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August 28, 2014 | NPR · For the first time, researchers have tracked the spread of Ebola, almost in real time, during an outbreak. The virus is quickly changing its genetic code. But it's unclear what the mutations mean.
 
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August 29, 2014 | NPR · The Obama administration is considering whether to broaden its air campaign against the extremist group the Islamic State by striking targets in Syria.
 
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August 24, 2014 | NPR · In the wake of violent clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama is ordering a review of the federal programs that help local police departments purchase military gear.
 

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Same-Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court

Jul 15, 2013 — There are an estimated 28,000 gay and lesbian binational couples in the country, and for years many have been separated by immigration laws that didn't recognize their marriage. But now that the Supreme Court struck down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act, same-sex couples can apply for their foreign-born husbands, wives and fiancees to join them in the United States.
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Jun 29, 2013 — After this week's Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage, supporters and opponents are turning their attention to individual states, where several legislatures are expected to take up the issue.
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Jun 29, 2013 — Retired federal Judge Vaughn Walker set the California gay marriage ban on its way to the Supreme Court with his ruling in 2010. On Wednesday, the high court kept his decision intact. Walker shares his insight into the justices' strategy and the controversy he's waded through as a gay judge.
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Jun 28, 2013 — The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted its injunction on gay marriages in California on Friday. They'd been on hold while the challenges to Proposition 8 worked their way through the appeals process.
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Jun 27, 2013 — Who will be presiding over the same-sex marriages that are expected to start up again, perhaps next month? An 80-year-old retired woman, among others.
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Jun 27, 2013 — The United States joins 13 other countries where same-sex marriage is legal.
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Jun 27, 2013 — Gay spouses of service members have long been denied the substantial benefits available to heterosexual couples. Now, Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act means gay married couples can look forward to more equal treatment from the Pentagon.
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Jun 27, 2013 — In one case, a divided court struck down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act, enabling same-sex couples in states that allow gay marriage to qualify for federal benefits. The court also ruled that plaintiffs in a gay marriage case from California lacked standing — it carved the way for gay marriages to resume in California.
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Jun 27, 2013 — For some couples, the Supreme Court's ruling to strike down part of the Defense of Marriage Act will have significant financial impact. The amount of federal income tax they pay could go down, and their health insurance and other benefits could be affected too.
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Jun 26, 2013 — The dual victories the Supreme Court handed to same-sex-marriage supporters Thursday mean Washington will no longer be the focus of the fight. The next gay-rights battles will be over state laws prohibiting same-sex marriage.
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