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North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory

Gov. McCrory Asked Not to Defend NC Gay Marriage Ban

NATIONAL | Wednesday Aug 27, 2014
Same-sex couples and their families who want Gov. Pat McCrory to keep out of pending litigation challenging North Carolina's gay marriage ban are bringing names of their allies to his offices.

Rev. Melody Merida, of the Life Journey Church, hands out signed heart-shaped cards to Greg Hasty, left, and CJ Vallero following at a rally in Indianapolis.

Judges Blast Indiana, Wisconsin Gay Marriage Bans

NATIONAL | By Michael Tarm | Aug 26
Federal appeals judges bristled Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites.

Supporters of gay marriage in Wisconsin and Indiana attend a rally at the federal plaza.

Crowds Line Up to Hear Federal Gay Marriage Appeal

NATIONAL | By Michael Tarm | Aug 26
The legal skirmish over same-sex marriage shifted Tuesday to a federal appeals court in Chicago, where nearly 200 people lined up hoping to hear arguments in a case challenging gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana.

Bryan Cranston, winner of the award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for his work in "Breaking Bad."

Not a Good Night for Movie Stars at Emmys

NATIONAL | By David Bauder | Aug 26
The Emmys welcomed plenty of movie stars to television's biggest awards show, including Julia Roberts, Woody Harrelson, Kevin Spacey, Mark Ruffalo and the reigning Oscar winner for best actor, Matthew McConaughey. All were sent home empty-handed.

Challenges to Gay Marriage Bans: Where They Stand

Gay couples can marry in 19 states and the District of Columbia. A look at where cases pending in other states stand.

George Sloan, from Chicago, holds his son Sloan D'Souza on his shoulders as they attend a rally in support of gay marriage in Wisconsin and Indiana.

Wisconsin, Indiana Set to Defend Gay Marriage Bans

NATIONAL | By Michael Tarm and Todd Richmond | Aug 26
The legal skirmish over same-sex marriage shifted Tuesday to a federal appeals court in Chicago as attorneys for Wisconsin and Indiana sought to reinstate bans on gay weddings ruled unconstitutional two months earlier.

Oldest US Gay Bookstore to Reopen in Philadelphia

The nation's oldest gay bookstore will reopen next month in Philadelphia after closing three months ago due to financial problems.

Wisconsin Couples Rally for Gay Marriage

Gay couples and their supporters plan rallies in Madison, Milwaukee and Racine on Monday before taking buses to Chicago to listen to arguments in Wisconsin's gay marriage lawsuit.

Barrels filled with Cabernet Sauvignon are toppled on one another following an earthquake at the B.R. Cohn Winery barrel storage facility.

Quake in California's Wine Country Injures Dozens

NATIONAL | By Ellen Knickmeyer and Sudhin Thanawala | Aug 25
A powerful earthquake that struck the heart of California's wine country caught many people sound asleep, sending dressers, mirrors and pictures crashing down around them and toppling wine bottles in vineyards around the region.

Al Sharpton shakes the hand of Franclot Graham, father of Ramarley Graham, 18, who was shot in his home by a police officer in the Bronx borough of New York.

Mourners Gather in St. Louis for Brown Funeral

NATIONAL | By Sara Burnett and Jim Suhr | Aug 25
Hundreds of people lined up in sweltering heat Monday to say goodbye to Michael Brown, the 18-year-old shot and killed earlier this month in a confrontation with a police officer that fueled almost two weeks of street protests.

Gov. Mike Pence

Indiana Governor Mike Pence Struggles on Gay Marriage Continue

NATIONAL | By Tom LoBianco | Aug 25
For someone who built his name as a stalwart of social and religious conservatism during a dozen years in Washington, Gov. Mike Pence has struggled to find his footing on one key issue: gay marriage.