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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Saturday the U.S. government will recognize same-sex marriages in six more states, bringing to 32 the number of states where couples in gay unions qualify for federal benefits. Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming were added to the list on Saturday, a week after Holder made a similar announcement concerning seven other states. The move comes after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals of cases that sought to overturn bans on same-sex marriages. ... . . more
By Eric M. Johnson and Victoria Cavaliere MARYSVILLE Wash. (Reuters) - Authorities were seeking a motive on Saturday as to why a high school student in the United States' Washington state shot dead a female classmate and wounded four others in a campus cafeteria before killing himself. The shooter, a homecoming prince at Marysville-Pilchuck High School north of Seattle, took his own life as his classmates fled to safety. The incident was the latest in a series of deadly shooting rampages at U.S. schools that have played a central role in a national debate over gun laws. ... . . more
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Transportation Department will conduct an internal review of U.S. auto safety regulators in response to a series of safety lapses, including this week's reports of defective airbags, a senior administration official said on Saturday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the review of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration would look at what has occurred and what can be done better to ensure safety. ... . . more
A high school worker tried to stop a gunman who opened fire on a crowded lunchroom north of Seattle, killing one girl and badly wounding four others, authorities said Saturday. . . more
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two suspects have been booked into Sacramento County Jail following a series of shootings that left two sheriff's deputies dead, another wounded and a bystander in the hospital. . . more
ROME (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Rome Saturday to protest against Premier Matteo Renzi's drive to make it easier to fire workers. . . more
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HONOLULU (AP) — A growing lava stream threatening homes and inching closer to a rural road on Hawaii's Big Island oozed forward in fits and starts this week, frustrating some residents but giving officials a window of time to prepare. . . more
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Officials say one man is dead and another is being questioned by police after a shooting in North Philadelphia early Saturday morning. . . more
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PHOENIX, N.Y. (AP) — A central New York high school has received a million-dollar donation from a couple who were sweethearts there in the 1930s. . . more
ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — Fumes poured from the Kia SUV as soon as an emergency medical technician broke one of the rear windows. Inside, the body of a dark-haired young woman reclined in the driver's seat, keys dangling from the ignition. . . more
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HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Police in southwest Ohio say two men have been killed in an accident while painting a water tower. . . more
Police say a man was beaten with a baseball bat and shot in Philadelphia's Queen Village section early Saturday morning. . . more
NEW YORK (AP) — Dr. Craig Spencer, the physician now being treated for Ebola in New York City, is the kind of globe-trotting do-gooder who could walk into a small village in Africa and, even though he didn't know the language, win people over through hugs alone, according to people who worked with him. . . more
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Law enforcement officials say four Rhode Island boys ranging from 9 to 14 years old robbed and beat a man in Providence. . . more
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Meteorologist Chris Sowers says expect a mild weekend with plenty of sunshine. . . more
NEW YORK (AP) — Talk about a tale of two cities: A Dallas hospital got a pop quiz in Ebola and made an early mistake. New York got a peek at the answer sheet and was better prepared at the start. . . more
New Jersey health officials say a woman who arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport from West Africa has tested negative for Ebola in a preliminary evaluation. . . more


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