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The friend-of-the-court brief, filed Friday, sets up a new battle space for gay rights activists in one of America’s most conservative, Christian corners.

Suspected Kansas City highway sniper charged; no motive given

6:06 pm ET - Mohammed Pedro Whitaker, a medical supply company employee, was charged in 9 highway shootings so far out of 12 in the Kansas City area in which three people were wounded.


SpaceX launch to space station: It's what is coming down that's key

3:24 pm ET - A SpaceX rocket is bringing 2.5 tons of cargo to the International Space Station, including legs for NASA's Robonaut 2, but a test of the first stage's landing system could be the biggest prize.


Why a pro-government militia attacked UN compound in South Sudan

11:52 am ET - The government has repeatedly accused the UN of harboring rebels in its camps. Many are worried the attack marks a new and dangerous phase in the civil war.


When is a tool a weapon? Chicago court throws out teacher discipline case.

3:58 pm ET - A veteran Chicago elementary school teacher was suspended for four days after bringing in tools, among them a pocket knife and box cutter, to show his second-graders how they're used.


With violence at new heights, Nigerians weary of military's claims of success

2:27 pm ET - The military retracted its claim earlier this week that it had freed most of the girls kidnapped by militants, feeding deepening public dismay in a week that saw numerous attacks.


Enrollment surge should end debate over Obamacare, Obama says (+video)

8:18 pm ET - Obamacare has enrolled 8 million Americans, and early data suggest it has a good mix of young people. But President Obama knows Republicans aren't remotely ready to give up the fight yet.



Decoder Buzz Chelsea Clinton baby: Will Hillary Clinton be less likely to run in 2016? (+video)

6:56 pm ET - Chelsea Clinton has announced that she is pregnant, setting off all sorts of speculation. With her mother seen as the clear front-runner for the presidency in 2016, it makes for interesting timing.

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With Brazil's Petrobras under fire for corruption, have Brazilians had enough?

9:49 am ET - Senate hearings on mounting allegations of corruption at the state-run oil company have put Brazil's ruling party in an uncomfortable spotlight. While attitudes have been slow to change, Brazilians are starting to challenge a culture of impunity.


Iran ahead of schedule in complying with nuclear deal, UN watchdog says (+video)

1:12 pm ET - The IAEA reported that Iran has significantly reduced its stockpile of near bomb-grade enriched uranium and is moving more quickly than required to dispose of remaining stocks by mid-July.

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Focus Can Israel's natural gas reserves pump up regional peace?

1:50 pm ET - Israel is preparing to export a portion of its offshore natural gas reserves. The resulting business partnerships could hurdle political obstacles to better relations with neighbors.


Two Bidens, a presidential selfie, and a big announcement about 2016 (+video)

4:33 pm ET - Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden and his father, Vice President Joe Biden, both made headlines in the past 24 hours. One announced he's running for higher office, and the other took a selfie with President Obama.

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