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Julia Roberts’ family mourning half-sister’s death

AP Photo/Jordan Strauss LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County coroner’s office is investigating the death of Julia Roberts’ 37-year-old half-sister. Lt. Larry Dietz says Nancy Motes was found dead in a Los Angeles home Sunday afternoon while dog-sitting for...
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Religious groups join, fight gay marriage in court

Opponents for gay marriage show their support during a rally at the Utah State Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Salt Lake City. A little more than a month after a surprising federal court ruling overturned this conservative state’s ban on gay marriage, the battle over the...
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TV comedian behind ‘Dumb Starbucks’ in Los Angeles

Anthony Solis, left, and Tony Gonzalez prepare their coffee at the Dumb Starbucks coffee shop in Los Angeles Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. The store resembles a Starbucks with a green awning and mermaid logo, but with the word “Dumb” attached above the Starbucks sign....
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Religious groups join, fight gay marriage in court

Opponents for gay marriage show their support during a rally at the Utah State Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Salt Lake City. A little more than a month after a surprising federal court ruling overturned this conservative state’s ban on gay marriage, the battle over the...

Ohio Sheriff Facing 25 Charges Pleads Not Guilty

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — A southeastern Ohio county sheriff charged in a public corruption case has pleaded not guilty to all 25 counts against him. Athens County Sheriff Patrick Kelly denies any wrongdoing. The charges include theft in office, tampering with records and engaging in a...

Nevada officials won’t defend gay marriage ban

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s attorney general and governor said Monday that they won’t defend the state’s gay marriage ban when it goes before a federal appeals court, saying that a recent court decision makes the state’s arguments supporting...
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1st openly gay NFL player to face hurdles

AP Photo/Brandon Wade Michael Sam will face a daunting set of challenges that most rookies don’t have to deal with when making the already formidable jump from college to the NFL. The SEC’s co-defensive player of the year is about to find out if America’s most...
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NJ legislators expand Christie traffic-jam probe

FILE – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses a gathering Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Keansburg, N.J., of residents whose homes in Keansburg, were heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy. Investigations into whether Christie had a role in causing traffic jams as political...
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Roosters face uncertain future after NY ring bust

This photo provided by the ASPCA shows “Operation Angry Birds” in Ulster County, N.Y., Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. More than 3,000 birds were rescued in the three-county cockfighting takedown that began Saturday and ended Sunday in New York and resulted in nine felony...
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Mormon church to weigh in on gay marriage ban

Opponents for gay marriage show their support during a rally at the Utah State Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Salt Lake City. A little more than a month after a surprising federal court ruling overturned this conservative state’s ban on gay marriage, the battle over the...