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As suits multiply, gay-marriage backers win in Ky.

M. Lauren Brettner, left, and her wife, Jacqueline Brettner, smile while talking to reporters about a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in New Orleans to challenge the Louisiana Constitution’s ban on recognizing same-sex marriages performed in states where...
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Ice storm causes another traffic jam in the South

Traffic along Independence Boulevard near Hawthorne Lane crawls along the slick roadway as a winter storm hits Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/The Charlotte Observer, Davie Hinshaw) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; NEWSPAPER INTERNET ONLY Traffic along Independence...

Deadly Ore. avalanche leaves hurt skiers stranded

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Crew worked Wednesday to rescue two backcountry skiers with broken bones from a steep slope in northeastern Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains, after an avalanche killed two of the skiers’ companions and forced them to spend a cold and snowy...

Kent St. Suspends Wrestler Over Michael Sam Slur

KENT, Ohio (AP) — Kent State University has suspended a wrestler for making a derogatory comment on his Twitter account about former Missouri football player Michael Sam, who announced he is gay. Kent State said the suspension for Sam Wheeler was indefinite. Wheeler first tweeted...

Davies Agrees To Minor League Deal With Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) — Right-hander Kyle Davies has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians and will report to major league spring training. The 30-year was 4-3 with a 3.41 ERA in 12 starts last season in the Minnesota Twins’ minor league organization after...

Email For Help Leads To 3 Ohio Child Abuse Arrests

CINCINNATI (AP) — Two Ohio parents and a grandmother have been arrested on child abuse charges after authorities say they tied three home-schooled children to their beds for weeks at a time, beat their naked bodies with belts and paddles, and deprived them of food. The...

Ohio Senate To Consider E-cigarettes Restrictions

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A measure to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors is now before the Ohio Senate. The bill up for a vote Wednesday aims to keep the products out of the hands of those under age 18. Anti-smoking groups such as the Ohio State Medical Association have...
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Fla. jurors deliberate in loud music killing trial

Michael Dunn, gestures on the stand in his own defense during his trial in Jacksonville, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. Dunn is charged with fatally shooting 17-year-old Jordan Davis after an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville, Fla. convenient story in 2012.(The...
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Most states lag in health insurance sign-ups

FILE – In this Feb. 3, 2014 file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius greets visitors after a news conference on enrollment in affordable health coverage in Cleveland. The Obama administration says about 1 million Americans signed up for private...

CBS 4Q earnings, revenue beat on TV show sales

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS Corp. reported fourth-quarter earnings and revenue growth that beat Wall Street expectations as advertising revenue was flat but content licensing grew thanks to the sale of shows such as “Hawaii Five-O” for domestic reruns. Net income in the...