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Billionaire Steyer's climate change PAC eyes 7 races

Billionaire Steyer's climate change PAC eyes 7 races

WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) --Tom Steyer, the liberal billionaire behind the climate change-focused PAC NextGen Climate Action, has identified seven races as part of his $100 million effort.
Gabrielle Levy
Man allegedly beat wife to death for serving him vegetarian food

Man allegedly beat wife to death for serving him vegetarian food

BROOKLYN, N.Y., May 22 (UPI) --Noor Hussein allegedly beat his wife to death in their Brooklyn home because she served him a meatless dinner instead of the goat meat he had asked for.
Evan Bleier
Pa. county that pioneered same-sex marriage licenses now unable to issue them

Pa. county that pioneered same-sex marriage licenses now unable to issue them

NORRISTOWN, Pa., May 22 (UPI) --Montgomery County, which jumped the gun last year on same-sex marriage licenses in Pennsylvania, is now the only county in the state unable to issue them.
Frances Burns
BP to appeal Deepwater Horizon claims to Supreme Court

BP to appeal Deepwater Horizon claims to Supreme Court

HOUSTON, May 22 (UPI) --BP said, as it takes its Deepwater Horizon claims case to the Supreme Court, no reasonable judgment would force a company to pay for damages it didn't cause.
Daniel J. Graeber
"Citizen Koch" documents the effect of money on politics

"Citizen Koch" documents the effect of money on politics

NEW YORK, May 21 (UPI) --The documentary "Citizen Koch" shows the effect of big money in politics and how it led to the rise of the tea party.
Aileen Graef
Supreme Court issues last-minute stay for Missouri death row inmate

Supreme Court issues last-minute stay for Missouri death row inmate

WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) --Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito ordered authorities Missouri to halt the execution of Russell Bucklew just an hour before he was to die by lethal injection.
Matt Bradwell
Five convicted in murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya

Five convicted in murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya

MOSCOW, May 21 (UPI) --Five men have been convicted in the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, a writer for the independent paper Novaya Gazeta and a critic of Putin.
Aileen Graef
Judge overturns Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage

Judge overturns Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 20 (UPI) --Pennsylvania ordered to join other states in the Northeast in recognizing same-sex marriage.
Frances Burns
Plaintiffs in Oregon same-sex marriage case first to marry in Portland

Plaintiffs in Oregon same-sex marriage case first to marry in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore., May 20 (UPI) --Ten years after their first wedding, Deanna Geiger and Janine Nelson exchanged vows in Portland, after a judge overturned Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage.
Frances Burns
John Lewis opposes Michael Boggs for federal court

John Lewis opposes Michael Boggs for federal court

WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) --Rep. John Lewis,D-Ga., said he opposes President Obama's nomination of Michael Boggs to serve on the federal court, endangering a delicate deal to fill seven vacancies on the state bench.
Gabrielle Levy
Occupy Protester gets 90 days for assault on New York police officer

Occupy Protester gets 90 days for assault on New York police officer

NEW YORK, May 19 (UPI) --An Occupy Wall Street protester was sentenced to 90 days Monday for assaulting a New York police officer after a prosecutor said she "seeks to become a martyr."
Frances Burns
10 years after same-sex marriage became legal in Mass., Idaho couples wait on appeals court

10 years after same-sex marriage became legal in Mass., Idaho couples wait on appeals court

WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) --Almost 10 years after the Massachusetts Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage there, same-sex couples in Idaho are waiting on a federal appeals court.
Frances Burns
Swearing may soon be against the law in Florida community

Swearing may soon be against the law in Florida community

NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla., May 16 (UPI) --Swearing may soon be against the law in the Florida community of Neptune Beach because Police Chief David Sembach is seeking to ban profanity.
Evan Bleier
Idaho GOP debate takes a turn for the weird, goes viral

Idaho GOP debate takes a turn for the weird, goes viral

BOISE, Idaho, May 16 (UPI) --Republicans seeking the nomination for governor of Idaho debated Wednesday, each personifying a different arm of the increasingly fractured GOP.
Matt Bradwell
Judge who struck down Arkansas gay marriage ban issues sweeping new ruling

Judge who struck down Arkansas gay marriage ban issues sweeping new ruling

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., May 15 (UPI) --The judge who ruled that Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional threw out all state laws and regulations Thursday that have the same effect.
Frances Burns
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The Supreme Court Justices of the United States sit for a formal group photo in the East Conference Room of the Supreme Court in Washington on October 8, 2010. The Justices are (front row from left) Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, John G. Roberts (Chief Justice), Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg; (back row from left) Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Sameul Alito and Elena Kagan, the newest member of the Court. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg
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