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Judge: Va. same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen’s decision Thursday makes Virginia the second state in the South to issue a ruling recognizing the legality...
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3 models grace Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover

AP Photo/James Macari LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sports Illustrated is marking the 50th anniversary of its swimsuit issue with three models on the cover. Chrissy Teigen, Nina Agdal and Lily Aldridge strike a playful pose in the picture topping the magazine’s annual swimsuit...

Court: No rehearing in Michael Jackson doc’s case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An appellate court is refusing to grant a rehearing to Michael Jackson’s doctor on the appeal of his involuntary manslaughter conviction. A 2nd District Court of Appeal panel issued a brief ruling Thursday correcting clerical and grammatical errors...

‘Waltons’ patriarch Ralph Waite dies at 85

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ralph Waite, who played the father in TV’s hit series “The Waltons,” has died. Waite’s manager, Alan Mills, says the actor died midday Thursday in the Palm Springs area. He was 85. Waite was best known for his role as the patriarch...
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UN targeted: Car bomb blast kills 6 in Somalia

A Somali soldier walks near the destroyed building in Mogadishu, Somali , Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. Police in Somalia say a car bomb explosion near Mogadishu’s airport has killed at least three people and wounded five. Police Capt. Mohamed Hussein said the blast Thursday was...

Kerry faces tough sell in China on NKorea, tension

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in China on a difficult diplomatic mission. Kerry is meeting senior Chinese officials on Friday in Beijing to seek their help in bringing a belligerent North Korea back to nuclear disarmament talks. At the same time,...
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Yemen: 7 killed in attack on prison, 29 escape

Yemeni soldiers secure a street leading to the central prison after an explosions in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. Witnesses said explosions have rocked the Yemeni capital near the central prison followed by heavy gunfire and smoke billowing into the sky. (AP Photo/Hani...

Bielema, Saban supported slow-down rule proposal

NEW YORK (AP) — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema and Alabama coach Nick Saban voiced their concerns about the effects of up-tempo, no-huddle offenses on player safety to the NCAA committee that passed a proposal to slow down those attacks. Neither Bielema nor Saban were on the...

Bielema, Saban supported slow-down rule proposal

NEW YORK (AP) — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema and Alabama coach Nick Saban voiced their concerns about the effects of up-tempo, no-huddle offenses on player safety to the NCAA committee that passed a proposal to slow down those attacks. Neither Bielema nor Saban were on the...

On Deck: Thursday night hoops

There is a big night of college and high school basketball on tap tonight and we’ll have the latest on all of the action for you tonight here at The Courier. The University of Findlay men and women’s basketball teams travel to Ashland for a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic...