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Gay-Conversion Therapy Ban Survives as Supreme Court Rejects Appeal

Gay coversion therapy ban upheld by SCOTUSThe U.S. Supreme Court let stand a California law that bans licensed therapists from working with children to change their sexual orientation from gay to straight, rejecting an appeal that said the measure violates religious rights.

The rebuff leaves intact a federal appeals court decision upholding California’s 2012 first-of-its-kind law. The measure prohibits the form of counseling known as “conversion therapy.”

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San Diego: Poolside party becomes 'war zone' as gunman shoots seven, is killed by cops

Poolside shooting in san DiegoSeven adults were shot, one woman fatally, when a gunman who witnesses said never left his poolside chair opened fire on a birthday party at an University City apartment complex Sunday.

Police shot and killed the suspect, later identified as 49-year-old Peter Selis, a resident at the upscale La Jolla Crossroads complex on Judicial Drive near the Westfield UTC Shopping Center.

A 2015 bankruptcy filing stated that Selis, a father and a car mechanic at a Ford dealership in San Diego, faced crushing debt.

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Supreme Court: Cities can sue banks under fair housing law

Supreme CourtThe Supreme Court has ruled that cities may sue banks for predatory lending practices among minority customers that lead to foreclosures, declines in property taxes and dips in property values.

The justices' 5-3 ruling Monday validates a novel approach by Miami and other cities to try to hold banks accountable under the federal Fair Housing Act for the wave of foreclosures during the housing crisis a decade ago.

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At least 9 dead in 4 states as tornadoes and floods wreak havoc in parts of South, Midwest

9 dead in tornadoesThe death toll from tornadoes and storms in parts of the South and Midwest rose to at least 9 by midday Sunday, authorities said. Deaths from the severe weather were reported in Texas, Arkansas, Missouri and Mississippi.

East Texas was the worst hit, with tornadoes there killing at least four people and leaving a trail of what officials called "extensive damage" in the area. The twisters flattened homes and flipped cars and pickup trucks, according to videos and photos posted to social media.

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China deports U.S. citizen convicted of spying after two years in custody

China deports US citizenChina has deported an American citizen who was convicted and sentenced on an espionage charge after she was held in custody for more than two years.

A spokesman for the State Department confirmed to CBS News that the U.S. is aware Chinese authorities deported 45-year-old Sandy Phan-Gillis on Friday.

The deportation follows a trial last week where Phan-Gillis was convicted of spying for the U.S. government from 1996 to 1998. She was sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

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Will the US try to send 50,000 people back to Haiti?

Will the US send 50,000 Haitians back to Haiti?When Jean, a 28-year-old Haitian living in Florida, first came to the US, he was afraid to live in a high-rise building.

It was residual fear, he said, from the 2010 earthquake he survived in Port-au-Prince.

"I had just finished rehearsal, singing and dancing, because I'm an opera singer, and then it happened," said Jean, who did not want to disclose his last name. "At the time, I was in an old wooden house and half of it went down … It was so traumatising, I couldn't even cry right away. Everything went white."

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Arkansas executes fourth inmate in eight days

Arkansas executes 4Arkansas has wrapped up an aggressive execution schedule, putting to death its fourth inmate in eight days, hours after a last minute motion to halt his execution failed before the US Supreme Court.

Kenneth Williams, 38, received a lethal injection on Thursday night at the Cummins Unit prison at Varner for the killing of a former deputy warden in 1999.

He was pronounced dead at 11:05pm, 13 minutes after the execution began.

Arkansas had initially held off on executing Williams, who was scheduled to die at 7pm local time, as officials awaited word from the Supreme Court. His death warrant was set to expire at midnight.

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