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U.S. Won’t Enforce Laws Banning VA Benefits For Same-Sex Couples

U.S. Won’t Enforce Laws Banning VA Benefits For Same-Sex CouplesThe Obama administration will stop enforcing two sections of a law that lays out benefits for U.S. veterans. The sections define marriage as between a man and woman and deny legally married same-sex couples Veterans Affairs benefits like health care and disability payments.

Montana Prosecutors Will Appeal 30-Day Rape Sentence

Montana Prosecutors Will Appeal 30-Day Rape SentenceMontana prosecutors on Wednesday decided to appeal a 30-day jail sentence given to a former teacher who admitted to raping a 14-year-old student.

Justice Files Voter Discrimination Suit Against Texas

Justice Files Voter Discrimination Suit Against TexasThe Justice Department has filed suit against Texas under the Voting Rights Act, claiming that the state requirement for voter identification discriminates against minorities.

Postmaster: We Photograph Your Mail, But Not To Snoop

Postmaster: We Photograph Your Mail, But Not To SnoopThe head of the U.S. Postal Service has acknowledged that every piece of domestic mail is photographed for processing and that the information is sometimes made available to law enforcement, according to The Associated Press.

Showdown In Egypt: Wednesday’s Developments

Showdown In Egypt: Wednesday’s DevelopmentsWith a tentative deadline of late Wednesday looming, we're watching the news from Egypt — where massive protests continue and the military has said President Mohammed Morsi and his political opponents must strike a compromise by day's end or the generals will come up with their own solutions.

U.S. To Recommend Listing All Chimpanzees As Endangered

U.S. To Recommend Listing All Chimpanzees As EndangeredThe United States Fish and Wildlife Service announced a proposal today that would designate all chimpanzees as an endangered species.

IRS Chief Tells Panel ‘Primary Mission’ Is Restoring Trust

IRS Chief Tells Panel ‘Primary Mission’ Is Restoring TrustThe Internal Revenue Service must earn the trust of the American people, the tax agency's new leader said on Capitol Hill Monday, as he promised to hold employees accountable for targeting the tax-exempt applications of conservative groups for extra scrutiny.

FBI Pick Is A Republican With Deep Roots In Law Enforcement

FBI Pick Is A Republican With Deep Roots In Law Enforcement"Name any high office in federal law enforcement ... odds are Jim Comey's had it over the years."

Soldier Accused In Afghan Shooting Rampage To Plead Guilty

Soldier Accused In Afghan Shooting Rampage To Plead GuiltyStaff Sgt. Robert Bales, charged with the murder of 16 Afghan villagers in one of the worst atrocities of the American-led war in that country, will plead guilty as part of a deal to avoid the death penalty, his attorney told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Take Your Seat, The ‘No Photography’ Sign Is Lit

Take Your Seat, The ‘No Photography’ Sign Is LitWhat caught our attention was the sound of flight attendants repeatedly ordering passengers not to take pictures or (presumably) videos. Apparently, it's an official rule at American Airlines: