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Court to weigh overturning gay marriage bans in three southern states
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A federal appeals court is set on Friday to weigh whether to strike down same-sex marriage bans in the conservative southern states of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
London imam Abu Hamza to be sentenced for U.S. terrorism conviction
NEW YORK (Reuters) - For years, the radical imam Abu Hamza al-Masri delivered incendiary sermons at a London mosque, using words that U.S. and UK authorities say helped inspire a generation of militants, including British would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid.
Jury selection to begin in first murder trial of ex-NFLer Hernandez
FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is due in court on Friday for the first of two murder trials he faces this year, this one for the fatal shooting of an acquaintance near his home in southern Massachusetts.
Battle of New Orleans bicentennial spurs large-scale re-enactment
CHALMETTE, La. (Reuters) - Huddled around a Louisiana campfire on Thursday, a man dressed in the rumpled clothes of an American militia member from the 1815 Battle of New Orleans put in historical perspective the frigid night he had spent in a nearby tent.
Briton challenging conviction for Florida murders to learn fate
MIAMI (Reuters) - A Florida judge will decide on Friday whether to overturn the conviction of a British man serving a life sentence for a 1986 double murder that his lawyers say was carried out by a hit man working for notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.
California governor to propose spending on education, rainy day fund
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California would spend more on education and sock away an extra $1.2 billion for a rainy day under a budget proposal to be released on Friday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, a fiscal moderate whose tight-fisted policies helped stabilize state finances.
Officials to detail Boston's 2024 Olympic vision
BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and U.S. Olympic Committee officials will offer new details on Friday about the city's hopes to host the 2024 Olympic Games, as many residents of the New England city cheered the possibility.
U.S. eco-bombing plotter released early by California judge
(Reuters) - A California man described by prosecutors as an "eco-terrorist" was ordered released from prison by a U.S. judge after serving about half of an almost 20 year prison sentence for plotting to blow up a federal forestry site, court documents show.
Slump in New York arrests, fines hits traffic lawyers, bail bondsmen
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A sharp drop in arrests and fines in New York may prove costly for the city but it could already be hurting some traffic lawyers and bail bonds firms, which are seeing their phones ring less often as fewer people are in trouble and need help.
Record-breaking cold closes U.S. schools, sends penguins inside
(Reuters) - Record-breaking cold that gripped the U.S. East and Midwest on Thursday snarled travel, shut schools, filled homeless shelters and even led to zoo penguins being ordered inside.
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