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Conservative churches confront new reality on gay marriage

At First Baptist Dallas, where the pulpit was adorned Sunday with red, white and blue bunting to honor the Fourth of July, the pastor called the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling “an affront in the face of Almighty God.”

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Fear of longer commutes puts pressure on US cities to act

Within 30 years, the Department of Transportation projects, drivers will have to tolerate stop-and-go conditions or slow traffic for some period of each day on more than a third of U.S. highways.

Inmate to plead guilty in federal prison guard's killing

An inmate at a federal prison in central California has agreed to plead guilty to killing a correctional officer seven years ago to avoid a possible death sentence, federal prosecutors said.

Judge in theater shooting possesses cool head, strong will

It was an agonizing decision. Should prosecutors be allowed to show a paralyzed mother a photo of her slain 6-year-old daughter while she testified in the Colorado theater shooting trial? Or would the image make her break down in tears and unfairly bias jurors against the gunman, James Holmes?

GOP WH hopefuls deride gay marriage ruling

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told conservatives Saturday that the Supreme Court tried to "unwrite the laws of nature and the laws of nature's God" when it legalized gay marriage across the nation.

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Some in GOP fed up with Maine's bombastic governor

Republican Gov. Paul LePage's bombastic leadership style long ago alienated Democrats. Now even some in his own party are fed up, saying his high-profile antics have squandered his political capital.

Authorities investigate fire that destroyed black SC church

Federal and state investigators are looking into a fire that destroyed a predominantly black church in South Carolina.

US same-sex marriage ruling likely to impact other countries

The landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriages has no legal force outside the United States, but gay rights activists in many parts of the world believe the court ruling will help their cause.

Terror on the beach: Tourists recount Tunisia attack horrors

Tunisia's postcard destination for tourists is reeling from the terror that blighted another day of play at the Mediterranean seaside resort of Sousse.

French terror suspect took selfie with beheaded victim

The top suspect in the beheading of a businessman that French authorities are calling a terrorist attack took a "selfie" photo with the slain victim and sent the image via WhatsApp to a Canadian mobile phone number, officials said Saturday.

Activists: IS fighters kill 200 civilians in Syrian town

Islamic State fighters who launched a surprise attack on a Syrian border town massacred more than 200 civilians, including women and children, before they were killed or driven out by Kurdish forces, activists said on Saturday.

Maryland police name 3 officers who killed unarmed man

Baltimore County police are identifying three officers who shot and killed an unarmed black man who had threatened to kill himself.

Privately owned Texas town drops 'Bikinis' name

Bikinis, Texas, is no more. The privately owned town in rural Gillespie County has reverted to Bankersmith, the name it had before it was bought by an Austin restaurateur whose chain requires waitresses to wear bikinis.

National Park Service: Boy bitten by shark on NC Outer Banks

Officials say a 17-year-old boy is the latest victim of a shark attack off North Carolina's coast, the second attack in as many days and the sixth attack in the past two weeks.

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Woman removes Confederate flag in front of SC statehouse

The two people arrested for removing the Confederate flag from the front of the South Carolina Statehouse have been released from jail in the state capital.

Parliament approves referendum; Greece's future in balance

Greece's parliament voted early Sunday in favor of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' motion to hold a July 5 referendum on creditor proposals for reforms in exchange for loans, with the country's future in the eurozone looking increasingly shaky.

Investigators at Alaska site of plane crash that killed 9

A team of aviation investigators is now working in a remote, mountainous site in southeast Alaska to determine what caused the crash of a sightseeing plane that killed eight cruise ship passengers and the aircraft's pilot.

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Episcopal Church elects first black presiding bishop

The Episcopal Church elected its first African-American presiding bishop, choosing Bishop Michael Curry of North Carolina during the denomination's national assembly Saturday.

Funerals in Charleston for slain members of black church

Funerals for three more victims of a deadly shooting during a Bible study in South Carolina were being held Saturday at the church where they were slain.

Police around country gather to honor slain Cincinnati cop

Police officers from around the country turned out Friday for a slain Cincinnati officer’s funeral, where city officials, family and colleagues spoke of his devotion to duty and love for his family and his city.