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Utah Supreme Court clears way for adoption by partners of same-sex spouses

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- The Utah Supreme Court on Thursday lifted an order that had blocked spouses in same-sex marriages from adopting their partners' children, state officials said.

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U.S. weighs passport, border changes in wake of Ottawa attack 23 Oct 2014

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials are debating whether to tighten controls on the border with Canada and make it easier to revoke the passports of suspected militants, steps that could gain traction following two attacks in Canada this week.

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U.S. senators demand nationwide recall over Takata air bags 23 Oct 2014

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. senators demanded Thursday that safety regulators issue a nationwide recall of automobiles with potentially defective air bags that can launch metal shards into occupants.

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Former Louisiana mayor arrested on child porn possession charges 23 Oct 2014

NEW ORLEANS - The former mayor of a small Louisiana city was arrested on Thursday and charged with 40 counts of possessing child pornography, prosecutors said.

Kentucky lawmaker charged with bribing coal mine inspector 23 Oct 2014

LOUISVILLE Ky. - A Kentucky state lawmaker who is also a coal mine owner was indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday on charges he bribed an inspector so his mines would not receive citations.

South Carolina house speaker pleads guilty in ethics case, to resign 23 Oct 2014

CHARLESTON S.C. - South Carolina House of Representatives Speaker Bobby Harrell pleaded guilty on Thursday to criminal ethics charges and agreed to immediately resign from the legislature.

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U.S. senator asks Internet providers to commit to no 'fast lanes' 23 Oct 2014

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy on Thursday pressed large Internet providers to pledge that they will not strike deals that may help some websites load faster than others or give similar "fast lanes" to affiliated services.

Oklahoma judge allows law on abortion pills to take effect 23 Oct 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma judge said on Wednesday he will allow a law governing the use of an abortion-inducing drug to take effect as planned on Nov. 1, over the objections of abortion rights advocates who said the measure is poor public health policy that could put women at risk.

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'American Idol' singer Clay Aiken seeks win in first political bid 23 Oct 2014

ASHEBORO N.C. - "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken is back on tour. This time he is trying to win over North Carolina voters with his political chops rather than his voice, and he has less than two weeks left to do it.

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Reporter quits Chicago newspaper, says governor candidate influenced paper 23 Oct 2014

CHICAGO - A veteran Illinois political reporter quit his job at the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday and accused the newspaper of bowing to pressure from Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner by removing him from the campaign beat.