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Same-sex couples marry in Alabama after U.S. Supreme Court refuses stay

Alabama gay marriageSame-sex couples began marrying in Alabama on Monday, defying an attempt by the chief justice of the state's Supreme Court to block probate judges from issuing marriages licenses to gays and lesbians.

A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday helped clear the way for Alabama to become the 37th state to allow same-sex couples to marry. Justices refused a request by Alabama's attorney general to keep such marriages on hold until the court rules whether laws banning them are constitutional.


Teenager arrested in mall shooting that wounds three people in Macy's

Pa. mall shootingThree people were hospitalized Sunday with gunshot wounds after a 17-year-old male opened fire on a man at a Pittsburgh-area mall, police said, striking his intended target as well as two bystanders.

The Monroeville Mall went on lockdown Saturday evening after the shooting. The gunman managed to escape but police say they were able to identify him by matching surveillance video with images on social media.


Union says U.S. refinery strike widened; cites unfair labor practices

Steel union strikeThe United Steelworkers union said on Saturday the strike by U.S. refinery workers is expanding to two more plants early on Sunday due to unfair labor practices by oil companies.

Walk-outs at BP Plc's Whiting, Indiana, refinery and the company's joint-venture refinery with Husky Energy in Toledo, Ohio, shortly after 12 a.m. local time on Sunday would bring the number of plants with striking hourly workers to 11, including nine refineries accounting for 13 percent of U.S. refining capacity.


Police: Two children only survivors in shooting that kills five

Georgia shooting kills fivePolice say two children are the lone survivors of a shooting in a Georgia home that killed five others.

Seven victims were found inside and outside the Douglas County home at about 3 p.m. Saturday, according to police. Some died on the scene and others on the way to the hospital, including the shooter, who expired from a self-inflicted gunshot wound while being transported for medical care.


Pepperidge Farm recalls 46,000 packages of bagels

Pepperidge farms bagel recallPepperidge Farm on Friday announced it is recalling 46,000 packages of bagels due to undeclared allergens.

The baked goods company is recalling the products because they may contain peanuts and almonds, which could be life-threatening to people who are allergic to them.

No illnesses or deaths have been reported related to the recall.


Floridians forced to sell their homes at huge losses

Condo units in Florida forced to sellUnder a Florida law, companies that own more than 80 percent of condo units in one building can terminate a condo complex under certain conditions and turn it into apartments for rent. The companies have to pay the owners they're evicting the "current market value" for their units, which may not even cover their mortgage. Some owners, who have diligently paid their bills and fees, are left without a home and drowning in debt.

“I thought we lived in a country where your property couldn’t be seized for private gain,” Gonzalez said. “And this blows me away that this is possible in the United States. It blows me away.”


War Memorial Separates Dead By Race And Divides Southern City

White/colored war memorialAlong Main Street in a small South Carolina city, there is war memorial honoring fallen World War I and II soldiers, dividing them into two categories: "white" and "colored."

Welborn Adams, Greenwood's white Democratic-leaning mayor, believes the bronze plaques are relics of the South's scarred past and should be changed in the spirit of equality, replaced like the "colored" water fountains or back entrances to the movie theater that blacks were once forced to use.


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