headlines, thanks to the controversial detention of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, a heroine of the revolution, and threats to boycott next month's Euro 2012 soccer matches in response. Viktor Yanukovych, the man defeated in 2004 by rival Viktor Yushchenko, is now president and stands accused by critics of persecuting his political opponents, Tymoshenko among them. And the promise of the 2004 Orange Revolution, where millions joined in peaceful protest against alleged corruption and in defense of democracy, is judged to have turned sour.
A $17 million settlement has been reached in the civil trial for the fatal sightseeing "duck boat² accident last summer. The families of the Hungarian student-tourists who drowned in the Delaware River will split $15 million. The nearly 20 other victims involved in the accident will split $2 million.
Carl Beane, known to baseball fans as the "The Voice of Fenway Park," died Wednesday in a single vehicle crash in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, the Worcester County District Attorney's office said in statement.
Illinois-Hudson-Murder-Trial (will update)
Jurors began deliberating Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of killing the mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew of entertainer Jennifer Hudson.
Tennessee-Missing-Children (will update)
Federal authorities added the suspect in the kidnapping of four members of a Tennessee family to the FBI's 10 most wanted list Wednesday and added $100,000 to the rewards offered for a break in the case.
California-Police-Beating (will update)