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GOP Tumult After McCarthy's Withdrawal From Speaker Race

POLITICS | By Alan Fram | Oct 9
Jolted by political lighting for the second time in two weeks, House Republicans are staring at turmoil and uncertainty after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's astonishing decision to abandon his campaign to become the chamber's next speaker.

California Agency Votes to Ban SeaWorld Orca Breeding

NATIONAL | By Michael Blood | Oct 9
The California Coastal Commission approved a $100 million expansion of the tanks SeaWorld uses to hold killer whales in San Diego - but it banned breeding of the captive orcas that would live in them.

Obama Focusing on Condolences, Not Gun Laws, in Oregon Visit

NATIONAL | By Kevin Freking | Oct 9
President Barack Obama is bringing words of comfort and sympathy to grieving families of victims of the shooting rampage in Roseburg, Oregon, muting his message about the need for new laws to stem gun violence.

Woman Pleads Guilty to Killing Stranger in Supermarket

CRIME | By Patrick Whittle | Oct 9
A woman, who previously identified herself as a transgender man, accused of stabbing a stranger in a Maine supermarket after allegedly planning for a month to attack people at random pleaded guilty to murder Thursday over the objections of her lawyer.

Bill Would Allow Fla. Churches to Say No to Gay Marriages

A proposed law in Florida would allow churches to refuse to hold gay marriages, a right the bill sponsor admits they already have.

ISIS Use of Toyota Trucks Raises Questions

ISIS' widespread use of often new Toyota trucks has prompted a U.S. investigation into how the terror group obtains vehicles

Judge Says Georgia's Gay Marriage Ban Can't Be Enforced

A federal judge in Georgia has ruled that the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage cannot be enforced.

Alabama Judge: Feds Should Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

An Alabama probate judge is asking the state's Supreme Court for a way out of issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Pennsylvania College Rescinds Degree Awarded to Bill Cosby

A university in northeastern Pennsylvania has become the latest school to rescind an honorary degree it granted Bill Cosby.

Vatican Defends Reports of Synod After Pope's Words Disputed

The Vatican press office is defending its reporting of a big meeting on family issues after a dispute arose over what Pope Francis told bishops behind closed doors about his hopes for a free and open debate.

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