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November 12, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
The Justice Department announced Tuesday that it has reached a settlement agreement to allow the merger of American Airlines and US Airways to form the nation's largest air carrier. The department, which sued in August to stop the merger, said that as part of the deal, it will require the airlines to give up landing slots and passenger gates at airports where the combined carrier would dominate its competition. The two airlines said they will abide by the Justice Department's demands to allow the merger.
November 5, 2013 | By Laura E. Davis
The Illinois Legislature sent a bill to the governor Tuesday that would make the state the largest in the heartland to legalize gay marriage. And Gov. Pat Quinn has pledged to sign it. The House passed the bill Tuesday, 61 to 54, according to the Associated Press. The bill first passed the Senate in February and passed in the upper chamber again Tuesday after it was amended. Under the measure, gay couples could begin getting married in Illinois in June. PHOTOS: Californians celebrate gay marriage ruling In the Midwest, Minnesota and Iowa already allow gay marriage.  The 12 other states in the U.S. that have OKd same-sex unions are California, Connecticut, Delaware,  Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
November 3, 2013 | By Steve Marble
Lucky for Neil he lives up by the foothills, and not down by the seashore. The corpulent Sierra Madre resident recently escaped eviction when the tiny town's police chief decided that Neil was actually a potbellied pig, not a hog. Which was a good thing for Neil, because hogs are illegal in town. Any of Neil's relatives enjoying the good life down in Seal Beach, however, may be in for a different fate. The Orange County beach city this week adopted an anti-pig law, adding it to the list of animals that are illegal to keep.
November 2, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
A federal judge gave the green light for horse slaughter to resume in the United States, perhaps as early as next week. In issuing her ruling late Friday, U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo, who is based in Albuquerque, dismissed a lawsuit by animal welfare groups that had sought to prevent such slaughtering. Front Range Equine Rescue, the Humane Society of the United States and other animal rights groups contend that federal officials didn't perform appropriate studies before granting permits to Valley Meat Co. in New Mexico and a company in Iowa.
October 30, 2013 | By Janet Stobart
LONDON - A plan to regulate the British press as a result of the country's phone-hacking scandal was signed by Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday despite the objections of publishers who sought a court order to block such a measure. The royal charter approved by the queen and the nation's major political parties calls for the creation of a watchdog group designed to curb the type of abuses revealed by the scandal. The practices include listening to the voicemails of crime victims, celebrities, royal family members and others, such as employees or relatives of people in the news.
October 26, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown has decided to allow freedom for a woman whose punishment for killing her pimp became a call to arms against the practice of locking up juveniles for life. Sara Kruzan, 35, was incarcerated at 16 after she killed the man she contended had groomed her since age 11 to work for him as a child prostitute. She was sentenced to life without parole for her crime, and her case became a high-profile example used by lawmakers and advocates for juvenile offenders seeking to soften such harsh sentences.
October 21, 2013 | By Chris Foster
The first Bowl Championship Series standings, announced Sunday, could have been a big moment for UCLA players - except for that 24-10 loss to Stanford on Saturday. UCLA was 12th in the BCS standings. Stanford was sixth. That might have been reversed had the Bruins won. Their reaction? "We were 12th? OK," linebacker Anthony Barr said Monday. Said receiver Jordan Payton : "I get notifications on my phone. I looked at it, saw 12th, not bad. " Said quarterback Brett Hundley : "All I know is that a lot of top 10-teams lost last week.
October 18, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - It may soon cost more to get fat in Mexico. New taxes on high-calorie foods and sugary drinks were approved by Mexico's lower house of Congress in a marathon 18-hour session that ended Friday, and are likely to become law. They are part of a broader package of taxes and other fiscal changes proposed by President Enrique Peña Nieto aimed at generating nearly $20 billion for the national treasury. Mexico has one of the world's highest rates of obesity, recently surpassing the United States, and health experts applauded higher prices for chips, candy and other chatarra , or junk food.
October 16, 2013 | By Morgan Little
The Senate shutdown/debt limit deal announced earlier today continues to build momentum, with the Senate expected to approve the measure tonight. The House is then expected to give its final approval before sending the bill to the White House, though many conservative House Republicans and prominent conservative groups have voiced opposition to any such plan. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) took to the Senate floor Wednesday to praise the bipartisan deal that would reopen the federal government until Jan. 15, and extend the debt limit until Feb. 7. LIVE BLOG: Keep reading for latest developments in real time below Other provisions of the deal mandate the creation of a bipartisan budget conference and income verifications for those receiving subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. The deal is expected to pass in the House -- which had a tumultuous series of failed proposals and missteps Tuesday -- and eventually be signed by President Obama before the debt limit deadline Thursday.
October 10, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Volvo Trucks has been targeting the viral-video market with its "live test" campaign. The latest stunt film in the series, released Thursday, features a Volvo FL truck chased by bulls in Spain. "The Chase" is an ad, yes, but it's also a rollicking bit of fun, and you can see why previous entries in this series have gained Web viewers -- including " The Hook ," which saw the president of Volvo Trucks standing on the front panel of a construction truck dangling 66 feet above the ocean.
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