US judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban

MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday declared Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining judges across the country who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle in Tallahassee ruled that the ban...

Ice bucket challenge goes awry, firefighters hurt

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police in Kentucky say two firefighters were seriously injured when the fire truck’s ladder got too close to a power line as they helped college students take part in an ice bucket challenge. Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette said...
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Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens

JERUSALEM (AP) — A senior Hamas leader says the group was behind the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June — the first time anyone from the Islamic militant group has said it was behind an attack that helped spark the current war in...
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Indonesian court rejects election loser’s appeal

A riot police officer prepares to fire his tear gas launcher during a clash with supporters of losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto near the Constitutional Court in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Indonesian police fired tear gas Thursday to disperse...
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Voice, image give clues in hunt for Foley’s killer

LONDON (AP) — The Islamic militant in a video showing the death of American journalist James Foley took great care to disguise his identity, dressing head-to-toe in black, with a mask leaving only his eyes visible.But police and intelligence services in Britain and the...

Findlay man sentenced to prison for burglary

A Findlay man has been sentenced to three years after a city burglary. Nicholas A. Rarey, 22, was sentenced this afternoon on the second-degree felony in Hancock County Common Pleas Court. Rarey assisted others with the March 24 burglary of 1000 Crystal Meadows Court. Courier...
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Turkey’s Davutoglu named new premier

FILE – This is a Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 file photo of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the members of his ruling Justice and Development Party in Ankara, Turkey. Turkish ruling party leaders are poised to choose a new party chairman and prime minister...
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Joel, Wonder, Brooks to receive ASCAP honors

NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Garth Brooks are among a list of performers set to receive ASCAP Centennial Awards.Joan Baez and Stephen Sondheim will also receive the top honor Nov. 17 at the Waldorf Astoria gala in New York, the American Society of...
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Greek archaeology site sparks intense interest

In this handout photo released by the Greek Culture Ministry on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, a decorative capital covered with the remains of painted plaster is seen at the entrance to an ancient tomb under excavation at Amphipolis in northern Greece. Archaeologists excavating the...
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United lures top fliers with promise of a hot meal

This product image provided by United Airlines shows a Strawberry Fields Salad, one of a variety of the airline’s new first class food options. The Chicago-based airline on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 announced that it’s upgrading first class food options and replacing...