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Feds Recognize Gay Marriages in 7 States

Gay marriage recognized by feds in seven statesThe federal government will recognize same-sex marriages in seven more states and extend federal benefits to those couples, the Justice Department said Friday.

The announcement comes one week after the U.S. Supreme Court let stand rulings from three appeals courts that struck down bans on gay and lesbian marriages. That order meant same-sex couples in those states could get married immediately.

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Walmart workers arrested in New York and D.C. protesting for $15 minimum wage

Walmart protesterAt least 42 Walmart workers and labor rights activists were arrested Thursday while marching for $15 per hour minimum wage outside of heiress Alice Walton's New York City apartment and in front of the Walton Family Foundation's Washington headquarters.

"I've worked at Walmart for four years and most of that time has been part-time, with a schedule that fluctuates from week to week," Tyfani Faulkner, a manager at a California Walmart, told Vice News.

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Fla. Supreme Court puts limits on phone tracking

cell phonesPolice in Florida aren't allowed to use a cellphone to track someone's movements according to a sweeping new ruling from the Florida Supreme Court.

The court by a 5-2 vote ruled Thursday that authorities in Broward County had no right to stop and arrest Shawn Tracey for possession of more than 400 grams of cocaine.

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Chrysler recalls more than 900,000 vehicles globally in two actions

chryslerChrysler Group on Thursday announced two global recalls of more than 900,000 cars and SUVs combined for problems that could cause fires.

Chrysler, a unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCHA.MI), is recalling about 470,000 cars and SUVs globally from model years 2011 through 2014 and equipped with a 3.6 liter engine and a 160 amp alternator, according to the company and documents filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The alternator may suddenly fail, possibly causing a stall or fire and increasing the risk of a crash, according to the NHTSA documents.

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Atheist jailed for denying ‘higher power’ in Calif. drug rehab gets $2M

AA, Redding Recovery CenterAn atheist in Northern California has been awarded nearly $2 million in a settlement with the state and a nonprofit drug rehab organization for violating his religious liberty by sending him to jail for refusing to submit to a “higher power” as part of a treatment program, local news outlets reported.

After serving a year behind bars for methamphetamine possession, 46-year-old Barry Hazle Jr. of Shasta County was ordered to participate in a residential drug treatment program.

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85 Colleges Are Now Under Federal Investigation For Sexual Assault Cases

Colleges under fireEighty-five higher education institutions are now under investigation due to concerns with how the schools handle sexual violence on campus, the U.S. Department of Education told The Huffington Post on Wednesday.

Of the current investigations, 55 began in 2014 and nine were added in the past two months. The Education Department began publicly disclosing its Office for Civil Rights investigations of colleges for sexual violence in May, when the overall total was 55.

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Court tosses Arizona's no-bail law for immigrants

Russell PearceAn appeals court on Wednesday struck down a voter-approved Arizona law that denies bail to immigrants who are in the country illegally and have been charged with a range of felonies that include shoplifting, aggravated identity theft, sexual assault and murder.

An 11-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the law violates due-process rights by imposing punishment before trial. The court also said the law was a "scattershot attempt" at confronting people who flee from authorities and that there was no evidence the law dealt with a particularly critical problem.

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