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Federal judge orders Alabama to issue marriage licenses to gay couples

An Alabama Supreme Court judge ordered officials to ignore higher court rulings and not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, sparking confusion.

Now someone can manage your Facebook account after you die

Facebook said it will now let users pick someone who can manage their account after they die. Previously, the accounts were "memorialized" after death, or locked.

Nicaragua's new canal could be environmental disaster, report says

Scientists believe the project could destroy a million acres of rainforest and contaminate Central America's largest source of drinking water.

Chapel Hill shooting victim made StoryCorps recording

"Growing up in America has been such a blessing," Yusor Abu-Salha said in a conversation with her former teacher that was recorded by the StoryCorps oral history project last summer.

Couples who choose not to have children are 'selfish,' pope says

Francis spoke of a "greedy generation"opting not to procreate. His remarks come less than two weeks after he said Catholics do not need to breed "like rabbits."

Marathon talks produce Ukraine peace deal; cease-fire Sunday

Guns would fall silent, heavy weapons would pull back from the front and Ukraine would trade a broad autonomy for the east to get back control of its Russian border by the end of 2015.

CBS: '60 Minutes' correspondent Bob Simon killed in crash

CBS says longtime "60 Minutes" correspondent Bob Simon has died in a car crash in New York City. He was 73 years old.

'The Shark' has died: Coach Jerry Tarkanian was 84

Famous for his ever-present white towel and what seemed to be a perpetually worried expression, former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian has died.

Obama sends Congress request for military force against Islamic State militants

President Obama asked Congress on Wednesday to authorize military force to "degrade and defeat" Islamic State forces without large-scale U.S. ground operations.

NBC suspends Brian Williams for 6 months without pay

NBC says it is suspending Brian Williams as "Nightly News" anchor and managing editor for six months without pay for misleading the public about his experiences covering the Iraq War.

Israel's Netanyahu is 'Determined to speak before Congress'

The Israeli prime minister said his country had a "profound disagreement" with the White House on nuclear talks with Iran, and it was his duty to speak up on an issue that affects Israel's survival.

Newsweek Twitter feed briefly hacked

Several posts to Newsweek's Twitter feed referenced Cyber Caliphate, a hacker group affiliated with the Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for the hacking.

Family confirms US hostage Kayla Mueller dead

In a statement, her family said they had received information the 26-year-old was dead. Mueller was a hostage of the self-described Islamic State when she died.

Defense in theater shooting case wants jail video barred

Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case say a video of James Holmes should be barred from evidence because prosecutors gave it to them late.

Civil rights attorneys sue Ferguson over 'debtors prisons'

An advanced look at a civil rights lawsuit that claims Ferguson, Mo., residents who can't afford to pay their court fines are illegally held in jail.

Alabama courts issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Alabama became the 37th state to recognize same-sex marriage Monday, despite its chief justice saying that probate courts should not follow federal rulings on the issue.