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Obama expands government benefits for gay couples

WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after the Supreme Court struck down a law barring federal recognition of gay marriages, the Obama administration granted an array of new benefits Friday to same-sex couples, including those who live in states where gay marriage is against the law.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 June 2014

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Pakistan says 307,501 have fled tribal region

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — The number of Pakistanis who have fled a tribal area bordering Afghanistan where the army is fighting militants has risen to 307,501, officials said Saturday.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 June 2014

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Obama: Workplace flexibility is a basic need

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says child care, family leave and workplace flexibility aren't frills, they're basic needs.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 June 2014

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Defiant IRS head, skeptical GOP interrogators

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defiant before skeptical Republicans, the head of the IRS refused to apologize Friday for lost emails that might shed light on the tax agency's targeting of tea party and other groups before the 2010 and 2012 elections.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 June 2014

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Prosecutors: Wisconsin governor in criminal scheme

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, took part in a nationwide criminal scheme to coordinate fundraising with conservative groups, prosecutors said in court documents unsealed Thursday.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 June 2014

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Without fanfare, Obama advances transgender rights

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Barack Obama, who established his bona fides as a gay and lesbian rights champion when he endorsed same-sex marriage, has steadily extended his administration's advocacy to the smallest and least accepted band of the LGBT rainbow: transgender Americans.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 June 2014

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Stephanie Kwolek, Kevlar inventor, dies at 90

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Stephanie Kwolek, a pioneering female chemist at DuPont who invented the exceedingly tough fibers widely used in Kevlar body armor, has died, colleagues said Friday. She was 90.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014

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Long scattered, adoptees search for lost families

MCCAYSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — They were adopted off-the-books decades ago, scattered by a Georgia doctor who took $100 or $1,000 or something in between to send desperate couples home with new sons and daughters. Now some of the adoptees have turned to fresh DNA testing in hopes of reconnecting with the biological families they never knew, before time runs out.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014

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