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Two men kiss as first results start to filter through in the referendum, Dublin, Ireland, Saturday, May 23, 2015. Ireland has voted resoundingly to legalize gay marriage in the world's first national vote on the issue, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday even as official ballot counting continued. Senior figures from the "no" campaign, who sought to prevent Ireland's constitution from being amended to permit same-sex marriages, say the only question is how large the "yes" side's margin of victory will be from Friday's vote. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Ireland backs legalizing gay marriage by stunning landslide

Saturday, May 23, 2015

DUBLIN — Irish voters backed legalizing gay marriage by a landslide, electoral officials announced Saturday — a stunning result that illustrates the rapid social change taking place in this traditionally Catholic nation. Friday’s referendum saw 62.1 percent of Irish voters saying “yes” to changing the nation’s constitution to allow gay marriage. Outside Dublin Castle, watching the results announcement in the …

Cleveland patrolman acquitted in deaths of two blacks amid 137-shot barrage

Saturday, May 23, 2015

CLEVELAND — A white Cleveland patrolman who fired down through the windshield of a suspect’s car at the end of a 137-shot barrage that left the two unarmed black occupants dead was acquitted Saturday of criminal charges by a judge who said he could not determine the officer alone fired the fatal shots. …

Feeling clean

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Mindful of unsettling effect, Obama restricts police military gear

Monday, May 18, 2015

CAMDEN, N.J. — President Barack Obama ended long-running federal transfers of some combat-style gear to local law enforcement on Monday in an attempt to ease tensions between police and minority communities, saying equipment made for the battlefield should …

NTSB: No bullet hit train before crash

Monday, May 18, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Federal authorities said Monday they’re unsure anything struck the windshield of an Amtrak train minutes before a deadly derailment in Philadelphia last week, adding another twist to the investigation the day trains started running to New …

Mudslide in Colombia kills dozens

Monday, May 18, 2015

SALGAR, Colombia — An avalanche of mud and debris roared over an alpine town in western Colombia before dawn Monday, killing at least 52 people in a flash flood and mudslide triggered by heavy rains. Residents were stirred …

Facing $1B deficit, Arizona cuts welfare

Monday, May 18, 2015

PHOENIX — Facing a $1 billion budget deficit, Arizona’s Republican-led Legislature has reduced the lifetime limit for welfare recipients to the shortest window in the nation. Low-income families on welfare will now have their benefits cut off after …

Scientists’ discovery opens door to homemade morphine, without poppies

Monday, May 18, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse. While no one has yet reported making morphine …

Amtrak restores NE service

Sunday, May 17, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor trains will resume service Monday in “complete compliance” with federal safety orders following last week’s deadly derailment, officials announced Sunday. Company president Joseph Boardman said Amtrak staff and crew have been working “around …

Contested Iraqi city of Ramadi falls to Islamic State

Sunday, May 17, 2015

BAGHDAD — The contested city of Ramadi fell to the Islamic State group on Sunday, as Iraqi forces abandoned their weapons and armored vehicles to flee the provincial capital in a major loss despite intensified U.S.-led airstrikes. Bodies, …

Rival biker gangs shoot it out in Texas; 9 dead

Sunday, May 17, 2015

WACO, Texas — A shootout among rival motorcycle gangs at a popular Central Texas restaurant left nine bikers dead and 18 injured, and it sent panicked patrons and bystanders fleeing for safety, a police spokesman said Sunday. The …

Presidential hopefuls: Iraq war a mistake

Sunday, May 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — A dozen years later, American politics has reached a rough consensus about the Iraq War: It was a mistake. Politicians hoping to be president rarely run ahead of public opinion. So it’s a revealing moment when …

Storm system pushes east after drenching Plains

Sunday, May 17, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY — A powerful storm system stretched from Texas to Minnesota on Sunday, bringing heavy rains, flash flooding and the possibility of more severe weather. Scattered severe storms were expected to develop Sunday afternoon and evening in …