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GOP stance against gay marriage faces internal challenge

| |Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014

There is growing momentum in the Republican Party to end its long-standing opposition to same-sex marriage, with activists inside the party arguing that such a move would allow Republican candidates to focus on popular economic themes in this year’s elections and help expand the party’s appeal ahead of 2016.

Last rebel bastion in Syria’s Homs expected to fall soon

| |Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014

Syrian regime tanks and artillery shelled rebel positions Thursday in the central old city district of Homs, according to rebels and anti-government activists, who said they believe that the last rebel bastion will be overwhelmed by government forces in the coming days.

Turkish soldiers inside Syria abducted by Islamist rebels, news reports say

| |Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014

Turkish troops conducting a resupply mission to a small Turkish military post inside Syrian territory were ambushed and detained Wednesday by Islamic extremists affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, according to Turkish media reports.

Small Wyoming town evacuated after gas explosion

Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014

Residents of Opal, about 100 miles northeast of Salt Lake City, went to an area about 3 miles outside of town as a precaution, said Lincoln County spokesman Stephen Malik. The town has about 95 residents.

Canada orders phase-out of older tank cars for shipping crude oil

| |Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014

In response to a deadly train derailment last summer, the Canadian government Wednesday ordered the country’s railroads to phase out tens of thousands of older, puncture-prone tank cars from crude oil transportation within three years.

Gacy probe helps solve unrelated Chicago-area case

| |Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014

Ruth Rodriguez didn’t want to believe her brother was one of more than 30 young men and boys John Wayne Gacy lured into his Chicago-area house and strangled, but she was willing to provide her DNA to find out.

Camilla’s brother dies in US after head injury

|Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014

NEW YORK The brother-in-law of the Prince of Wales died Wednesday after falling outside a hotel bar and suffering a head injury, police said.

Ronald McDonald takes to Twitter, gets makeover

|Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014

Ronald McDonald has a new outfit, and he’s ready for a selfie.

California lawsuit pits teacher-protection laws against right to good education

| |Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014

On Feb. 11 in California Superior Court in Los Angeles, Beatriz Vergara, 15, testified to enduring a string of bad public school teachers.

Supreme Court hears crucial N.C. water pollution case

| |Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014

Raw emotions bubbled just below the surface Wednesday as the Supreme Court considered a crucial North Carolina groundwater pollution case.