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NATIONAL
February 26, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- A federal judge in San Antonio overturned the Texas ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that the prohibition is unconstitutional and stigmatizes the relationship of gay couples in the conservative state. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia does not allow same-sex couples to immediately marry because he stayed the injunction pending any appeal. Garcia ruled that the state's ban deprives same-sex couples of due process and equal protection, stigmatizing their relationships and treating them differently from opposite-sex couples.
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WORLD
February 25, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday lost a bid to prevent the live broadcast of his murder trial next week in the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Under a High Court ruling Tuesday, the bulk of the athlete's trial can be televised and audio from all the proceedings can be broadcast. However, Judge Dunstan Mlambo ruled that there would be no television coverage of Pistorius' testimony nor that of his defense witnesses. Evidence provided by expert witnesses will be televised, but the court could refuse to allow other testimony to be filmed, if requested.
NATIONAL
February 24, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
I-N-D-E-F-A-T-I-G-A-B-I-L-I-T-Y. Indefatigability means tireless determination, but these students almost certainly know that. Two spelling bee competitions in the Midwest over the weekend had to be suspended and rescheduled when their brilliant young contestants dueled for hours to a temporary tie, having mastered dozens of bizarre and foreign words at an early age. After more than 60 rounds of the Jackson County Spelling Bee in Missouri and...
SPORTS
February 22, 2014 | Sam Farmer
INDIANAPOLIS  - Michael Sam stepped onto stage and looked into what might have been the largest media gathering in the history of the NFL scouting combine. Hundreds of reporters clustered in, and there were three rows of TV and video cameras. "I just wish you guys would just see me as Michael Sam the football player," the Missouri defensive end said, "instead of Michael Sam the gay football player. " Then again, it was Sam who generated the story with his announcement two weeks ago he is homosexual, telling his story to the New York Times and ESPN.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | Richard Winton and James Rainey
At the home he shares with his parents, Bryan Stow does his best, but he struggles. It's hard to move his left arm and that hand will barely close. He must wear a diaper, needs help to take a shower and has to be reminded why a plastic shunt juts from the base of his skull. The members of Stow's family who addressed a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Thursday wondered if the two men who attacked the paramedic and father of two outside Dodger Stadium in 2011 knew any of that, or if they cared.
SPORTS
February 20, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
SOCHI, Russia - Elvis Stojko was ready. It was moments after the women's Olympic figure skating competition and Stojko had a detailed result sheet in hand. He began to tick off, element by element, why he felt Adelina Sotnikova of Russia deserved to beat defending champion Yuna Kim of South Korea and Carolina Kostner of Italy. "Adelina came loaded," Stojko said. "Did the other two have more beautiful skating? Absolutely. But it's a sport, and this was totally fair. " It was no surprise that Stojko, a two-time OIympic silver medalist from Canada known for his athleticism, might have such an opinion about an outcome certain to be among the most questionable and debated in figure skating's checkered judging history.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2014 | By Richard Winton and James Rainey
At the home he shares with his parents in Santa Clara, Bryan Stow does his best, but he still struggles to move his left arm and can barely close his hand. He must wear a diaper, needs help to take a shower and has to be reminded why a plastic shunt juts from the base of his skull. The members of Stow's family, who addressed a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Thursday, wondered if the two men who attacked the paramedic and father of two outside Dodger Stadium in 2011 knew any of that, or cared.
NEWS
February 20, 2014 | By Jon Healey
When new technology races ahead of the law, judges are often put in the uncomfortable position of judging what the innovation is really doing. Is it something truly different, or a familiar thing done in a new way? That's the question raised by Aereo, the service that lets people view and time-shift local TV broadcasts through the Internet. The courts have been split over whether to treat Aereo as a new version of cable TV - which, consequently, must pay retransmission fees to broadcasters - or a groundbreaking offer of a TV antenna as a service, combined with a cloud-based digital video recorder.
NATIONAL
February 19, 2014 | By David Lauter
A state judge in Nebraska has dealt another setback to the long-debated Keystone XL pipeline, ruling that a state law passed in 2012 violated the state's constitution by giving the governor power to approve the pipeline's route. The pipeline “has become a political lightning rod for both supporters and opponents,” Lancaster County District Judge Stephanie F. Stacy wrote , “but the issues before this court have nothing to do with the merits of that pipeline.” Instead, she said, the case involved the Nebraska Constitution's grant of authority to the five-person Public Service Commission for “regulation of rates, service and general control of common carriers,” which includes pipelines.
HEALTH
February 19, 2014 | By Todd Martens
Cee Lo Green says he won't be returning to the spinning judge's seat on NBC's singing competition show "The Voice. " The artist broke the news on "The Ellen DeGeneres" show , revealing his change in plans just days before "The Voice" re-emerges Monday. "I didn't mean to drop the bomb," said Green, who appeared on the daytime talk show with touring partner Lionel Richie. Green said he has other plans in the works for NBC, including a potential talk show. "I'm going to continue my relationship with NBC," he said.
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